Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Angie Eats LA

Remember my blog buddy Angie? Formerly of Angie Eats Peace?

Well, Angie may have stopped blogging but she hasn't stopped running marathons. On Sunday she was among the masses who ran the LA Marathon, her eighth marathon.

In case you haven't heard, the LA Marathon this year was downright miserable. Rain, wind, cold temperatures... conditions straight outta the Pacific Northwest. Anyway, a little rain and wind wasn't going to slow Angie down.

On her shirt, you'll notice the words Arizona Marathon. Yeah, four weeks before LA, she ran a marathon in Arizona.

Anyway, early on things were going great. The weather was bad but not too bad in the first couple of miles.

Then, the rain came down. But Angie persevered.

She helped pace her friend Jose (in the green shirt) to his first marathon finish, and what a treat it was for him. I know a thing or two about having Angie as a pacer. We ran many long runs together and we each broke the two-hour half marathon mark together, in the 2010 Run Through Redlands.

We encountered hills and sun that day, but these obstacles in LA were far worse. They eventually took their toll on Angie, who despite having a positive outlook on running and marathons eventually felt the brunt of the storm.

Alas, she crossed the finish line in roughly 5 hours, 29 minutes. She called it one of her worst experiences but I tried to tell her that it was beyond motivating, given that she'd just run a marathon four weeks prior and the conditions were anything but ideal.

She wasn't having any of it.

I hope she's feeling much better about her medal and her accomplishments from that day, and hopefully she's cracked a smile or two since then. She is and will always be a star in my book, and I'm lucky to count her as a friend.

You rock, Angie!


tahoegirl said...

Rock on Angie!

thrasherswife said...

i love the progression of the pictures and expression. We watched in awe of those who kept on going - what a nightmare to run it! Way to go Angie!

Jephy's Mom said...

Your story reminds me of the time my son came home from a hockey tournament and his trophy went into the recycling bin. I fished it out hoping he would feel better about it in time. And he did. Hope Angie can at least find something to smile about in your post about her.

Kerrie T. said...

Such a great recap for her. That race looked miserable. She should be proud she stuck with it till the end!

Angelina said...

Thanks everyone, and thanks Luis, you are still a great friend, even though you posted the worst pictures of me. Ever. :)

Serendipite said...

<3 You Angie! Hope to see you blogging again soon xoxo