Monday, October 14, 2013
Emma runs the Chicago Marathon.
We drove thru horrid rain and traffic to get to Chicago by 3:30 on Saturday. Emma's new apartment is very nice and right next to a big park. (She lives in Lincoln Square...which is NOT Lincoln Park. It's farther away from the city and middle class.) Soon after arriving we went to the dog park. It is one of my favorite things to do...because it is Ginny's favorite thing to do.
This is our girls....in a nutshell.
A very nice picture. Sadly out of focus. But I like it anyway.
At mile eleven right outside an apartment building Emma lived in at Moody.
She was doing great at this point.
She said that she really felt quite good...
Until the last eight miles.
This is mile 24. Emma was slowing down but perked right up when she saw us!!
She later told me that at this point all you can think of is "Why are we all doing this? Never again."
She said that her hands were tingling and her legs were numb.
Her time was 4:49:18
Her training was interrupted this last month due to illness and an injury so we are all so happy she tried it anyway and finished with a nice score! The average woman's score is 4:51.
We are so proud of her and were so thrilled to be her support and encouragement along the way. She says she saw many friends and was tickled by that!
We were impressed by the guys and girls who tear by and run the race in two hours. It is unthinkable how they can run like that.
We were touched by the blind people running with guides and humored by the people in silly costumes. Katie found Waldo and yelled to him, I found you!
Emma was happy to finish the race and feel so well. We are glad she did not drop dead like that ancient dude.
It was a perfect day for a marathon and for making memories that will last a lifetime.
Encourage one another,