Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hubs and the Half...

...what would I have done without Matt? He was amazing during my half! He tagged along with Sherrie's husband, Henry, during the race. I had given Matt two tasks: 1. To hold onto my bag and 2. To take pictures. I had a water bottle that I was going to run with but at the last minute decided not to so Matt held on to it. Great idea!!! Matt did an awesome job always having it filled up for me and, after their McDonald's stop, he'd even gotten ICE it in which at that point in the race was a huge godsend.

This is where we busted Henry (in yellow) with his McDonald's coffee and he ratted Matt out. Can you believe those two were enjoying some Mickey D's breakfast while we were running 13.1 miles?!?

Sherrie and I got to see the boys probably at least 5-6 times during the course which was great, not only for the water, but to see a familiar face and while I wouldn't tell Sherrie how tough it was or how tired I was, whenever I'd see Matt I'd tell him, "I'm so tired and there's so much further to go..." He would nod and tell me I could do it and how proud he was of me. It was just the perfect encouragement I needed.

At the last water station, our husbands met us, I took the water from Matt and grabbed his hand and told him how tired I was and how much my body hurt. He encouraged me to keep on going and finish strong. The lady at the water station really liked that because when I grabbed some water from her, she looked at my bib for my name and said, "Now Alyssa, that was just too cute!"

This is post race and if you can't tell, he's basically holding me up. I was so tired, my legs hurt, my back hurt, I could barely walk yet I was so afraid of sitting down because I knew if I did, I wouldn't be able to get up.
At some points during the race, Matt got a little too into his role of photographer and I'd have to wave at him and say, "Quit taking pictures! Let me have some water!"Not to mention how awesome he was on race day but Matt also had to put up with my complaining, limping and tears during the whole training process. So thank you, pretty, for being my biggest fan!

9 comments :

Jacklyn said...

I love it when I see a significant other cheering their runner on, taking pics and helping out. My boyfriend is a colligeate runner and although I'm sure it's not as fun to watch me slog through a race, haha, he's always out there supporting! Way to go boys!

Charlotte said...

so proud of you!!!!!! I need to take some MAJOR inspiration from you!!!!!

Meredith said...

Love this post! You have to make sure Matt reads it too!

Faith said...

Such a sweet post!

Christy said...

Love this. Way to go, Matt!

Kyla said...

What a sweetheart!! I loved reading this post, you can really tell how much you love Matt:) And great job to you too!!

Stephany said...

This was so sweet, I about teared up! I just absolutely adore your and Matt's relationship and this made me love it all the more.

Having support is so vital to any journey and how awesome that you got to meet up throughout the race. My mom is training for a marathon in January and I definitely want to try to meet her at certain points to give her water and encourage her.

Alicia said...

Awww, big kudos to your hubby for being a great support!

JC said...

Awe, that is so sweet!!! I was teary-eyed reading this, just too cute. What a great guy.