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Saturday, October 29, 2005

And They're Off....

Update: She's home now. A little sore, but mostly unscathed. She completed the race in about an hour and twenty five minutes. Go, baby, go!

Wow, my wife is heading out to do the Tulsa Run this morning. It is a grueling 15K race. She says that she isn’t cultivating any hopes of winning; she just wants to finish it. She will be racing against roughly 4,000 other people. I am terribly proud of her (and truth be told more than a little nervous) just for taking on this challenge.

Do you know what you call the last person to cross the finish line at the Tulsa Run? A brave soul that had enough moxie to sign up for this hellish run. You see running with that many people is a feat unto itself. You are standing in the middle of a sea of people, waiting for the gun to signal your start. Your heart is pounding in your chest so much that you don’t notice the closeness of the people around you. POW! And You’re off…sort of. The crowd surges forward, but you can only take baby steps for fear of stepping on the person in front of you. A wrong step here and you will fall, which could well lead to a nasty death by trampling. You press on, fighting your way through the crowd. It’s akin to running uphill in some viscous material. It’s hard to breath. Elbows and shoulders loom dangerously close to you, occasionally making contact. The group slowly starts to spread as runners find their pace in the pack. At this point you still have a good 12K to go. You run and run as your mind is lost to the songs in your headphones. Your body begins to ache, but you still run because you still have a 6K to go. The aches stop, your body is numb from cold and the pounding of your feet on pavement. Nothing exists but your breathing, your music and the finish line.

Godspeed to you baby. No matter what happens out there, know that I am proud of you.

In other news, a fellow on-line writer, Ray Rhamey is posting a chapter a week from a new story he is writing. It is called Death Sucks and it’s the story of vampiric cat. Stop by and check it out.

6 Comments:

At 5:59 AM, Blogger lime said...

Best wishes to Mrs. Goody! It certainly is a feat to compete and finish! First marathon Mr. Lime ran his goal was to finish and finish faster than Oprah, since she had recently run her first. Will be anxious to hear how it goes!

 
At 6:14 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

Thanks, Lime. I will definately post an update later.

LOL, so...did he beat Oprah? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger lime said...

hehehe, he beat Oprah by about 5 minutes. He was relieved to do so. Looking forward to the update!

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Breazy said...

Go Mrs.Goody ! Hope you all have a fun weekend ! :)

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger snavy said...

Yay Mrs. Goody!! Love is so cute!!

Happy weekend!!

 
At 5:55 AM, Blogger James Goodman said...

It has been a fun weekend so far.
Love is cute? I always thought love was smoking hot! :)

Thanks to you all for the well wishes on the race.

 

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