Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Rock N Roll Marathon 2009

Last weekend we all headed to San Antonio for the Rock n Roll Marathon.

This was Travis' first marathon so naturally Travis was nervous, but he did all the training and really prepared for it, I knew he would be great! This is what Travis does best and something I have always admired about him. He is so dedicated and has so much self discipline.
Alex and I had been preparing for the big day too! We got our shirts ready and posters made! And even did some "carb loading" with Travis ...it was gonna be a workout for us too! :)

Really though, we could not have been more excited for Travis! I even couldn't sleep the night before! I was signed up for text messages of Travis starting and hit certain mile markers so that I could keep tabs on him and catch him a few times to cheer him on. It was awesome to have that reassurance that he was okay and doing well when I couldn't see him. I was so excited to get that first one that he had started!

I started at mile 8 to cheer because it was close to the hotel. It was going well and I got all set up in my spot. I tried to keep Alex happy (snacks and his truck book) while we waited and frantically searched the runners for blue shorts (thats what Travis had on)...I was trying to liven the mood by pointing out costumes to Alex...oh look, superman! oh look, Elvis! Darn Elvis! Before I knew it Travis was right in front of us! We gave a big cheer and he was gone! :( The camera around my neck was ready for nothing! I was so disappointed in myself! So we headed down the path to catch him at a loop around a little after 10 miles. Again, I didn't see him till he was right in front of me, and he actually saw me first! There were just soo many people running because it was the people doing the half marathon too (an estimated 25,800 to give you an idea)! It was crazy! Well, I gave a big "go go! Yea!" and he was gone :( Again, no picture! Rats. Well, Alex and I decided to camp a little, eat some breakfast, and dance to the nearby band. That was the end of my chasing him.
Alex was loving the tejano band

I was so excited to know that my dad and brother were down the road at mile 15 and then at 19 to cheer him on and hopefully do a better job of taking pictures! :) And they did!! Even got video! It was so nice to hear the updates and hear that he was doing well! And he really was doing great!! He was strong and happy and moving right along at an awesome pace not too far off from him target! At mile 19 the report was that he was pretty tired. The sun had come out and it was getting really hot! I knew that Travis would not be feeling good about that. But he was still going!
Mile 15...looking good!

mile 19Chad running with Trav and taking video...I am jealous because if I didnt have Alex, I would have run with him a little just to chat with him. Oh, and maybe if I wasnt preggo too. :)

I had to laugh because my dad got a shot of the infamous Elvis! He stayed right ahead of Travis the whole time. This guy is a beast! It was so hot and he is wearing that hot costume and he doesnt even look like he is breaking a sweat!
Alex and I headed to a fun park right down the road on the way to the Alamodome- cant beat that!- to get out of the stroller and get some energy out. It was a good thing because Alex was all over it! and wouldn't even stop for a second for a picture.
Before long we were headed to the Alamodome for the finish!
the band at the home stretch to the finish dancing in your seat
Our friends Paige and Ryan (and the big cheerleader- baby Ray!) came to support also- such great friends! They were actually the ones who got Travis into running so it was fun for them to see him come so far! We decided to camp not at the actual finish where there were a million people, but right at the big hill just before the finish. We could not have been more excited to see Travis run around the bend!! He looked so good too! (We had been watching very tired hurting runners come up that hill) This was a tough spot and it was getting sooo hot!! - we thought, he will either hate that we are here or use it for power. What a brutal ending to a marathon! But Travis did it!!! If you cant tell, haha, I am SO very proud of him!!

The Reynolds Camera and Cheer Crew- I wouldn't have made it without them!

Alex was getting a little tired of waitingGo Daddy!!

The Team Isaacson cheer team is looking pretty disheveled by this point...I know I know, I am not the one running! but it was a big long morning for us!

My dad was around the corner to get shots before us and to warn us that he was coming- Mile 26!!

you can see us (tiny but there) with the yellow sign
Our view...Here he comes!!!
yes sir! He was in the zone and so focused

Finish big T! Way to go!!

Alex was crying as Travis passed and ran on...I am talking full out tears. Not sure if it was me yelling or if he didn't want Daddy to run away. Either way it was pretty cute.
Congratulations!! You did it!!
My final text message read: Travis Isaacson has crossed the race finish mark at 12:37, with a time of 4:54!

We are also very proud of Aunt Leah who completed her first marathon! I know that Travis had so much fun doing it with her. Woo hoo!! Way to go girl!!
At the start
The Finishers!

And we are so very proud of cousin Holly and Uncle Scott who did the Half Marathon!
And all the many other ones out there that did it too! You should all feel so proud of this huge accomplishment!

Like I mentioned, we have some video of Travis running. There are 3 different clips. If you are interested you can watch (click) here- part 1, 2, and 3
You can also check out the website for video of Travis (and anyone else- just search their name) crossing the finish line. Its pretty cool. http://san-antonio.competitor.com/


Solomon Clan said...

I am worn out just by looking at the pictures of him running! Congrats to him and his sister. That is an amazing accomplishment! I feel like my 5 miler coming up would be a sprint for those two.

the Hunts said...

YAY!! That is awesome. I am doing the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in Dallas....Way to go Travis!

hodgesgal said...

yea, you can definitely tell how proud you are, and you should be! That is HUGE!!
Way to go Travis... what a great cheer team you had.

Cassie- great to see you the other day... I knew from the beginning of reading, you'd say something about running with him, I just laughed when you actually did.... uh, hello? not at 18 weeks!! LOL

Kristen said...

congrats travis!! i know it takes a lot of time and dedication to train for one!

Jenny said...

oh cassie, this was the best post, everything about it, hearing how proud you were of him, seeing him do something so amazing, watching alex be so cute! thanks for taking the time to make us "feel like we were there!" way to go travis!

Rob and Leah said...

Way to go, Travis! I loved the shirts and signs. What a fun day!

Carla said...

Way to go Travis!! You should all be very proud :)

Kristen said...

Travis...you are amazing!!! I always thought it would be cool to say I did a marathon but the actually doing it part kills me just thinking about it. I love the picture with Alex and the sign!

Adam said...

That's amazing! Way to go, Trav! Inspirational! Alex crying is so sweet!