Monday, October 25, 2010

Quick Michigan Trip

Soren and I went to Michigan for a quick trip. And I actually forgot to bring my camera! Shocking and unforgiveable. But at least I had my camera phone available for cute photo moment emergencies. 2010-10-23 14.54.20 I was actually there for my 25th high school class reunion! It was a blast. I guess I'll need to go to the 30th year reunion if I want to get any pictures.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Victoria Marathon 2010

Warning: this post comes with more pictures of me than have ever appeared on this site!

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See, it appears that running marathons makes me happy.

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Freakishly, can't-stop-smiling kind of happy.

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Wow, you can really see the excitement on my face. In every last shot.

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Months and months of training...

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...all culminating on this one huge day.

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Surrounded by thousands of like-minded people who have been equally devoted to the cause all summer.

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Seriously, don't I look like I'm about to burst with giddiness?

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Those shots? Ever last one taken before the race started.

Then the gun went off.

I endured 26.2 miles of agony (though, truth be told, not all of them were actually agony.) Whoa, I'd even done this before and still was surprised just how f.a.r. a marathon is. (For those of you who haven't done one: it is far. Very far.) It hurt. I hurt. A lot.

And yet...in the end...I was still moving.

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Barely, perhaps. But I was indeed moving forward.

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And I crossed that finish line!

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And was back to smiling again.

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This last picture really makes me laugh. Peter took one look at my face in the hotel room about 2 hours into my recovery. He said "do not move, don't try to put on a smile. Just keep your expression just like it is." And here is post-marathon Amy in the privacy of my hotel room:

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Totally cracks me up. Stunned. Bewildered. Beaten up. And in my lovely compression hose (I do love those things though!) There you have it: from smiles to stunned in a mere 26.2 miles.

(Oh, and to answer the question that so many people seem to ask: yes, you bet I'll do another.)

Sunday, October 03, 2010