Monday, September 22, 2008

How to run a marathon...and enjoy it!

Well, he did it. My husband completed his 8th marathon on Saturday, along with two of his brothers. This picture was taken after the race. They all look like they're trying really hard to smile.


I've already established how much I love watching marathons. This was the first race (as a spectator) that I didn't spend the whole thing driving madly along the course to find a spot to scream at Joe as he ran by. Instead, my friend Katie and I slept in. Well...sort of. Joe thought it would be a good idea (before leaving) at 4:30 am to put Mr. Ornery Pants back on the mattress he'd fallen off of. Which led to the awakening of the Angel Baby. Which led to a party in our room for the next hour before everyone finally settled down and went back to sleep.)


Katie and I did Turbo Jam, ate breakfast, then shoved 5 kids in her van to meet our husbands at the finish line. I felt slightly guilty for not being more supportive. Until I found out that if I had been somewhere along the course, Joe would've climbed in the car and suggested that we go home. Starting at mile 13.


So yes, my friends, Joe survived. But if he'd actually trained (5 weeks really doesn't count), he could've enjoyed the race...not just survived it!


So here are some tips for any of you considering running a marathon...or a half-marathon...or any race, for that matter. (Since I'm so experienced with ONE marathon under my belt...next time I'll follow my own advice)! Read On

14 comments:

Hiller Family said...

What an accomplishment, tell your husband congrats!

Deanie said...

Congratulations on the race. I have watched Nate and Hillary on a few and they whip past, I cheer and then that's it. I was at the end of one and got to see Nate come throught he finish, that one was a little more exciting for me at least, but I really admire you guys that race!!

Niki Carpenter said...

Way to go Joe, very impressive indeed!

Allie said...

GO JOE!!!

Susie said...

Thanks for your sweet comment- I still remember your dad calling me to tell me Duchess was gone. Why do we have these pets??? Congrats to Joe!

Christie said...

I am hugely impressed with several things:

1. That he keeps running these things.
2. That you did TurboJam before heading out.
3. That you were able to get those babies back to sleep at 4:30 a.m.

Diane said...

I'm in agreement with Christie. How in the world did you guys do TurboJam before leaving??? I'm also impressed that Joe hung in there to the bitter end. I don't know anyone else who can just decide to run a marathon and actually do it with so little training beforehand. Imagine how he'd do if he actually "trained".

Darcie said...

I am so IMPRESSED!! That is AWESOME!! And what a GREAT wife you are to support him:)

Aly said...

I will second and third Christie and Diane...my thoughts EXACTLY!

Missy said...

Great blog. Go Joe! Whoohooohooohoooaaaa! I don't run anymore. I hit my knee pretty good and it's never been the same; keeps popping and doing weird stuff sometimes. That's why I stick to more low impact stuff. I was never a fast runner anyway, but I did enjoy it. Its always good for the old self-esteem, that's for sure.

Erin said...

Go Joe!! Woo hoo! Way to hang in there and cross that finish line baby!

So be honest...did you get up and do turbo jam because you were feeling just a tiny bit guilty that he was in this marathon? hehe :) Either way, I'm impressed you did it!

Tami H. said...

I just don't know about this whole marathon thing. However, I am in awe that Joe keeps doing them. Way to go!

Johnston Family said...

That's awesome, I look up to people like you & your husband that run marathons. Or just run period!

Aubrey said...

Even if he onloy trained for 5 weeks, Joe kicked my butt. Way to go Joe! And yes, I would like to run the Nashville marathon with you next spring. Racing outside or Utah/Idaho is on my list of things to do before I'm 30 so sign me up.