North Olympic Discovery Marathon
Sequim to Port Angeles- Washington State
When my oldest daughter told us that she was training for a marathon and would be running this one in Washington State, well there was no question we were going to be there. This was not a photo mission, but more about proud parents watching and supporting their daughter do something amazing.
I already thought she had topped the charts when she summited Mt. Ranier, Mt. Baker and other peaks in Washington .. but this ... this was a whole different kind of accomplishment. And as a former competitive runner myself, it further impressed me.
Since it was her first marathon, I suggested going out slow and saving some gas in the tank for that 20 mile wall that you will hit. That was based on experience ... back around my high school days when I ran a marathon and I remember that wall well.
The setting for this race could not have been more beautiful as our seven person support crew would drive ahead and meet her at several crossing points to cheer her on and see if she needed anything.
The course was basically rolling hills between two beautiful towns situated next to Puget Sound and the weather could not have been better. The rain waited until the end of her race to start. It was almost enough to make me consider coming out of running retirement, but I think I'll stick to hikes, walking and the treadmill.