Monday, January 31, 2011

"Take It On The Run" - REO Speedwagon

The. Best. Marathon. Ever.

with
MY
sister.

starting line photo.  {my dad was so worried I was too cold, got to love a caring dad.}
Yes, Mom, I went black & white due to mine & Dad's crazy "Rudolph Red noses"


Right after this we walked up to start.  Looked at each other . . . . yep, it's "go time".  So we exited for the port-o-poties

All five of them there.  Ugg.

Gun goes off.

7:29 seconds pass.  we see our awesome family.  we wave.  they give a "what the......" look........and we are on our way.

Sadly, we [my sister "A" and I] have never run together.  Nope.  Never.  She has some running friends she runs with [at the butt crack of dawn] and me . . . yep, I have Ed the treadmill.

so. this. was. awesome.

From miles 1-12 we chatted about everything from kids, to anxiety, to her next race in Washington, to my race pooping past.

[This entire time we were keeping a 8:40 - 9:20 pace . . . . amazing]

This was an out and back course.  Which was nice for all our family attending. 

We got to see our crew at 13.  While it was incredible to see 12, yes 12, of them . . .  . . "A" did not like turn around.  The turn around = wind.  Wind that we apparently enjoyed having at our backs the first 13.


[this was pre-turn]


Me being the dork I AM and spinning in circles, while running.
I was given a "talking to" regarding my two finger salutes, prior to the race.  So this was all they caught . . . heee hee heee.



"A" crashed a bit at 15.  I could tell she was getting annoyed by my talking [what?! I don't talk a lot] I gave her a Gu.  Told her to take it, turn her music on [I'd shut-up] and find her go to song.  I did get a little worried when she said she was listening to The Beetles.

are. we. from. the. same. family?

What?!  My sister doesn't have Eminem on her iPod?!


Our awesome family continued to meet us at 15,16,18 & 20.  At 20.2 we see our Dad sticking is hairy bald head out the window saying, "GO! You cute girls!"  To which I had to reply, "You dirty old man!".  He. is. awesome.

At 23 I got all kinds of runner crazy on her.  She was feeling it.  I could see it.  but I knew she didn't need to stop.  we started talking [ok, I made her] about "power lines".  Yes like, "I've. freaking. got. this".  I told her to think of hers and to say it.  often.

Then we see the finish line.  I tell her, "I don't think those 50 year olds should come in before us."  She looked at me.  "How about we pass them by the finish line?"  Her reply, "___" [nothing].

Me:  Come on.  Dad's here. ;)  Let's take them.  It's 0.2.  "A, we've freaking got them".


you. bet. she. did.

4:16:36

Her first marathon & she gets third second in her age group.
Awwwww. heck ya.  that's. MY. sister.

Awesome. day.

Hugs from "E".  Loved.  That.
Not so much loving this photo.  who. took. these?!

But who ever took this one . . . . .

It's my favorite.

A.  you.  killed.  it.  Thank. you. for. putting. up. with. me.

Love you,

Emz

88 comments:

Karine said...

What an awesome day. Such great support from family. If I recall correctly "A" took 2nd in her age group and you failed to mention the fact that you also took 2nd in your age group.

Bonus for "A" her 2 sons ran the 5K with great results.

While it may have felt like a training run for you, it was GREAT in so many ways. Next year---more sisters and maybe a brother in the race?

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Wow, I am so impressed, congrats

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

So freaking awesome! That is like my dream day. Too bad I would have to drug my sisters and drag their bodies along the race course to get them to run with me.

Kovas said...

How fun you got to run with your sis and she did awesome.

Matty O said...

Great time :)

You dirty old man!!! (At least he didn't ask if you wanted some candy hahah).

Congrats to both of you. 26.2 is never easy.

Evolving Through Running said...

Outstanding!! What a great experience for both of you. Great time too!

Dash said...

Oh, this is my favorite post! That's so great, you two look alike! Congratulations, how fun that you ran with her, what a great memory for you both! Congrats to her on her AG! Whoot!

skinnyrunner.com said...

what a fun race. seeing family (and running w fam) on the course makes a race soo much better.
love the arm warmers too!

Morgan said...

Love, love, love this! Great job out there, way to help her dig deep! Congrats A!!! Looking good ladies, you both def have some great genes! :)

TRI714 said...

That is the feel good story of the week for me. I hope you really absorb what that meens to able to do that. FREAKIN AWESOME !!

gmontalvo13 said...

that is so awesome! i wish i could keep up w/my sister!
great pictures! and great time!

Kate said...

Congrats to your sister! You two are so cute!

Now I have a favor to ask of you. Would you mind running by MY side this Sunday when I run my very first marathon!? Por Favor?

:)

Emz said...

Kate. Yes. I. Tried. To sign. Up!!
Get me a bib and

I
Am
Your
Annoying
Running
Partner!!

