June 25, 2011

Seattle Rock N' Roll Marathon

My husband is a marathon rock star.

expo day last Thursday: bib pick up, bib re-sell (goodbye bib of mine...), check out the finish line, come to agreement as to where the cheerleader wife will take photos.. etc!

The day began at 3:00am this mornin', our alarm clocks sounded and we rose. There was very little life on the streets this morning, but a whole lot of life ready to pound pavement just miles South. There was a long distance event taking place some 4 hours later, and everyone who loves a good jog knew about it, as they were locked in deep meditation: either praying, crying, eating, stretching, jogging or trying their hardest to roll out of bed.

The weather was friendly, mid 50s or so, the sky covered with light gray clouds with no hint of sun or rain. The boys were dressed for kickin' some serious race boo-tay and the wife was loaded with reading material, snacks, drink, camera and double phone action, as well as some running shoes herself.

I dropped them off at the shuttle buses, which would drive them from downtown Seattle (finish line) to Tukwila, where the start took place. Then I took a few turns and found me a fantastic parking spot right next to the finish. After the run, of course, the truck seemed about 18 miles away, since I had two men with destroyed legs and extremely fatigued bodies looking to get home as soon as possible... or at least sit down for once in the past 500 hours of sprinting (a little exaggeration never hurt anyone).

From 5:00am - 7:00am I ate some delicious chocolate oats (rolled oats, kamut puffs, cinnamon, cocoa powder, chia gel, wheat germ, coconut milk, blueberries) with an apple, I read Heaven is for Real from start to alllmostt finish, I wrote about life in ye ol' journal, and I grabbed onto my gut about 6 times thinking I was going to wet meself if I didn't find a bathroom soon. Too much detail?

Around 7:15 or so, I decided to find a restroom and check out the finish line. It was a radzolla exciting moment as the bands set up, music played from speakers the size of my apartment, and volunteers were everywhere you looked, awaiting the arrival of the amazing ones (re: runners of long distances). I met up with my familia 'round 8am at mile 11, where we had planned to see Carlos towards the end of his race and Edu at the half way mark.

job duty #1: find Carlos. snap photos. cheer him on. pray.
job duty #2: run to other side of street
job duty #3: find Edu. snap photos. cheer him on. pray.
job duty #4: run back to original side of street.
job duty #5: run to finish line. snap photos of Carlos.
job duty #6: wait for Carlos at designated waiting zone.
job duty #7: hug. hug. hug. walk, slowly...
job duty #8: run to last stretch for marathoners.
job duty #9: wait for first place marathoner
job duty #10: count all marathoners 'till we see Edu
job duty #11: find Edu. snap photos. run with him. pray.
job duty #12: run to finish line. see Edu. cheer. scream.
job duty #13: find Edu after race. hug. kiss. hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug some more!

yes. that is my husband. far, far away... go, eduuuu goooo!

It was the most beautiful moment of my life. We laughed, we cried, they limped, held their stomachs, felt sickly, limped some more, got dizzy, tried to warm up to stop the shaking, lied down, took power naps, ate steak and tortillas, tried to figure out what made the race so stinkin' hard, realized it was the hills, brain stormed ideas for future races to improve their times, and gave thanks to God. Incredible!

To all the runners out there: 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathoners, full marathoners, ultramarathoners, triathletes, my hat goes off to ya. It's an incredibly inspiring way to spend your free time, I recommend it to anyone who hasn't put their running shoes on in a while. Get out and move them feet! Your body will thank you. And it's what we're called to do, no? Take care of our bodies - after all, God formed them with His own hands. The Creator of this entire world --- formed you to His image. Thank Him. Love yourself.

oh and if you don't want to just walk,
well... run a marathon or something :)

[marathon] 26.2 miles: 3:00:05

[half marathon] 13.1 miles: 1:48:05

love!

The LORD is good to all;
He has compassion on all He has made.
Psalm 145:9

2 comments:

  1. AMAZING! Love the pictures, your hubby is a running beast for the Lord! Way to go! :)

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  2. Awwwr congrats to your hubby! That's so amazing... and I think it's beautiful to be able to use the body that the Lord gave us to do such incredible things. I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to run a marathon, but I'm definitely in awe of those that can :D

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