We missed Shelly but we did see Aron looking strong. (Note: I plan to be as bright as possible in SD, it was so easy to pick Aron out of the crowd. That way all you speedsters running SD won't have a problem seeing me as I round the corner for the finish line on May 31st.)
Just to give you an idea of what these runners got to see, here's a few pictures of our awesome signs! We got lots of smiles on the course which was so rewarding (marathoning is hard work I can barely muster a smirk let alone a shout out to spectators, we had several yesterday). It's all in the signs!
We had to include some ROHO love since I know those gals really wanted to be there!
Fitting for the girl with 5 of 10 toenails to be holding this sign! (P.S. They are growing back, slowly.)
After mile 8 we headed to mile 17. We had planned a stop at mile 14 too but thought Aron would be beat us there so we went to 17 instead. We were there with plenty of time and even got to see the police escort the front runners through the course! So cool! We also saw plenty of "red elevens" and lots of muddy backsides. Here's Aron and her hubby (who jumped in to run with her and support her through her tough miles).
Our final stop was mile 24.5. We saw crazy Shelly run by on her way to finishing her 3rd marathon in 13 days with a PR of something ridiculous like 3:32 (yes, that's right peeps, she's crazy).
By this point, I was ready to jump in the marathon and finish out the last few miles with the fast crowd (just to see what it would be like to run with the under 4 hour crew). Of course I didn't but part of me really wanted to, especially when we saw Aron for the last time. She mustered a smile, which at mile 24.5 after a tough race is hard (I know b/c I'm usually sobbing at this point or whispering obscenities). I wanted to jump in and (sprint, for me) along with her and Chris and tell her how inspirational she is and how she's one of the runners I look up to, instead Amy and I cheered loudly and headed to the finish.
Aron finishing strong after a tough race with a smile and a high-five!
Everyone ran great races and finished strong. I can't wait to spectate another race. I didn't even mind the 5:00 am wakeup call. Great job to all the other racers this weekend. Dan of 4 Feet Running ran his FIRST half marathon, Kristen ran her FIRST marathon, Carrie PR'd ...I'm sure I missed a few others...Great Racing Everyone!