On November 10, 2012 Jim, Tami, and myself loaded up the van and drove to West Virginia to packet pick up. It was a very small expo. It was held by a local company at Marshall University. Me, Jim, and Tami met up with Karen and James at packet pick up. We all drooled over our new Brooks jackets and tech shirts. We were so excited about them!!
Coy, Tami, Me, Jim, James, Karen, and Lonnie
Sunday, November 11, 2012 it's race day!! I was getting ready to start my 5th marathon. Before we came to West Virginia we decided that we were going to do the Jeff Galloway method to make it thru this race. We planned to run 4:30 and walk 30 seconds. I needed to try something different to try and PR today!! Coy ( First in Philly) was running with Tami to help her complete her first marathon. Karen, Lonnie, Jim and myself all stuck together until mile 12. Karen and Lonnie were staying ahead of us and they were looking great!! We told them to go on because I started way too fast and needed to slow down.
The Jeff Galloway method was working wonderfully!! I was 2 minutes ahead of when we ran our 22 miler. Each mile was getting harder but I still felt like I could complete it with a PR!! Our walks were getting longer than the 30 seconds but once we started running again our runs were longer too to make up our walk time. At mile 24 I felt hungry but I could not take another GU! My stomach wouldn't let me. The last 1 1/2 we managed to run the rest of the way even tho it was getting harder and harder. We came into the stadium at the top of the hill and we heard, "From Paris, Ky!!" I was like YEAH!! That's us!! and then they said, "Karen Cooper" I actually got to see her cross the finish line!! That was very exciting since we had done all this training together. Then we had to run down a steep hill into the stadium, then onto the astro turf to run around the field to the finish line. Right before we got to the finish line they gave us a football to carry with us. This was a very exciting time for me since I PR'd by 20 minutes!! OMG!!!! I couldn't believe I just finished this race in 5:04:11
This was a very special moment for all of us and I am so glad I got to share it with all these people!!
Thanks Marshall for bringing us all together!!!