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Saturday, March 29, 2008

this can only mean one thing...

A trip to Fleet Feet to stock up on gu...
and making the best carbo filled baked ziti ever...

National Marathon Baked Ziti

16 oz. ziti pasta

1lb 10 oz. bottle spaghetti sauce (trader joe's has a great one)

6 oz. sliced provolone (or enough to cover 9x13)

6 oz. mozzarella cheese

1 ½ -2 cups sour cream

1 pd. Ground beef

1 onion, chopped

Grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Brown ground beef and onion. Add spaghetti sauce. Layer as follows in a greased 9x13 pan. Half of the ziti, provolone cheese, sour cream, half of the sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese, and remaining sauce mixture. Top with parmesan cheese and bake at 350 for 30 min. or until cheese is melted.



and a sign like this can only mean one thing, someone in our family ran a marathon this weekend and I wish it would have been me..... but it was Jeff!
love this photo taken by Anne with the blurry American Flag

I think I am now convinced that I am married to Superman!
great photo taken by Jeff's mom as he is getting ready to cross the finish line

Anyone who trains for a marathon in the freezing winter of the East should get an extra t-shirt! I was so proud of Jeff for finishing the race but also knocking minutes off his time from the other one he ran just 5 months ago! ( i would love to have run by my 6 hour marathon finish doesn't qualify me to run anything more than the path in my neighborhood)

Jeff's parents came across the country to see him finish.
I of course cried! And the two little girls said as they went to bed, "my daddy is fast!"


The mayor of D.C. also ran and finished just after Jeff. He is responsible for starting this new marathon just 5 years ago.
But the true hero of the day was Anne! A blogging friend and also a marathon runner who came to cheer Jeff on.
we didn't make it to mile 16 where we had planned to meet him but Anne did. She snapped this photo and gave him the boost he said he so desperately needed!
Backcountry.com gets honorable mention for their merino wool zip shirt - Jeff says it was a life saver! note the goat!

it was great having him run it just to get this leg collapsing hug after he finished.
Way to go Superman!

25 comments:

charlotte said...

That's so exciting! Congratulations Jeff!

J&K Freeman said...

That's amazing! I just ran a half in March and I am itching to do it again. Seeing your pictures makes me feel restless, but running is about to get tough here in AZ because of the heat. Kristi, if you ever want to run a half, check out the canyonlands half marathon in Moab, Utah. It is absolutely gorgeous and you would not be dissapointed. I would love to meet you and you would be more than welcome to run with my sister and me. I think sign-ups for 2009 start in October 2008.

Erin said...

I'm Crying Like a Baby again. I love celebrating others successes. You give him a great big HIGH FIVE from Erin in Blackfoot, Idaho. I love the vision of Athletes. You are awesome!

michelle said...

Woohoo! Way to go, Jeff! Great photos -- I loooove the one of you and SJ watching and the big hug at the end!

Lauralee said...

great photos..what emotion! way to go jeff! that recipe looks yummy!

Jenmomof4 said...

Congratulations Jeff!!

Great Post Kristi!! Love all the pictures!

Holly said...

Jeff, man, you ROCK!

Congratulations!!

Kristi--how great to run one with him and cheer him on with your girls (and his parents) for this one. Different perspectives of the race environment.
All of the pictures are FAB--especially the one of you watching him finish.

Traci said...

Great post! That is awesome! Would be hard to train in the east in winter! It's not barely even warming up yet!

tootie said...

Congrats to your hubby! That is awesome! It is definitely inspiring to see.

Sunshine said...

I love it...the photos especially speak volumes of symbolism of our life here on earth...the challenge it is...and then just to get to the finish, and be greeted by family. The picture of you and him hugging as well as the one of you crying is somewhat what it probably feel like after our sojourn here is over. Hope this comment isn't too weird...the photos are just beautiful and display such a range of emotion and triumph! Thanks for sharing!

Kara Jayne said...

I'm crying because of the picture of you crying!! I just did a marathon post today too. Must be in the air. Mine is still months away! You should come and run it with me...I'm serious. You live in the perfect area of the country to train for an early October marathon. It's a fast one too...it makes you feel good about yourself!

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Run, Jeff, run. That's incredible! Hooray for Jeff. I love the photos, too.

Suzie Petunia said...

I'm so glad I stopped by to get the more-detailed race report! Marathon pictures are just beautiful. Period.

Amanda :-) said...

Owww, it looks a bit cold there! To RUN for so LONG in the COLD. Oww, oww, oww. Jeff is something else. How lovely that he had so much support from friends and family, and photos to log it all - and BEAT the MAYOR. Hahaha. That's a little bonus!

I hope he gets lots of rest and rewards now. Well done, Jeff!

kacey@doodlebugspaper.com said...

YEA for Jeff!! And Anne is such a good friend to your family.
The ziti sounds yummy!! It is one of my favorite dishes and I NEVER eat it!! I should try this recipe. .. even if we aren't running a marathon at my house!

TheVasquez3 said...

WOW!! congrats to Jeff!

Kristen said...

Way to go Jeff!! That is so great!
Wonderful pictures!!!

(thanks for that recipe, it looks like a good one :)

Jill said...

Congratulations to Jeff! It's so great that there's a picture of you crying while watching him. I get very emotional at races no matter who is running because it's such a big accomplishment and because I wish I was one of the runners. That's super nice that Anne was there to cheer him on at mile 16!

Becky said...

That last picture just speaks volumes, Kristi...

Congratulations, Jeff!

Cecilia Mills said...

Congratulations to Jeff and of course, to you for being such a great support. Great pictures too!!! One of my goals it's to run a marathon someday!

Missy said...

That is so cool - Way to go, Jeff!
Missy

Amanda L. said...

Anyone who run a marathon is super! Congrats to Jeff for training in this cold weather especially after just running one a few months ago. So inspiring! Congrats to you and Anne for supporting him as well!

Liz said...

That is awesome! I love all the pictures documenting the run! Congrats to Jeff!

Mindy said...

Jeff doesn't need to run a marathon to be a superman to us. We've always thought him to be incredible.....now even more so!!!! wow!

Juli said...

Finish lines make me cry.

I love that hug.