In case you are not familiar with Green Bay it's home of the Green Bay Packers and home of the Tundra Bay Lodge ...the best hotel ever.It has a water park inside, a lion in the lobby, bunk beds in your room, and get this...the best part ever loud music from a wedding reception blaring next to your room at bedtime. Rock on!
Really it is hard to compete with.
Speaking of competing...It was also the weekend of the Green Bay Marathon.
Did I mention that? My Mom was running a marathon. I actually had some concept of how far a marathon was because my class talked about it. We talked about how it was further than going to Ishpeming on a school bus for a field trip. We talked about how long the school bus ride was. After that discussion, we said a prayer. Good thinking right? Reason #1542 to send your child to Catholic school.
I made a sign for my Mom at the expo. I wanted to illustrate economy of motion so I left the arms off of the runner.
Our hotel was on the first mile of the marathon course. My Mom knew just where to look for us and she knew she better not show up early. We all know what happened at her last marathon when she went out at 7min/mile instead of 8 min/miles.
Here they come and there she is. She wore a red head band just so I could spot her. She wasn't even too far ahead of schedule ;)
After all that pre race chatter regarding conserving energy and running the tangents Mama ran off course in the first mile of the race to give me a hug. Her goal was to run 8min/miles for 26.2 miles and she did...sort of. Officially her time was 3:30.15 which is 8:02, but she
didn't run the tangents ran off course an extra 0.1 mile so she ran an average of 7:59 for 26.3 miles. Truth is the marathon is a tricky beast. If a runner can take 8 minutes off his/her time while running less total weekly miles, train and execute on race day while sleep is sub optimal, have a year of consistent injury free running post c-section and while nursing a baby then it qualifies as success. She really needs to write her own race report. Why keep secrets?