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Post-Marathon: What now?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

This week has been just as crazy as last week!! I still can't believe I ran my first marathon last Saturday! Between just normal busy life, and taking my friend, Amanda, out sight-seeing, this week has just flown by. Good thing I am resting, and not getting up at some crazy hour to get my runs in!!

As far as how I feel, my body feels great. I have absolutely no soreness, no aches, no pain. Nothing. I was REALLY sore in my hips on Sunday, and my knees were just so weak. I had to pull myself up the stairs, holding onto the rail. But I did a session with Mr. Foam Roller on Sunday night, that took care of most of my soreness and stiffness. And on Monday, the hip pain was gone. I went for a VERY slow jog on Monday with Amanda, and I think it really helped my body. I am thinking about going out for a slow run on Saturday, but haven't decided.

I will definitely be starting back very light and easy on Monday with my neighbor! We already have a running date in place. She has been wanting to start, and I know that for me, getting started was the hardest part. So, I will take her out next week, so she can kind of find her groove, and hopefully, I will infect her with the running fever!!! emoticon

As far as races go, I have had to keep a light schedule this year. With my schooling program, we have several Saturdays when our class meets, so it is just crazy. Plus my husband has to work about every other Saturday, so trying to squeeze in races is just tough....

BUT, don't you worry, my fellow Sparkies! My marathon was NOT the end for me!! I actually have already had my sights on other races, and already signed up for my next one! I felt a huge let-down after my second half marathon, because I didn't know what to do next. So now I know, keep my sights ahead, and make new goals along the way, BEFORE I even run my next race. That way I do NOT lose momentum!! I have also heard from another runner, that it's always good to make your next running goal, or sign up for your next race within a week of your last race, but I try to even sign up for my next one BEFORE I finish whatever I am training for.... Just my way of doing things.

My next registered race:
Mittsommernachtslauf 30K at Krakower See in Germany, June 18th, 2011

This one is also quite small, much like my marathon. Maybe even SMALLER! But it is supposed to be a beautiful run! It is 30K, so not quite as hefty as a marathon, but still a great distance, I think. I am really looking forward to this one.

Other tentative races:
Hamburg Run 10K, July 9th, 2011
Kl. Meckelsen Volkslauf 10K, July 16th, 2011
Harz Gebirgslauf Marathon, October 8th

The ones in July are just for fun. I am not sure about both of them, maybe they won't work out. The one in Hamburg is already scheduled, but the one in Klein Meckelsen is in a village right next to us, and they have not set up an official date for that one yet, so I have to see.

Yes, I know, I know, I said I would NEVER run another marathon during my marathon, but I got over that pretty quickly!!! The Harz Gebirgslauf Marathon is a trail marathon, and it will NOT be something I am pushing for a PR. It is simply for the accomplishment of DOING it! It is called the "most difficult marathon in Germany," so I have heard. Here's a photo of the marathon:

Here is the profile of the altitude:

I did the HM there in 2009, and absolutely LOVED it!! Even then I said that one day I would like to try the full marathon, even though you climb a mountain!

So, those are my plans!! I am keeping my schedule light, but yet the runs are pretty heavy. I am looking forward to seeing how much more I can accomplish this year!! #

Happy Sparking, Everyone!! Run strong!

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REMEMBER2BME 3/3/2011 7:10PM

    Sounds like an outstanding plan!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 3/3/2011 6:49PM

    congrats on your marathon!!!!
set a goal and go go go! you can do it

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LOREENYK 3/3/2011 3:44PM

    Looks like some awesome runs are in store for 2011!!!
Happy Running,

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RUNNINGITOFF 3/3/2011 1:38PM

  Awesome on making the next goal! I know it has helped me over the past several months. I have 1-2 events planned each month and all mixed up between 5K, 8K, 10K, Half Marathons, 1 Marathon, a few triathlons, duathlons, etc. It is going to be a fun year. :)

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REFOCUS92711 3/3/2011 12:39PM

    The trail run sounds awesome! You should definitely do it!

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MOMJMGR 3/3/2011 12:22PM

    WOW look at that elevation!! You go rockstar!!!! I like to keep my sights on races ahead too, sometimes I get to do it and sometimes I don't (thanks to my body mostly). You are going to have a great year!

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RUNTRILAUGH 3/3/2011 12:14PM

    That looks like the crazy elevation we had for Sweeth2o Half! LOL
You're going to love completing it!!!!


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JOYINRUNNING08 3/3/2011 11:18AM

    Good for you. Yes, the activity and keeping moving helps TREMENDOUSLY with doms after a marathon. You have the right idea.

