Today was the Austin marathon. Actually, it pretty much has consumed my weekend. Simply put, it’s one of the coolest things I get to do, and I look forward to it all year, and I’m just plain lucky to be part of such a talented team.
I won’t rehash all the details because I’ve done it before. I worked at the expo a lot this year, but I love talking to all the runners and it’s exhausting but a lot of fun. I had a new partner this year, Stacey, and it was fun to share the experience of guiding so many first time marathoners across the line. As always, pacing Is both easier and harder than running a marathon on my own. I’m so, so tired tonight, and despite the fact I’ve worn this shoe/ sock combo several times before with no problems, I’m going to end up losing four toenails. Ouch. But these are trivial things to put up with to do something that’s so much fun.
I’m always a bit of an outsider and often do things alone…..including my running. A nice side effect of pacing is getting to be deep into the Austin running community and really be a part of it for marathon weekend. Not only do I get the honor of guiding folks through the marathon, but I get to be part of an incredible, diverse, and inspiring team.
– My partner, Stacey, was not only a very talented runner, but she knew about half the spectators on the course. As her tag along, I got a lot of cheers this year!
-the marathon high teens out on the course running their first marathon. So inspiring.
-almost perfect weather. The sun stayed behind the clouds all day…no sunburn!
-dinner tonight at Phil’s Icehouse and non- running friends bringing me cookies. So sweet and thoughtful.
-my wonderful family keeping themselves entertained and busy all weekend since I was out of the picture. And seeing them on course at mile 16. Even if Jasper just said “hi mommy, I’m going to the museum.”
Anyhow, number 31 is in the books, Austin marathon number 14 is checked off. I can’t wait until next year!