You may remember that
daughter Jessica and I have promised each other we would traverse a thousand miles over the course of 2006. I would walk the distance. Jessica would be training to run a marathon. I can report that we are on track to make our goal easily.
This past Sunday, Jessica and I, and J.'s husband Tait Brink, walked the Fox Cities Marathon in Neenah-Menasha-Appleton, adding 26.2 miles to our total for the year. Jessica and Tait had intended to run the marathon together, but life intervened.
Jessica was in surgery for four hours just twelve days prior to the marathon. Her training schedule got interrupted and she was off-stride. But, trouper that she is, she said she'd still walk the marathon with her dad (as she did last year), and that Tait would walk it with us too. So that's what we did. Here's the report, in pictures.
Tom Montag, Jessica Montag, and Tait Brink, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 4:15 a.m. in the motel parking lot before the Fox Cities Marathon. The guy with the sun-glasses already seems to be in pain.
This is what the elite marathoners looked like coming past us around Mile Marker 12 or 13. You need that kind of grim determination whether you're walking or running, but especially when you're running. You go, guys! We gave them a "Thatta boy" and applause, as we encouraged every subsequent runner coming past. As one woman runner said to us late in the race, "We're all a team, and we're almost there."
We've got Mile Marker 25 behind us. Do you know how FAR that is? Twenty-five miles? If we had been headed straight up, our altitude would be 132,000 feet! That's the distance from sea-level to the top of Mount Everest nearly four and a half times. Yikes!
Jessica and Tait after the finish line. The woman with the medals didn't think Tait looked tired enough to have completed a marathon, but he got a medal anyway. Let me assure you, he did finish it. We all finished it. We're not the kind of folks who start something and walk away. Nope, Team Montag goes right to the tape.
Yep, Jessica had a tough couple of months leading up to the marathon, but she put her head down, leaned into it, and didn't look back. Then she walked the marathon, which was the easy part by comparison. She's an inspiration. She's got another tough month coming, but she's a trouper.
Yu-hoo, Jess! We did it! We couldn't be more proud of you. You go, girl!