That marathon looks so fun, great scenery and course! :)

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GEOGIRL 3/3/2011 11:05AM

  You have such wonderful goals! I'm going to be in awe of you as you accomplish each one this year :) I love that you said you'd never run another marathon but you already have your sights set on the next one, you sound just like me!

The 30k Trail Run sounds amazing!

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ICKA_2 3/3/2011 10:37AM

    yaaaay congrats on completing a MARATHON!!! I know what you mean by sore in the hips! I did a 30k run in October and much hurt. Nothing a nice massage the next day can't fix tho =) What time did you finish in? Get some well deserved rest and good luck with your next race! emoticon emoticon

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iMarathon - Kiel Marathon RACE REPORT!!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

YAY!!! I DID IT!! I am a Marathoner!! I won't lie to y'all - that was, hands down, the HARDEST run I have ever done. I always admired Marathon runners before now, but I have a new-found, deep respect (even more so than before!) for ANYONE who takes on the Marathon challenge!

My week was just crazy, as I stated in my other blogs. We had a church banquet on Friday night for 100 people, for which I was the events coordinator, so I had my schedule full planning for all that. I did NOT pick the date for that, and had signed up for the Marathon long before I knew the banquet would be the night before!! Fortunately, I was not the main cook this year, a good friend of mine was, so the food planning was mainly her job. But I still made the appetizer soup entirely myself on Thursday, and we all cooked the main course together on Friday. So, I was on my feet on Friday for about 8 hours straight...... Not exactly the best thing to do on my Marathon Eve, but we still had a great time, and the banquet ran really smoothly! Everything turned out wonderfully!

We got home at 11 pm, which wasn't too bad. My friend who cooked, and her sister, were our babysitters for the Marathon, so they came home with us, and stayed the night @ our house.

MARATHON MORNING!! We only needed to leave at 7 am, so it wasn't too bad at all! That is late for me!! It was an hour and a half drive to Kiel, and the Marathon started at 10:20 am. We got out of the house right on time, the 3 of us - Jan (DH), my friend Amanda, and I. WE WERE OFF!!

This is me at home before we left:

I was so pumped on the drive there, very nervous and excited! We had a great time joking and laughing on the way there. The weather was supposed to be about 35°F with snow and rain on the forecast. I wasn't really happy about that, but nothing was going to stop me now!!

We got there, and the wind was just FREEZING! It was quite chilly out. The Expo was indoors, which was nice, but heading outsite to the start line was COLD! The Marathon route was along a bay area, so the wind coming off the water was quite nippy and quite strong..... We will get to the wind later....

Here are some pics of the water, next to our running route:

The building where the Expo was:

My hubby and Amanda grabbing some grub at the Expo before the race... I was too nervous to eat.

This Marathon was quite small, not anything like the ING New York, or other huge Marathons. There were only 300 places available, and I think only 225 or so ended up running it. So very small scale. And there were only 30 women running the marathon total.

The announcers were dressed up in medieval garb:

All of us lined up at the start line:

Even SANTA ran the Marathon!! I guess he had some holiday weight to work off too!

So, at 10:20 sharp, the Marathoners were off!! For the first part of the Marathon, I felt great, I had a good pace going, and felt I was conserving my energy well, not going too fast.

The Marathon route was a loop that we made 4 times around. I actually really liked that part, because it was broken up a little in my mind. The first 2 rounds, I did really great, but I had forgotten my energy bars, so my hubby had to go get them. He handed them off to me, but only after the 2nd lap, so I had already run 20 km. The coolest thing was that the sun came out, and the weather, though still chilly, was really beautiful. YAAAAY for no snow and rain!!

Just as I reached 16 miles, I felt my tummy act up. I knew I needed to stop at the port-o-potty. I had already had to pee for a long time, so I figured now was the best time!! I was just coming up to one, so it was perfect. I used the bathroom, and came out......

And then my rhythm was gone. It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was now running right into the wind, which was tough the first 2 rounds, but this time was WAY harder!! I guess I left my energy in that port-o-potty too, because that's the only place I can figure I lost it!! HAHA! My breathing felt really shallow, I slowed way down, I just felt really "off"! I kept going, and figured it would get a little easier once I turned again and had the wind to my back.... But even after that, my tempo just didn't really pick up. Running started feeling really hard. I stopped a couple of times to walk very briefly, but that only made my legs ache even more!! Walking was more painful than running!!

As I turned that last 5 or 6 km into the wind, I seriously thought I wasn't gonna make it. Going against the wind after 35 km was agonizing. I laugh about it now, but I was thinking the whole way, "WHHHHHHYYYY did I want to run a marathon?!??!?!?!!? I NEVER want to do another Marathon AGAIN!! NEVER!" I seriously considered walking the rest of the way, but I just kept plugging away. I walked several very short segments, about once each km, but I just kept trying to keep it going.... AND I DID!!

At the end, I was able to pick it up a little, but my body HURT! I ended up finishing in 4:19:34!!! I am so happy with that!! I was the 10th woman out of 30 to cross the finish!! Santa beat me by about 19 minutes.... emoticon Jan has not stopped telling me how proud he is of me!! Amanda too! It was so great to have them cheering me on. I loved being able to run the loops around and get to see them a few times. That was great too.

I can't believe how close I felt to wanting to give up. I can't believe how badly I just wanted it to be over. But when I crossed that finish line, I was just STOKED and so glad I had kept at it!!! I have NEVER, EVER, EVER reached such a tough point in any of my Half Marathons that I did. I never felt like giving up. Yeah, I always started feeling like, "Ok, the finish line can come any time now!" But I never felt like stopping so badly like I did in the marathon, and I ALWAYS felt like I had some juice left in the tank!! The Marathon! What a TRUE TEST of someone's inner strength and determination!! AWESOME!! And NO INJURIES!! I'm hurtin', yeah, but nothing detrimental, I think. My hips and knees are quite achy, and in definite need of a rest.... BUT NO INJURIES!! YAY!!

Here are some other pictures.


Me rehashing the details of the run to Amanda, while Jan snaps a few shots:

AAAAAHHHHH, Just what I need!! The free alcohol-free BEER!!! YES!

Jan was little obsessed with Santa. I think he took more pictures of Santa than me.

Jan and Amanda were able to get away and check out a little medieval festival that was also going on.

A store called "Assmann".... Interesting.... (It's a last name here, but still! HAHA)

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JLNWRNR 4/20/2011 8:50PM

    Incredible! You rock!

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MARLIMOO 3/16/2011 8:44AM

    Nice job. See the gal training me- this is what she told me. DO NOT stop. As your legs and momentum- do get lost and TOUGH to get back. I so remember those thoughts in my head back when I did this the first time. WTH am I doing???? Love it though. Love the photos! Congratulations! WOOOOOOOOO!

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KILTGUY 3/4/2011 5:02PM

    Congrats on your hard work! Can't believe you chose to do a marathon in Kiel (surrounded by all that water) in Februar.

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MOMONTHERUN1 3/4/2011 4:37PM

    CONGRATS!!! You rocked it like I knew you would.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 3/3/2011 11:31AM

    CONGRATS!!!! I am SO proud of you!!! All that hard work paid off!!!

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MENT2BE 3/2/2011 11:42PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on becoming a MARATHONER!!! I LOVED your race blog with all of the pictures. Awesome time with the wind/cold.......what will you do next??? All I can say is WOW!!!!!!

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MJASR5 3/2/2011 5:58PM

    Congrats Darcy! What a great experience!

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AILULI 3/1/2011 11:39AM

    Darcy, What a great race report! I can feel you 100% in your writing. I think we all go through that feeling of "why did i want to do this again?" I even promised my body during the first ever marathon, that it will never have to run another one as long as it would take me to the end. I lied...
Congratulations! You did amazing, you accomplished something that makes you so much stronger!!

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FRANCLYN 3/1/2011 11:02AM

    I am so very proud of you! You worked so hard to get there and didn't let the post-potty wall stop you (dunno what it is but it definitely tanks a person's momentum). You did everything wonderfully and have some fantastic memories to last a lifetime. Enjoy them, you earned every last one!!

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SACGIRL 3/1/2011 9:52AM

    Congratulations fellow marathoner!!!! What a great blog, it made me think back to my race in December and how I felt the EXACT same way as you. I too had that feeling of wanting to give up, but there was just no way it was going to happen. And I also felt as though I should just walk the rest of it when at mile 23.

All your training has paid off and you now have a memory that will always be with you. You have joined a very elite group of very proud! And I agree...till you run one, you cannot truly appreciate what effort is put into this type of race. Not just running but the mental part as is a truth test of mental and physical strength.

Great Job my friend and enjoy some much needed rest!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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READINGACE 3/1/2011 9:06AM

Thanks for the insider's view.

I think it's normal for you to be so tired. Just enjoy some rest and start back slowly. You have a lot to be proud of.

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TAMTAM64 3/1/2011 7:51AM

    Girl - you totally ROCKED that marathon! Congrats on a great race.

Like you, I found a new respect for everybody that trains & completes a marathon after I ran my marathon. That was one of the toughest things I have ever done. I thought the finish line was never going to appear in mine. :P

You did so great! Now enjoy your time in RECOVERY LAND!

Run Strong,

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BARBARASCH 3/1/2011 6:23AM

    Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!!

