|marathon 'stuff' ready to go|
|ready to leave for the starting line|
8:00 am: Group picture of the USA Fit training group that I've spent the past ~24 weeks with.
mile 3.5: Get chills through my whole body as I run through the research circle because I know the rest of the course! I have finished the only unknown miles of the whole race.
mile 4: Quickly remember how beautiful but LONELY the rest of the course is!
mile 5: If it was a training day, I would call it quits and head home. Hot. My stomach hurts. Hot. My head is light. Hot.
mile 7: It is getting hotter. Start to add more walking into the running routine.
mile 10: Walk half mile, run half mile. Make sure to run through picture taking:
|mile 10...still looking ok|
mile 14: Call ADP. 'I don't know how to do another 13 miles.' He gives me some tough loving. I try to run. It is hotter now. Running = light headed. Gel = stomach aches. Water & nuun = stomach aches.
miles 14-17: Go back and forth with myself. Try running...get light headed and have to stop and put head between knees. (Have I ever mentioned that I don't like it when it is warm????)
mile 17: Call ADP again. My side of the conversation goes something like this: 'I feel like hell. BUT, I don't care if I am the very last person out here I am going to finish this g** d*** race.' ADP said something like 'that's what I wanted to hear.'
mile 17 to end: walk - walk - walk - walk - walk (you get the idea). Water over head and down back at most water stops. Try to keep up fluid intake but have long since given up trying to eat solids/gels.
~mile 18: find Ragnar Relay teammate sitting on the side of the road on a barrier. I ask if she's ok. I ask if she can walk. I didn't really pay attention to my watch again for pace or heart rate. We spent the rest of the race walking and talking and catching up. Apparently I walk fast for her because I was walking and most of the time she did a running shuffle/run to keep up.
~mile 21: Amanda shows up to "run" me in. I knew I'd see her...but didn't expect to see her for another mile or two. She was great. Talked when we couldn't. Listened. Carried our waters. Kept us moving along. Amanda is the saving grace in this race!!! She was amazing. During this time we saw people sitting on the side of the course not looking good. We saw one person on a stretcher with oxygen. When the race was done, I found out that they treated a lot more people than years past...most of it because of the 81F high temperature.
|best cheering group ever waiting for me|
|me and Amanda (the other in our group was just in front of us as her BF was there waiting for her)|
|trying to hold back tears as my kids run out to me|
|Run with me! I ran the last half mile...and about the last .1 was with my munchkins.|
|my arms were too tired to hold the banana, so yes this technique works just fine!|
|The best running friend a person can as for!|
|Bugs, me, & Punky (kudos to the photographer ADP as well)|
5:42:24 for a 13:06/mi ave
first half 2:29:34 for an 11:25/mi ave
second half 3:13:27 for a 14:46/mi ave (I'll take it for a quick paced long walk)
place: 849 of 884 finishers
AG place: unk at this time...when "they" are done checking all the BQ times then I'll have access to that information. It looks like 3 or 4 finished after me though.
High temperature: 81F with not nearly enough shade to stay cool
It started good.
The whole middle was ugly.
And then it ended!
Thanks to everyone who shared in this journey with me!