I am so glad that I got to do the marathon with my friend Sarah. I loved the time we got to spend together especially the night before. We spent the night at her friend's house in Logan. Evan spent the night at Brandon and Melinda's and brought the girls up to cheer me on. He was waiting at the first spot that spectators can see you. I was just coming out of Blacksmith Fork Canyon. I was a bit concerned at this point. I had another 12 miles to go, an upset stomach, and some serious bathroom issues. Luckily, I did not have to make any more bathroom stops. Evan and the girls, Brandon and Melinda, and Breezy and Gabel all came to cheer me on. It meant so much and helped me finish. They cheered me on at around mile 14, 17, 19.5, 21, 22, 23.5, and the finish. They also drove past me a few times. At mile 21, Evan ran along side me with Kira in his arms telling me that I could do it. I remember thinking, "I love that man." Moriah even tried to hug my legs while I was running (not as helpful but cute). A girl runner that saw Evan and Moriah told my family that they were going to make her cry. My family definitely made me tear up a couple of times. Evan says it's not too hard to make those marathoners cry.
The week before the race, Moriah kept telling me that I needed to win the race. I kept telling her that I just needed to finish. Evan talked to her that if you finish you win so she switched to telling me that if I finished, I would win. Fiona and Moriah told me the day before when I was nervous that I should just be happy that I get to run the race. They were really cute. Moriah and Melinda made a sign that said, "Go Mom! F." Moriah explained that the F stood for fast. Breezy brought signs with my picture and "Go Driel." I also had family and friends wish me luck before the race.
Evan has been so supportive of this marathon goal. He watched the girls while I went on my super long runs, iced my knees, made me sport drinks, worked on running technique with me, mapped out runs, and kept telling me that I could do it and that it was a cool goal. I would have quit a long time ago if it were not for him (and my amazing friend Sarah). I was a mess after the marathon along with our three kids, but Evan took care of us all. I am pretty lucky!
|At mile 14, I am looking good.|
|My cute fans waiting at mile 14.|
|Mile 21 and looking a bit tired.|
|Looking very tired at mile 22. I do not even look like I am moving;-)|
|I finished and ripped off my shoes and made my way over to the bathrooms.|
|Sarah and I, we did it!|
|The girls were excited that I got a medal.|
|An amazing guy|
|Some crazy, tired kids|
|My support team, thank you!!!|