EPIC #1 Rewind to spring of 2013. I was on the phone with a lifelong best friend, the one and only king of sports memorabilia and WSOP master, Jon "Stadt" Stadtmueller, when the discussion turned to running. The conversation went something like this:
Jon: You should run the Little Rock marathon and stay with us.
David: I will someday, but right now my plan is for a few years out.
Jon: I'm thinking I could try and walk / run the half marathon.
David: I tell you what, you commit to running the half and I'll do LR next year.
Jon: Yes, it's a deal.
David: Well then, it's a deal.
|Yes, he did - Congrats Stadt|
EPIC #2 The weather. Due to the season when most marathons run, the weather is always a potential issue. The perfect temperature is a pretty tight range, so unseasonably warm weather can strike just as often as bitter cold. Throw in the chance for precipitation, wind conditions, snow, ice .... you get the picture. But a truly EPIC day is one that results in the race being stopped due to threat of thunder sleet, hail, snow and heavy rain!
|Let it rain .. or snow ... or sleet ... or|
As mentioned, for those runners that would have finished after 4 hours and 30 minutes, the race was shortened. The weather conditions were getting bad and the forecast was not good at all. By the time we finished, made our way to the car--all of 15 minutes given that we did not want to stand around outside--and back to the Stadtmuellers, an icy snow was falling and would not stop for the next 12 hours or so. Good times.
EPIC #3 Honestly, I had no right to run as well as I did. Accounting for the course stoppage around mile 22 that created some chaos until they let us continue, along with the few steps that Jon and I used to catch our breath after meeting up in the final mile, I came away with a time just over 4 hours. Not exactly PR material, but having not trained much since the 'Breakdown in Baton Rouge' (see How Not to Run a Marathon), and battling the elements somewhat, I would consider it an EPIC time. Maybe it was the compression shorts that I wore for the first time in a race, maybe the desire to outrun the thunder sleet, or maybe just the smarter pace, but the run felt really good, and the post-race days felt even better.
EPIC #4 The LRM is well known for their large medals, but really, this is EPIC bling!
|Four of them could replace my hubcaps!|
EPIC #5 Finally, LR was marathon state number 10. An initial goal that I had set for myself when I began this quest back in 2011. In the world of 50 Staters, #10 allows for membership into the club. A non-finisher member of the 50 state club. For a guy with only one bucket list item, completion of the 50 state challenge, crossing the finish line was EPIC indeed. The membership materials have arrived and it appears that I am member #3,362. The next goal is 25 states by 2020.
|Heading for home|
|A great weekend (the AU shirt is always appropriate in Razorback-land)|