I am one PROUD daughter and sister!
My Momma and my brother, Joshie, KILLED it at St. George Marathon this weekend!
They woke up super early… well my Momma did, but once I smelled the coffee brewing I had a hard time staying asleep! 😉
and they were super excited to be running! (crazy, I tell ya!)
I dropped them off at the busses and headed back to the hotel. I didn’t even try to go back to sleep. I just watched TV and vegged in bed for a few hours. Drank my coffee and blogged/vlogged (though I need to update it… that post is a mess! lol) and finally got ready to get down to the finish line.
I got there just in time to see the first girl cross the finish line. It was SO cool!
I ran in to Kristie and her kids (Kristie is Paul’s wife – remember, he’s the St. George Legend!) and chatted with her for a bit. I took off down the course to mile 24, but then I saw Paul and decided to run with him for a little while. BUT… Paul runs EXTREMELY fast, so it was a short-lived (but SPEEDY) half mile! I left him at the last turn and turned around to head to the Mile 24 marker (again).
It felt like FOREVER – but I finally spotted Joshie and started jumping up and down and YELLING for him.
I know he looks miserable here. But he was in the ZONE. I tried to hand him water and a gel and I wasn’t even sure he saw me. He was CRUISING! so I told him I was leaving him and waiting for Mom. (which he heard NONE of… lol) I would have run with him for longer, but I was worried I’d miss my Mom and Joanna (according to the texts they were only about 10 minutes apart).
I turned around (again) and camped out on the little corner. Again… felt like I was waiting FOREVER. I saw the 4:00 pacer pass by and I really started to worry – but then I remembered that they were planning on waiting at the start line to let everyone pass and so it made sense why they hadn’t passed yet.
and then I finally spotted the bright shorts! 🙂
These BAMRs were amazing! They stopped for a quick water break and took off again. My Mom started to cramp a little bit, but I told her (nicely) to suck it up and breathe and KEEP going! Somewhere along the way she demanded a baggie of ice and I got one. She ate a few pieces and demanded (nicely) that I hold it (in addition to the camera and water bottle that I HAD to bring). We were running strong when another cramp hit and she pulled out her Deep Blue muscle cream and wanted me to put some on her legs and then decided she was fine. So in addition to the camera, the baggie of ice, the water bottle (that I HAD to bring), I was also carrying the deep blue. I ziplocked the baggie of ice (so I wouldn’t drop any of the coveted ice) and when she asked for more ice, I handed it to her. Well… she couldn’t get it open, so she handed it back to me and demanded (kind of nicely) to open it. I handed her the water bottle to hold (it’s a handheld water bottle, but it makes it hard to use that hand) and she held for about 2.7 seconds before she said “I don’t want to carry this” and handed it back to me. LOL. I eventually got the ice baggie open and she got her ice. 😉
When we got to the last turn we saw Moena from work and Kristie and her kids and took off down the chute. I just kept telling her to push harder and run faster (and to pass the guy in the orange shirt – we came close!).
SHE KILLED IT!
She finished in 3:52!! Another Boston Qualifier and a SHINY PR! (2 min PR)
JOSHIE was a MANimal and finished in 3:38! Freakin’ AMAZING 19 min PR!
Joanna finished a few minutes ahead of my Mom in 3:50 (which I’m pretty sure is a killer PR for her as well)
Paul finished in a SPEEDY 2:56!
I am SO SO SO proud of my family for kicking butt at St George this year. They were able to conquer the course and everyone was thrilled with their results! Josh even managed to get negative splits! That’s AMAZING.
They FINALLY got their revenge on the St George Marathon!!
Who else got revenge on SGM?
Anyone else get a SHINY new PR? (it sure seemed like everyone was running a marathon this weekend – SGM, Twin Cities, Chicago, etc)
P.S. watch this video of my BFF Ann and her hubby Jay cheering on runners at the Twin Cities Marathon – makes me wish I was in MN!!