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Make It By Midnight Marathon - RACE REPORT!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

I FINISHED that marathon, made it by midnight, & earned my little tiara, YEEEEAAAAHH!!! I also had an AWESOME time meeting other Sparkers! WOOT WOOT!! I've waited a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to get this opportunity!

We left on Saturday morning for Becki's house (Marathon_Mom). She had invited some of us runners over to her house for a pre-race get-together. We got there a bit later than anticipated, but I was able to meet Becki, Runtrilaugh (Wendy), IMARUNR, CCSDESTINY, & Suezette-414. The kids had a blast playing in Becki's pool, & the food was GREAT! Thanks to Becki & her hubby grilling for us! What an awesome bunch of people!

Took a few pics on the drive:
This one was very interesting.... and a bit disgusting! GATOR JERKY?? FOR REAL?? I lived in FL before, but I never knew they had such a thing!


Then it was off to check into our hotel & get ready for that run! Then we headed to the Clubhouse at the subdivision where the race was held, where I picked up my race packet, & pinned my bib on. In all my nervous excitement, I really did not take very many pictures, but DH did snap one of me right before the race:

I did NOT want to put any pressure on myself time-wise, so I planned to take this as a very slow long training run. I left myself plenty of time to take it really slow & easy, & still be back by midnight. =) With the heat, humidity & hills, I did NOT want to push it. It was over 90 earlier in the day before I started, & had cooled down just a little before I started, but was still terribly humid!

Well, off I went! Right off the bat, I got a slight case of side-stitches. They last pretty much the whole first lap, then subsided, thankfully. They weren't so bad, but just annoying. I think it was all the excitement! On top of that, I also felt queasy from the get-go too.... REALLY queasy! Like I might have to throw up at any moment! Even the thought of nibbling on my organic energy bars for fuel made my stomach turn!! BLECH! I don't know if it was the heat & humidity, or the nervous-excitement, or the fact that I ate a bit more sugar before the race than I normally do.... no idea, but UUUGGGHH! Felt like I was gonna need to hurl in the bushes!! So I didn't eat ANYTHING, didn't fuel at all, just kept chugging fluids like CRAZY!! I refilled my water bottle multiple times to keep myself hydrated. The cold water from the stations was the BEST, & helped the queasiness a little.

But in spite of not feeling well, I kept truckin' along. I was going at a very slow pace (for me), but steadily moving forward. There were 2 MONSTER hills on the course, in addition to a whole bunch of other hilly parts. It was no easy course. But my reserved pace kept it doable. The 4th round started getting TOUGH! I thought for sure I would need to stop & walk the hills, but I just kept jogging up them. The only point where I walked was about 100 meters maybe, when my Garmin was being finicky, & I had to fiddle with it to get it to work right. Other than that, I ran the whole way. When someone told me I only had 3 miles left, it gave me the courage to pick up my pace!! I was even able to run strongly up the MONSTER HILL right at the end!

Gotta love a STRONG FINISH!

Afterwards, I hung out with the other runner girls, cheering the other people coming into the finish line, chatting about the race, dancing to the DJ. =) We then took some pictures of all the Marathon Maniacs (I'm not one.... YET!!), & I got a pic with the girls.

L-R = Becki, Wendy, ME, Suezette, Jeanine & Chandra.

And THEEEEEENNNN, the awards came. They only award first place awards, since the focus of the race is not to be competitive. And since I had taken it "easy" in my mind, I was totally shocked when they called MY NAME as the winning overal woman!! WHAT?? So, not only did I get a tiara, I got a clock with the medal mounted on the front! LOL My smile says it all, right?

Good times!! Running with friends around is just AWESOME!! I do need to work on taking more pictures, though! I get so focused on the run, I forget..... =) GREAT RUN!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LZY0108 8/15/2012 3:09PM

    Wow!! Great job!! very inspiring! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PROJECTFIT4LIFE 8/14/2012 12:16PM

    how awesome! congrats!

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ETTEZEUS 8/2/2012 9:34AM

    The look on your face when they called your name was priceless!!

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CCSDESTINY 8/1/2012 8:32AM

    I'm such a loser, I just found you on here (: Great race report!! Cant wait til next time!

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    Big beautiful smile. Sounds like a fantastic experience!

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RUNTRILAUGH 7/19/2012 4:03PM

    just now saw this blog! loved meeting you and get a big ole smile when I think of you and that award!!!!

congrats again!!!!

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BOILHAM 7/18/2012 8:11AM

    Congratulations on your win! Great race report, too! I too live in FL and by the time I found this race, it was already filled up.

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MARATHON_MOM 7/18/2012 7:07AM

    Congrats!!! You did awesome! So glad to have finally met you... and can't wait to see you again in November, when you smoke me again! LOL!

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AELARLEE1 7/17/2012 3:46PM

    Such an amazing experience!! I am so glad you got to meet everyone. I must say though, I saw you looking so beautiful and slender and immediately put away my snack emoticon

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SUSIQZER 7/17/2012 1:53PM

    Darcy, how awesome!!! Congrats on your win!!!!

You're looking absolutely fabulous too, my friend... I agree with everyone else that you can't be far from your goal now! WOO-HOO!!!!

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SEEHOLZ 7/17/2012 1:34PM

    You look fabulous and fabulously happy!!!

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FITFOODIE806 7/17/2012 1:28PM

    Wow! That is so awesome! What a cool experience. Love the pics. You are very pretty. And an amazing runner!!!

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CRZYRUNRGRL 7/17/2012 1:15PM

    Congrats on your first place finish!!It is such a tough course!
I wish I could have made it to Becki's and stayed for the after race chats and MM pics.

Congrats again!!

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IRP1114 7/17/2012 10:19AM

    Great pictures. I agree with Sara! You look so small!!! No way you are far from goal weight!!!! emoticon

You are AMAZING. Can't believe you didn't notice you won! And with out trying. CRAZY. Hope that didn't upset the ones who did!

You totally where ready for this. You could probably do a marathon every weekend with how much you run! And the way you listen to your body to fuel it right also is a big contributor to your success. Super proud of you Darcy.
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RUN2BEFREE 7/17/2012 9:46AM

    Awesome race report!

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CAROLCRC 7/17/2012 7:55AM

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Super congratulations on an overall WIN!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 7/17/2012 7:04AM

    What a great report. Thanks for sharing. GREAT JOB!!!!

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LAUROCHKA 7/17/2012 3:05AM

WELL DONE!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
It sounds like you had a great time and you obviously ran a great race too! Go girl!

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KIMBERLANG 7/17/2012 12:29AM

    WOW congrats. emoticon

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MADLYINLOVE 7/16/2012 11:57PM

    Girl you are so flippin amazing! I'm so proud of you. You put in the work, every time. You consistently train, putting in the hours, and the distance, and it's really incredible to see God's work at play with you. Keep on shining bright... you are inspiring us all. And my goodness chica you are looking very very little! Are you sure you're not already at goal? ;)- Your run with friends sounds fun - and I know that was your primary goal! Congrats!

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