Let me give you a little pre-race recap first...
Friday I felt great.
Until I had a bowl of chili for lunch. Who does that the day before a marathon!? I seriously wasn't thinking AT ALL about the marathon the next day. About an hour after I ate I started to have some stomach issues. I never have stomach issues..ever. eva. I don't get stomach bugs, food poisoning, and I can literally put ANYTHING in my mouth and I won't get sick. I don't even have a gag reflex. Apparently marathons upset my stomach. J told me I must be sub-consciously nervous. Whatever.
Friday night I went to bed a 7pm. I woke up the next morning at 5am and felt great...still had an upset stomach. It stayed upset up until I got to the start line.
I ate my usual prerace b-fast, oatmeal and a banana. Chugged a few glasses of water and got dressed. The weather was supposed to be mid 50's with rain moving in around 11:30am...I could handle that.
My friend Angie and her daughter Kelsee(babysitter) got to the house at 6am. I gave Kelsee some instructions for BP and then J, Angie, LP, MP, and I all headed towards Huntsville.
We got there around 7am..I'll spare you the details of my 5 pre-race bathroom breaks.
I met up with my friend Kelly who was running too. She handed me a little gift box and told me not to open it until I finished. I have such thoughtful friends...I am horrible when it comes to sentimental stuff(maybe a goal for 2011...be more sentimental)
|me and Kelly|
We all headed to the start line at 7:50am
My biggest concern at this point was whether or not to wear an ear warmer. If you haven't noticed I have HUGE sticky-outey ears. When you have ears that stick out, they get cold easily. Even when it's not that cold I wear an ear warmer to keep the wind from
I didn't want to get too hot though so I decided against it...a good decision, but I have to warn you ears in pictures may be larger than they appear. ;)
|one last pic before starting|
Here are my splits:
mile 3-8:53 this is where I passed the 4:15 pacer and was pretty confident I had 4:15 in the bag(looking back it was absolutely premature confidence...mile 3 ...really?..)
This is where I saw my family and friend Angie! It was so overwhelming to see them cheering. It melted my heart...♥
mile 9-9:25- I started to feel like I had to go pee....but my body felt so good that I didn't want to stop..I decided that if I got to mile 13 and still had to I would stop.
mile 12 -9:48
mile 13-9:59- I didn't have to pee anymore, but my groin muscle was starting to cramp up, so I walked through and aid station and stretched for a few seconds.
Ok, this shot is to show you how I was given my new nickname "porkchop" See my pink socks...they have a cute "little" heart on them. Only because my calves are so big it looked more like a butterflied porkchop....My running friend now lovingly refer to me as "porkchop"....could be worse...:)
mile 17-9:40-This is where the 4:15 pacer passed me...I caught up to her for a little bit but she was running too fast for me.
mile 22-10:12- This is when I hit it....the dreaded "W" word. The WALL....
I could not get my legs to move any faster. I knew at this point I had 4:15 in the bag but I also knew that if I could maintain a 9:15 I could make a 4:10....I don't know what happened, but this is also where it became a mental race. I had never encountered this on any of my long training runs. I was on the edge of tears.
At 22.5 I saw my family again...THANK GOD!!!
|ok so I wasn't on the edge of tears...I may have shed a few. 2010 has turned me into a HUGE baby!!!|
I wish I could take awesome pictures while I'm running like EMZ does HERE...but instead I look like this:
|I was pretty miserable here...|
My friend Angie jumped in here and gave me a bottle of water. I took another GU and drank half the bottle of water. I told Angie to run in front of me so maybe it would help pull me along. She knew I was struggling and kept asking me how I was doing. I was feeling pretty crabby.....
Angie ran the next 3.5 miles with me. I remember few details from those miles...my mind felt foggy. I do remember at mile 25 my friend Lisa, who was calling time at the 25 mile split, yelling "Go April!!" on her megaphone. That was a nice little boost.
Garmin Distance 26.45 Garmin Time 4:14:26
Official Chip Time : 4:14:16
My first thought when I crossed the finish line was...I would totally do this again... In fact, I'm planning another one in February!
And a little of this... I didn't throw up but I sure felt like I could....Marathons do a number on my stomach! GEEEZ! Thanks J for catching it all on camera.
This was at the awesome post race "snack" room. They had hot soup and sandwiches and all kinds of goodies.
LP was mad cause we told him to put his moon pie down for a picture....LOL!
So there it is folks.. I'm still processing the whole experience. I can honestly say that I enjoyed the whole process. I was feeling kind of down the next day. I need goals to work towards and I didn't have any set. I have focused the last 4 months on this marathon. So yesterday I decided to do this:
I have some more thoughts about the marathon that I have been milling around in my head...but I will share those with you later...
Thank you for your encouragement on my marathon journey!
Grace and peace,