Stretching her limits

Hadn’t seen Iris Libby around lately, and I was wondering why.  Then this letter came in, and just knocked my socks off:

Okay, this is what I’ve been up to while not playing bridge.  There were 15,000 entrants for the combined Marathon and miniMarathon.  My son, Mark Scott, his lady friend, Laura Peck, her mother and sister and I were all in the miniMarathon – they ran, I walked.  It was an amazing day, weatherwise and in most other ways.  There was a moderate rain falling at 6:30 a.m., as we lined up to board the many buses that took participants to the starting line.  As we stood in a VERY long line for the porta-potty, the race actually started, but it made little difference to us.  The bibs we wore on our shirts had a one-use chip to register the time as we started and then as we finished the race.

We started close to and then moved through a lovely park — Iroquois — where we were encouraged by bystanders and folks waiting at various points with cups or bottles of water.  The park was hilly, but the foliage on the trees kept the rain from falling too heavily on us; it actually stopped raining while we were still within the park.  The sun shone brightly and warmly, and I was grateful when the clouds once again covered the sky, creating a pleasantly cool walking/running environment.

Once out of the park, we were surrounded by lovely old homes from a most gracious period in Louisville, many of them with pillars and welcoming front porches.  Again, the streets were lined with well-wishers, especially appreciated by those of us who were among the slower participants.

We entered the grounds of Churchill Downs, where quite a few horses were being exercised, preparing for the annual Kentucky Derby race that will take place this coming weekend.  Beautiful horses they are, too, with their sleek coats almost reflective in the now-and-then sunshine.

By this time, I was one tired walker, each quarter-mile a new triumph, as I had never before walked more than eight miles at one time — and that time occurred only once.

Now, my son is encouraging me to go with them to Toronto in October for another miniMarathon, and I’m actually considering it!  Any of you want to start training?

Back to California on Thursday, and I’ll be seeing most of you very soon.

Best wishes,  Iris

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2010 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon – miniMarathon

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15434 IRIS LIBBY WALNUT CREEK CA FEMALES 70 & OVER 70 F 4:24:20 4:40:06 6044 15

Pretty amazing!!!  Just about 4 miles an hour for the entire 13 long miles.  Iris is amazing.

One thought on “Stretching her limits

  1. Good job, Iris!! I’m proud of you. I ran a marathon when I was over 40, but that seemed like enough. Maybe I need to rethink that decision!

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