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ETTEZEUS 2/28/2011 9:49PM

    Congrats! It is such an awesome feeling to cross that finish line!
All those weeks of training paid off!
Oh, and you can't beat free beer!

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SEEHOLZ 2/28/2011 9:08PM

    I'm totally motivated to run a race in Germany now! Of course i would love to run on hometurf, but May does not work with my schedule, so I'm thinking about doing a half in June.

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ELISA322 2/28/2011 6:11PM

    LOL at Jan taking more pictures of Santa!

Congratulations on becoming a marathoner! What an awesome time and that is wonderful that you never gave up. You are definitely an inspiration.

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/28/2011 3:57PM

    Thats an awesome time! And wow, it did start late! That would throw a lot of runners off, I'm sure!


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EDGEOFSANITY 2/28/2011 2:37PM

    emoticon Awesome job! And a great time to boot! I've run 3 marathons so far, and always ask myself the same thing- Why? Then a few months later I'm itching to sign up for another lol! I'm already plotting which one I'll run once the lil bean is here ;)

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RUNNINGITOFF 2/28/2011 1:36PM

  Congratulations on finishing your first marathon! And that is a great time in my opinion. Great job!

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REFOCUS92711 2/28/2011 12:05PM

    Congratulations! I'm so proud of you! So when's the next one? ;)

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TALOEFFLE 2/28/2011 11:33AM

    Wow, you are amazing!!! What a great accomplishment!!! Good for you. emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 2/28/2011 10:23AM

    Congratulations! Wind is certainly my running arch enemy so I think you are A-MA-ZING!

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JUNEBUGABEE 2/28/2011 10:18AM

    GREAT job! Thanks for sharing the details.

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FREEDOMSTAR 2/28/2011 10:16AM

    That is so emoticon what an Inspiring story !

enjoy your recovery rest time 1 to 2 weeks off running?


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MARATHONER340 2/28/2011 9:11AM

    Awesome first marathon!!! I've had that "I'm never doing this again" feeling in just about every marathon I've run - but yet I just keep on doing them! And I'm sure you will, too! Take it easy this week!

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LAXMOM167 2/28/2011 7:59AM

    Awesome job!!! Loved reading your blogs during your training. I feel like a proud mama!! Ride this MARATHON high as long as you want!! Job well done!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/28/2011 7:57AM

    I would have been 30 out of 30. YOU DID AMAZING!!!! ENjoy your glow, you deserve it.

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MBSHAZZER 2/28/2011 7:53AM

    Excellent job, Darcy! You did great! I totally know that feeling of "OMG, I am NEVER doing this again!!"... but that all goes away the second you see that finish line. The marathon is truly a test of will (esp. your first one)... if you can push through and do mind over matter, there is literally nothing you cannot do! I have held that feeling close to me since my first marathon and have used it so many times when the going gets tough!

Also, kudos to you for doing so well in such a small marathon! I'm sure there were many times when you were running totally alone and that must have been really difficult. But the day looked beautiful and the scenery is gorgeous! I love the race officials' garb, too!

Enjoy your recovery!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/28/2011 7:41AM

    I am so proud of you!!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 2/28/2011 7:12AM

    Way to go! You must be so proud of yourself! Great time - and I love the Assman store hahah

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HOTLIKEHUBBY! 2/28/2011 6:36AM

    Oh, Congrats!!!! So thrilling to hear the whole story!

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ROCKANDRUN1 2/27/2011 9:46PM

    YAY DARCY!!!! Loved reading about your marathon!!!! So happy and proud of you!!! You inspire many many many of us to do just as you did!! You set a goal...and went out there pushed through so many roadblocks mental and physical and you DID IT!!! CONGRATS!!!!! xo

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NYC_NATIVE 2/27/2011 7:58PM

    A few random thoughts:

1. (This isn't random at all). WOOHOOO!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon You did it! But I never had any doubts - you have too much drive in you. Still, many, many kudos and congrats are due because completing a marathon (and feeling good on top of that) is an amazing accomplishment!

2. I was surprised to read that not many women participated in this marathon. Nowadays, it's so common to see an equal ratio of men to women racers in running events, at least in North America.

3. Really got a kick out of seeing the announcers dressed in medieval clothes. :-)

4. Beer should be MANDATORY at every race, marathon or not, lol! A cold one tastes fantastic, but especially after running 26.2. The Hoegaarden beer I had almost immediately after the Palm Beach Marathon last Dec. DH said that I stopped acting loopy after I drank it, too, lol. It did restore my outlook and mood.

