NOTE: This blogpost was posted yesterday, October 16, 2016. I somehow deleted it by mistake, and there is no going back to retrieve it! But....lo and behold, tech guru Bill had saved it in another forum and was able to send it to me to re-post! #SoThankful!
A whirlwind weekend in Columbus, Ohio, culminated in a very early wake
up call to get everyone up and ready to cheer on "our" first time
marathoner: "The Best Daughter!" Mild temperatures and sunny skies lent
for a good race (maybe borderline 'hot' for some), that covered 26.2
miles in a time of 3:42:38 for Olivia, and her fearless coach and
running partner, Mark Misencik of Amherst, Ohio. The frenzy of the
weekend activities and general good spirits around so many athletes
embarking on either a first or 29th marathon (and half marathon too),
makes one get into the spirit as well, maybe even thinking a marathon is
in their future!?
And do not think being a cheerleader is easy
work. Our cheer leading squad was comprised of Linda Misencik (wife of
Mark); Don Tomoff, plus Bill, Ryan, and myself. Linda and I covered
close to 11 miles while cheering on our runners (7 of those miles
running from mile marker to mile marker), and at various points on the
course. We not only cheered for our folks, but hundreds of the brave
souls that set out to cover the distance. (It's easy to cheer on the
runners who had their names on their race numbers/bib). Their faces
light up when you called their name, and if not too tired, even smiled
or gave the thumbs up in appreciation. So a big hearty Congratulations
is in order for Olivia Tomoff and Mark Misencik! May the aches and pains
stay at bay and you both are back in the saddle with an easy run soon!
BSoleille! The bright side of finishing your first marathon! And, the bright side of being a proud mama!
Photos from this epic day: