There's a reason
people put this marathon
on their "must do" list.
It. Is. Incredible
I will go into details later this week about our awesome
time on the island [getting to California, meeting Caroline & having a blast
with my family] but for today . . . just the recap
of the race/event and what I liked
We arrived via the Catalina Express, Friday afternoon around 3:30pm. We found our driver
from our hotel and we were off.
Peanut: "Best ride ever".
Me: best ab workout ever.
5pm was packet pick up. I got there around 5:30. The line was insane
! Well, for about 2 minutes it was
insane. Then this nice man
came out and said, "Any marathoners?"
Then, no joke
, TWO of us walked forward.
Packet pick-up in 4 minutes
I will say, this is not an "expo"
in the way I have come to expect
an expo [I'll blame that on RNR races ;) ] to be.
You will NOT find
Gu's, compression socks, 26.2 car decals, body glide OR a race T-shirt
T-shirts are handed after
the race when you FINISH. Freaking loved
You will find
Fast & efficient staff
Your bib number + pins
A bag with two papers in it
Your boat ticket
So we had the fabulous "Antonio's
" for dinner. Then it was crash time.
It true Emz fashion
.......I slept like 3-4 hours & completely spaced
on packing, buying, bringing breakfast. Uggggg. Cam out of the bathroom to the Pita making me a "breakfast goodie bag" [ya, that's a first
ever, so grateful.] Ahhhhh, almonds, ChexMix & fruit snacks
. Breakfast of champions.
A 5 Minute walk to the ferry. And I'm on. I find a solo area on the floor
and sit. I look up to see a young girl. All smiles
but looks nervous. VERY
nervous. I wave her over. We chat. She's 16. Yes, 16
. And this is her very first marathon. HOLY. CRAP.
The ferry goes from Avalon to Two Harbors. Ride takes about an hour. Looking around, I notice a few things:
These runners look hardcore.
There's a lot of gold dangling from hats.
A lot of trail running shoes.
A lot of water bottles around people's waists.
A lot of older runners.
NOT a lot of people in tutu's. weird.
A lot of people either telling me they love
my tutu mixed with a lot of not so approving looks from others. Ehhhh. whatever.
We arrived at Two Harbors with about 40 minutes to spare before go-time. The weather was perfect. Not cold at all but that eventually
bit us in the backside about 1.5-2 hours later.
The start of this race felt a lot like the 50 mile Man against Horse
Race I ran. Super laid back. No one is acting all stressy or doing pick-ups. Everyone just shooting the crap with their neighbor asking, "how many times you done this?".
favorite comment at the start line from a 40-ish year old man.
Man: you know this is a serious run right?
Me [dead serious face]: what? This ISN'T the 5k?
Him: [blank stare]
Me: see you at the finish. Looks like a beautiful race.
I took the fist 5 miles very
conservatively, looking back on it.
At mile 4.75ish. A gentleman wearing a "dirty 30"
shirt [meaning he has run this race 30 times] passed me
going up a freaking hard hill [that I chose
His words: Let's go cupcake
I'll be honest, that got my blood boiling. So I started running. I caught him. I said, "You chose just the right motivational word, see ya!" Never saw him again. Cupcake. Seriously? Cupcake. I freaking love my tutu. That guy did me the biggest
Ever want to see men pick up their speed in an instant
They get all kinds
of crazy superfunk.
I turned my music on at mile 10
. Only to hear SKILLZ "Enjoying The View",
and I certainly was. This course
is beyond words. Absolutely stunning
One incredible thing about this race is the volunteers. The BEST volunteers I have ever had on any race course. They got better
as the race went on too.
I do have to say my favorites
were at 20 & 22. Loved. them.
I had a huge surprise at 20 when I saw my Pita & Peanut
Took my breath away. Had NO idea they were going to meet me. I lit up
Which equalled my pace
picking up. YAY!
Then, I was off
for the last 6.2.
Right after I passed another lady came by that Pita & Peanut cheered for. Pita said her comment was, "HA! I just got passed by TinkerBell!"
The Pita cracked up. Peanut wanted to smack her. My family rocks
Insanely beautiful, right?
It was now . . . . . well, FREAKING heating
up. Temperature was at least 15 degrees over the "norm"
and well . . . we were all feeling it.
One of the awesome
parts of this race?
The last 3 miles are downhill. Like super
downhill. The last 1.75 miles is a paved road which passed by a golf course, baseball field, lots of golf carts
& homes. I loved all the interaction it allowed with PEOPLE! I had a permanent smile
on my face & threw up my hands in "rock-on"
fashion almost the entire 1.75 miles.
Turned the corner to the finish line. And......Well, I'm just freaking
I can see
my Pita. In the finish line coral. Like right behind the finish line. All smiles. I've never been able to cross
a finish line and literally jump [not sure how I jumped but I did
] into my husbands arms. [insert soppy Hollywood drama music, but it was all that to me.]
Like the happiest I've been in about
947 days. No I didn't "win". I wasn't fast. I have yet to get my MAN BQ
but........ you know
run was everything
to me. Not really sure why
but I do know . . . I remembered why
I loved running out there
. I loved not
having a lot of people around. I loved taking in the view and thinking of how freaking blessed
. I'll run this again. [and again, and again, and again . . . ]