Saturday, October 18, 2008

Kansas City Marathon

Yeah!! I finished the Kansas City Marathon (half-marathon!) today
and did better than I thought I would. I had entered this event before I had even decided to do the Disney Marathon this coming January. It was definitely good training for that half-marathon. I had hoped to finish in 2:15 or better and finished somewhere between 2:10 and 2:13. I don't know the exact time because I forgot to bring my race chip. Oops.
The race started downtown at Crown Center. From there, the race course went up a steep hill next to Liberty Memorial and then down Main Street to Westport. Then we made our way through the Plaza--down 47th Street, turned at Troost, then through Gillham Park and back downtown. All along the route, there were bands playing which made the run not only fun, but more enjoyable. My left knee always seems to bother me whenever I get to mile 5 on a run, but thankfully, it wasn't so bad today. I didn't like mile 10 because we all ran in silence--no bands and no people cheering us on! At mile 12, I heard someone yelling to the runners "Dig deep and finish strong". Well, I guess it was just what I needed to hear because that's just what I did. I came into the finish line with my left knee throbbing and feeling like I was gonna throw up every ounce of Gatorade, water and shot blocks I'd digested along the route.
Thankfully, that didn't happen. I, along with all the other runners did come to an abrupt halt after the finish line. We were stuck in the barricades like cattle, not able to hardly move but a few inches for about 10 minutes, before they allowed us to move forward and grab water and food. Jeremy caught me inhaling an orange after the long wait! I have to say that the worst part of the race was when people in big baggy sweatpants, sweats shirts and gloves went flying past me saying they had never run more than 2 miles, or discussing the blue book value of their car or what they ate for lunch yesterday. It kind of seemed like a mockery of the hard work I had put into training for the run. unfair! boo-hoo!

Amber (my sis) came to cheer me on at the finish line. Amber did fundraising for LLS the last 2 years and completed the Disney marathon both years as well. I have to say, witnessing her success at the marathon and fundraising motivated me to take on the same challenge this year.
Here I am with my wonderful friends Kristyn and Jessie. (Taryn, I missed having you in my pictures!--I'll have to get some from Jessie!) We all started out training for the KC Marathon together. It was so encouraging to hear them yelling for me at the finish.
Jeremy managed to snap a picture of me flyin' by!

See me in the middle coasting by to the finish?
Little Z was happy to see momma!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on doing well in the marathon. I can only hope the organizers find a way to run the marathon without blocking everything between State Line and Main between the Plaza and 75th. I'm fine with a street or two being blocked for the marathon, but today's adventure was ridiculous... I ended up having to park on the Plaza and walk half a mile to work. Thanks much.

Amber said...

I'm so proud of you sis! You are doing a great job in your fundraising and training. Believe me....I know how hard both of those tasks are, but you will get there! Heck, you are already well-prepared for your race :-).

The fundraising WILL happen. Just remember to take it one day at a time & honestly... let God do the rest. You have taken on a huge challenge, but it's for a very worthy cause & it's something you are passionate about. That alone will get you to your fundraising goal. I had all the same fears about raising the money as you do, but as you mentioned I DID succeed (and you will too)!

Here is my little "pep talk" for the in the kindness of strangers ;-). Honestly, it was the people who didn't even know me that helped me reach my fundraising goals! I always felt so humbled by that. They believed in me & the cause that I was working for enough to drop a $20, $50, or $100 bill into my little "beggars bucket" while I stood on a street corner. Enjoy this journey! It's going to be one of the most encouraging/surprising snapshots you will ever get to see of the kindness of others. It will make you believe that God really did create all mankind in HIS image. ;-) I'm so excited for you!

Scott Williams said...

Nice Job Tricia!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your half-mile walk to work?

Jennifer said...

That's awesome!!! I'm pretty jealous but maybe I'll become a runner someday? :) It's so easy to aspire to those types of things before the baby pops out then when it comes time to get started it's not so easy. Anyways, I enjoy reading your updates & good luck in your future runs! Miss seeing you guys - hopefully at Christmas this year but I hear there are changes happening so maybe you guys will be heading to CA for the holidays? Either way hopefully we see you soon!!

By the way, I checked out Lilibelle last week when were in town and I LOVE that store! I have been dying to check it out after Corben received some awesome gifts from you guys and others this summer. So thanks!

Hi to Jeremy & Zion for us!

Brook said...

way to go tricia! while impressed, i'm not inspired to do it myself. i think i'd have more throbbing than just my knee:)

michael and kristyn said...

hey pal. we are now checking out your blog as one of our regular stops, so you must update! please share some videos if zion singing and dancing!

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