Last weekend sure was a busy one for a weekend that neither of us had official plans to participate in any races whatsoever. Like I had mentioned in previous posts, Mr. Marathon was able to participate in the Crooked Road 24 Hour Ultra Marathon at like the last minute due to someone who dropped out. This run took place in Rocky Mount, VA, which is only 30-45 minutes north of where we live. It is so crazy that such a splendid 24-hour event like this is located so close to home! Well, hubbs wasn't allowed to have all the fun, and I had a long run on the schedule, so I signed up on a whim to do the Star City Half Marathon in beautiful (hilly) Roanoke. I did the Star City Half Marathon in 2013, and it was rough, so I was very hesitant to do it, but I am glad that I did!
|It was cold in Roanoke!|
|My finisher's medal!|
|He ran like this the whole time, prancing about and whatnot.|
|Such a gorgeous little park!|
After Mr. Marathon returned to the park with several pairs of shoes in hand (foot?), he took off again. And he ran. And ran. Oh, and he ran some more. He kept on running until mid afternoon, when we were planning on heading back home yet again for our Christmas Parade at 5:00 pm. We headed home and watched the parade, got our jollies, and then we returned yet again to the park where Mr. Marathon and I set up camp for the night, literally. We set up a tent so that he could take nap breaks and then go running so he could meet his goal of 50 miles. Throughout the night, I cheered him on from my slumber. It was very cold, so it was even more challenging to wake up every few hours, change clothes, and go run in the pitch black night! I wouldn't know, but that's just what he told me. Anyway, he got up to run at various times throughout the night at approximately 11:00 pm and 3:00 am to go run. I, on the other hand, did not. Regardless, he ended up finishing his miles and smashing his goal to little bitty pieces by around 5:30 am when he clocked in at ***drum roll please***......
|Selfie with the 100K! Which he finished at like 3:15 am!|
(he waited until the sun came up to take this picture, obvs)
|He blew past this milestone around 1:00 pm!|
|Our tent! |
NOT PICTURED: our generator and space heater.... :)
|We survived camping out!|
|Finishing off his last lap with 3 minutes to spare!|
|Taking a picture with|
ultra marathon runner legend, Tom Green
|He ran 55 laps, and he never got|
tired of looking at this cute little waterfall!
|The face you make after running 100K+ and hardly sleeping|
and you desperately need real food
and your wife says "Wait let me get a picture!"
|My precious little ultra-marathoner!|
|Rest and recovery is the best part!|