Saturday started bright an early with Bible study, then I got together with my old roommate for lunch, and then a bridal shower for a friend. That equalled lots of eating, but also fun. Richard and I played cards and ate more spaghetti that evening.
Sunday was the actual Lincoln marathon. We got up at 5:30 so that we could get to UNL at 6:15ish. My comment when we arrived was, "It amazes me that this many people would get up this early on this cold of a morning to run this far." Obviously, I was not one of the runners. Here is a picture of us, cold.
Richard lined up while Rick and I took off on our bikes to watch him throughout the race. Richard debuted his short-shorts for this race. I first saw him at the 1-mile mark. Then, I rode up to Sheridan and Van Dorn to cheer him on. I am sad to say that I pooped-out there and had to sit a while and warm my hands and wait for my stomach to relax. So, I next saw him at 20th and Van Dorn. Then, I stopped 3 more times before heading to the finish line. He did awesome and it was a lot of fun to watch him race. I also saw other friends out there running. Here are some action shots, mostly taken by Rick and one from the website. I have a hard time with the hand-eye coordination while also attempting to cheer him on. I am not even going to bother bringing a camera next time.
He's waving at me!
Richard did awesome. When he got to mile 10, however, he started getting really fatigued. He mentioned that he saw a big tub of jelly beans at one point on the course and thought if he would have taken some, it would have given him a little bit more energy. The final time was 1:29:49 for 13.1 miles. He place 13th out of 193 in his age group and 82 out of 4217 overall. THAT IS AMAZING!
I hope he continues running for fun and in street races. They are a lot of fun, even as a spectator. You would not believe the number of people lining the streets cheering everyone on. Side Note: Did you know they have these boards with globs of vaseline at the aid stations? Runners can grap a glop as they run by and slap it on if they are chaffing!
Here is a picture at the end of the race. I think the expression on his face describes exactly how he was feeling!
Afterwards, we took naps and relaxed. We went for slushies and a walk at Pioneers Park and then a Marathon Party. It was a marathon of a weekend!