His first marathon was in 2008
Due to an injury he ran it in 5:30. His goal, with this run, was to beat his first time. His goal is completed and I hope he doesn't have the urge again to run another one. Wait, let me rephrase that, I hope he doesn't have the urge for years and years and years.
And here is where the pilot thing comes in: Steve is gone a lot...training for a marathon takes a lot of time. See where this is headed?
Steve would plan his long runs on Saturday morning. So, that means on Friday night he would go to sleep on the early side since he alarm would go off in the 5 o'clock hour somewhere. Early alarm means not hanging out much with me on the night before. Early Saturday morning runs also means a nap that afternoon. You all know how I feel about Steve and naps. And let's round out the day by Steve going to be early, since an early wake up, and a long run, equals exhaustion. Let's top this all off by Steve going to work, usually, the very next day.
With a traveling husband, every second of together time needs to count. When lots of lots of precious time is taken up with training, it effects me.
I have been nothing but supportive when it comes to Steve's training, so don't think I am being a whiny bitch about this. When he says he needs to run, I don't bitch. When he has a really long run I make sure to be carb heavy in meals the day before. I make sure, most times, that his running stuff is cleaned.
I am very proud of my husband. I am proud that he is choosing an active lifestyle. I am glad that he still fits in his 34" work pants. And I am thrilled that our children are growing up with these events in their lives.
On race day, I gather the troops with custom signs and custom shirts, by Silbling Special-Tees
The shirts read "Team OurLastName"
We make sure to cheer along the sidelines and show our support, not just to Steve but to all the runners that day. Being a part of a marathon is an amazing experience. It is everything from empowering to prideful to moving.
Having said all that...I am beyond thrilled that Steve is done with this run. I am beyond thrilled that he doesn't have the notion of running another marathon. He talks of half marathons, and that I can handle. And he knows that if he talks of another marathon anytime soon, I will kick his ass to the moon. Love you, honey.