June 05, 2006

Sarah: And we raaaaan, we ran so far awaaaay...

I'm sure Lisa will have more to say about the marathon, but I just wanted to let everyone know that we didn't die! We were a bit slower than expected (about six hours, rather than the predicted 5.5), but our goal was always to just cross the finish line. The day was hot, but not as bad as I thought. We jogged and walked, taking a slower pace when I got worn out, and when Lisa's knee started hurting. The backs of our legs got sunburnt, but all of that didn't matter.

What mattered was accomplishing our goal and being part of the race. The people that cheered us along from the sidelines helped more than they may realize. Thank you to the people that sent us encouraging messages: Jessie and Mallory on Friday night, and Mary, Nicole, Andrea, and E during the race. Thank you to everyone that saw us along the route: Mom, Dad, Blake, Bill (all of them multiple times! How awesome are they??), Dave (we saw him twice), Armando, Jeff, and Marci. The outpouring of love and support was so important to our success. You made us cry and you kept us going all the way to the finish line. Thank you for your well-wishes, Dawn, even though you had to work.

Thank you, Lisa, for getting me to commit to running with you. I've loved spending time with you, chatting during our runs, commiserating about blisters and stiff muscles. You were encouraging, supportive, understanding, and determined. I wouldn't have dared attempt a marathon without you, and even if I had, I couldn't have finished without you pushing me along.

We weren't the fastest, the most glamorous, or the most natural athletes. But we set out to run 26.2 miles, and we did it.

Posted by sarah at June 05, 2006 12:31 PM

Sarah and Lisa! Wow! I am so proud of you girlies. I thought about you both all morning and I knew you would be able to do it. Seriously, that is an amazing accomplishment, espeically for those of us who are to lazy to get off our couches and pull ourselves away from the TV.

Posted by: Andrea (RAZRPHONE!) on June 5, 2006 03:00 PM


Posted by: lisa on June 6, 2006 10:21 AM

Well, Neighbor Sar, you have officially kicked my butt. I like to pretend to be in shape, but running a marathon is not anything I plan on doing soon. Congratulations on training and finishing. What an accomplishment!

Posted by: Neighbor Ryan on June 8, 2006 01:24 PM
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