|My favorite is the teriyaki flavored kind.|
I high-fived the Jack Links Sasquatch.
You know, Bigfoot. Yeti. Wildman. Hairyman.
Or whatever you like to call him.
The one thing I remember about him is that he had reallllyyyy long fingernails.
Some seriously weird shit happens in marathons.
Got my medal and my t-shirt (which is snug as hell, by the way... apparently, they ran small. I should have listened to the shirt lady and ordered a large. Dammit.)
Had the photo op with Lisa 30k, we said our goodbyes and then I was off in search of food, AJ and the husband.
|See AJ over my right shoulder? I looked for her for about |
5 minutes after this picture was taken. Doh!
Still no AJ. Did I mention she kicked my ass? Beat me by over a minute. I still love her though.
Then I heard the husband call my name. He and SS had tracked me down!! Hugs and kisses all around, and a couple of pictures, took one more turn around the finish area to look for AJ, then went back to the husband and SS and AJ was there.
|Best post-race burger and beer EVER.|
It was on our way to the busses that we saw Misty on her way to finishing her first marathon. She is so inspiring!!
Back at the hotel, we showered and then went downstairs to the hotel restaurant for the best cheeseburger in all the land.
Then back to our room where we both fell asleep and didn't wake up until 8:10. That wouldn't have been a problem except that we were supposed to meet a bunch of folks from dailymile.com at 8:00. Whoops!! Quick splash of water to the face and off I went, medal around my neck, ready to meet new friends, including Bobbi, who has a hilarious blog, and is super fun to hang with!
|AJ captured the momentous moment.|
Sunday morning, we had a lovely breakfast at the hotel, hit Dunn Bros. for some coffee then headed back home.
But not until after I put a sticker on my car.
Normally, I don't do bumper stickers, but I thought I would make an exception, just this once.
|Extreme close up.|
What a great experience - from start to finish - and I don't mean just the marathon. All of it: the training, the day to day slogging, the anxiety, the aches and pains, the support, the challenge, the race itself...... I'm sad I can't have that "first marathon" experience again.
But...... the husband has expressed an interest in running a marathon..... so I might be able to live vicariously through him as he makes that journey!
It will also give me a chance to support him the way he supported me.
|A little treat for sippin'. The husband is so sweet!|
Speaking of the husband and his support - you know of my love of tequila, right? And my failed search for 1942 in Duluth - you remember that too? Well, the husband had a little treat waiting for me when I got home. He even embellished the box to reflect my accomplishment.
He's the best!!
One last note:
You also know of my love of Oreo Cookies, right? No?? Well, I love Oreos. LOVE them. In an almost unhealthy way. I gave them up during training because I couldn't be trusted to have them in the house and not eat several (or an entire package) at a time. I sometimes have portion control issues. Anywhoo..... well, it turns out there was a huge post-race Oreo station with every kind of Oreo in creation AND I MISSED IT. <insert effenheimer outburst here>
Next year, Oreo, you are mine. Next year.