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LEXIEJ 2/27/2011 7:32PM

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Congrats and great work!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

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CAROLCRC 2/27/2011 7:27PM

    Wonderful! Congratulations! In every distance race there is a point where you are sure you are insane for wanting to do this... the test is how you come through it! I think you did fantastic.

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MOMJMGR 2/27/2011 7:10PM

    emoticon Way to go!! I loved the report and pics. I can't wait to experience it myself. Way to stick it out and finish strong.

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ABETTERBECKY 2/27/2011 6:47PM

    Congrats on your marathon Darcy! So proud of you - you have trained so hard, I"m glad you made the resolve to see if through even when it seemed so hard!

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GEOGIRL 2/27/2011 6:28PM

  Awesome blog and awesome accomplishment!!!! What an amazing time you achieved too! As a mom with multiples you are my inspiration to get out there and run my marathon as soon as I am able :) emoticon

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ELISAMLW 2/27/2011 5:59PM

    Yay!!!!!! I'm so proud of you. That's an awesome time! Congratulations.

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MUMMAMICHELLE 2/27/2011 5:44PM

    I'm so proud of you Darcy! Amazing job, a marathon isn't meant to be easy and you pushed through the hard part and showed what you are made of! Love your report and hope that someday I will be able to write my own first marathon report! You Rock woman!

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IDOLIKESUSHI 2/27/2011 4:47PM

And the time it`s great ... I wonder how fast you would have done it without wind and that energy drop at the potty drop :)))
Meine liebe, you ARE a hero. I take my hat off in front of you and all the women out there, busy mothers, stay-home or full time working to accomplish such a challenge.
Of course your family is proud of you. I am proud of you and I don`t even know you!
You are inspiration to me ... all the best for you in the future!

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TEACHEROF4TH 2/27/2011 4:46PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! You have permanently joined the ranks of marathoners world-wide! Your finishing time is stupendous, but more importantly, YOU DID IT! May you bask in the awesome after-glow for as long as you want! You deserve it!

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AMOHAME2 2/27/2011 4:42PM

    Oh my gosh, CONGRATS DARCY!!! That was a fantastic race report! You must be so incredibly proud of yourself, what a huge accomplishment and what a great finishing time! You've got me so incredibly stoked for my own marathon (T minus 12 weeks!)
Way to go MARATHONER!!!

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GSCOTTC 2/27/2011 4:20PM

    4:19 is a fantastic time. You should be so proud of yourself. Job well done!

Take care


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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/27/2011 4:14PM

    What a great time! emoticon

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 2/27/2011 4:04PM

    Very cool race report and great pictures! Congrats on becoming a marathoner!!! What a great accomplishment. I agree with you -- it is a VERY HARD race! I could relate to much of your agony emoticon from when I ran my first and now I am planning my second!

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Let the eating begin!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Seriously. Bring on the marathon fuel. emoticon I'm now throwing my cautious calorie-counting to the wind, and eatin' up. Yesterday, I made whole grain chocolate chip cookies (made with only organic whole cane sugar).... YUMMY!! I never bake, because I KNOW I will eat so much! And sweets are just huge traps for me. But I think there is no better time than now.... Mikah, my 9-yr-old, had a great time helping me make cookies. We will make some more today, and hopefully have some for our guests this weekend...

Oh, and about carb-loading, just to throw some ideas out there, I am not technically doing it, and am not a fan. At least I won't do it intentionally, but I may just eat some extra carbs just for fun. I follow a lower carb diet, and have been doing so for the past 2 years WHILE running, and it works great for me.

But besides that, I have been reading in 2 books on running for women - one from Runner's World, and another one, not sure the author off the top of my head - and found some very interesting information. Both books say that in a study between men and women runners done a few years back, women's bodies did NOT store extra glycogen in their muscles, nor were their performances enhanced through carb-loading, unlike men. Experts are not sure why (they think it might be our hormones), but it doesn't work the same for men and women. Women also tend to burn more fat as fuel than men..... YAY! I like the sound of that!

But the information in the books did suggest an overall CALORIE increase in the few days leading up to the race, which did show to help, I guess. Very interesting stuff.... Thought I would share, because I feel like there is a lot of push to carb-up for runners, and just wanted to give people a little different perspective.

So, I am definitely eating a bit more these days. And enjoying a few endulgences like homemade chocolate chip cookies!

Went AWESOME! I got everything done, just as planned, in addition to my normal every-day stuff. I even took a nap, and had time to play some Wii, like I posted on my status. So, yesterday was a total success.

