"It's very hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat other runners. Eventually you learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit."
-George Sheehan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mid Mountain Marathon 2014

Running Katherine's very first marathon with her was amazing!  It was tons of fun and it was super hard!  Katherine was a rock star!  She ran strong until about mile twenty or so and I had a tough last ten miles, but we rallied and ran it in strong.  It was a lot harder than I had given myself credit for last year!  Watching my awesome running buddy and bestie tough through a marathon was worth every step!

About to board the bus! 

Look who we found!  My sweet freind Laurie!

Starting line goofballs!

And we're off!  The first part of the race is a loop around Deer Valley resort to thin the crowd before we head onto single track for the whole race.
Party time!

Laurie up ahead.

Who's having fun!?

The entire course is amazingly beautiful!

I took a million photos.  This is after I thinned them out!

Still having fun!

I took a bunch of signs to switch out as we ran. 

I also made Katherine a sign that read, "This is my first marathon!"  She got a lot of encouraging words from that sign!

Another sign!

Here comes Laurie!

It was hot out!  I had ice in that bandana!

Think this is hard?

We were both still feeling fabulous at mile 15!

My husband, Jeff, managed to sneak a couple signs in my bag! 

Around mile 16 I started having a really hard time.  It wasn't anything in particular, I just felt sluggish and crappy.  I let Katherine take the lead for the next few miles.  Finally I got pissed and ran hard to catch her and stay with her.  She yelled at me that I was running to fast.  I guess angry running isn't so bad!  HA!

Here is where I had to rally and play cheer leader again.  We were both tired and sore, but we kept running and finished strong!

This downhill was pretty painful!

Finally!  Running into the finish!!!

Our kids were waiting for us at the finish with cups of water!  Sweet little things!

The rest of these photos were accidental.  I had forgotten to turn the camera off after we crossed the finish line.  I thought they were fun!

We did it!  Our finish time was 6:21 (last year I did it in 5:38).  I am so proud of Katherine!  Now, who thinks she'll be joining me for an ultra next year?!