Mission Accomplished and…Ouch

by Kir

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…

Sunset in the desert on the drive to Glendale

Sunset in the desert on the drive to Glendale

Chilling in rocking chairs at the Cracker Barrel

Chilling in rocking chairs at the Cracker Barrel

Race eve prep!

Race evening prep!

The upside of waking up at 4:45am

The upside of waking up at 4:45am

We did it! PRs and a Boston Qualification, not bad for a morning's work...

We did it! PRs and a Boston Qualification, not bad for a morning’s work…

Proud dad and a tired M!

Proud dad and a tired, but happy M!

Note: don't step on toes post marathon. Only one of us thought this was funny...

Note: don’t step on toes post marathon. Only one of us thought this was funny…

Magic off the beaten path Mexican...also the best beer ever!!!

Magic off the beaten path (literally) Mexican…also quite possibly the best beer ever!!!

Matching hats to mark to occasion!

Matching hats to mark the occasion!

Compression & cutoffs. A new trend or fashion disaster...time will tell!

Compression & cutoffs. New trend or fashion disaster…time will tell!

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! ♥

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