** Go grocery shopping for a couple of things (won't take long, about an hour, I'd say)
** Make tomato soup. (This will take about an hour, because I am making a large batch for the banquet)
** Make Spaghetti for lunch
** Wash my running clothes
** Charge the Garmin

** Make second batch of tomato soup (and 3rd if necessary, not sure how many batches my huge pot will hold yet.)
** Straighten up office/guest room, and make bed.
** Get air mattress down out of attic and make the bed.
** Straighten up the kids' rooms upstairs
** Pack my things for the race - fuels, water bottles, gear, shower things, everything I will need
** Make chocolate chip cookies (YES! AGAIN! I'm gonna live it up!)

Tonight we might bake apple muffins together, Mikah and I. He has a recipe from school that we have made before, and he really enjoys baking together. Since I won't be here tomorrow nor on Saturday, it will be nice to do something a little special with him tonight!! Maybe we will play some Wii together too. All I know is I want tonight to be a nice and relaxed evening!! So far, everything is going great!

Have a GREAT DAY, everyone!!

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NYC_NATIVE 2/26/2011 2:33PM

    I'll admit that the reason why I sometimes look forward to long runs and marathons is because of the carb-ups, LOL. I generally follow a lower-carb diet, even when marathon training. When I consume too many carbs, my skin breaks out. But when it comes time to do anything 20+miles, bring on the pasta, bread, rice and potatoes!!!

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ELISAMLW 2/24/2011 11:26PM

    Have fun with the cookies!! And that's some interesting info on carb-loading and its effects on women... can't really use that as an excuse now can I? ;)

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APIRLRAIN888 2/24/2011 10:54PM

    good luck! and yum

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LOREENYK 2/24/2011 11:32AM

    I will be thinking of you during my last long run before taper on Saturday! I personally am doing better with more pasta since ramping up my weekly mileage. I am pretty sure I have enough fat stores though LOL.
Cheers, Loreen

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GEOGIRL 2/24/2011 10:20AM

  Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing what you've read too, I've never been a carb loader but every person I run with and work with (mostly men) insist that I should be carb loading! Nope!

Have fun baking!

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SEEAMANDARUN 2/24/2011 9:30AM

    Sounds yummy. The absolute best runs I've had (including two awesome races) have come after I had fried chicken (I take the skin off) and mashed potatoes the night before. I think it is my miracle meal (ha, ha).

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AMOHAME2 2/24/2011 9:26AM

    Enjoy those cookies and the extra calories this weekend!!
I've heard women burn fat more efficiently than men (woohoo!!!) and that also makes us better ultra runners. The Goofy Challenge (1/2 marathon one day and full the next day) is easier on women's bodies because we recover faster thanks to our higher fat content in our bodies...I knew my thighs must be good for something, LOL

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MBSHAZZER 2/24/2011 8:54AM

    Interesting point about the difference between men and women. I think it's probably why women are better at ultra distances... we burn fat more efficiently (and have more of it).

Anyway, enjoy the eating!

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MBOURKE8 2/24/2011 6:55AM

    On carb loading-- Do you watch the TV show the office? If not, you may not giggle about this story like I did, but the show is about a group of people that all work in the same office. In one episode they organize a 5K to bring awareness to rabies (lol, there is already a cure!) and the boss eats a ton of Fettuccini Alfredo to carb-load for the 5K!!! He gets ill, hardly finishes the race and then vomits at the end. He says "I've never eaten so much Fettuccini Alfredo and drank so little water" LOL!
I've seen articles that say the same thing that you read in those books. I'm fine with that too!
Good luck this weekend! WOOHOO

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REMEMBER2BME 2/24/2011 6:12AM

    I am so glad al is going well. Perfect! I have another recipe for you, the SP's Best ever Banana chocolate chip muffins. It was wonderful and would be a great splurge. Enjoy!!! How many days??? I just had to ask.
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ELISA322 2/24/2011 5:50AM

    Oh wow, I'm SO glad you mentioned that about carb loading!! When I started training this year I was going to follow a 50/30/20 diet, that's carbs/protein/fat! I didn't want to but I thought it was the only way to store energy for the longer runs. Now since I've been down I've been cutting back on carbs and will continue to do that when I start running again.

Glad you're getting everything accomplished on your to do list, and those cookies sound GOOD!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

That is what I am on the verge of ..... insanity. Seriously, this week has my brain whirling.... I know most of you think it's all marathon related, since that is what I am ALWAYS posting about these days. You probably all think it's just my taper madness....

But no, seriously, tapering isn't so bad. I don't see what all the "madness" hubbub is about. I feel fine. But maybe that is because I have so many other things that require my attention this week, that I don't have time to go stir crazy!

I seriously think I have ADD. I have diagnosed myself with ADD years ago!! HAHA! I seriously do great focusing on one thing, and working hard on one thing until it's done. But when there are multiple things I have to do, too many steps, too many details.... then my brain goes into scatter mode, and I cannot think straight at all. That is this week....

