In my last post I wrote about the End of the World marathon. Well I am by no means fast, or as John Bingham says, “I am getting my moneys worth out of the experience.” Well the second day of the race I was so close to quitting. My body hurt everywhere and I had an extremely swollen achilles tendon. If you have never experienced that, It hurts!
Well needless to say I was neck and neck for last place, or as my kids call said, I was next years winner. I will go with that. But in the back I had the honor of meeting an amazing man. We talked about his favorite races and he gave me tips on ones to take the kids to. I noticed he had on a 50 states club shirt so I asked him how many marathons he had completed. I had guessed around 100, but his response was 677! Can you imagine 677 marathons. Thats 17,737 miles just at races, not training.
So as disappointed as I was to be so close to the back I could not have chosen a more amazing person to finish with.
My new friend Gene.
I have not yet finished blogging my different marathons. I need to get on it since I have another one coming up next week. I love when I get comments and emails from you saying that the posts have helped you decide which runs to do. I just love hearing from you all.
I have now done 13 marathons and I know I say that each were my favorite, but this one was really unique. On December 21, 2012 I did, “The End of The World Marathon” and then the following day I did, “The Day After The End of The World Marathon.” The races took place in Humble, Tx. There was not much that was special about the location. It was basically a plowed field with course markers. But what made it awesome was the husband and wife team that put it together. They were amazing. I would do any race this couple put on. Here are a few of the course markers that were put out.
A view of the trail.
Not too many places do you get to run by where they are drilling for oil.
Most runners will admit that we are in it for the bling. This race not only had the bling but it had great swag. For each day we got a duffle bag, a shirt, a hat, a medal and a squeeze toy. The toy is just something this group likes to do. One was a Easter Island head and the other was a smiley face.
From day 1
From Day 2
And a coin for doing both days.
Just a few more random pics…
A Bald Eagles Nest
As you read in the previous post the Pembroke Coastal Challenge did not go as planned (cliffs, 45 mph wind gusts, hail and mud). So Tina and I chose to make out own challenge. We called this the Pontypoole Challenge. I do have to say it was a lot more fun.
Sam, my husband, dropped us off at the canal close to where we were staying. We knew the canal was roughly 45 miles long so he just said for us to call when we were done. Here are just a few pictures of what we saw along the canal.
Sunrise over the canal.
The beautiful fall leaves.
Tina on one of our detours from the trail to see the little water falls.
Sheep, Sheep and more Sheep.
The canal boats.
Next time I am there I want to take a ride in one of these. However, this time we got to assist in a dog rescue using the boats.
One of the best parts about the UK is that everything ends in the pub.
It made for a great after run meal.
I have started training for the Pembroke Coastal Challenge. This will be my first run in my husband’s homeland of Wales and it is the most challenging run I have signed up for yet. But I am always us for a challenge.
I will admit Tina (my running friend who is doing this with me) and I got a little nervous when we saw a supplies list that included a compass and whistle.
To plan for such a run, or any run, a runner has to try and replicate the run the best way possible. So how do you train in Houston, Tx for a run in Wales? First off the weather is completely different and second is the terrain. Throughout the run we will be going along paths, gravel and cliffs. My husband says that is what the whistle is for, if I fall off they will be able to find me. I’m praying that is not the case.
So I just moved to Houston leaving Tina behind in Orlando. To train I have several obstacles to first overcome. Running with someone since I hate running alone and second, I had never run on a trail. Well, you can find just about anything on google. I googled Houston trail runners and this is who I found.
These are Trail Runners 101. A great group to wake up for on Saturdays.
After two great Saturday mornings of Houston trail running this group went to Hunstville State Park for a six hour run. I thought I would join in for more off road experience. I was the slowest but I had a great time.
This was my favorite view. I wanted to stop and take pictures, but my new British friend Richard kept reminding me to, “Walk with purpose.” So thankfully someone else took some pictures.
That is me in the front in white sporting my new backpack I have to wear during the Pembroke Coastal Challenge. Richard is in the picture too, not sure what he is doing. Just happy to be on the trails.
I am so thankful for this group accepting me into their group and teaching me about the trails. Now if only we could do something about this Houston heat and humidity.