Thursday, September 24, 2009

ohhhh that's shiny.

You know what I love? Hmmmm??? Yes. Shiny things. I'm distracted by them on a nearly hourly basis.

Okay, that said. Do you know what my favorite shiniest object EVER is? A marathon space blanket.

And do you know what? This weekend marked a monumental event for my cousin the running Rachel (who i'm visiting in next month in chicago and have blogged about here and here, and from now on when i mention her, i will make the parenthesis about her progressively longer pointing out all the times i have mentioned her on my blog)... she got her first marathon space blanket.

*rachel hanging onto shiny object for dear, dear life, you can't see her hands... because IT'S A DEATH GRIP*

Even though it was her third marathon, and a marathon she ran on a whim, on a total of about eight training runs leading up to it this summer. Longest being 15 miles. Yeah, she was supposed to run the half, but got to the expo, was CLEARLY distracted by the thought of getting said shiny blanket and went for the full. Nuts? Perhaps.Rockstar? Definitely. Oh and she did this whim marathon 40 minutes faster than I ran my first one... on a whim. Choice words I have!!

*rachel with her dad, they both ran the full, that was his 19th, wow.*

Congrats on No. 3 (on a whim) and on getting that oh so coveted first shiny marathon object! And for for running an amazing marathon on little training. Someday I'm going to grow up and be like her, even though I'm three years older... And currently can't run. Meh.

*and this picture was just plain ridiculously fun. happppiieeee! who get's this good of a mid-marathon picture? seriously?! awesome*

She reads my blog, so feel free to leave her some mad props!

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You ROCK!! =)

Irish Cream said...

Hahaha, that is seriously the best race photo EVER! Way to go, Rachel! That is totally bad ass!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Love Rachel's race photo. :-)

Marlene said...

GO RACHEL! That is freaking awesome. How on earth did she manage that pose mid-marathon?!

I can't wait to get my space blanket!!!

Morgan said...

Greatest pic EVER!

X-Country2 said...

Best race pic ever! Congrats.

rachel said...

awww, beka, you're the BEST! can't wait 'till chicago, for reals, it's going to be AMAZING.

okay, 2 things: it's way more fun to run a marathon when you're not at all concerned about time, which is why it's easy to jump for joy when you see a photog even when the course elevation looks like this. pure madness, those hills at 1 and 21!!!

and the other is that my space blanket obsession started a loooong time ago, when i used to watch my dad run marathons. he gave me one once, see? but you can tell it's a gift and not something earned because at that time there was no sign of death gripping that sucker with all the energy in my being.

thanks for understanding all my crazy obsessions and for being such a positive vibe in this awesome running world. did i mention i can't wait until you're here??!?!

RunnuRMark said...

Um, yeah, that's pretty awesome. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to walk for about 2 weeks if I went from 15 to 26.2 miles. And a way cool pic too...I hated all of my mid-marathon pics because I looked like a spent tool.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

SO CUTE! I love the link from RAchel to her little girl photo..

I would love to try and just run with no training, but I would be afraid that I would get CRUTCHED like you instead of a shiny blanket and cool race photo

Ashley said...

AMAZING!!!! And those photos ROCK!

aron said...

so freaking awesome :)

i was soooo excited to get the space blanket after my first marathon!! haha... i still get excited for them. and medals too - they're also shiny!

J said...

The best/awesomest marathon picture ever! great job! You have quite a cousin!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

that's one of the best race pics i've seen! LOVE IT!

lindsay said...

i may have to try that in my next race! what an awesome photo!

RunningLaur said...

Haha, I'm behind on posts, but this is fantastic. It's total inspiration for a great race picture!!

Oh, and I've considered marathons just for the shiny space blanket. Come on, it's so shiny, how can it be resisted?