Sunday, December 16, 2012
JACKSONVILLE MARATHON RACE RECAP:
I went into this with no specific time goal, though I started somewhere behind the 3:45 Galloway group. I figured I at least had to start with an intent to do a 3:55 time (my Boston Marathon qualifying time) knowing the worst thing to happen was I wouldn't be able to keep up. I ran/walked behind them for about 8 miles, then it was just too much. Around Mile 10 I got a cramp in my right hamstring that lasted the rest of the race, sometimes really bad, sometimes not so much. Then around Mile 18, got muscle spasms in both legs just above my knees, then around Mile 21, got a side stitch (yes I did hydrate properly yesterday). They had water stops every 2 miles and I walked for 45 seconds at every mile marker and at each water stop. Even enjoyed a Mimosa at Mile 25 lol! But despite all the physical pain, I was re-introduced to the 26.2 distance after almost 2 years and again realized my respect for it. It's hard, really hard but that's what I love. I realized that while I would love to be "fast" and qualify for Boston, etc,. the biggest accomplishment is crossing that finish line and knowing you completed 26.2 miles, which only 0.5% of the world's population will ever do. I finished at 4:29:46 (no where near a PR for me), but I was so proud of myself and mentally enjoyed it all! I feel blessed to be able to do this and look forward to doing it again with Running Friends at Disney next month! It was a great day, praise Yahweh!
BEFORE THE START:
AFTER I FINISHED:
ME AND DEAR HUBBY: