Wednesday, May 13, 2009

26.2 miles--Uff-da!

This last weekend was the Fargo Marathon. It was a lot of fun! I ran the marathon relay with three friends from church and we all did really well. (Katrina and I ran the 5.5 portions and Daiko and Jared ran the 7.5 portions). Our team actually placed 52nd out 378 teams! Not to shabby eh? I was really happy with my time. I finished with 50:30. That's a 9:11 split time.

Here's me warming up with the kids. I was SO nervous. There were literally hundreds of people there. I actually muffled our exchange. I didn't see Daiko cross the line because there were so many spectators/people waiting for their exchange. I didn't even hear them call out our number because it was so loud. Luckily our friend Mike was there and called Steve on the cell phone and asked, "Hey, where's Sarah? Daiko's done and looking for you." I found him shortly after and started my leg. I lost all nervousness and started my leg booking it.


The first 3 miles were great, I actually checked my watch and saw I was running an 8 min mile. It was so fun--I swear everyone in Fargo was on the streets cheering everyone on. Like it was a parade or something. There were even garage bands playing pump music. I was wearing my Bears toque (because it was 33F) and people were yelling "Go Bears" "We love Chicago" (I think they thought I was from Chicago because people come from everywhere for this). I just played along with it and yelled, "Woo-hoo Chicago" and "Yeah Bears".
The 4th mile on was harder. I started to slow down, but finished the last 1/2 mile pretty strong. Here's me approaching the end of my leg:

Like I said it was a ton of fun. Katrina really wants me to do the 1/2 marathon next year with her. Here's the team. Our total marathon time was 3:52:50

12 Comments:

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

Sarah, that's awesome! You are my inspiration. It's so weird to see you guys wearing hats and coats right now. Here it is 80 degrees and oh so humid! Having to wear a coat right now doesn't seem too shabby!

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger April said...

Congrats on the nice work! That sounds like so much fun!

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger andrewsrock said...

you got a medal? that's awesome. I'm so glad you like to run. I hate it. yay!! what a great accomplishment!!

 
At 2:29 PM, Blogger Sarah S said...

Go Bears! I love it - that's so fun that people were cheering for you in your Chicago gear.

I am SO impressed that you did this Sarah! What a cool idea to do a marathon relay. I don't think I could ever do a full marathon, but possiby a third wouldn't be that horrible to train for... hmmm. You are motivating me to get moving! :)

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Well done Sarah! I think you should do the half marathon. :) It takes a lot of time to train though. I really enjoyed the one I did. It might be a while before I do another one because of the time commitment, but it is a great race.

 
At 4:17 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

Awesome!!

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Anne Marie said...

You go girl! I'm so proud of you. And, what a great time for you! You are one fit mama.

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger heidi said...

i am so proud of you!!! what a rush just reading about it!
and you must do a half marathon. how about next year in june? the hospital hill run in kansas city. it's my yearly goal to run that race! we can do it together!

 
At 6:06 PM, Blogger MaryAnn said...

You rock! I love how it was a team effort. Keep it up! It is totally motivating me to get off my duff!

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Livin' Single said...

um HI! i am so proud of you!! that's amazing! i'm planning on running a half marathon here in vegas in december if you wanna come! the weather will be perfect then!

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Katrina said...

Awesome! Great job. What a fun way to do a marathon (and much more reasonable to me!) ;)

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger MaryAnn said...

Hey I wanted you to know that you can watch the Dave Matthew's Band concert online at Hulu.com for free!!

 

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