Monday, September 17, 2007


I lived through the Dutchess County Marathon yesterday--I realized when I finished how worried I'd been, since I haven't done any speed work for over a year (and I'm so inherently unspeedy that even with regular speed work, I'm still not at all fast... my main virtue as a runner is that I keep going). So I was worried that it would take me so long that I'd quit.

But I kept chugging along, and the course was mostly nice and flat, and the weather was perfect, and hardly anyone was running the marathon, so I came in second in my age group, and got a trophy! (I suspect I came in second out of two... there were only 50 some people in the marathon, and the majority were men.)

Second of Two!

Kevin ran the first half with me, then biked the second half--he biked ahead to each mile marker, then waited for me, gave me a sport bean and gatorade, then biked ahead again. That way, I had something to look forward to every mile, which seems silly, but helps a lot. There are a few more pictures in Kevin's Flickr. The horse came over to stand beside Kevin one of the times he stopped to wait for me.

I thought I might want to try to go to the Morehouse Merino store afterwards, but a shower, food, and napping in the car on the drive home won out over yarn. Incredible!

On the other hand, I'm going to be back there for Rhinebeck with the SnBers, so we can go then. And I spent 4 hours knitting on Saturday at Webs with Annie, so it's not like I'm yarn-deprived. (I bought Cat Bordhi's new sock book but no yarn... I can't wait to try the new sock architectures, if I can stop giggling at "sock architectures" long enough to knit. Although I don't know what else she could have called them--I just tried to avoid the phrase in that sentence and couldn't come up with anything.)

Speaking of not yarn-deprived, the September shipment from the Woolgirl Yarn Club came while we were gone over the weekend (Gorgeous! Pictures later!), and it looks like the miles of yarn we ordered form Sarah's Yarns is supposed to arrive today, so I'm really, really, really not yarn-deprived!


Sunflowerfairy said...

You didn't tell me you got a medal AND a trophy!! Wow. Go you!! I don't know, I'm up to 3/4 of a mile...maybe next year you'll have more competition.

(I'd need Dave to hold ice cream instead of a sport bean, whatever that is.)

jennsquared said...

YAY! Congrats! I know you can do it! SOOOOOOOO exciting :)

Baby Beth said...

Awesome! Congratulations! What the heck is a sport bean?