Y works full time, has a 9 year old and a 5 year old, a husband who works 6 days a week, a MIL who expects help in the fields during harvest and planting season and all the same daily grind as I have as well. More really as her kids do piano, swimming and English to boot.
She's not an athlete, either. Her husband is a runner and she went and watched him run the Nagano marathon last year and was so impressed and moved by it all she decided to train and run together this year. Just like that. From zero to hero in a short 12 months. At the start she said she couldn't run 50 metres without stopping puffing and panting. But over the year she has trained consistently (early mornings- and the kids here leave at 6:40 so early mornings are really very early) and at night after her husband is home. She built up to 5km then 10, 20 without stopping for a break, 30 and finally the full 42. Wow.
K is a runner, too. And I went and watched him run the local half marathon last year and the year before. But all I thought was that half marathons are really not spectator sports. There's a lot of standing around waiting between 'See you! Good luck!' and 'Well done, honey!' To be totally honest and expose my shameful level of cheergirl spirit I considered doing the shopping while waiting for K to finish last year. Terrible, huh? I guess that's one reason why I'm so impressed with Y.
And today is the big day. She doesn't have a PB to break, no time she wants to make, she just wants to finish in the maximum time allowed. (It's a road marathon so you have to run at a certain pace or you will be asked to retire so they can reopen the roads). And I think that's pretty impressive.
Go Y Go!