Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Major Award

Melissa with medal and trophy, originally uploaded by ragfield.

Well, she struggled the last 1/3 - 1/2 of the race, but she made it. I ended up running along side her for the last 8 miles or so. It started getting dark. And cold. And many of the half marathon runners had finished, so there weren't very many people out on the course. And the course was not well marked. Melissa quipped that she would have gotten lost if I had not been running with her. I can believe it.

As she tired her pace dropped a bit. She had been on pace to run 3:45. Despite all the difficulties she still ended up finishing with an excellent time of 4:01, which was good enough for 3rd place in her age group (and despite what Melissa might have you believe, I think there were more than 3 people in her age group running the race). Here she is pictured with her major award, a horse trophy.

I'll let her fill you in on the gory details in a follow up post. Now it is time to go eat pizza (a treat which Melissa saves exclusively for post-marathon meals).


Anonymous said...

SOOOOOOO GLAD YOU MADE IT AND IT"S OVER!!!!! thanks to robby for keeping you on track,and getting you across the finish line,,,,,,,, just seeing you with the HORSE TROPHY, must make it ALL WORTH IT!!! only in MO.!!!!! Hope you enjoy your pizza. and have a good nites sleep....... have a great trip on to TEXAS. Luv you both, foxy mama

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! You are such a great duo .... I can NOT EVEN IMAGINE running 26 miles, and you did it in the WINTER and IN THE DARK!!!!!!! Amazing!!!!! You look great with your medal and trophy -- and it was so wonderful to keep track of you along the way -- HOWEVER, I have to admit that i got a little 'fussed' when the updates stopped as Robbie was running with you ... what a guy!!!! I've added that to the list of 1000 reasons why you love Rob!!! Have a great time on the rest of your trip!
hugs, auntie