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I have my reasons

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

And now I can call myself a marathon runner. I haven't listened to my audio posts yet. I'm afraid actually. I can't remember what I said. I think it will bring back a lot of the emotion. There were tears (of joy!) at the finish. All I have to say is, You gotta try this! It's like no feeling in the world. All those months of training, and I was afraid it was going to be anticlimatic. But it wasn't. The energy at the start was amazing. I talked with a couple of girls doing the half. One was from Canada and the other from California. They were both super nice. I didn't see the Cali girl after the start, but I saw Canada here and there. I passed her after the first water stop and didn't see her again. We ran along the Embarcadero and encountered our first big hill. I got about 3/4 of the way up and decided, OK, if I'm going to finish this race, I shouldn't be running up these hills. I mean, dang! There's nothing like that in Dallas to train on. Anywhere. Later I told Judy that we need to find a bigger hill to train on, because the one that we run just ain't gonna cut it for races like that. I passed the 10K mat at about 1:12, and I felt good. I had my names all pinned to my shirt, so I knew who was with me at each mile. Judy called me when I was on mile 8 somewhere and asked how I liked the hills. I told her I didn't. She said they didn't get any better, and aske me if I wanted her to come run with me. She waited for me at mile 9 and we picked up our pace on a long downhill. Had to make up for those uphills! It seems like the race just kind of flew by. We ran into Golden Gate park and finally passed the Half Way point. I was feeling pretty giddy, and I was thinking about anything but running. Once we got outside of Golden Gate park, we could see people on their last miles. When I reviewed the map before the race, I knew that I was going to see people heading towards the finish while I still had miles to go. But, I didn't let it get to me. My least favorite part of the race was miles 19-23. Not because of pain. I mean, there was that. But this was a big loop around Lake Merced, and it was just ugly. There was nothing to look at. There were cars right next to the race lane, and there weren't nearly enough porta-potties for the racers. The Godiva Chocolate was the best part of that section, and my camera batteries died, so I couldn't get any pictures of us by the mountains of chocolate! Back onto the final stretch and running alongside the Pacific Ocean I felt elated. I had done it! I had run the course and I was going to finish the race. One foot in front of the other. I thought about how far I had come, and I just kept repeating to myself 'Never give up. Never quit.' My legs weren't cramping and I while I had some discomfort in my hips, it wasn't as bad as some of my training runs. The part that hurt the most though was my feet. Starting about mile 17 my feet started to pound. I could feel them pulsating in my shoes and I felt every step and every rock in the road. I just wanted to get off my feet! We had been employing a 5/1 and then later a 5/2 run/walk strategy to get me through. But at mile 25, I said, this is it. No more stopping. I was going to run that entire last 1.2. So I put my head down and pushed it through. Judy gave me confidence by letting me know that when I was running, I was still running my goal pace. Then, when the finish line mat was in sight, I sprinted, well, what felt like a sprint after 26 miles, over the finish, arms raised in victory! Finishing chip time was 5:34:51. The overall winner's time was 2:59:32. There were 4,690 total finishers, and I was 2,833. I am definitely running White Rock on December 11. I know that for sure! That will be just another 'finish' goal, faster though than I did this one. After that, I'm going to take a break. Cut back on the miles. Work on getting in better shape and increasing my speed. And now I know that whatever the challenge, how big or how small, I can do it. And you know what? Anyone can. Including YOU.
marathon miles

10/25/2005 08:38:00 AM :: ::
  • Congrats to you!!! I'm so proud of you. :-) Hubby, who has run the Lake Geneva Marathon, said that it doesn't matter what your time was, only that you finished it.

    By Blogger Indigo, at 10/25/2005 10:16:00 AM


  • ah, we all knew you'd do it - Bloggers can do anything! :-)


    By Blogger craziequeen, at 10/25/2005 10:32:00 AM


  • "Rejoice, we conquer!" :)

    Running WRM?! This marathon running thing is very addictive, isn't it? ;-)

    By Anonymous charles, at 10/25/2005 10:52:00 AM


  • CONGRATS!!!!
    This gives me the incentive to shoot for doing this myself. The idea is a little daunting, but I don't believe that will stop me.

    I'm proud of you!

    By Blogger UziCue, at 10/25/2005 11:08:00 AM


  • Oh God, you're talking to me aren't you?

    You never mentioned there would be mountains of Godiva waiting...well, let me get my running shoes! I'll run for Godiva!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 10/25/2005 11:49:00 AM


  • i think i might do one someday, maybe....ill think about it. GO YOU!!!!

    By Blogger Crystal, at 10/25/2005 03:11:00 PM


  • you ROCK!!!!!!

    By Blogger Shannon, at 10/25/2005 04:03:00 PM


  • Finishing is the whole reason for doing it. well done. :)

    By Blogger FTS, at 10/25/2005 09:47:00 PM


  • Weee heeeeeeeee.. you did it... my thoughts closed on you a number of times over the weekend wondering how you fared... so pleased for you that you conquered this...

    Now take on the world... well.. maybe once your feet are better....


    By Anonymous The Womanmoose, at 10/26/2005 02:01:00 AM


  • You're so right, now you've got through this you must feel elated and nothing is too big to conquer now!


    liked the sound of porta potties and mountains of chocs ;-)

    By Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon, at 10/26/2005 03:11:00 AM


  • I bathe in the reflecting glory of knowing someone who has run a marathon. Nice one our 'Lass

    By Blogger culfy, at 10/26/2005 06:32:00 AM


  • Congratulations! That is awesome!

    By Anonymous nancy, at 10/26/2005 07:57:00 AM


  • Congratulations girl! That's awesome!!

    By Blogger Michele, at 10/26/2005 08:16:00 AM


  • Alright girl! That is so awesome and I'm so proud of you!!!!!!

    Nothing can stop you now.....o

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/26/2005 08:17:00 AM


  • As proud as we are of you, I know that can't compare with how you must feel about yourself.

    And the audio posts were great.

    By Blogger Bone, at 10/26/2005 09:31:00 AM


  • wow, that's awesome! I can barely get myself to the car and drive 26 miles! congratulations!!

    By Blogger Dave, at 10/26/2005 10:34:00 AM


  • I am thoroughly impressed! Congratulations!!!!

    By Anonymous leanne, at 10/26/2005 10:53:00 AM


  • Wow!

    By Blogger annie, at 10/26/2005 11:23:00 AM


  • Wow! I am so impressed and proud of you! Very exciting and inspiring post.

    And now, on to the novel together, right?

    By Blogger Raehan, at 10/26/2005 11:51:00 PM


  • I am so proud and impressed by you! What an accomplishment! I'll think of you next time I'm trying to talk myself out of my measly two miles! Great job!!!

    By Anonymous E, at 10/27/2005 05:38:00 AM


  • Congrats, Interstellar! Outstanding.
    A post about your inner mental state during a run would be very interesting.
    I remember times during a long run that my mind would basically "leave" my body.
    I would just sit back and watch running on automatic. Very nice feeling.
    Again, congrats...


    By Blogger michaelm, at 10/27/2005 07:07:00 AM


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