This past fall Justin suggested that I run the indoor marathon 2012. I was not a fan of this idea and was relieved when we agreed that the risk of injury was too great to run it. The idea of running the race didn't cross my mind again until I was helping with the race on Saturday. For those of you not familiar with the 204 lap event, there are multiple installments of the race (Saturday AM, Saturday PM, and Sunday AM) as the field is limited to 35 people per race.
So, what would cause me to change my mind? Was I inspired by my brother-in-law Jake's race execution that led to his indoor marathon PR and win? Was I moved by Chase Merriman's determination to finish despite terrible cramps and not being able to keep anything down for a large portion of the race? While it is true that these 2 and many of the other runners showed incredible strength and perseverance that I admired, it did NOT lead me to want to test my own ability to fight through the pain.
After a quick discussion with Justin, it was decided that I would run the Sunday morning race. I made it clear that I was just going to run it as a training run. I didn't want any expectations since I hadn't exactly altered my training to run this as a race. My week had already included a 19 miler and two hard track workouts.
I, of course, have many people to thank for making this possible:
My mom for backing out of babysitting (I probably won't have run if I hadn't been stressed out from trying to keep Miles from tripping runners on Saturday!)
Justin for convincing me to run marathons and to marry him
Doug for putting on an excellent event and letting me decide to run at the last minute
Jake, Chase, and the GC CC runners Alita, Billy, Jake and Andrew for handing my water and GU and cheering for me
Alita and Billy for taking over my "direction changer" responsibilities
Grant, Chris, and John for providing me some company during the race
Laura and Natalie for helping entertain Miles
All the Sunday indoor marathon runners for putting up with me weaving through them and occasionally elbowing them (on accident!)
All the volunteers and spectators for cheering me on
T&H Timing for having all 204 of my splits
My running friends Lisa, Micki, Katie, and Ryan for keeping me in shape and pushing me to paces I never thought possible