Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Brad's Marathon

Post race rub down.

Marcy and me after the race.

Almost there. 26.1 miles

Trying to stand up afterwards.

Well the big day has come and gone. Believe it or not...I ran 26.2 miles to complete my first marathon. It was a little more painful than I expected. It started great. I was nice and relaxed and in the groove up until mile #16. That's when my right knee started to bother me. I have never had a problem with my knee so this was very unexpected. Over the next several miles it got progressively worse and caused me to slow down. Eventually I had to stop and walk for a while at mile #23 because it hurt so much. At mile #24 I met Marcy.

Marcy is from Oceanside and had a baby six months ago. As she came up from behind me she slapped me in the rear and started motivating me to finish strong and not walk. Needless to stay, if hadn't been for her I probably would of walked the last two miles. As I approached the finish line I saw Mac, Tommie and Cole cheering for me. They yelled and screamed for me as I turned the corner for the last 50 yards to the finish line. Kris and Jessie were there on that final stretch yelling and screaming as well. Jessie hoped over the railing and ran the last 30 yards with me across the finish line. I was exhausted and in pain. My legs immediately started cramping and even though I tried to get a rub down it didn't work very well. I had many leg cramps through out the rest of the day.

Over the next couple of days I had to learn how to walk again. It's so ironic. I ran 26 miles on Sunday but on Monday I couldn't walk 26 feet. Overall the experience was incredible. My knee seems to be OK and is not bothering me anymore. As I start to feel better I will reevaluate my training and prepare for the next one. Yes, that's can say it...who in their right mind would do it again. But, I think I will.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Horsin around!

Rocky and Cindie are teaching Rick and I how to really ride a horse.  This is how they do it in Norco!  We spent a lot of time out at the Rock n C Ranch last weekend and had a blast with them.  Rick helped Rocky and Paden with the saloon and I hung out on the porch and with the girls.  Rick and I went on a trail ride thru Norco, tied up our horses and went shopping.  When we were done we jumped back on our horses and went back to the ranch.  It was crazy fun!  There is a lot of hanging out in the arena on horse back and I think it is really the life. We love visiting the Rock n C Ranch!!

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Easter Egg problem

Okay.....Who did it????? Dave mentioned that he didn't have an egg hidden...WRONG....I found his yesterday right behind the house...Big and purple...just like Danny's...This is getting serious...I think there must be a mole in our group trying to mess with the purple egg holders. Hopefully a smart detective will be able to come up with a solution so this won't happen again. Actually grandpa helps the bunny and keeps track to where every egg is hidden sooooooo, it is a mystery that may take more than one person to solve.....