Monday, January 14, 2008

Phoenix Rock-n-Roll Marathon

Well, Blogger doesn't seem to want to let me move my pictures or text around the page, so you are getting my race report backwards. (!!??) Has anybody else ever had that happen??? Anway, here is the weekend in reverse.

Here is sunset over Phoenix on Sunday. We climbed up Camelback Mountain after the marathon - it is a really technical climb requiring 4 points of contact a lot of the way, but so much fun to scramble over all those boulders to the top. But we made it and the sunset was awesome. It gets dark really fast, so we were stupidly descending in the dark much of the way. Still awesome, though.

This is me breaking a full sweat climbing up.



This is Erin and Sarah (Laura's sister) after the race. Erin PR'd and ran a 3:56. She and Lana ran together from start to finish! I got a 4:18, which I am happy with. Not my best; not my worst - right in the middle. After the finish I got to meet TriDogmom and IronShane! They have the cutest dogs and I let them have my popcicle. ;-) I can't believe I didn't take their picture seeing that I had my camera in my hand. Told ya I get stupid when I exercise.



This is me around mile 15 showing that I liked this band the best.




This is me getting smoked by TriDummy around mile 1. He started off so fast!!!



Here are Mark (my training buddy from home), Erin, Lana, and Sarah freezing while waiting for the gun to go off. It would turn out to be a beautiful day for running. It was Mark's first marathon and he was strong and cheerful the whole way. I lost him around mile 22 as I started getting a lot of phone calls - thankfully - because I was getting tired and wanted to walk a little. My last 3 or 4 miles were 11:05 pace! Thanks for calling everybody - that was relief.



Me and Lana before the start. No nerves!



Trimama, her friend Laura, TriDummy, Lana, Hugo, me and Sarah.



Erin has success before the start! Phew!!!!!



The blogger dinner at Macaroni Grill.



Trimama and Lana.



Sarah, IronGreg, and IrongirlNyhus at dinner.



Me and Commodore! It's been way too long, buddy. It was great seeing you, Carol and mighty Mo. Comm PR'd the half marathon with something crazy like a 1:46.



And I finally met Momo! Love, love, love her - how can you not? And Frankie is adorable and funny.



Trimama, IrongirlNyhus, me, Commodore and Lana.




It was so great to see so many bloggers out there! Afterward our races, DV joined us as our friend's house where we were staying and we made dinner and played poker. With pumpkin seeds as chips. Which kept getting eaten. DV ran the half and then jumped in his car to drive to the Grand Canyon - check out his pictures - they are great.

IrongirlNyhus, IronGreg, Erin and I had a great trip and had such a blast seeing Comm, Lana, Trimama, and their friends and family.
So that's the backwards report - Has anyone else had the problem where you can highlight but not drag that info to another place? Anyway, you get the picture - it was fun.


28 comments:

Christine said...

Great job on the marathon! Hope it was fun!

Bill said...

Great time, Jenny! Congratulations.

Fe-lady said...

Sounds like a great time...I am sad that I didn't drive up at least to have dinner or something! Makes me even hungrier to meet up with all of you at CDA....soon enough...soon enough! :-)
Thanks for the great report and pix!

Taryn said...

Congrats on a strong marathon! I'm glad I got to (briefly) meet you!

supalinds said...

Awesome race, even better company!!!

I can't believe you hiked after the marathon...sersly...you rock!!!

Marathoner in Training said...

Jenny, it was a great pelasure to meet you. Great job on your marathon, and then to climb Camelback Mountain afterwards, you are truely made of IRON. I have lived in this city over 30 years and have never climbed that mountain. Maybe because it is so common to me, I will have to conquor it this year.

Pat said...

Eric's comment came to me as an email. I was confused because I thought it was from you.

Anyway, great race. I loved it, but couldn't dream of climbing Camelback afterwards. I barely made it into my SUV.

Amy and I loved meeting you at dinner.

Run Strong, Pat

marz_racer said...

Great race with great company. Can't beat that!!!

momo said...

you took great pictures! it was a great weekend and i love, love, love you too!!

Sarah said...

I had a great trip with you guys too! (even though you excluded me from your list of 'tripmates' :-))My goal is to keep up with you for an entire race....hopefully within the next 20 years! It was fun meeting all your 'blogger friends' -- even if I am just a lurker :-).

Great job Iron woman!!

RunnerGirl said...

Great job!

UntPawGal02 said...

Congrats on a great marathon!

RunBubbaRun said...

Great job at the race. Looked like a bloggy convention and great time.

Jen_runs said...

Sounds like a wonderful weekend. Great time on the marathon. I can't believe that you climbed up that mountain AFTER the marathon - very impressive!!

tri-dogmom said...

So great to meet you!!!!

You REALLY hiked up Camelback AFTER the Marathon. You ARE an IRONWOMAN!!!

Can't wait to see you again in CDA

Lana said...

Jenny, I miss you guys!!! And thank you so much for hooking me up with Erin - she was great to run with!

Congrats on a great marathon, too! I cannot believe you guys hiked up Camelback afterwards. I just LOVE your free spirit!!

Tri-Dummy said...

You kicked butt! Awesome seeing and spending time with you!

Taconite Boy said...

Thanks for taking care of Mama for me.

Looks like you guys had a smoking good time.

TriBoomer said...

Jenny,

I think the backwards report was a good format.

Congrats on a good race and having a fun time. Wish I could have been there with all of you. Perhaps next year, eh?

Stay tuned...

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice job!!!! Great photos!

brendaj said...

You always make the races look like a blast!

ironshane said...

Jenny,

It was great getting a chance to meet you! And very much looking forward to getting to know you better in CDA. TriDogMom is so obsessed with the dogs that I'm sure she'll have pictures for you. Congrats again!!!!

Di aka "Mrs Bigun" said...

what a fun trip!! wish we were there.
xoxo

tri-mama said...

another great weekend in the racing chronicles!

Nat said...

Way to Go! Great pictures. It beats the cold we have back here!

Scottie said...

Wow, looks like you had a blast!!!
Nice job on the Marathon.

Tri-Dummy said...

You gonna post something new soon???

I love the new banner!

Marathoner in Training said...

HELLO, is anyone here? We can't hear you. Hello, Hello..... We miss you.