Wow I have some serious posting to do about the marathon but in the meantime I just want to express my sincere gratitude. I have never felt so much support and love as I did this week. Between my Birthday and the marathon I felt like I had so many people supporting me and it was such a wonderful feeling. Know that I had the biggest smile on my face from the time I finished the marathon and it is still there now because of all the wonderful people supporting me.
Huge thanks first to my coach for finally showing me what it is to really train for a goal.
Next to my parents for selflessly taking time out of their lives to haul my butt to Columbus and chill with me two days before and run all around Columbus cheering for me.
Third to my friend BW who ran with me through mile 21. He has run sub 3s in the past and mentioned he wasn't in tip top shape and would be happy to run with me for a 3:05 goal. He didn't tell me until today that his training was nowhere near where it should have been and I am just in awe that he worked so hard to stay with me through 21 to try and help me reach my goal. I know had I been struggling he would have worked harder and stayed with me to the end. But great guy that he is he sent me along and slowed to help others. I've been there before and I am so proud to have a friend that would do the same for others that I would have done in his place. Very honored he chose to spend his day with me, it definitely made it special to share all my hard work with a friend. Finishing together would have been the icing on the cake, but so happy for the miles I did get to run with him.
Big thanks to my husband for letting me do all this training. There is no one else I'd rather come home to when celebrating a big triumph.
Last to all my friends and family. All the love and support I received this past week is just overwhelming. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you.
Huge congratulations to all of my friends who ran alongside me. Cleveland had a fantastic showing! Babs placed first in her age group with a new PR in the half. CV and Daisy both got huge shiny new marathon PRs. My friend JP worked her butt off and fought adversity to finish her second marathon. And my friend Steph finished her first marathon all smiles. I saw many others out cheering or running from Cleveland, it was just a great day to celebrate all of our hard work. Congrats to everybody!
I love marathon weekend. I wish it didn't have to end!