Yesterday I participated in the 15th annual Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon. It is always such a fun event. The course is challenging with some major hills, but the spectators are AWESOME and I am proud to have been a part of my hometown race once again.
Matt was out there on the course cheering me and 34,000 other runners on with these signs:
At the start of the race, a rainbow appeared in the sky behind us. And how appropriate that it was pink!
One of my training buddies and I at the start:
I felt strong during the entire race. The first 5 miles were flat, but the next 3 miles were all uphill. I was never so happy to have done all that hill training, since I made it to the top without any struggles. Seeing Matt halfway up the hill was awesome and encouraging :-)
You may have seen pictures of the custodian at Jazzie and Tahlia's school (who happens to be an Elvis impersonator) singing during lunch, but he was also one of the many entertainers along the marathon course.
Here I am at mile 7, smiling towards my cheerleader Matt...
The weather was good and it didn't start raining until I got to mile 10. I finished strong and beat my own personal time. A successful race and I cannot wait to do it again!
My neighbor trained with me and finished her first half marathon. I am super proud of her!
Next on my radar: The Columbus Full Marathon in October.
And just because I think this picture is cute, here are Tahlia, my grand baby and I at a local pizza place the night before the race.
Thanks for helping me carb load, cuties!