-Driving down to sunny St George! This year it was 65 degrees down there, but every year that I have been it has been so hot! I love coming up on the red rocks and sitting out in the sun!
- Eating pasta Friday night! We always go to the Pizza Factory the night before the race so the runners can get their "carbs" and be ready for the race! It is always packed there and we always get the HUGE table on the top floor!
-Sleeping all 13 of us in a 3 bedroom condo! Runners get the beds - the rest get whats left over!
-Seeing Jake and the other runners wake up at 3:30 to eat a quick breakfast and head to catch the bus that goes up the canyon to the start line.
- Getting the rest of the crew up at 7:00 so we can make it to Snow Canyon (aka mile 16), park, then make the hike to the top to cheer on the runners. Generally we have strollers and little kids with us so this is a hike:) But it is TOTALLY worth it!
-Waiting at mile 16 and having Mare ask for a swallow of Coke! Nice - she dosen't want Gatorade or water - she wants Coke! ha ha! Also bringing up bananas, orange slices, Ibuprofin 800, and LOTS OF HUGS!
- Running down the canyon to get to our cars - trying to back up on a one way road - to drive to the park (aka finish line) to see the runners finish. We are always in a hurry because most of the roads are closed so it takes long to get to the park.
- On the way to the park seeing High School bands playing on the street, homeowners out with their hoses to hose off the runners, and lots of crowds cheering them on.
- Finally getting to the park and desperatly looking for a parking spot.
- Standing along the red fence at the finish line waiting for our runners to pass. This is where the tears start to come. It is great to see so many people finish the race. You can always count on one guy carrying an American Flag, one old guy who has on a shirt that says "This is my 50th marathon", and a BUNCH of bloody, chafed nipples! The best - Jill and I just yelling out names to see if anyone looks over. "Alright Joe!! Keep running you're looking good!" And buying flowers from the man in the wheelchair.
- Seeing your family and friends cross the finish line - what a great accomplishment!
- Walking through a SEA of people in the park looking for your family.
- Finally finding your family and getting pictures with them and their medals.
- Can't forget - telling Jake to snag me a free popsicle (they are only for the runners)
- Walking (or helping Jake walk at this point) with Jake to the tennis courts to sort through NASTY SMELLY SWEATY clothes to find the items that he threw off at the throughout the race.
- Going back to the condo - everyone laying around and the CLASSIC Justin comment - "I'm a man down." And stopping with grandma to pick pomegrantes at some random house by the park!
- Shopping while the guys are at preisthood. Then when they come home watching Post Season Baseball or a college football game.
-Getting up Sunday - enjoying Aunt Lindas GREAT breakfast and I love that Pomegrante salad then watching conference -(or sleeping through it - what ever you prefer)
- Leaving at noon - and already getting excited to come back next year - PRICELESS!
If you have not been down for the marathon you should go. Sometimes it seems crazy getting up early and getting the kids ready and frantically running around St George to see the runners, but it really is so much fun! Everytime I am there I always think "next year I am going to do it!" Well, last year I tried and during training I got up to 8 miles and then quit (I don't want to talk about it!) So maybe next year, eh?
Congrats to all that finished - Allison Bryan, Sarah Featherstone, Debby Barney and Kelly Gardner. Here are a few pictures from last year!
Jake running in 2006 - his 6th time!
Thanks for getting me the popsicle!