Monday, May 7, 2012

An Interview With the Maryland 1/2 Marathon's Fastest* Twins

After weeks of training and worrying, Jennifer and I headed out to the Maryland 1/2 Marathon on a dreary and damp morning in our matching gear. Not only was I worried about our feet carrying us all the way to the finish line, I was worried about leaving Grace... FOR THE FIRST TIME. 
Just one of my 4 pages of rambling notes for Grace's babysitters!
Luckily, there was no reason to worry. Grace, Jennifer and I all survived the morning. The run was beautiful, and Grace and I both endured our longest separation yet. (Thank you to Grace's babysitters, Jessica and Phil!) 

The day was actually really emotional for me. I'll admit I cried. I cried when I left Grace, and then again at the start of the race. I cried when I ran past a man with a baby in a stroller. I cried when the volunteer gave me water at the first aid station... I cried after Cole called me from Afghanistan at mile 7. (I kept running the whole time I talked to him.) I cried after I crossed the finish line. 

Don't misunderstand, I wasn't bawling or anything, but I was definitely tearing up over everything. I think it was just the challenge of the day and my nervousness over leaving Grace combined with the feeling of awe you get seeing over a thousand people setting off to accomplish a goal. 13.1 miles. 

{An Interview With the Maryland 1/2 Marathon's Fastest* Twins}
*I actually can't confirm that this is true, but it sounds good. 

1. Why did you sign up to run 13.1?
Jen- I signed up in December as a way to keep running and motivated. 
Al- I like having a goal to work towards. Actually 
signing up and paying the money really motivates me... and terrifies me all at the same time!

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2. What is your power song?
Jen- Say Hey by Michael Franti and Spearhead
Al- Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO

3. Do you have a running mantra?
Jen- It's about having the courage to start!
Al- Every step is one step closer. 

4. The funniest thing I saw during the race was...
Jen- A guy ran the whole thing jumping rope. It was effortless and graceful.
Al- Guys darting off into the bushes to pee. It must be nice...

5. At mile 12 I was thinking...
Jen- I was mad because my GPS was off and I had already gone 12 miles...but I figured I'd gone this far, so I couldn't stop now!
Al- Outta' my way suckers! I'm finishing strong! Haha!

Look how green it was!
5. Describe the day in 3 words.
Jen- Long. Inspirational. Drizzling. 
Al- Memorable. PR. Donut holes. (That's four words, I know!)

7. My next race will be...
Jen- Maybe a half marathon in Baltimore in October. 
Al- Some local 5K's and then maybe some more trail races in CA. 

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