This past weekend was the last Cowtown Marathon for the foreseeable future for the Hayley-Wheeler running gang. The five-year special medal series ended with the 2013 race, freeing up February for a new marathon focus.
Still, it seemed our 4:30 am wake-up call came very early yesterday morning. Yet look at the happy runners.
Very happy runners.
They were still in a fairly good mood when we saw them at mile 10. So were we - they were staying on pace for a great race.
A great race after weeks of overtime for one (J) and continued post-surgery recovery for another (The Boy).
The runners weren't nearly as happy as the spectators when we saw them at the finish. Crazy, really, because The Boy had paced his very best friend to a personal record - a PR that shattered his previous best by nearly 10 minutes.
However, it's understandable. It's hard to be cheerful when you've left everything on the course. The PR didn't even sink in until after some food, a shower and copious amounts of water.
Then the smiles were back.
Way to go guys! Way to go.