Colleen said...

Aw, I love it! :) I'm so excited that you girls got to do this together and smiled from ear to ear reading it! You ladies are so lucky to have each other...

Lee said...

Wow! What an awesome experience for you both! 3rd in her age group in her first marathon - amazing! I love that REO Speedwagon song too

Julie said...

What a great time with your family - that's what it is ALL about.
:-)

bobbi said...

Love Love Love this post!

Can't WAIT to run with my sister!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

So awesome you got to do this with your sister! Looks like you guys had an awesome day too!

Carrie said...

AWESOME post! I can hardly wait until tomorrow, I get to register for my first marathon (Chicago).

One Crazy Penguin said...

Rock on to both you and your sister! Rock stars!

Marlene said...

What a riot! She was lucky to have you. Congrats to you both!!!

She said I need a goal said...

I love love love this post!! How fun is that? My sister would never do a marathon with me, well maybe if it was a marathon to walk to the store to pick up pop to mix with the booze..

congrats to both of you!!!

Patrick Mahoney said...

Well done guys.

On you next "Best Day Ever" post could you please use the song "Best Day Ever" by Sponge Bob?

Snipers.

Jen said...

Awe, you're making me want to cry. SWEET! I love that you ran with your sis and helped her finish and finish super strong! What a great day and such good pictures!

Emz said...

P-Rick. You. Got. It. Hilarious.
How did I not have that on my iPod? Snipers. Snipers.

Jill @ Run for the Hills said...

What a freaking awesome day. One day, Jill and Maggie will do this too. One day.

Great job A and Emz!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Congrats to your sis! Amazing job to you both.

What a great thing that you got to run a marathon with your sister. Me=jealous

Laura said...

how awesome! You guys are amazing.

misszippy said...

That's the best. So glad you got the opportunity!

PunkRockRunner said...

My favorite part about cold mornings on race day is watching all the people with ZERO body fat shiver before the start. Funny, I never seem to be cold… *sigh*

Congrats to you both on a great run.

All the best -


Ron

Pam said...

This is so awesome!!!!!

Molly said...

that is amazing. I must be pms-ing because I got a bit teary. Congrats to you both! : )

Christi said...

That is awesome! Congrats to you and your sister!

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

Great post! Love the pictures and it sounds like such an awesome race! I think it's so great that you and your sister raced together!

Aimee said...

Woohoo! Yay for your sister!! It sounds like you had a great time out there! I love how your family were all there supporting you two...your family ROCKS!

Melissa Cunningham said...

how awesome! loved the recap,love the pics,and love the fact that this was a family thing! lots of memories and stories!
great job to you and your sis!!!

Kelly Leigh said...

Aww what a fabulous thing to do with your sister! She nailed it! But I guess it runs in the family!

Cynthia said...

I love this recap! Your sister sounds awesome like you!

I love the arm warmers!

I get to run with my sister this summer for her first half marathon i'm excited for that I think she will probably think I talk too much too.

I love having family along the course it makes the race so much better when I know I get to see them multiple times.

Katie said...

Love it!

I'm doing my first half with my sis, although I don't think we're staying together. She'll definitely smoke me.

C2Iowa said...

Freakn awesome!!!!!!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

what a fun day with the family. She rocked it! That's a GREAT first marathon - awesome.

What...no Eminem....I wouldn't be able to finish without him.

Johann said...

That's great, well done to your sister! 4:16:36 is excellent for a first marathon. Wonderful that you could share it with her. You are a great family indeed.

The Kornegay Family said...

You both were awesome! I have to admit, I was a bit jealous seeing the two of you doing something amazing . . . together.

What did I do after getting out of the car at various intervals to cheer you both on? . . . . kept nibbling on my Dunkin Donuts munchkins--I'm guessing that doing this isn't going to get me conditioned to run with you all next year! :)

A proud sister here! Ly!

Rae said...

This is fabulous! Great job ladies! Love the pictures!

Emz said...

K fam....you had DD's and didn't share?!?!

Throw
A
Girl
A
munchkin! ;)

You. Are. Awesome. My. Sister. :)

Jessie said...

My sister has just started running this month and I cant wait to run with her!

Michelle said...

Just awesome!! Congrats to you both for rockin' that race!

Amy said...

Fantastic race report! Congrats to you and your sister!

Adrienne said...

I told you already but I'll say it again. You two are Wicked Awesome. Nice Race. Love it.

Teamarcia said...

Congrats to both of you! How awesome to run with your sis!

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

In your words - That. Is. Awesome.

Caroline said...

that made me cry..I think it is wonderful that you ran with her the whole 26.2, she did awesome and I bet she is so grateful you did this with and for her. I love all the pictures! what a great day for your family, nothing can beat days like that right?

Jamoosh said...

