Wednesday, September 5, 2012

5 Marathons in 4 days in 2 States -

August 31, 2012 - September 3, 2012
WOW! You never know what life is going to throw at you.  I set out to do 5 marathons in 4 days in 2 states. Day 1, Marathon #1 - "Kicking off Labor Day Marathon" August 31, 2012, in Fullerton California.  What a great way to start off the long weekend with Mr. Larry Macon the Guinness World Record holder of the "Most Marathons Run in a Calendar Year" by a man.  Larry ran 113 marathons in 2011.  I took the early start and I finished in 6:44:30.

Day 1 - Marathon #2 - "Once in a Blue Moon 12 Hour Run" August 31, 2012 was held in Henderson Nevada and started at 7pm.  This one time only special edition race was a 1.22 mile loop around the beautiful Equestrian Park.  We had an option of running a 1 hour, 3 hour, 6 hour, or 12 hour event and I did the 12 hour which gave me plenty of time to do a marathon distance and get back to California.  I did 26.84 miles.
Yay...I got to see my amazingly awesome and talented friend Grandma Kimberly!  You are truly blessed.
Marathon Mitch won second place and I got to walk a few miles with Sofie.  Sofie is so funny and you would never believe what we talked about in the middle of the night. 
When Giovanni, Mitch and Chris get together it's always a party!
Yep...I was hot and thirsty. 
I finished up Marathon #2 at 2:30am and headed back to California.  The drive was long and I was so tired and not to mention I have been up now for 24 hours.  I drove the speed limit and drank a lot of coffee.  It took over 4 hours and I made it to the start of Day 2 - Marathon #3 at 6:45am and the race started at 7am.
Yes I still have on the same clothes from last night so I decided to jazz it up with a hat.  Day 2 - Marathon #3 - "Blaze the Path Marathon" September 1, 2012 in Lake Forest California.  As I was walking to the start my cell rang and it was my sister Richelle and she said "where are you?"  I have been trying to reach you.  Mom had a massive stroke and you need to come now. (mom lives in the San Francisco Bay Area 7 hours away).  I said to Richelle will she know that I am there and she replied I don't know. 
A few hours later my niece Annette called and said the choice is yours and we are pulling the plug at noon tomorrow and I ask my niece the same question will mom know that I am there and she said no, she is brain dead.  I cried on the phone with my niece well over 2 minutes and thank goodness for friends. Cyndie walked with me the rest of the marathon and listen to me reminisce about my mom.  I finished 7:07:45

Day 3 - Marathon #4 - "Run the Marina Marathon" September 2, 2012 in Long Beach California.  I chose not to see my mom and she passed away Sunday morning at 3:30am.  Cyndie was so good she let me talk all day about my mom and I laughed and cried for 26.2 miles. I finished 7:05:00.
Day 4 - Marathon #5 - "Labor Day Marathon" September 3, 2012,  Huntington Beach California.  I finished marathon #5 with Larry Macon and all I can say is, if you're feeling down and sad and you want to wallow in your sadness then don't run/walk with Larry.  My face says it all.  Thank you Larry!!!  I finished 6:59:03.  Thank you God for giving me the strength to finish 5 marathons in 4 days in 2 states.
 RIP Mom.  I love you and will miss your greatly.  My mom was a loving mother of 11 children, 22 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter. My mom died of a massive stroke.  March 7, 1938 - September 2, 2012.
I love you mom, rest in peace...


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