rainy run

Soooooooooooo not jealous of the marathoners this morning since St. George decided to get their ENTIRE annual rainfall in one day. And a headwind to boot. I’m feeling very embarrassed about my vain and shallow post yesterday.

I discovered that spectating is a pretty stressful job. Armed with umbrellas and Gatorade we drove to and fro trying to see Erik at various mileage points. Rain poured incessantly and the runners looked absolutely miserable. We missed him at mile 17 and again at mile 24; speeding to the finish line I began to have a panic attack that we’d never find a parking spot and miss him at the finish line too.

Finally, I found some empty curb and pulled the Sequioa into place. “There’s enough room for them to get out of their driveway, right?”

“Sure,” Stefan replied, “if they’re driving a moped.”

We looked again.

Parked again, I asked Xander to hand me my camera bag from the back. “Um, no camera mom. But don’t worry, we’ve got plaster of paris in the back so we can get dad’s handprint.”

So yeah, no photos. But you can come over and see the handprint sometime.

Erik came in at a very respectable (not the time he wanted, but Boston qualifying) 3:19 and oh my, I’ve never seen him in such pain.

“Did you have fun?”

“Why do people enjoy pain like this? I’m never running a marathon again.”

But on the drive home he was already talking strategy for next year.

Home again after our 29 hour trip, I’m watching Newsies with the little people while Erik attends Priesthood Conference with the big boys– there’s no rest for a father of six.

But tomorrow we’ll send him to the couch and feed him chocolate and strawberries all day– he deserves it.

October 4, 2008



  1. Blue

    October 5, 2008

    amazing! I can’t believe how FAST your guy is! Way to go Erik!!!

    And I also can’t believe (esp. considering my comment to Amanda! Shows me.) that you were cameraless! how is that even possible???

    Glad you’re home safe and well. Enjoy the strawberries and Nutella. (it has to be Nutella, right?!)

  2. Blue

    October 5, 2008

    PS: I tried to find the results online a few hours ago but they weren’t posted yet. How did Julie do? And Shelah! I’m excited to hear about that too.

  3. Annie

    October 5, 2008

    Huzzah, Erik! And in the rain. (Did you say BOSTON qualifying? Come on out!)

    And I really do want to see the handprint. Sorry about the camera.

  4. Tracy

    October 5, 2008

    YAYAY!!!! Congrats to Erik – and you!
    Hugs, t

  5. Linn

    October 5, 2008

    I love to hear those words–Boston qualifying. Come our way. I just saw pictures of Ruth and her friends on a mutual friend’s blog. I am so impressed with you people. Not impressed enough to even think about running a marathon, but oh so happy for crazy people like you, your husband and Ruth. Way to go!

  6. Linn

    October 5, 2008

    Oh, and yes, I do understand you didn’t run this year. But anyone that has run a marathon in the past gets my admiration.

  7. Linkous

    October 5, 2008

    Michelle, sounds like you had a marathon of your own towing the kids from spot to spot trying to catch him. Erik you rock, so fast they couldn’t even catch you in the Sequoia! Serious props to you though, like I’ve said before the only running I do is up and down a basketball court, and a marathon, in the rain, with wind? Thats nuts, but nice time and back to instant Dad duties upon arrival to SLC—superdad strength 🙂

  8. katherine

    October 5, 2008

    What a run!!!!!!

  9. Shelah

    October 6, 2008

    congrats to Erik! So did Julie win it? I have been able to find individual results, but not a list of overall finishers.

  10. Michelle

    October 6, 2008

    Julie took 3rd Woman Overall which is absolutely, totally fantastic!

    Congrats to you too Shelah– that was an amazing run in terrible weather!

  11. Brooke

    October 6, 2008

    holy crap. 3:19?!?!

    he deserves a massage, a trophy, a new car, a day to himself, AND the chocolate covered strawberries.

    and sorry about the camera. that must’ve pained you so…

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