Celebrating A Friend's Birthday
Early in July, my friend Amy had been planning to run a marathon for her 44th birthday. It would be her first marathon, and she trained with me and even let me help plan some of it! We had such a fun day with various meetup opportunities so as many people could join as wanted. I enjoyed sweeping the first 10 miles, running back and forth between groups and getting some extra mileage that way. Then I was pretty far behind Amy and was determined to catch up. So I ran my butt off. I made a guess of where I might catch her and enjoyed working hard to catch up and having some trail time to myself. I was able to hear her calling back to me at the exact spot where I thought I could catch up. I was super psyched that we were close! I was relieved when I did finally catch up to her and have some company for awhile. I was feeling great, and she was in top form. We got back down to the Welcome Center and met up with family and friends who did the final 5 miles with us. And the finish was really great! It was like finishing a large race with spectators and a ribbon to cross and balloons and cheering and a beer in my hand. Plus, my husband and 3 kids were there at the finish and that was the best thing ever!
I didn't feel super great at the end. I was lightheaded and felt like puking. But I ate a little food and drank an electrolyte replacer and started to perk up and then was able to enjoy the party.
|Waiting at the first intersection for part of the group|
|Runners on Yost|
|Navigating a downed tree on Holsclaw Hill loop|
|Finally! I caught up to these two!|
|I love when family and friends joined us for the last 5 miles!|
|Psyched to be tackling trails together early in the morning.|
|Stuck at a downed tree, looking for the trail!|
|Happy Birthday to Amy!|
|Amy's support crew at the finish line!|