Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween 2010

Halloween has been my favorite holiday for several years now but this one was bittersweet for a couple of reasons. First was because my legs had just run 26.2 miles earlier that day and then had to walk around trick or treating. The other was because this would be the last Halloween with our good friends David & Bonnie before they moved to Utah. Their son Michael has been best friends with Samara for several years now and it will be painful to separate. On a positive side this was the first Halloween Gavin really got into and he was super cute wearing his Peter Pan outfit. Plus!!! I just ran a marathon and will eat any and all the candy I want!

Marine Corps Marathon

I finally did it. I have wanted to run a marathon for the past several years but one thing or another has stopped me from doing it. After discussing it with my father and brother earlier in the year we all decided to register for the race. My father has run several marathons but this was the first time for my brother and me.

My summer didn't go as planned and I wasn't able to train as much as I should have, or at all really. After the crazy work schedule ended I was left with just two months to prepare for the marathon. I started off slow and never took any breaks, but in just 8 weeks I worked up to 22 miles. I wouldn't recommend such a condensed training regimen for anyone.

The marathon itself went really well. Although we all trained separately, the three of us ran 22 miles together. It was a lot of fun having someone to talk to throughout the race. My dad and brother pulled me along for those last few miles before I had to finally drop back after 22. I walked and jogged the last few miles but finally crossed the finish line in 4 hours 23 minutes. A respectable time all things considered. I even went trick-or-treating with the kids that evening!