Monday, October 20, 2008

Des Moines Marathon

We 3 ran the beautiful Des Moines yesterday.
Below... Sweet Pea, wearing a garbage bag to keep warm at the start, running toward the Iowa State Capitol. Temp was in high 40s.. but heated up to 70 by mid-afternoon.
The marathon winds through historic neighborhoods, around the Drake University Bulldogs-blue track, miles of wooded trails, and around Gray's Lake (below).
Water stops were shut down when we got past mile 11... They had promised water support for a 7 hour marathon.

Until around mile 20...
And then we found volunteers were magnificently at water stops until the last runner went by.

And all 3 of us finished. Our Fearless Leader won another age group award.

14 comments:

ShirleyPerly said...

Wonderful to hear you finally had a race that had great weather conditions! Very strange that the water stops were closed down after mile 11, though. Thank goodness it wasn't a hot day, like Chicago (again).

Congrats to all of you!!

robtherunner said...

Congratulations!

Anne said...

Oh, marathons that start in the 40s are supposed to be the best -- sounds like it worked for you too.

Vickie said...

Another state, another medal. Great job. Looks like a beautiful place to run.

Backofpack said...

Well done! Congrats on another great race - on what looks like a gorgeous course. I like those medals too!

Margaret said...

You guys are amazing. Cheering you on from Italy!
Margaret :-)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

No water after mile 11??!?

I'm at the point now that I always bring a fuel belt for longer races. I just don't trust them anymore.

Well done on another marathon finish! You ROCK!!

Sunshine said...

Hoping that everyone noted that the water/etc. support after mile 20 of the Des Moines Marathon was great... totally dedicated, caring and cheering... Making it the best day of the year!!!

CewTwo said...

Cool! You always seem to have such fun while being so extreme!

I am OK now. I really should blog soon! I am maintaining my fitness level and looking for another marathon for the near future!

Thanks for the concern. You are a good friend!

DawnB said...

nice job congratulations

Susie Hemingway said...

Oh! well done - you are amazing - and it all looks so beautiful - keep well. Great medals too!

Susan said...

CONGRATS!

Dori said...

Congratulations to you and Sweet Pea on your latest marathon! How many have you run now? Congratulations to Don for his AG win, too.

Sorry I didn't contact you before I went to Mpls. I thought about arranging a blogger meetup, but I wasn't organized enough.

rocketpants said...

Nicely done!! WAy to finish another one.