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The Finish Line

Sometimes we take the good with the bad and this last weekend was exactly that for me. Luckily there was more good than bad. My property law professor in law school, Paula Franzese,¬†always told us that “To finish the race is to win the race.” (By the way, how cool is it that she has her own Wikipedia page?) A great Monday morning finish is coffee with the girls.

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I swear Jeannette and I did not plan on wearing almost the same shirt. ūüėČ

We celebrated a finish line for my sweet nephew this weekend who got his spica cast off during the week. He is such a trooper and so are my brother and sister in law!  Can you tell they were happy?

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It was a great reason to get everyone together too. My mom made the cutest spica cast centerpieces!

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Are you surprised that there were Nerf wars in the backyard with “boys” of all ages?

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Aidan just loves his little cousin.

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I did manage to get a run in, which always makes me smile. It was pretty muddy but I was determined to get back on the trail. Sometimes it is fun to have obstacles to jump over.

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I was pretty frustrated when I realized I stopped my Runkeeper early! Ahh. I know my fellow runners can sympathize. It was pretty symbolic of my weekend though – the good with the bad.

We finished Sunday up with Scouts. Aidan has his last Cub Scout meeting next weekend before he becomes a boy scout. Another finish line. He is excited.

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So, I am wondering, what do you pack your kids for lunch?

2,010 Feet

A little over two hours after I started, I ran up the steepest hill I have seen in my running career and pushed myself to go faster and pass under the tall black rectangular finish line.  I had pursued this end with singular focus for the last three uphill and heavily slanted miles and now was having trouble getting my legs to stop moving.  I had smiled for the final camera man sitting on top of the finish line, but the truth was that last hill was a fight.  This picture is of the finish line and the overall winner of the race РStanley Biwott.  You can see the incline a bit here, but most of it is just past that turn and to the right.

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I am not one to just stop after a race.  I need to walk it off a bit.  So I passed the volunteers handing out finisher medals in a bit of a fog and in search of Gatorade.  Soon, however, the excitement set in for me and I claimed my medal.  : )

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Of course I had stopped my Garmin and my Runkeeper after crossing the finish line.  So while looking for a cold drink I decided to check my stats.  This race was not a speed PR for me for a half marathon.  So I was surprised to see my Runkeeper announcing a new personal record.  As it turns out, it was for elevation climbed!  MY FAVORITE!  2,010 feet.  Well that explains a lot.

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So, I am wondering, have you ever run a race with an uphill finish?  How did you feel about it?

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