Thursday, April 30, 2009

Big Sur Marathon

My team: My friend, Kathy has run in the Boston Marathon, and ran the leg of our race that was pretty much seven miles of up-hill running. Thanks to her I had a lot of downhill.Most of my run was in-land, but I did get a couple of nice views of the ocean. My friends, Dave and Pete took this pic from the bus as they were being taken back to the finish line. They're usually pretty dignified, but they both hung out the window of the bus yelling at me.The mile before the finish line was great with crowds cheering and bands playing...and lots of people walking, ha, ha.Travis describing his hand-off to me.

So...this pretty much has nothing to do with knitting except that I knit in the car on the way to Monterey and back last weekend. Why? Because I ran in the Big Sur Marathon....four miles of it, that is. I was in a relay with some friends from work and an ex-student, who now lives in Monterey. It was great fun....really, except for the part where I got up at five and waited an hour for a school bus to take me up to the beginning of my leg, so I could wait another THREE hours for my part of the marathon, which was the last four miles of it. It really was a great weekend with a quick visit to the Monterey Aquarium and a walk down Cannary Row with Russ and Kai since Paige was at home at a swim meet. We placed 57th out of a 137 teams in the Mixed Relay, but that was because of Travis, my twenty-eight-year-old, ex-student who prevented us from running in the Master's relay. We would have been fifth if we had done that. I'm thinking we'll ditch Travis next year. I'm kidding. He was a great kid who has not surprisingly become a fun adult, complete with a beautiful wife who works as an oceanographer. It was a wonderful "outside the box" time.

10 comments:

Willow said...

Wow! I'm impressed! Congratulations on the 'win-win'.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- that's awesome. If I were ever to run a marathon (who am I kidding, I can't run 2 minutes) I'd want to do it as a relay. I'm so impressed that you could run 4 miles!

TheBlackSheep said...

That looks like fun. What a great place to run a marathon.

Wool Winder said...

I couldn't run four miles if my life depended on it.

Rani said...

I'm with wool winder - 4 miles would just about kill me. but I'm working on it!

What a fun event!

Julie said...

You are awesome! And you look fabulous too.

Mari said...

So cool. My husband was thing about running it after running the Austin one back in February. He hurt his leg, however. Instead we enjoyed a couple nights at Ventana Inn over spring break. :)

Tracy said...

You go, girl! Very impressive....And four miles is plenty! When I was in my teens I used to do fun-runs and one miles and such, but never much longer. And certainly not now--LOL! But your marathon relay looks such fun! Congrats for taking part and doing so well! Happy Days ((HUGS))

Hege said...

Well done! I think I'd be out of breath after 5 minutes...

Mary said...

Congratulations! A job well done.

Blessings,
Mary