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I'm in the cool 26.2 club!!

Monday, November 05, 2012

Hello! I am a marathoner now! I've made it into the club!

I had a great time but made a few mistakes on the way. I'm a little embarrassed but I had missed the first turn off for the marathoners and had to turn around and run back! Luckily I didn't run to far off but just enough to put me in the back of the line. emoticon
After I got back on the right path emoticon I met this woman named Laverne. She made the same mistake I did and this happened to be her first marathon as well. We jogged for a little ways together until about mile 5 when she had to go use the restroom. I told her if I saw her at the finish line that I'd give her a high five.
So I was all on my own the rest of the way. I passed a few more people that burned out and I managed to make it until mile 21 before I hit my wall. Anyways the support was good along the way and I had a lot of people call out my name and tell me I looked strong. At mile 22 this one woman said "Way to go Nikki, I saw you at mile 12 and your still looking strong" Which was a lie, lol. But it made me push a little harder. That last 6 miles was tough. By that time my hips and lower back was hurting like a mofo. I kept telling myself pain is temporary and victory is forever. I wanted to walk but I wanted to run so I fought with myself until I finally made it to the finish line. I'm proud to say even with my slow pace that I hardly walked at all until here there in the last 5 miles. Boy was I happy to see that finish line! :) Which made my dad cry when he saw me cross :) I wanted too cry but was too tired for tears, lol. He bought me a dozen roses. Then I went and got my finishers medal!
As I was leaving I did see Laverne cross that finish line. So I had to go give her a hug!


After we got back in the car and started to leave I had to have my bf pull over and I got out and threw up a couple pretzels and a little water. Cool huh? :P Heehe. I needed food badly so we stopped at McD's and I had a big mac :) and felt better after that.

Here are my stats!

emoticon My finishing time was: 5:36:25

overall place: 372 out of 432

division place: 33 out of 36

gender place: 149 out of 193

emoticon time: 5:36:25

emoticon Overall pace: 12:51

10ksplit: 1:16:29

15ksplit: 1:53:39

25ksplit: 3:08:29

30ksplit: 3:48:32

So I can't wait to run my next one so I can beat this snail pace. I'm pretty sure I won't rest until I can run one in 4 hours and 30 minutes. Then after I meet that goal my next goal will be to qualify for the Boston Marathon! Who knows it could happen ;)

Here are the pics. Enjoy!



Me before the start of the race :)



This is a Pic of my support team! (My dad is the one with the cane) Then it's my Bf, his Step dad, mom, and of course, my kiddos!


That's them hanging out waiting for me.

These where taken at the 16 mile marker.



And me crossing that beautiful finish line.



Me :) After I got my medal!



This was a great experience! BOOYAH! Lol.

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AMANDAROX 11/8/2012 9:43PM

    Congratulations and welcome to the club!!

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INTHELOOP 11/7/2012 6:02AM

    Great Job - Not sure I will ever join the 26.2 club - but love that you set a goal and nailed it!!
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JANETRIS 11/6/2012 4:57PM

    OH GEEZ...I'm crying....I don't even know you, but I'm so proud and happy for your victory...so SWEET! Well done friend! emoticon emoticon

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JECKIE 11/6/2012 10:59AM

    You ROCK! emoticon

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KATHUGGS 11/5/2012 6:16PM

    emoticon Congratulations!! You did amazing! emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 11/5/2012 5:57PM

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TESS504 11/5/2012 5:37PM

    Great JOB!!!!

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ONMYMEDS 11/5/2012 5:35PM

    Outstanding. Way to go. Welcome to the coolest club around.

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KAPELAKIN 11/5/2012 5:28PM

    Way to go, I am sou proud of you!!! Woohoo!

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K-GETTING-FIT 11/5/2012 4:44PM

    Yep, count me into the group of teary-eyed gals. I am SO proud of you hon. That is amazing. I cannot even imagine how great you must feel. WOW!!! You are an inspiration to me. I may never do something so difficult, but it pushed me to jump on that treadmill yesterday. You ROCK! Boston, yeah, you're doing it!
Hey, looking good sporting those leggings:)
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NUOVAELLE 11/5/2012 4:31PM

    Ok, Beth is in tears because of the pregnancy hormones. What's wrong with me???
C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! !
You rocked, Nikki!!! I don't know if this time is fast or slow. What I know is that you ran for 26.2 miles!!! As a runner, you set the biggest goal and you achieved it. You are an inspiration to us all.
Boston awaits you! Now that I think about it, you might even come to Athens and run the original route one day! And I get a chance to meet you! You never know!
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JOPAPGH 11/5/2012 4:19PM

    Welcome to the club!!

I just finished my second, the Marine Corps in DC, a week ago. I found it so much more enjoyable than the first. Stuck with the 4:25 pace group until I ran out of gas at the beginning of mile 26. Finished in 4:15:33.

I also have BQ as a goal. A long term goal.

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ITISABOUTME 11/5/2012 4:13PM

    Congrats!! Glad that you had the opportunity to do this. What an accomplishment!!! emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 11/5/2012 4:08PM

    Congrats! You have been looking forward to this for a long time! emoticon emoticon for marathon running and finishing! The fact you weren't dead last should tell you how great you did!

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HEIDI-25 11/5/2012 3:45PM

    Yeah!!!! You did it!! Congratulations~ well done :D

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NUTZ4HARRY 11/5/2012 3:34PM

    Awesome job!! You are an inspiration.

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BAKER1009 11/5/2012 3:27PM

    OK, so I'm not sitting here with tears in my eyes!! Damn pregnancy hormones!! I was fine until I saw the picture of you crossing the finish line!! I am SO proud of you Nikki! I love the pain is temporary, victory is forever saying...way to think positive and stay focused!! You absolutely ROCK!!
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emoticon TIMES 2!! BOOYAH!

What an inspiration! You know I'm going to be leaning on you big time when I'm back in full force come February/March!!

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Beth

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P0KERS0PH 11/5/2012 3:27PM

    I'm so envious! Well done, such a fantastic achievement! emoticon

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PASTAFARIAN 11/5/2012 3:18PM

    Sympathies on hitting that wall. But everyone has to do it at least once. It's not memorable until then :-P You truly are a marathoner! Congrats!

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KA_JUN 11/5/2012 3:17PM

    "pain is temporary and victory is forever" -true! Well done!

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 11/5/2012 3:07PM

    Great job!!!!

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ANATASHIKI 11/5/2012 3:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon nice pics , you look great! and pretty fast snail if you ask me emoticon

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