Monday, October 14, 2013

Emma runs the Chicago Marathon.

Chicago. Dog park. Sisters.


DSC_8554-4

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.


DSC_8544


DSC_8539-4

This is our girls....in a nutshell.


DSC_8557

A very nice picture.  Sadly out of focus.  But I like it anyway.

DSC_8589-4


DSC_8592-4

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...



So proud!!! Mile 24!!!!!

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,
Donna







40 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Way to go, Emma!!! How wonderful that you all went to support her run! She is an inspiration for sure! I will be running my first 5k this weekend...the difference, I am 60 years old and just starting to run...what am I thinking???? Congrats to Emma!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I just sat down to drink a cup of coffee and saw this post! hooray for a great finish! Especially considering her gap in training and recent iillness. BRAVO!

    When in Lincoln Square to see Allison, we went right past the area where Emma's apartment is. I of course thought of you all - Lincoln Sq. is a cool area in my books. I had the best gelato in ages across from Gene's. But I digress ...

    I'm so glad Emma saw you during her run - when my hubby does his races in the mountains here, it is a challenge to connect, to spot him - and I'm always THRILLED to grab a photo too. I have also seen blind runners with guides and it is very special, isn't it?

    thanks for sharing this important occasion with us Donna :-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Amy J in WI10:05 AM

    Wow - major kudos to Emma. Can't even imagine running that far. Ever. I am also glad that she didn't drop dead like that "ancient dude." I am sure some homeschooling mom can fill in the name for us!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oh my gosh... Emma is quite amazing!!! Love all the pictures!! The one of Emma with her hair blowing.... breathtaking! So happy you had such a wonderful family weekend. Love that dirty Ginny!! She would fit in so well her in Little Compton!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Anonymous10:05 AM

    So very exciting and great photographs of all, especially the out of focus one of the three Boucher Girls! I was reading along and enjoying it all and then you as you sometimes do...zinged in with "glad she did not drop dead like the ancient dude." I spit hot chocolate into the air...just made me laugh...and almost die from choking like the ancient dudette I am/NOT. Love and prayers and thanksgiving to God for a race run well and memories made, jep

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I agree totally with jep - I loved the photo of the 3 of you, Donna, and didn't even notice if it was out of focus because it is so lovely. Way to be in the picture!

      Delete
  6. Ah this just made me cry and cry. Well done Emma!
    Thank you for sharing, Momma.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Yay, Emma!

    hmbalison

    ReplyDelete
  8. p.s. Mint green is a great color on Emma. And I also love the picture of the three of you.

    hmbalison

    ReplyDelete
  9. All along I thought Emma was running a half until I saw twitter etc....WOW. Congratulations to Emma for such an accomplishment. And such a great time. :) So fun for you to cheer her on. I love the pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Anonymous10:24 AM

    Way to go, Emma!
    Lovely post of perseverance, achievement, love, and happiness!

    Happy Monday!
    Love,
    Sarah P. from Iowa

    ReplyDelete
  11. Anonymous10:32 AM

    Major congrats to Emma on such a wonderful accomplishment! And how wonderful that you were there to spur her on when she needed it! I especially love the picture of Patrick high fiving her, Katie cheering and just a glimpse of Emma's big smile. :)

    Mary Z

    ReplyDelete
  12. Emma giving her day "High five" - the best. I'm so glad you could watch her. It is such a great accomplishment of perseverance and dedication.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Thank you! It was hardest thing I have ever done. Amazing way to see Chicago, even though I was in a daze for the last few so I didn't experience the south/west side as much as I would have liked. So many incredible volunteers and fans, they really make all the difference!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Other than sleep, I'm not sure I've done anything for almost five hours straight!!! Big.Giant.Kudos to Emma!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Tawnya, I've watched five hours of tv straight a time or two.

      Delete
    2. Pride and Prejudice BBC?

      Delete
    3. {{{LIKE}}} :-)

      Delete
  15. Congratulations to Emma! I remember those last 6 miles of my marathon... pure torture. I remember seeing people walking towards me with finishers medals on, and it encouraged me a bit, because I knew there WAS a finish line, but I also kind of hated them, because they were done, and I wasn't. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Way to go Emma! Well done! Love the picture of you 3 together.

    ReplyDelete
  17. My goodness. Good for her! I can't imagine what training for that must be like.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Late chiming in. Boy, I am so out of shape, I am tired just looking at the great pics and pretending to be in the moment. Such a wonderful achievement (sp !) Loved the pic of the 3 of you. Donna, you look like you have lost weight !

    ReplyDelete
  19. Nope. Smoke and mirrors.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I need some of that smoke, some of those mirrors (-:

    My favorite: the second of the Patrick and Emma shots. Love those Dad/daughter moments!!!

    Way To Go, Emma. Do you have your 26.2 sticker yet? I haven't bought my 0.0 one, but I need to.

