Mission Accomplished and…Ouch
What an incredible weekend in Arizona! We had such a great time. It was bright and sunny, we logged some pool time, sat in rocking chairs and played checkers at Cracker Barrel, made great memories with Jim (M’s Dad), ran our races, PR’d and had one of the best Mexican meals ever…
I would absolutely recommend the Arizona Marathon (and half) if you are looking for a flat, fast course. The volunteers were so friendly and there was plenty of water/gatorade/portapotties. Something worth noting if you have family coming to spectate: the marathon and half courses are completely different and both point to point. Family/friends are pretty much relegated to the finish line to watch you unless they plan to drive all over. But really, no big deal. The finish was fun with lots of visibility and our hotel was right there so logistics were a piece of cake!
Three days later, M is still a teeny bit stiff, but I’m pretty much back to normal as long as I don’t stand up to fast.
Here is the weekend review in pictures…
Running and racing (in my case running) may not be easy, but it gives you a goal to work for. It holds me accountable to set a goal and to work hard to make that goal happen. When I sign up for a race it means that those Saturday and Sunday mornings when I’d rather roll over and sleep an extra hour don’t happen (as often) because I know I have to knock out my run or suffer the consequences on race day.
This was the first race I traveled out of the state for. I’m not saying I’d do it all the time. But it was pretty special to have quality time with M and Jim. To talk and road trip and watch a sunset/sunrise in a different place and have memories of realizing a goal together was amazing. Not bad for a weekend in February! ♥