10.25.2012

Two Half Marathons

Sam has been running so much so I encouraged him to sign up for a half marathon. He signed up for the Sidney Montana Half Marathon. Then we learned that Bismarck was also having a half marathon one week before the Sidney Half so he signed up for that one as well.

I was driving home from Milwaukee during the Bismarck Half. Sam drove there the night before and stayed in a hotel. The next morning, he ran the half marathon in one hour and 33 minutes. He placed 3rd in his age group and won a cool jacket.

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The next weekend was the Sidney Half. Sidney is only an hour away but it is in a different time zone. Because of that, we decided to just leave our apartment early in the morning instead of staying in Sidney overnight. This half marathon was very low-key. It was officially called Walking to Wellness. There was also a 5K and 10K which many women were walking. There were only two men involved in the entire thing and they finished first and second. The race started in the parking lot of the hospital. I waited in a park along the route during the race. The race involved four laps around so we were able to see Sam multiple times. It was 36 degrees though. Brrr!

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His first time around, he was behind the only other guy running. The man was from Sidney and he knew the route so Sam was following him. That ended up being Sam's slowest lap. After that, he ran alone. I think only four people were running the half marathon so it was a good thing it involved multiple routes, otherwise Sam never would have seen other people!

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When the man passed us after the second lap, he said, "Your daddy is too fast!"

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Two ladies from our ward in Williston ran the Sidney Half as well. It was so fun to see them and cheer for them each lap. Go, Carissa and Larissa!

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I was able to time Sam's laps almost exactly. His pace was so consistent that I would watch the time and be able to walk the boys over to the road right in time to watch Sam run up to trail.

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The race finished in the parking lot of the hospital. There wasn't a finish line or any fanfare. Although he did win, I could only do so much cheering alone. I wish I had thought to bring some streamers or an air horn. Sam definitely earned it! This was his third consecutive Saturday of running a half marathon (the first one was just a warm-up he did on his own so he would know a good pace).

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His time was 1:32.12. That is his fastest half marathon so far!

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Three of the four half marathoners. Way to represent Williston!

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After the race, we went to a small diner for brunch. It ended up being more like lunch because it took us so long to get our food, but it was pretty good and the company was great.

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Hopefully this running will continue. I would love to watch him run in the Boston Marathon sometime in the next few years!

When we were leaving Montana, Sam asked Alex, "What do you think about Montana, devil?" Alex responded, "I don't think about Montana." Amen.

6 comments:

Andrea said...

Montana is the BOMB if you go to the right place :)
My grandparents live on Flathead lake in Bigfork---we went up every summer until 2 years ago.
Definitely one of my favorite places to go...IN THE SUMMER.
otherwise...not so much. lol

Sarah said...

Sam is quick!! I would love to run a half marathon one day if my body will allow it. How fun! Great pictures.

Katie Larsen said...

SO awesome! Sam has lost SO MUCH weight. That's gotta feel good. Sounds like a great last month.

BTW, Em, I need your help. My husband and I recently found out we're moving to Coeur d'Alene, ID (job offer)right after Christmas. And I don't know anybody there!! (except for the fact that I have met his boss). I'm excited for the adventure, but mostly nervous about all the changes. What recommendations would you give? I don't necessarily like being "new."

I know you're quite familiar with moving around a lot, so I'd love some advice from the expert!

Rachael and Jeff Downs said...

That's amazing!! Way to go, Sam! Have you ever thought about running with him??
Also, you and Sam are looking great! I wish I could find the time to start working out...you might need to tell me your secrets... ;) (Although I'm pretty sure laziness is my problem...)

Spencer and Anna said...

Way to go, Sam! A far cry from the half marathon we once ran together... :)

Holly Decker said...

that quote at the end? BEST QUOTE EVER. in fact, i am going to incorporate it into my life.

and not to be a total whiner, but can you guys stop being so awesome? i mean, if you go an run the boston marathon, i will downright decide that y'all are too good to be my friends. it is totally my dream to run that freakin' marathon.
but go ahead and live my dreams for me. someone might as well!

hugs.

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