EMZ = most awesome pacer ever! I could have used you in Houston. I'll be running Surfside in four weeks. See you there - thank you in advance!

Emily said...

love the eminem comment! congrats to your sis what an awesome first marathon!!

Kevin and Kim Partridge said...

EMZ is the most awesome pacer ever! And the absolute best sister/ friend. Ever. I mean it. Who runs a marathon just to bond with her sister and stay at her sister's pace? Ahhh-mazing. Love the pictures. LOVE that you got a talking to about the two finger salute (Had I know that was on the agenda, I would have driven across town to pipe in).

MelBird said...

Magic :) Power Lines are so powerful. You.Rocked.It!

Jason said...

That is just awesome. Way to help your sister through the tough times and no matter what she says she loved having you there to push her those 0.2 miles.

Way to go A
Way to go E(m)

You both
ROCK

A is now a STOTAN machine. Knight her will you.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

What a great race story! Congrats to your sister!!

monicac2 said...

Wish I had a speedy sister to pace me!!

LOL @ telling your sister to go to her "go to" song and her telling you that she was listening to The Beatles. ROFL!!!!!!!

Great job by both of you!!

Beth said...

wow, what a great run with your sister. Great job to both of you!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

How much do you charge as a pacer?? Race entry fee? You are hired.

Awesome awesome race. Loved every moment of the recap.

Julie D. said...

congrats to both you and your sister!! rockstars!!!

ajh said...

Great post! Love the family parts - which is pretty much all of it!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Such a DREAM, I have an older sister I am hoping will commit herself to run with me one of these days.

love this, love the pictures, way to rock it out.. and FYI the Dad pride made me tear up a little..

Allison said...

Awesome post. awesome pictures.

You guys are amazing!!!

CONGRATS!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

That's so cool! Family runs are the best! Congrats to you and your sis - what a great day!

beckus1234 said...

I was a proud viewer of this race! How cool are you guys??!! (By the way, hanging out with the rest of the family was pretty cool too...) XXOO

DRog said...

TEN!!
and totally awesome could feel the joy jumpin outa the post havin your fam there and runnin with Sis

D

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Aw, what a run! Congrats to you both.

ShutUpandRun said...

"A" kicked some serious abs, I mean ass. She is lucky to run with you. What a great day.

Julie said...

What a seriously great day!

Sarah said...

Yay for sister bonding! :-D

Annie said...

That sounds like the best marathon ever! Congrats to you sister for a rocking time on her first marathon! Pretty sure I am going to need you to run with me sometime!

Chris K said...

Looks like you exude good marathon karma and since you just wrote "You.freaking.got.this" on my Blog, I now KNOW it to be true. When I BQ this Sunday I will have only EMZ to thank.

Kerrie T. said...

WOW MOM, as my co-worker would say. She has hand movements, too, but I don't know how to translate that here.

SO FREAKIN' FUN! Maybe, maybe, my sis (or one of 'em) will do this with me someday. Oh wait. I still have to run my FIRST. Better not put the cart before the horse.

Char said...

No dissing your sister's taste in music. I happen to like the Beetles. Congrats to both of you!

Silly Girl Running said...

What a race! Great pics and great job pacing your sis to a second place AG! :)

Jenn said...

How awesome to be a part of that experience for her! Looks like a blast!

The Beatles....yeah not sure about that! Great pics!!

Jen said...

How AMAZING!!! You girls are cute!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your posts sooooo much and this one didn't disappoint either. We should all have groovy sisters like you to cross the finish line with - that must be such an amazing feeling. :)

Anne said...

Fantastic story! I loved this! How great that you got to run with your sister...she did great!! Wow! You are an amazing pacer :) The.Best!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

your dad is too funny

nothing better than having a happy soul with you when you crash and burn...also nothing more annoying for those few minutes where you would prefer to lay down :)

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

first marathon and 4:16?! Awesome! I bet she had a great support team to help.
;)
LC

Ulyana said...

look at you two!!! how fun! congrats on a great race!

Laurie said...

Absolutely awesome. I loved every word of it. The pictures are great too... you both look so happy. Congratulations!

Jill said...

Ahhhh girl, you know I'm still smiling for your sister's amazing accomplishment, and the fact you got to share it with her. Made. My. Day. to get your message :).

I hope the little undergarment "problem" has subsided and you're well on your way to planning the next big adventure!!!

xo

Raegun said...

Congrats - what an amazing experience to share with your sis!

Angie said...

Sooooo jealous! Sisters are the best!!! COnrats to both of you. Also- how do i get me one of those awesome t-shirts?

Amanda@runninghood said...

This is wonderful! Loved every word of it. So cool. Your parents are so blessed to have two daughters that love each other so much. Such a supportive family! And look at your arm sleeves...I'm thinking they definitely beat the baby legs I've been using.