Since my last post didn’t have any pictures and lots of deep thoughts, I’ll make up for it with this recap and show you all the pictures that found their way on my phone. Sounds like a good deal, huh?
Before I get started, thank you for your kind words. They mean the world to me. YOU are the amazing. inspirational ones. Thank you for being YOU and for being here and sharing this crazy adventure with me.
Speaking of adventure, let me just say that the OC Marathon was awesome. I really loved everything about it. It was just the perfect little two day extravaganza.
The marathon start time was 5:30 am. The half marathon started an hour later at 6:30 am, but the fabulous Katie decided to get up early and ride the shuttle from the hotel to the start with me and hang out with the early birds.
The Marriott was really close to the start at Fashion Island so a lot of people were hanging out all over the place in there. We hit up the fancy bathrooms instead of waiting for the port a potties by the start. It was such a good call.
Sarah, Monica and I headed to the start with about 10 minutes to go.
It wasn’t too crowded or anything so that was nice.
We met up with Pam (the birthday girl) once we were in the corrals.
We decided that we’d all start out together for a bit and catch up since some of us hadn’t seen each other for a long time.
This was the third week in a row Pam and I were running a marathon together. We still had a lot to talk about though. Running with friends is always so much more fun.
Pam and I ran together for the first 14 miles or so. I felt myself slowing down a bit and told Pam to go ahead as she wanted to keep up the steady pace.
After a couple miles or so by myself Sarah and I found each other. We only had about a mile or two to catch up before I had to make a bathroom stop. She asked if I wanted her to wait and I secretly did, but I told her no and told just go ahead because I wasn’t sure she wanted to slow down with me or not.
That bathroom stop was key. It’s funny how sometimes you’re racing and feeling fine and then all of a sudden it hits you that you better find a bathroom like soon. I know some of you know what I mean.
I was solo for the last 7 miles. They weren’t awful, but I started really losing steam. My legs were tired. Go figure.
I did the best I could to keep trucking along. I kept thinking that I better make it to the finish line in a timely fashion because they boys were sitting in the hotel room with my sweet brother eating up room service and waiting for me to get back to go to the pool.
I always put things into perspective the last few miles. When I hit mile 21 I think I only have a Parenthood episode left. When I hit mile 23 I think it’s like a New Girl episode.
Then when I hit mile 25 I remind myself that I can run a mile with the boys. I can run a mile FOR the boys. That always get me through.
I can’t remember the last time I actually picked things up at the finish line. I think it was probably a year ago or so, but crossing that finish line is amazing EVERY SINGLE TIME.
Thank you Katie for the picture.
The OC Marathon medal is one of the coolest ones I’ve ever gotten. It’s like stain glass. It’s big time.
Having your friends waiting at the finish line is pretty darn fantastic.
They were handing out bags at the end which was brilliant. It’s always hard to grab your goodies and freebies and try to balance them just when you finish a marathon.
They had a lot of fun snacks to grab as we went by.
chocolate milk and a couple other things.
I didn’t hang out too long as I was in a hurry to get back to the boys. I hopped on our shuttle right away and this guy right behind me was holding the biggest beer I’d ever seen.
They informed me that he was the winner of the marathon. Um, hello. I guess he earned that.
We ended up chatting on the ride back to the hotel and as much as I wanted to ask a million and one questions about his training, etc. I didn’t.
I did ask to take a picture with him and the winner of the half marathon though.
I did ask if they present a big check to him like they do on TV and he said no and that they just mail it to them afterwards.
The OC Marathon is definitely a new favorite.
Things I really liked about the race:
The expo was easy.
The transportation to the start and transportation back to the hotel were very easy also.
I really like the early start. It’s so much better than waking up early and waiting around to start a race. With the early start, you’re already halfway done before you realize what’s going on. Ha.
The race wasn’t too big. I feel like the size was just right.
All the aid stations were well stocked and had a lot of volunteers and there were quite a lot along the race course.
The course was flat for the most part. There was one little hill around mile 11 or so, but other than that it was pretty flat.
The course took us all around Orange County and through some really nice neighborhoods. It was a quiet course, but with lots of fun things to see along the way.
If it’s in the plan I’ll definitely be back next year. It’s a really great course to get a BQ if that’s something you’re working towards.
Once back at the hotel, I did a little self assessment and realized that everything felt good. I was a little off and my body and legs were tired, but my hip didn’t hurt and everything else felt fine.
The boys were full of pricy room service pancakes and still in pajamas when I got to the hotel room.
and took off my race number.
They found room in their tummies for the chocolate milk I brought back for them.
Then I grabbed one of those Strong and KIND bars I got from the expo and we headed to the pool for a bit.
We hung with Katie again and my best friend from college, Sasha, came to visit.
We made use of every last minute until it was time for late check out.
Then it was time to call it a wrap.
It was honestly one of the best weekends ever. I loved spending some alone time with the boys on our own little adventure, got to see my brother and my best friend, got to hang out with my amazing running ladies who inspire me daily AND got to run 26.2 beautiful miles in Orange County.
Life is so so good friends.
I’m still on cloud nine from the last three amazing weekends and hope to stay there for a VERY long time.