Call Me, Maybe?

June 19th, 2012 | Ann

Friday night, Jay and I celebrated our 2-year anniversary. I also spent a few hours perfecting my signs…… Think of it as “adult-coloring”.

Sign-Making

On Saturday, Jay and I got up at the crack of dawn to head north to Duluth to spectate Grandma’s Marathon.

This is what 4:30am looks like.

The drive up was really nice. We talked about race and running plans, healthy-living, and basically…. how awesome our signs were.

And they were.

We ran into heavy traffic heading into Duluth (some nasty road construction), but made it north of town to the Mile 12 marker. There was a side-street with no parking… but $5 to a church parking lot, and a broken pair of sunglasses later, we were parked and headed to spectate. As we were hammering in the posts – the ground was VERY unforgiving – the elite marathoners headed past. Thankfully, we got the signs up JUST in time!!

I reveal to you…..

“Call Me, Maybe?” – Marathon-style:

Hey! I just met you…

And this is crazy -

You’re running a MARATHON!

So, finish, maybe?

(if you don’t understand the reference, click here.)

IN ALL THEIR GLORY!

We had SO MUCH FUN spectating this race! In stark comparison from the Minneapolis Marathon/River Troll incident, the streets were LINED with people, ALL cheering, yelling, ringing cowbells, and causing lots of ruckus for the runners.

It was…. amazing.

I loved it 11/10.

Go, runners!

Jay and I saw Kat quickly approaching and I jumped in with her. I’ve never ran a race to help support someone before, and it was AMAZING! Within 15.3 seconds, I was sprinting, my heart rate jumping from 80 to 16o bpm. I ran along side her and asked her how it was going. I wasn’t prepared for her answer…. “horrible! awful! my feet hurt and it’s SO BAD!” I scrambled for the right words to say…. “uhh… uh…. (mumbling some story about a friend’s sister who ran the Madison Marathon….) ummm… you’re half-way there!”

As we ran, the trees opened up and Lake Superior was RIGHT IN OUR FACES. It was incredible! I asked her if she could do another half? I told her she was strong and tough, she was a Clydesdale, powering forward. I told her to keep moving and to enjoy the experience. I sent her on her way, worried I hadn’t said enough or done enough.

On my way back to meet Jay (maybe 1/4 mile?), I saw Cassie. Not only did I jump up and down, and wave, but I yelled as loud as I could…. “DIETITIAN CASSIE!!!!!” She smiled and waved, looking good!

A few minutes later, I saw Angie powering through. She looked GREAT! I got in and ran with her, and she was tearful – SO happy and SO excited to be running her first marathon. I told her I was proud of her and all she had accomplished. She said her pace was faster than anticipated but she felt WONDERFUL – despite having run 12 miles. I got choked up running with her (seeing her cry made me cry!), and told her I’d see her at the finish.

Jay and I packed up and drove back into Duluth. The traffic was awful, and when we were stopped along Highway 61, my phone rang….

It was Kat.

“umm…. Hello?”

“I know you’re thinking, should I be running right now? The answer is ‘yes’. But I’m NOT running. I’m walking. I have been walking. I’m only at Mile 15 and I think I’m done. Oh wait – a girl just walked by with a space-blanket. I NEED ONE OF THOSE. Gotta go, will keep you posted.”

As heartbreaking as it was to receive a call from her, I was surprised how OK she sounded. Not like I suspected someone who was having a physical break-down to sound. She joked about the beer and the deer. She told me she COULD walk and finish but she might not. Either way, I told her, I was proud of her for giving it 100%.

Sidebar: I hope you know I don’t say “110%.” IT’S NOT POSSIBLE. [end:rant]

We made it to the finish and met up with Hannah and Colleen. They had seen Matt run the elite 1/2, and Hannah got pictures of Abdi and Kara (both headed to London for the Olympic Games 2012).

Finish Line

I heard Dietitian Cassie’s name get called. Then I saw Emily finish. Finally, I saw Angie finish. She looked INCREDIBLE!!

Yayyyyyy, Angie!

Unfortunately, I missed Carrisa and Phil at the finish. I also didn’t get a chance to see Kelly. But if you have a few minutes, click over and read their recap(s) – SUCH AMAZING RUNNERS, and I am so proud to know them!

I also had a nice tweet from Nixie – a runner from Madison who is aiming to run 50 marathons in 50 states! She saw my signs, and loved them.

I didn’t get a chance to meet up with Emily – but she had an incredible race, too!

Spectating Grandma’s Marathon was a blast. Congrats to everyone who ran, or attempted to run…. You’re all a little bit “crazy”.

Cray-cray.

Someday, I hope to join the ranks of the Marathon Finishers…. but today, I’ll happily make sign(s), cheer from the sidelines, and plan my goals for what it will take to help me get across that finish line, too.

What’s the best race sign you’ve ever seen?

13 Responses to “Call Me, Maybe?”

  1. Lynsey says:

    Those signs are great. And now I’ll be singing that song all day.

  2. Ashley says:

    best marathon signs ever.

  3. Love those signs! I’ll have to ask Phil if he saw them out there :)

  4. Nixie says:

    I think your signs are the best ones I have seen ever :) There were also some cute ones about running now to prepare for the zombies that I thought were pretty funny. They may have even referenced bath salts but it was like 22 miles in so I can’t be sure!

  5. Courtney M. says:

    Those are the best signs! I love running to that song. Very clever! :)

  6. Best.Marathon.Signs.Ever. You rock – I saw some pretty good ones on the Fargo course – but nothing even comes close to those! Ann – you are such a great friend, you are such a positive influence in so many people’s lives – even people that don’t know you in real life! I am so lucky to be able to call you friend – for realz! See you soon!

  7. Julia @ Pain, Pride, Perseverance says:

    this entire post gave me chills. love the signs and how perfect they are. love how great of a friend and support you are! amazing!

  8. So cool that you were there! It makes me want to spectate sometime… ;-) I’m glad this was a much better experience than the one with the River Troll. And congrats to all those who participated, too! (P.S. I have a huge pet peeve with the 110% thing, too!)

  9. lisa J says:

    your signs would SURELY motivate me, and laugh. i think its awesome you drove all the way up there to cheer. great way to spend a weekend

  10. Hannah says:

    Okay first of all, those are the best race signs I have yet to see ever! Love them!
    The support you give to runners is so great, keep on being awesome. With as much support as you give, you’ll have a ton of support for when you race.

  11. Erin says:

    HAHAHAHAHA I love the signs!!

    And as for your 110% rant…you totally reminded me of my sister, she loses it whenever someone says anything over 100% haha.

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