|"Let's Do This"|
I had no idea how rainy and windy it was until I walked out to Mel's car...wowzer! Rain and wind...and a lot of it. Poor runners! Our first task was to find parking and after I forced Mel to break the law
(Spectator Tip #2: Break rules, laws...whatever it takes).
**Just a warning, BLURRY pictures ahead! Camera phones don't take good action shots, even if it's on the ACTION SHOT setting! Lesson learned!
|And the Elites go by...|
|Here comes Janna in the yellow!|
|Go Amanda, GO!|
Mile 12 was a GREAT spot! We talked to other spectators and waited for our friends. We were thrilled when we saw Julie and she was KILLING it. She was looking strong. Portland is great because the bib's have names on it, which is a SPECTATORS dream, well mine at least. It makes it so much more fun to yell out peoples name, even though you don't know them. I know hearing my name on the marathon course helped me during those hard miles. It's funny how excited you get when you see your friends...all of sudden you get louder and way more excited. Sarah, from Run Like a mother...she was on her way to her first BQ!!! Way to GO SARAH! Janna was our next friend who was way to focused to notice her annoyingly loud spectators! She was looking good, as usual. Next up was Amanda! She wasn't feeling great and as soon as we she saw us, there was a lot of emotions happening. It's hard seeing your friends not feeling great, you just want to pull them off, warm them up and chat, but I knew she wanted to finish. She said she did, so we encouraged her and she was on her way. Sometimes friends are so helpful when we need it most and can give us strength when we don't have any at the moment. I knew Amanda would do well, she always does.
(Spectators tip #3: Running a marathon helps you be a better spectator)
The next plan was to find Amanda at Mile 18 and Mel would run with her until Mile 20. We made the drive up to North Portland and found our way to the next stop. We got another great spot. Just a reminder...it was still POURING RAN, buckets...I don't know how all the runners were doing it. Not easy running conditions at all. Whats fun about the mile markers is you see the same runners, it made it fun. I was so glad to have Mel with me so I didn't look like a silly, solo spectator, much safer to have another person yelling with you...makes it look way more normal. We were having a blast yelling for people that we didn't know. We make a good team for this kind of thing, for sure. Again we got to see Julie and she was still looking strong! You were amazing Julie, great job! It was cold and raining and I noticed a gal stop on the other side and I went over to see if she was ok, and she was freezing, but she told me she doesn't quit and she kept going. Hope she made it through. Cold and rain and be dangerous...not a great combo. It was great seeing people with huge smiles on their face, that was so inspiring. They were totally impressing me. Next up was JANNA! Looking amazing and going strong, still. She is an awesome gal and just makes you want to run! A few minutes later, Amanda was right in front of us. Mel yelled, AMANDA and I think we totally startled her. Amanda looked way more focused and in the game. Mel and Amanda ran off and it was time for me to jump back in the car and meet them at Mile 20!
|Mel waiting at Mile 18|
|Amanda and Mel are 3 people back...do you see them (Amanda is in the white tank). This was at mile 20, when Amanda was dropping Mel off.|
Harmony and Jess. This was their FIRST marathon and they killed it with a time of 4:17! Wow! WAY TO GO LADIES! They ran the whole race together...how exciting. We were so excited when we saw Amanda and Carrie come through the chute. Woohooo....I knew she would make it.
|Spectating is FUN! See how much fun we are having!|
(Spectator Tip #5: Not everything will go smoothly, even if it was smooth most of the time)
We quickly went to the reunion area to meet-up with Amanda, but never found her. It was time for Mel and I to get back to our families so after bit of waiting we headed back to our car. We couldn't believe that we made all the mile markers that we had wanted and the we thought for sure the Finish line would be smooth, but no luck. We did get to hang out with Tressa and her husband and also got to see Harmony and Jess which was fun to welcome them to the MARATHONERS club.