Tricia is a real runner. She is very dedicated and has done 2 other 1/2 marathons along with some other crazy races I've never heard of. I admire her gusto. If it hadn't been for her I would have never even considered running a mile, much less a half marathon. She also did a great job telling me what to expect and making sure I got where we needed to go at 5:30 am (I had no coffee mind you). Because of her I really enjoyed my first and last 1/2 marathon.
We not only ran the half marathon, but also hosted the whole family for several days. It increased my respect for parents. Especially after the marathon, when I went for a walk with little Grady. Grady isn't very old, but he left me in the dust. We had a lot of fun with the kids, even when rain forced us all inside for a day. Mya plays a mean game of 'The Woods are Full of Them." I'm glad the weather warmed up and they were able to enjoy the Black Hills. Vance even got to pan for gold. Kelly and Kyle got to talk hunting. Everybody threw pine cones for Ella.
Oh, how did we do in the race? Well, Tricia did great and finished with a time of 2 hours and 3 minutes. Averaging about 9 minutes per mile. I met my goal and of keeping in the 10 minute mile range (ok 10.52) and finished the race in 2 hours and 22 minutes. I wasn't first, but I wasn't last either. I conquered one of my age 40 goals and did so with a great running partner. Thanks Tricia.