Monday, October 19, 2009

Kansas City Marathon 2009

This weekend I checked one item of my lifetime list, "to run a full marathon." I was very lucky to have my amazing friends traveling with me. Lori, Laura, Judy, Becca, Lanora and all the way from New Mexico, Angelique were there to cheer me on and compete in their personal goals.

The weekend started with a stop in Lawrence for lunch and a little shopping. Then on to the race expo at Crown Center in Kansas City. I was disappointed in the amount of vendors at the expo but I did get an iRun Like a Girl long sleeve shirt to wear during the race.

After the expo, the seven of us met up at our very nice hotel and then it was time for dinner at Cheesecake Factory on the Plaza. Laura and I got our cheesecake to go and stored it in the hotel fridge to eat after the race on Saturday.

After dinner, we went back to the hotel and did a little knitting. I woke up Saturday morning excited and nervous. It was cold, dark and raining as we walked the mile to the start line. I started with the 5 hour pace group and started with them till mile 17 when I started to feel very fatigued. Miles 19 to 23 were the most difficult but at mile 23 I realized there was only 3 miles left and I got a little extra energy to make it to the end. I came across the finish line in 5:10:37. I am very happy with my time.

It was an amazing weekend with amazing women and I am so happy that I was able to complete this dream with these women. Thanks to you all!
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