|Because all Ironman's should be sponsored by bakeries|
You guessed it. My bags are packed and tomorrow morning Rob and I are hitting the road for Chattanooga. In the last 4 weeks, my legs have went from completely trashed after Ironman Texas... To finally getting my run legs back just 8 short days ago. On Sunday I went out for a 50 mile ride and you would have thought Texas didn't just happen 3 weeks ago, that's how fresh my body felt. And only 10 days after Texas I met up with Speedy for a swim and he decided to give me a pop quiz at the end of our session: 100 yards all out. Would you believe me if I told you I set a new 100 yard PR that day? It's a short turn around, I know. But after years of practice and knowledge gained, my body has started to recover like I never expected it to. And I believe that right now, now is the best time for me to race.
And I'd be lying if I said that I was most excited to race this weekend. Don't get me wrong, because I am excited to race. But this weekend I get to spend 4 entire days with Rob. Our schedules are literally opposite at the moment with him working 12 hours night shifts 5-7 nights a week. Last week I saw him for a whopping 2 hours at dinner on Saturday night before he had to run into work for the night. As I'm waking up for my day, I know he's a few hours away from heading to bed so we manage a brief conversation. And when he wakes up sometime in the afternoon, we manage a mini conversation over his afternoon coffee. And as I head to bed, I wait for him to have a spare second to call and wish me goodnight. It's not ideal, but we make it work. So the fact that I'm about to spend 4 days with him makes me as excited as a freshman girl heading to Prom with an older boy. And yes, this is technically a "Race-cation" so not truly a vacation. But if you ask Rob, he gets pretty into this stuff too.
|Baseball hat. Backpack. Camera. My Spectathlete 💓💓|
|Anxiously awaiting my arrival 😍|
|Did I mention he sometimes wears his work clothes so I can spot him?|
Ironman Maryland - by far both our favorite race experiences
|Quad Cities Marathon 2010|
Beth and Rob may have jumped over trains to find us that day!
She's followed me all over the country. She joined me in Disney World when I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2011. She made the trek from Knoxville, TN to Madison, WI for my first Ironman in 2014. And once she started to believe that running really was a little fun, we started racing TOGETHER.
|Crossing the finish line in Nashville on Broadway!|
Nashville Half Marathon 2013
|The next day, I was able to pace Beth to her first sub 2 hour half marathon!|
Knoxville Half Marathon 2014
|That tall guy in the middle wearing PJ pants, that's the famous JConerty|
|Why yes, we were, "The 3 Cocksmen and a Pretty Cool Chick"|
Brian doesn't count, he ran the full marathon