Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sunday morning I was on my way to the marathon at 4am. I spent the night at a friends house who was also running and is a pacer for the running group LA Roadrunners. We parked at the finish line in Santa Monica and took one of the many shuttles to Dodger Stadium. I sat next to a man who was running his 51st marathon. Amazing. We arrived at the stadium at 6am and with over an hour and a half before the start of the race we hung out inside the stadium and used the restrooms and people watched.
The time came to line up for the start and they began to play I Love LA over the loud speakers. The energy was great. The race finally started and with 25,000 runners it took about 18 minutes to cross the start line. My friend and her pace group were going to run 15 minute miles and finish in 6:30 and my goal was to finish under 6 so once we left the stadium I said see you later to my friend and went on my own.
The morning started cool and overcast but it quickly warmed up and the course had more hills than I expected. At mile 8.5 I was really happy to see Spark friend Janey Jaye, she had cold water, orange slices and grapes, YUM! She even ran a little with me, so nice.
I really liked the course, lots to see and the crowds were big and supportive. But at around mile 18 I started feeling not so good. I was feeling a little dizzy and my shoes were starting to hurt. I was walking more and as I looked at my watch I knew I wasn't going to make my goal of under 6. I was bummed and felt like just walking the rest of the way. At about mile 23, I heard a large group of runners coming up behind me. It was my friends running group and the leader yelled out "Walking!" I thought YAY! I'm going to go the rest of the way with them and I'll finish this!! He yelled "Running!" and I ran and when he yelled "Walking!" I walked. I noticed my friend was not with them and found out she was helping some other runners who had fallen behind.
I finished with the group in 6:33:02. Far from my goal but I did beat my old marathon time by 4 minutes and 11 seconds. I had two large blisters on my right foot but other than that I'm fine and I glad to say I'm now a two time marathoner.