Friday, February 15, 2008
In all the hub-bub of this last week, I have been sadly neglectful of one of the biggest events in the family - my sister Devin is running her Boston-qualifying marathon on Sunday!
She is already out there in Ohio, while my other sister Ellen, my mom, and I are leaving in the morning. The race itself is 26 loops (one mile each in distance) around basically buildings. 26 loops!!!!! It'll be cold, but hopefully not snowing.
For those of you that don't know Devin, she is one of the most dedicated, intense, focused and goal-oriented people I know. Her training for this race has been nothing short of astounding - I'm talking about multiple 90-180 minute treadmill runs several times a week. It's been super grueling, but she hung in there and is ready to race. She's a marathon superstar, with four under her belt at this point - but she basically had to cut about 30 minutes off her PR, and has only been training for 16 weeks.
I am so overwhelmingly proud of what she is trying to accomplish, and I am crazy excited to be out there this weekend. I have all the confidence in the world in her, and I know she'll do it.
Oh, and did I mention that she is trying to qualify for this year's Boston? Yeah, that would be the one in about nine weeks, and if you're counting, it's the weekend after Ironman.
Two marathons in two months? Geesh.
But that's Devin - there's nothing she can't do.
Love ya, kid. You make me proud to be your sister.