We all had a great weekend in RI. The house was large and perfectly situated to the finish
of the race (as well as right next to a liquor store!). Rich hoisted the rebel flag as soon as
we got there and it could be seen from far away. Which, of course, was great for me 'cause it
helped me navigate back to the house! I know there were several attempts to get a good picture
when the wind whipped it straight out but not sure if we ended up getting one or not. Thanks
to Barbara for picking a great house!
We ended up discovering something about RI that none of us knew previously. We know RI as the
smallest state and the ocean state but did you know that it is also the "lying state"?! Yes,
this was confirmed after a race official told us the first half the course was "pancake flat" - NOT;
We ordered pancakes on Sunday possibly thinking maybe they did have pancakes w/ hills - nope.
We were told that there would be lobster at the finish - again another lie - and the water stops
that were supposed to be every 3 miles - again - another untruth! So when playing trivial pursuit
and the question comes up about which state is knows as the "lying state" you'll know to answer RI!
Okay, seriously, while there were hills throughout the entire marathon (yikes, even a sister hill to
our paper mill - but longer!), it was really, really pretty. There wasn't a "bad section" through
the whole race - the mansions (omygosh you have no idea - HUGE HUGE HUGE - like 120,000 SQ feet huge!),
the ocean, the light house - really just very scenic!
They didn't close the streets so the 2nd half
had you running on roads w/ no shoulders and there were cars coming both ways - honestly - this wasn't
a problem for me - trust me - there were M&M's at one of the water stops - and I was one happy camper -
and I was busily munching thru TWO fistfuls of M&M's so could have cared less about the traffic!
It was so great to see Claire with the blue/yellow hat (my first time seeing this as a runner) at
the 1/2 way point!! It was great to get information on everyone else (uh...truth be told - I just
wanted to know how Barbara was doing!!) AND I wanted to let Claire know that I had NOT walked yet :-)
It was really awesome to finish and see so many rebels at the finish line. I really only expected to
see my darling husband so it was a really great surprise to see everyone else.
Claire and Darlise ran
along with me at the end - I was sooo pumped - I had no idea of time (gee - what a surprise) but
couldn't wait to finish to tell everyone that I made it thru 26.2 miles with NO walking - this has
only happened at one other marathon - and that was my first. I was super excited and then to actually PR
-well, an added bonus for sure!
Major kudos to Barbara who definitely is so deserving of her BQ! I know, because I joined her many
mornings at 5:30 (I think we even met earlier sometimes!) for speed work and mid week long runs.
I couldn't hang with her schedule but she kept at it and isn't exactly a "morning person" and it so
awesome that all that hard work paid off - I'm so proud of you - YOU SO ROCK!
As for the rest of the gang's performance - cripe - you guys are amazing - so consistent each and
every run - I am so envious!
It was another great weekend and reminds me, once again,of how blessed I am to have found such great friends!
Rebel Marathon Results
Place Div/Tot Div Name Ag S Halfnet Pace Nettime Pace Guntime
30 7/121 M4049 Olab 47 M - 1:37:13 7:25 3:16:52 7:31 3:16:57
41 13/121 M4049 Tuckin 46 M - 1:34:04 7:11 3:21:00 7:40 3:21:06
127 10/81 F4049 Loco 47 F - 1:49:26 8:21 3:41:34 8:28 3:41:49
175 51/121 M4049 Sit Down 44 M - 1:45:22 8:03 3:50:08 8:47 3:50:23
221 18/81 F4049 Barbara 44 F - 1:56:02 8:52 3:57:06 9:03 3:57:23
223 62/121 M4049 BBQ 43 M - 1:56:24 8:53 3:57:16 9:03 3:57:32
468 45/81 F4049 Screech 45 F - 2:13:31 10:12 4:44:11 10:51 4:44:28