For example, here are some things I have to get done:

**Cleaning my house from top to bottom, first of all, because it NEEDS IT, and secondly, because I have guests coming on Friday!

** Filling out my application and resume (resume is required for this) in GERMAN for my written exam that I will be taking in May for my schooling. I have to get that sent out right away, because it has to be received by this coming Tuesday!! VERY important!!

** Planning for my church banquet for 100 people, which is Friday evening.

** Precooking things for the banquet (which I have already been working on the past few days)

** Precooking all meals for MY family, so I don't have to cook this weekend!! (This is a MUST, because we don't eat out, nor do I buy pre-made foods, not even spaghetti sauce and such. I make everything myself, and my kids don't even like the other now! Plus, I wanna just have "down time" this weekend after my marathon. No standing in the kitchen.)

** Preparing my stuff for the marathon - washing my running clothes tomorrow, and having everything ready to go.

** Setting up bedding for my guests. Not only will my friend be coming from the States, but we will have 2 girls staying the night at our house Friday, who will babysit our kids for the race, so I have to set up bedding for all 3, preferrably on Thursday, since Friday will just be CRA-ZY!

I need to stay extra focused for the next 2 days. On Monday, I made a detailed list of everything I had to do, and worked out a schedule for each day, what I would get done. I am already a little behind. So, can you all help me a little? Be my accountability partners? I always find if I post things, like a to-do list in my blog, that I am MUCH more motivated to do it, even if no one cares or comments.... hehe!

Here goes. Here is today's agenda:
Morning tasks:
- Deep clean bathrooms
- Mop floors downstairs
- Make one large pot of chicken stock (lots of veggie cutting involved!!)

Afternoon tasks:
- Prepare application for school, print, and put in envelop.
- Cut up chicken to marinade for chicken/vegetable stir fry tonight
- Make chocolate chip cookies.... emoticon

Ok, so that list looks doable to me!! I can TACKLE THIS today!!


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LILYBELLE8 2/27/2011 10:33PM

    Wow - all of that and still have any time for yourself?? You are superwoman for sure!! Will be interested in hearing about the marathon results.

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ELISAMLW 2/23/2011 10:09PM

    Glad to see you had a productive day! I think it's awesome that you make everything from scratch, even spaghetti sauce... my mom always did so that's what I do. I also think it's cool that your kids prefer it!

Have a LOVELY next three days... been thinking about/praying for you!!



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REMEMBER2BME 2/23/2011 6:45PM

    Sounds like a solid plan. Lots to do... gotta have a plan. How did it go?

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SEEHOLZ 2/23/2011 2:02PM

    You can do it! I don't think its ADD.. it's too much on your plate-LOL! But, I believe in you!! YOu know what you want and you'll make it all happen.

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AMOHAME2 2/23/2011 12:52PM

    Holy smokes, you're one busy woman! Lucky you're tapering!!
Have an AMAZING marathon!!!

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MBSHAZZER 2/23/2011 8:57AM

    I cannot believe you are hosting a church banquet for 100 people the night before your marathon!! Yes, you are INSANE!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/23/2011 7:18AM

    Don't tackle anything except the list. I tend to vere off course. Also drink lots of water.

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APIRLRAIN888 2/23/2011 6:53AM

    phew tired reading, thats a lot to do, your not going insane, that is a lot

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ELISA322 2/23/2011 6:36AM

    Wow you do have a lot to do! I'm going to have to take a nap after reading this.

Knock one thing off that list one at a time. Take a moment to breathe every once in awhile. Good luck and excited for Saturday!

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JAKENSAMSMOM 2/23/2011 5:59AM

    Good luck on the race and getting through a few hellish days. Make sure to take time to realize you're about to accomplish an incredible goal. Stop give yourself a pat on the back for training1 That's the hard part. Take time to take everything in!

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MARATHON_MOM 2/23/2011 5:41AM

    You most definitely have a busy couple of days ahead! The good news is that you will be so busy you won't have time to think about the marathon! LOL
Just don't forget, carbs need to start 3 days or so ahead of the marathon... not a day before... Don't get so busy that you forget your carbing-up!
If anyone can get it all done, it's you!
Can't wait to hear all about the marathon! You are going to totally rock it out!

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LAUROCHKA 2/23/2011 3:32AM

You've got a busy few days ahead.
All the best for the race!

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Words of Wisdom from the Mouths of Babes

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Well, he is 9, not really a "babe."

Today, I was debating about whether I would even run. Sundays are usually rest days. But since my schedule has been so off due to the flu bout, I thought I might go out for a longer run.... the LAST longer run. I had a 10-miler scheduled for yesterday, but didn't feel up to that. Didn't really want to do quite 10 miles today, so I thought.... um, 6. Yeah, six miles sounds good.

