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My 26.2!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

** I originally posted this on my personal blog. I can't get the pictures to upload here, so if you want to see pics, go here:

If you don't care about pictures (and don't care if it doesn't entirely make sense) read on!

My 26.2

I did it!!!!!! (insert hobbling happy dance here)

I was surprisingly not nervous on Sunday morning. I slept well and woke up a little before my alarm.

I started getting a little nervous driving to Burlington.

There was no place to park near the start, so I hopped out and wandered around the park until it was time to line up.

This is the starting line Ė Iím nowhere near here.

The elite runners were amazing. I got to see some of them during the race, and it was incredible to watch them move.

I ended up a little too far up in the start. I was near the 5:30 pace group, which I knew was too fast for me, but once people packed in there was no changing places. So, needless to say, I made a typical mistake and started out way too fast. I kept it up for the first 4 miles, but then I slowed down and never got my pace back up.

This was 8 miles in, my second trip down Church Street. Still smiling at this point.

That was when I first saw Andy and Max, though they saw me at the start. I definitely needed to see them at that point. It was the lift I needed to keep going.

It got really hard from there. Around mile 12 I was tired. The major problem with being in the back of the group is that by the time I reached the water/food stations, there was no food! I even passed a couple without any more water. I panicked a little.

My favorite part of the entire race was the hill. Just after mile 15 there was a huge hill. The Taiko drummers were at the bottom, and I got a second wind. It felt so good to use my muscles differently, and I passed several people going up. It was a nice confidence-building moment.

The rest was pain. Thatís all I could think about. I was crying as I approached mile 19 because I was exhausted, in more pain than Iíd ever been in my life, and I still had 7 miles left.

Keely (my awesome trainer) was waiting for me at the 19-mile marker, and I gave her a huge hug. She gave me flat coke (weird, but actually really helped) and the best banana I have had in my life. Nothing will ever taste as good as that banana did. Iíd had nothing but GU for hours, and real food was amazing.

Keely ran/walked with me the rest of the way, and I was so grateful for the distraction. I needed someone to talk to, and I needed to get out of my head. It made the end much more enjoyable, which was good because those last miles were absolute hell.

I am not joking when I say Iíve never been in that much pain. That includes childbirth. It hurt as much as contractions, but it never let up. I would walk, and it hurt. I ran, and it hurt. Nothing made it go away. Pushing through the last 4 miles was intense. I was fighting the pain and the head games, too. Itís hard to be near the end of a huge race. I saw so many people who had already finished, eaten, relaxed, and were on their way home. Itís hard not to get discouraged.

The last half mile, my mood improved. I could see the park and knew I was almost done. My pace picked up. I smiled at the people I passed. Everyone was cheering and so supportive, and it made me feel a lot better. I may have taken a lot longer than most, but I still finished it.

So close to the finish!

Seeing Max and Andy made me feel 100% better, and I finished with a big smile on my face. Iíve never worked so hard for something, and Iím still in disbelief that I actually did it. I may not be thrilled with my time, but I finished it. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and the most painful.

It was totally worth it.

Max wanted to see my ďtrophyĒ in the car. Marathons are exhausting for everyone.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KJDOESLIFE 5/31/2012 9:13AM


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CHRISTINA791 5/30/2012 6:16PM

    Amazing job - Congratulations!

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JESSNSTONE 5/30/2012 1:51PM


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ILIKETOZUMBA 5/30/2012 12:47PM

    Unbelievable. Just amazing. I cannot tell you how blown away I am by your commitment and hard work and fortitude through so much pain during the race as well as throughout your training process. WELL DONE! I know you said your time wasn't what you'd hoped, but from my perspective, your finish time is by far the least important thing about your accomplishment - dude, you finished a MARATHON!!! I don't even have the words to describe how impressed I am. I mean....that is so...I just...WOW. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 5/30/2012 8:57AM

    Amazing. You are truly AMAZING.

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FANCY-PANTS 5/29/2012 10:03PM

    Congratulations! I am so proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APED7969 5/29/2012 6:39PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so excited for you finishing succesfully. I have loved keeping up with your training. It gives me motivation to get my training underway soon. Great job!! I hope you've pulled up well and aren't too ridiculously sore!

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AJAKE421 5/29/2012 4:14PM

    Yay!!!! Great job on finishing! I just did a half marathon this past weekend so I can totally relate to the pain you went through, obviously slightly less, but I so wanted to cry towards the end. It was one of the more painful halfs I have done. But again AWESOME JOB in completing a full marathon! Such an inspiration!

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    Wow wow wow!! You rule!!!!!!!!! That is an amazing accomplishment, you should be so proud!

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CHANGINGSAM 5/29/2012 3:59PM

    Wow! I am so impressed! You are amazing, my friend! emoticon

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IAMZBEE 5/29/2012 2:48PM


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COOP9002 5/29/2012 2:35PM

    Congratulations on such an outstanding accomplishment!

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