Sunday was the BIG running day!!!
My older brother and I have been running together for about a year and a 1/2 now.p>
(GO! st louis half marathon 2010)
This past weekend we ran the VERY FIRST Rock n Roll Marathon in St louis
my cousin, brother, and me before the race!
My cousin and I ran the half (she killed it!) and my brother ran his VERY FIRST full!
The morning started at 5am w/ a big bowel of oatmeal, water, and coffee.
My cousin and brother met at my house around 6. And we were off!
After two visits to the bathroom, it was time to line up in Group 9!
At 7:47 the race started, but we didn’t get to the start line till 7: 56!!!!!
I know I was more excited for brother who has attempted TWO TIMES before this to complete the full. And now the time had come for him to do it!!
My brother and I stayed together for the first 8 miles, until the full marathon split the other direction. We saw my parents at mile 5
You can see my brother(in gray) and me (navy and red) in the middle, Im not hiding I promise haha
Those first 8 miles were odd. My brother and I were both feeling ok one minute, then sick the next. Then fine. Then our legs cramped up. It just was all over the place WEIRD
I then turned left and he went right for the full. I was SO proud of him. So excited that he was finally going to be able to accomplish this dream. He has worked really hard.
My parents, sister in law, uncle, and my brothers friend were stationed throughout the full marathon course. So they were able to make sure he was doing ok and to give support
During this time. I was running the final 5.1 miles by myself. I turned my music on and tried to get into a groove. But found myself having off times, and then switched to the runners high. I walked a bit. But I didn’t really push it.
Then at mile 10 I thought. Kristen. This is YOUR run. You are done being the supportive runner (I was actually texting while running. letting my parents and sister in law know where we were, so they could be there for Brian. yep I can run and text haha)
I didn’t do great, but it was faster than GO! st louis half in April. So Ill take it. My time was 2:34. My fastest is 2:04 when Im not pacing a marathoner haha
Afterwards, I got some food and LOTS to drink. And we waited…..
(while showing my dad my cool new medal haha)
And then he FINALLY came over the hill!
He was EXTREMELY tired, sore, and worn out. He even said there were times when he didn’t think he could finish.
BUT HE DID!!!!!
It was awesome!
We of course had to take group pictures, because…thats what my family does haha
My brother and sister in law
Me and my brother
I was laughing because he was leaning on me for support haha
Yep. you can run a half and full marathon, but then you have to stand and look pretty for about 10 minutes haha
It really was a great day. I was so proud of my brother. And this was my first rock n roll marathon. I wasn’t that impressed because the bands weren’t as frequent as I thought. But the route was SO much better than GO! St louis in april.
Question for you:
Have you ever raced in a rock n roll marathon?