My wife, Kara, and I ran the Rocket City full marathon on December 8th, which was part of the Summit Challenge for me. Also, our 12-year-old son, Michael, ran the “Kid’s Marathon” where they run 25.2 miles total in the two months leading up to the marathon (a little here, a little there) and run the last mile on the actual marathon course. Unfortunately, they ran the kid’s marathon while Kara and I had already started, so Cherie Terrell was kind enough to come cheer him on!
With this being my 3rd marathon in the Fall, I came in to the race tired, so I had only one expectation: finish before the 6 -our cutoff. I accomplished that goal. With no pressure to achieve a fast time, I was able to relax and enjoy the race, make friends with the other runners, and look around at some beautiful, and not quite as beautiful, sections of Huntsville. Running through the NASA Rocket Center was neat, but the best part was running through the Botanical Gardens. All of the Christmas decorations were set up and since it was cloudy and raining the whole time, it was dark enough to see the lights. The worst part of the race was that it rained the entire time. I don’t recall a single moment where it wasn’t at least drizzling.