I am now a four-time marathon finisher. This one was absolutely the most difficult physically. Steamtown is in many ways the best marathon I’ve ever run, but without being an experienced marathoner or someone with access to train on hills – I wouldn’t recommend it. I did hit a new PR, but it was well-short of my target pace. The weather was perfect, the crowds were better than Disney or Philly, but those damn hills!
I have to say, Scranton really surprised us. The fall colors in the mountains are beautiful. I loved seeing the windmill array in the sunrise during the run. We had a really great meal at Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House and we definitely want to come back to check out the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour. And again, the crowds were really, really great. I ran through these small towns and it seemed like everyone came out to cheer the runners on and get high fives as we passed by. Three things involving the crowds really stuck out to me during that race:
- The family with the Great Pyrennes that let me pet their big beautiful pup. I still miss my big Juliette, one of the sweetest pups ever.
- The crowd in Scranton around mile 21 that somehow knew me. My name wasn’t on my big, my jersey. But somehow, a big party of folks went crazy when they saw me. I’m still unsure how they knew who I was. I mean spotting a guy with a purple mohawk isn’t that tough, but still – that was awesome!
- The guy around mile 18 that put his arm around me while I was on a walk break and said, “I want to see you running by the time you get to that stop sign. Do this for YOU!” That energy was perfect, thank you.
I’ve said it before, but if you run or participate in a marathon, you will see some of the best parts of humanity.
Here is a video Abbe took of me finishing, and here I am in my foil after crossing the finish line…
I am feeling pretty good today, but definitely taking it easy. I am so grateful to have run and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the donors that helped me raise over $1500 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Epilepsy Therapy Project. Thank you so much! Now, I need to go walk backwards for some more coffee.
Olympus Has Fallen – Somehow, this film has four stars on Amazon.com… and that’s four stars too many.
Shadow Dancer – good, but tough to follow unless you are well-versed in IRA – MI5 politics.
- ‘SNL’ Sketch Links Government Shutdown to ‘Gravity’ Disaster
- Icelandic band Árstíðir sings the hymn “Heyr himna smiður” - this is pretty beautiful.
- A bunch of people texted their friends an image of those three little “composing” dots. It drove their friends insane.
- 45 of the most deranged and creative Halloween pumpkins ever carved.