There was no packet pick up on Friday afternoon, as in year's past. So, I ended up heading across town to Middleton first-thing in the morning. Little Diva and I had a breakfast date and then headed over to Keva Sports Center to pick up my goods. I walked in and ran into sweet, Miss Margaret. She is an RDM reader and we've met a few times before. She was also there with her daughter. She would be running the half marathon. After chatting a bit, Little Diva and picked up my goods and were off. No shopping or browsing for things I didn't need ... we were in a rush for a busy family day.
We arrived at Keva, parked easily and then dozen-or-so port-o-potties were vacant. Always a wonderful thing in my book! Then we headed inside Keva to warm up a little. The family headed off to try to find my parents and I headed to the indoor restrooms. I ran into my buddy, Dan, who I had finished the half marathon with a couple of years ago. We've kept in touch, so it was really nice to see him before the race. His goals for the day were loftier than mine, so I figured I wouldn't see him again after we started. The indoor bathroom line was long, so I headed outside to use the vacant outdoor bathrooms again.
We headed to the startline. Not many full marathoners were dressed in costume. We heard the National Anthem. And then I saw my parents and gave them a quick hug, before we started. We were off .... oh boy ...
Marathon course description:
Blacktop/concrete road – 29.5%
Paved Trail- 49.6%
The half marathoners would be leaving the loop to return to the finish line and we would venture out in the loop again - AGAIN. This meant less runners on the course - and many many fewer spectators cheering us on. Dan went to use the restroom and I ran head into the neighborhood again, alone. I needed to get in "my zone". As we re-approached the costume judging station, someone yelled and asked if I was the Running Diva Mom and said she reads the blog. That made me smile and gave me a boost for the next mile or so. We headed back into the conservancy and I saw Kristin, someone that I finished another HH full marathon with come out of the port-o-potty. At some point, Dan passed me and he and Kristin kept passing each other as well.
I will be back year after year for the Haunted Hustle Marathon weekend. I like the course and the proximity to my home and seeing familiar faces. And, I can't wait until my next 26.2 mile journey - sometime in 2014. I'm addicted to what it feels like to push myself to the extreme. Something that most people think is impossible. But, I now know is entirely possible - because I MADE it possible.