Saturday, October 3, 2009

St. George Marathon 2009!!!

How do you run a marathon?
One step at a time!!!!

to all 2009 St. George Marathon participants!

After six months of eating, sleeping, dreaming, OBSESSING about the marathon, I had to drop out due to an injury requiring surgery. I only cried a few times on Friday when I picked up my race packet, then again on Saturday as Darin (Michelle's husband) and I cheered (for 2 1/2 hours straight!!!!!) for all the awesome, amazing runners in this year's marathon.

My INCREDIBLE husband ran for me. (He finished in 3:46!!!!!! AMAZING!!) Michelle, (my FABULOUS training partner), also ran today and FINISHED STRONG. They both did a FANTASTIC job and I am so proud of both of them!
Here are some of the highlights from the race...

Michelle and I at the starting line Q&A sign Friday afternoon - it says
"Physical pain is temporary - the memories are forever!"

The Official start line

Chris and Michelle - checking out the start of the race course (the tunnel of flags)

Chris and Michelle at the OFFICIAL start line (spectators are not allowed at the official start line - runners only! We drove up Friday night to check it out and get some photos)

Saturday morning before the race...

Pre-race meal (at 4:30 a.m.!!) - peanut butter on wheat toast - delicious AND nutritous!
Pre-race Chris - getting the jitters out (I don't think Chris or Michelle slept much the night before - they were both a little nervous!)

Michelle at mile 23...
(her dear husband, Darin, ran the last three miles with her - so sweet and supportive!)

And at the finish line - you go, girl!!! Next year, I'll be by your side!

Chris at mile 23 - still going strong

VERY Short video of Chris running into the city...

Relaxing in the hot tub...

Easing sore muscles!

Congratulations to everyone. Great race!

I will have my surgery in December.
Now, more than ever, I am INSPIRED AND DETERMINED to heal quickly and be back in top form to complete the St. George 2010 marathon, stronger than ever.

I will be a PARTICIPANT instead of a CHEERLEADER! (Tho I really enjoyed cheering for all the amazing, awesome, awe-inspiring runners!)
For those of you that finished this year's marathon = I'm INSPIRED by you! For those of you that don't run yet - go witness a marathon. You will be INSPIRED!!


Char said...

That's awesome! Way to go Chris and Michelle!

Al, Wendy, Max, and Lil said...

That IS inspiring! Great job Chris and Michelle! I'm sure they couldn't have done it without your cheers Kristine!

Casey said...

Sorry about the race, but Good job Chris and Michelle. I bet you were a great support.

P.S. You look so good in all the pictures of you!

Kristine Robinson said...

Thank you - so kind!

Kaarina said...

What an amazing accomplishment! Way to go Chris :)

TheSainOnes said...

That is awesome Way to go Chris.. Kristine I am sorry you couldn't run but it sounds like you will be a new person soon. We miss you and need to get together soon

Heather said...

Hi, I can't believe I found your blog (old neighbor):) Sorry about the marathon!! I know exactly how you feel! I was training for the Provo River 1/2 and 3 weeks before found out I had a hernia (turned into 5 hernias) and had to have surgery!! Didn't get to run after all of that but I am going to do it this next year and I am hoping to get into the St. George Marathon!! Maybe we will see you there:) Good luck!!:)