Sunday, October 7, 2007
After a two year absence from what many people, including my husband, would term the crazy people sport, I finished another marathon yesterday. I really kind of didn't want to do it. I mean, part of me was seriously hoping that the bus would crash on the way up Snow Canyon so that I wouldn't have to do it. But alas, no such luck. I was reserving the possibility of jumping in the medical van at like mile 10 and being driven to the finish line...I mean all I really wanted was the shirt for crying out loud-which, by the way, they ran out of!! How do you run out of shirts when you know exactly how many people are running the race and many of them end up dropping out at the last second anyway? Honestly. Really though, its tradition. I could not deny the gravitational pull I feel toward running, even when I don't think I want to. Its also really fun to spend that much concentrated time with my mom and sister. And its just beautiful. I love being outside when the sun comes up even if I am running and my legs hurt and its cold and I still have 20.2 miles to go before I can sip on a Diet Coke. This was Chel's first and she performed like a champ. She probably could have run it a lot faster if my mom and I hadn't been there. We all finished within two minutes of each other. Its hard to contain the overwhelming explosion of emotion you feel at the end; I mean, you just want to hold it all in and not cry and shout "I love you!" to everyone around you until you can at least cross the finish line; its just hard to keep it in. The only other time I have ever really felt that electric surge of emotion that I get when I finish a marathon is when Eli was born. It really is pretty remarkable. I love hate it. I really am done for a while though. I tell Adam that every year. But really. I am not going to do another marathon for many moons. It is such an exciting and self fulfilling exercise, but I need to be done for now. So nobody tempt me by getting into the New York marathon or something cool like that! I am done for now.