My morning started out bright and early as I headed from Portland to Eugene (2 hours in the car). I found easy parking, pretty much exactly where I had parked last year, 2 blocks from mile 8. I got settled took out my sign and cowbell and anxiously waited to see all my runners! Zach came speeding by shortly after I got set up. This year I was ready for him and got a decent photo. Here he is lookin’ strong at mile 8 on his way to a new half marathon PR. I hope he writes a race report soon and challenges Mr. Pi to a duo because they are so close on race pace. Zach has the fastest half PR to date and Mr. Pi the fastest marathon PR to date.
About a minute later, the happiest looking marathoner came bounding by. Look at her, you’d never guess she was running a marathon.
Again, I saw Tall Mom, still looking strong she was too fast for us to get our camera’s out (sorry chica). Jen was right behind, still happy as can be. She got a flash of her special sign but later admitted she didn’t really see it. Here ya go Jen, just for you! The only pic we got of Jen here was of us high fiving but my arm totally blocked her.
I spotted Kathy and gave her a shout out. So random to pick out people you’ve never actually met before.
She's faking it here, I could tell but she did still look strong! Certainly, stronger than I've ever looked at mile 24.5!
Then, our MV came by. This time her running still looked strong but her face looked like she was ready to punch someone (we were hoping it wasn’t us). Later she told us, she was really hurting and she got all emotional when she saw us---awwwww! We love you too!
This face says I'm gettin' to that finish line MF'er!
Since we were so close to the finish line and we knew from last year that it was kind of a pain to park we headed to the restaurant to secure a table and order some drinks—marathon spectating is hard work!
I seriously love spectating races. I know how much it means to me to see a friendly face. If anyone needs a spectator I’m your gal! I come complete with enthusiasm, water bottles, signs, cowbells and running shoes in case you need a partner for a mile or two!
Here are two pics I stole from our marathoners blogs!
8th marathon in the BAG
No longer an MV!
I'd like to give a shout to another P-town runner who also finished the Eugene marathon yesterday--CilleyGirl. While I didn't actually see her on the course, I was thinking of her on her journey yesterday. Great job chica, you are no longer an MV, welcome to the marathoner club!
Every time I watch a race I get a little bit of race envy. I've now spectated two marathons in the past 2 weeks and I'm ready to have a race of my own soon. I'm entering my 8th week of Barb's race training with my first tri-related "race" coming up on May 23rd. I'm doing the Hagg Lake OWS, should be fun!