But I still hadn't secured when I would go. After lunch (meal times are always a bit stressful around here), I was a bit frazzled, and just wanted to sit and relax a bit. Then I was discussing the "options" with the DH.... "you know, I COULD go for a run, but then again, I COULD just do this..." Laying my head down on the table, closing my eyes, and making snoring noises!!! Oh, man, a nap sounded heavenly!!

Then DS, the 9-yr-old, chimes in, "But Mommy, you KNOW you will feel SO MUCH BETTER when you come back from your run!"

Seriously? 9-yrs-old? Where does he come up with this stuff? Great words of advice! And just what I needed to get me out the door....

So, I bundled up (it's cold today), and set out on this beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. The running was feeling really great, nearly my old self, so I thought I'd go for more than 6 miles. I decided 8 miles was a good compromise.

The whole way out, I was feeling great, it was feeling easy, my pace was really good.... Then I turned that last corner, and started the last 3 miles back toward the house....

When it hit me. THE WIND!!! I was now running STRAIGHT into it, and it was FREEE-HEEEZING!! But I pushed through, and even picked up my pace those last few miles. Probably just cuz I wanted to get home and warm up!!! But I made it, 8 steady miles!

Now all I have left are a few little 3-4-milers. NO PROBLEM!!

Great thing is, too, that my eating has been right on target the past few days!! I must admit, on Wednesday after coming down with the flu, I PIGGED OUT!!! After dinner, I think I was a little stressed trying to care for all the kids on my own, and being really sick, feeling HORRIBLE.... Plus, this week, I am definitely dealing with PMS. So, one thing led to another, and I found myself DIGGING into the peanut butter jar!! The natural kind, organic, with nothing added to it, but it is totally a weakness for me, especially mixed with honey!!! I ate more, and more.... and then more... I kept telling myself I needed to stop, ESPECIALLY since I knew I wouldn't be running for a few days.... But I didn't stop. UGH.

But after that, I really got on track. I buckled down, and really kept ALL my choices healthy and wholesome during my sick days, and kept those calories low. I know I am going to be running a marathon, and my body needs fuel, but I do not see the point in just letting myself go haywire, eating everything in sight, only to gain 10 pounds, and having those 10 pounds slow me down come race day. Right? That just doesn't make sense to me. But I will be making sure I up those calories definitely in the next few days.

This week, I will be planning and carrying out a banquet at my church on Friday night!! I know it's crazy, but that is just how things worked out, to have the banquet on my big Marathon Eve. Actually, I think it is great, because it will keep me occupied this week. Have a TON TO DO for that! A couple of girls friends of mine and I will be cooking for the banquet for about 120 people. Cooking is my other love, in addition to running, so I am sure we are gonna have fun!

6 DAYS, my Sparky Friends!!!!!! SIX DAYS!!!!! Just had to add that, you know?!?!

And for those of you who may not have caught that.....
MY.... FIRST...... MARATHON..... IS..... IN.... SIX..... DAYS!!!!! hehehe!

Have a great week, Everyone!! Until next time, happy running & happy Sparking!!!

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ROCKANDRUN1 2/20/2011 6:22PM

    So exciting Darcy!!!!! woohoo!!!! Good luck you'll do amazing no doubt!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/20/2011 6:22PM

    I am just so happy for you. Words of wisdom. I love it! Amazing. Great job!

You continue to take care of yourself. SIX days!
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APIRLRAIN888 2/20/2011 6:11PM

    woohoo you an do it! and woohooo for run

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NOELLIEMAE 2/20/2011 2:06PM

    whoohoo!!!! How exciting! 6 days!

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ELISAMLW 2/20/2011 1:16PM

    Marathon Eve.. haha. I can just hear your excitement come through the computer screen! I'm so excited for you!

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ELISA322 2/20/2011 12:16PM

    Your son already has so much wisdom at such a young age!

So excited for you. Have a GREAT week and cannot wait to hear about your marathon.

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LOREENYK 2/20/2011 11:41AM

    So glad you are feeling better and got in one more longish run! Too bad about the wind - but you got 'er done!!! emoticon
I love that your son was able to inspire you too!
Cheers, Loreen

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WEEZYB7881 2/20/2011 11:40AM

    good luck...isn't it grand to have kids around? such honesty and insight, unclouded by adult reasons and excuses. you did a good job, mom emoticon

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L-OSTER8 2/20/2011 11:18AM

  Good Luck To You . . . The 'little ones' are so honest in their thoughts!

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REFOCUS92711 2/20/2011 11:09AM

    6 days!!!!

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