Sunday, October 23, 2011

Dad: "Who's idea was this?"

Me:  YOU wanted to run one more marathon before you turn 60 in December.

Dad:  Why did you let me do this?

True conversation between miles 19 and 20 of the IMT Des Moines marathon on October 16th.

We finished.  Kelly finished in 3:55.  Dad and I finished in 6:41.  Neither of us is particularly overjoyed with our times, but for crash marathon training, they are amazing.  Finishing is amazing. 

I can't complain.  I can walk without pain after just a week.  Dad can too.  We're all happy to be done with 3 and 4 hour training runs on the weekends.  But we're happier we did it together. 

Here are the highlights:
  • Praying with Dad and Kelly before the race.
  • Seeing Mom, Ben (Kelly's husband), and his family cheering us on at mile 8.
  • Running through the Drake University stadium. 

  • Having the previous conversation with my Dad.
  • Kelly joining us at mile 23 and walking the rest of the way with us.
  • Crossing the finish line with Dad and Kelly while the announcer is telling everyone about Dad doing this before turning 60. 
I think we're all up for a half-marathon down the line...but not this month.  :-)

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