First, let me state that the 2014 Little Rock Marathon was re-routed for our safety. I was only allowed to complete 14-ish miles. At 11:30am there was a large severe thunderstorm located around Hot Springs Village, and it was projected to move directly over the race course. The race directors were forced to make the decision. I was sad; I was disappointed; but I was safe.
I will say that the 14-ish miles were pretty bad. It was a drizzly rain, and the temperature dropped twenty degrees while we were running. Lisa and I were prepared, but the wind gusts were up to 20 mph as the front moved through, and that was pretty stinky. But, if they told me that I could complete a full tomorrow in the same conditions, I would. I guess that’s what makes us runners different.
Some of you knew that this was going to be our qualifying marathon for Maniac status, mainly because I wouldn’t shut up. I’ll admit, I cried ugly tears on the way home. I was frustrated, but I got myself together and realized their was still a chance. I have 25 days left to complete my 3rd in 90 days, so my generous husband is allowing me to run in Jackson, TN on March 22. I say allow, because I haven’t had a paying job in a LONG time, and he is funding all of these adventures. I didn’t become a Maniac today, but I am not giving up. I still have 25 days to run another marathon.
So the run was meh, but here are a few pictures:
The Expo was awesome. Much better than last year. I got to meet the Another Mother Runner team. They are super awesome ladies and have several really cute shirts. I purchased this one and also a very nice necklace:
I also got to meet BART YASSO!
I am such a fangirl. He told race stories in his talk, but sent me away with one message: We are all very lucky to be able to run and we should never take any day for granted. Running is a gift and we should cherish every minute we are able to run.
So, that is about it. Overall, the weekend was great. I got to do what I love with the awesome Lisa 🙂