When we found out I was expecting Bryan started planning to do a marathon. He's talked about a running a marathon the last year or so since his last one was in 2009. One of his training buddies ran a marathon just before each of his three kids were due. It was a way to get running out of his system for a while as running had to take a backseat to a new baby those first few months.
Bryan sat down early in the pregnancy and looked at his calendar and potential marathons to run. He decided to get it done before November as he starts traveling in November and it is hard to train consistently when on the road. He picked out a marathon on October 25th in Greenville, SC and started training.
Unfortunately due to some unexpected life changes he was unable to make his marathon. But, he did find another marathon just one week after his planned marathon only 45 minutes away in Wynne, AR. So Saturday morning we got up early and drove to Arkansas.
It was so very cold that morning. One spectator I was chatted with said that the wind chill was about 28 at the start of the race. I believe her.
The start of the race.
Wynne is a small town in the delta region of eastern Arkansas. Which really means there is nothing around. I followed directions on the race website to try to catch Bryan at mile 5, but I had to drive about 7 miles to get there and by the time I arrived he had already passed. He's fast like that.
I was able to catch him between miles 11 and 12 and then again between 13 and 14 just after the halfway point.
By the time he came back by the second time there were two other spectators and a few other runners had passed. It was a small, small race. That's okay though.
Bryan had an official finish time of 2:43:15. His GPS watch said the course was a little long and he'd argue that his 26.2 time was 2:39-something. I'm just thankful that he finished injury-free. Oh, and to make it even better, he won. My husband won a whole dang marathon. I'm pretty proud.
We spent the rest of the day resting. He deserved all the snuggles!