    Love,
    Di

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. 0.0...you are too funny! :)

      Delete
  21. Congratulations, Emma! Job well done! The picture of the three of you is lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Congratulations, Emma!! I can't even imagine! (Although I want to...)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Trading is the Best Business Ever in the World.. All News updates about Forex Business, Latest Currency news updates, latest forex trading business updates, trading updates, forex trading latest news, forex brokers directory, forex brokers list, Dollars news affairs, Stock Markets, stock market news, stock market analysis, technology news, international forex markets, international forex business news and all updates about Forex Trading
    ForexAffairs.Com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Genuines Works of Data Entry, Copy Pasting, Add Posting, Clicking, Web Surfing, Website Visiting, Article Sharing, Data Sharing, Google Business Plan and Much More Business Plans
    www.jobzcorner.com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Top Ten Classified Website List, Pakistani Classified Sites, USA Classifieds, Indian Classifieds, Entertainment Articles, Entertainment News, Entertainment Pictures, Bollywood, Hollywood and Lollywood Pictures and Videos, Entertainment Latest updates, Hot Entertainment News and Pictures Funny Entertainment Pictures, lol Pictures, Funny Pictures and every thing you want...
    www.hotcurrentaffairs.com

    ReplyDelete
  26. All Latest and Current Affairs, News updates about Forex Business. Latest Currency news updates, latest forex trading business updates, trading updates, forex trading latest news, forex brokers directory, forex brokers list, Dollars news affairs, Stock Markets, stock market news, stock market analysis, technology news, international forex markets, international forex business news and all updates about Forex Trading
    ForexAffairs.Com

    ReplyDelete
  27. Top Ten Classified Website List, Pakistani Classified Sites, USA Classifieds, Indian Classifieds, Entertainment Articles, Entertainment News, Entertainment Pictures, Bollywood, Hollywood and Lollywood Pictures and Videos, Entertainment Latest updates, Hot Entertainment News and Pictures Funny Entertainment Pictures, lol Pictures, Funny Pictures and every thing you want...
    www.hotcurrentaffairs.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. Lol is the Laugh out of Laugh where you can Fun Unlimited and Laughing Unlimited. The Best Lol n Troll Network with the Name of Lols Gag... Troll Images, Prank Peoples, Funny Peoples, funny planet, funny facts, funny cartoons, funny movies pics, iphone funny, funny jokes, Prank Images, Fail Pictures, Epic Pictures, Lols and Gags, Lol Pictures, Funny Pictures.
    LoLsGag.Coma

    ReplyDelete
  29. I appreciate you and I would like to read your next post. Thanks for sharing this useful information.
    when you start a business then at first you need every business related news. we find a real news that help for your business.
    forex business news, financial news, forex factory news, forex trading

    ReplyDelete
  30. Top Ten Classified Website List, Pakistani Classified Sites, USA Classifieds, Indian Classifieds, Entertainment Articles, Entertainment News, Entertainment Pictures, Bollywood, Hollywood and Lollywood Pictures and Videos, Entertainment Latest updates, Hot Entertainment News and Pictures Funny Entertainment Pictures, lol Pictures, Funny Pictures and every thing you want...
    www.hotcurrentaffairs.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. Funny Entertainment or Lol Pictures with full of Fun... Entertainment Articles, Entertainment News, Entertainment Pictures, Bollywood, Hollywood and Lollywood Pictures and Videos, Entertainment Latest updates, Hot Entertainment News and Pictures Funny Entertainment Pictures, lol Pictures, Funny Pictures and Much More Fun Only on 1 Current Affairs Network
    hotcurrentaffairs.com

    ReplyDelete
  32. Troll Images, Prank Peoples, Funny Peoples, funny planet, funny facts, funny cartoons, funny movies pics, iphone funny, funny jokes, Prank Images, Fail Pictures, Epic Pictures, Lols and Gags, Lol Pictures, Funny Pictures, Lol is the Laugh out of Laugh where you can Fun Unlimited and Laughing Unlimited.
    LolsGag.Blogspot.Com

    ReplyDelete
  33. Genuines Works of Data Entry, Copy Pasting, Facebook Posting, Add Posting, Link Posting, Clicking, Web Surfing, Website Visiting, Article Sharing, Data Sharing, Google Business Plan and Much More Business Plans.
    www.onlinecornerz.ocm

    ReplyDelete
  34. Genuines Works of Data Entry, Copy Pasting, Facebook Posting, Add Posting, Link Posting, Clicking, Web Surfing, Website Visiting, Article Sharing, Data Sharing, Google Business Plan and Much More Business Plans.
    www.onlinecornerz.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. Get Hourly Profit with best business plans ever, Join Now
    AllTimeProfit.com

    ReplyDelete

Hello. So nice to see you. Would you like to leave a comment? Be very kind.