Deanna for a Day

By Molly Bice-Jackson - 5:00 AM

What happens when one of your blog readers (Deanna) is walking on an icy driveway with an expensive camera in her hand and starts to tumble? She chooses to save her camera instead of herself and comes home weeks later with a $35,000 ankle and the inability to run the Ogden half marathon.

That's when I got to be Deanna for a day. And it was awesome.

Deanna is a fast runner. Ok, she's kind of fast. Not super fast, but fast enough to be in the top 1/3 of all the runners who participated! Go Deanna! Deanna had the best run of her life that day ("that day" would be Saturday, May 21st, 2011). Deanna couldn't sleep the night before the race. She got in maybe 30 minutes. By 3:30 a.m. she was too restless to stay in bed and started getting ready for the hour + drive to Ogden from Park City. By 4:15 she was on the road solo, with not a clue as to where to meet the buses that take you to the start of the race.

Deanna was exhausted but stoked to begin the run. She ended up driving her car to the beginning of the race because she missed the busses. She was lost at one point and trying not to panic. (This was greatly abated once she got out and took a tinkle BEHIND the port-a-potties).

Ipod ready, sugary energy goo in her system, she took off at 7 a.m. and didn't stop, didn't even flinch for a second, until she crossed the finish line strong--in under 2 hours, which was her only goal.

The weather was beyond perfection. The scenery was breathtaking, the few runners she talked to were friendly and interesting and motivating. Deanna ran the second half faster than the first, had a great pace, was on a high the entire day, and can't wait for her next race!

I want to be Deanna for a day more often!

THANK YOU, Deanna! It was so great to be you!




When they put the medal around my neck after crossing the finish line they said, "Great job, Deanna!" I just smiled. 



Seconds before this photo was snapped, Pedro was pushing against the tree, "stretching", like his mommy. Too funny. 












Because I parked at the starting line, we had to drive back up Ogden Canyon to the town of Eden to retrieve my car. We ate at a darling little fresh Mex place that was absolutely delicious. The service was great and Peter had a ball sitting on the bar stools. Best behavior I've ever seen from him in a restaurant. 

It was one of those "perfect" days where all the stars were aligned. I felt like I was really living in the moment, soaking in the love of my husband and son, clearly remembering with sweetness the life and light of my daughter, feeling alive and invigorated from the race, and in awe of the beauty around me. I highly recommend the Ogden marathon/half marathon. What an unforgettable experience. 

After making it home, I threw a surprise birthday party for Vic--more on that in the coming days. What a full weekend. And of course, 3 years since saying goodbye to Lucy yesterday. That's when I crashed...physically, emotionally, everything.


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  1. under 2 hours? Wahoo! Way to go Molly...I mean Deanna. :) I think that is an awesome time! I have my work cut out for me if I want to keep up with you in July. Driving to the starting line, huh? Hmmm...why does that sound so familiar?
    And your wreath looks great. I love it!

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  2. Nice Job Miss Molly (umm... I mean Deeanna)!! Looks like a gorgeous day!

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  3. I'm so glad I saw you on the course. That made the race that much more fun for me. You are a bright light and I'm so glad I've been able to get to know you through your blog.

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  4. Yay Molly! Great job!!! Your words made me want to get out there and run. Congrats on making it in under 2 hours. So awesome!!

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  5. Under 2 hours?!! Wow! Deanna, you're amazing! ;)

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  6. Boy am I going to have to work hard to improve my time for next year! Thanks for setting the bar so high! I am so glad you had a great race! I couldn't think of a better person to run in my place! Love ya! Deanna :)

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  7. I think YOU had way too much fun being DEANNA. I love that you had one of those perfect days... and that you soaked in the moment.

    ToOdLeS.

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  8. I have always wanted to do the Odgen half. . . I tried to sign up last year but it was full. But, you have inspired me to try for next year! Ummm. . . but I am pretty sure I will not be able to do it in under 2 hours! Good Job!

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