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3rd Marathon in the Books!


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:


THE BLING:
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FITWITHIN 12/18/2012 7:40PM

    Excellent job my emoticon ! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 12/17/2012 3:46PM

    Nice job!

I know the feeling of not making your goal. (see recent blog n Las Vegas)

But wow you did it and did great!

Be proud!

C U at the finish line!

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TRUE-NESS 12/17/2012 9:32AM

    It's definitely great that you were able to finish, especially with all the hiccups you were experiencing along the way.

CONGRATULATIONS to you!!! That's is truly a GREAT accomplishment!!

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MBSHAZZER 12/17/2012 9:27AM

    Love it, Tia! You did GREAT!!! And you look totally refreshed at the end (even if you didn't feel that way!). Sounds like you had an enjoyable day, despite some of the pain - but you know, anything worthy is HARD!

Enjoy your recovery!

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NKOUAMI26 12/17/2012 7:24AM

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SONDRAJ20 12/17/2012 6:33AM

    Congratulations!! You are an inspiration to all of us!

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SEABREEZE65 12/17/2012 6:20AM

    Congratulations! A BQ time would really be awesome! Keep up the awesome work!

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NEW-CAZ 12/17/2012 3:03AM

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-AMANDA79- 12/16/2012 9:02PM

    Great work!!
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ANDREA0301 12/16/2012 9:02PM

    Way to go Tia! So proud for you!

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ONMYMEDS 12/16/2012 8:08PM

    Outstanding!!

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NEWME0519 12/16/2012 7:35PM

    Tia You Rock!

Regardless of your finishing time, you finished!

Something that most of us will only dream about doing!

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PURPLE180 12/16/2012 7:25PM

    WOW. You are a trooper, you continued on even through your pain. I am SO PROUD OF YOU. You have accomplished something that many of us can only dream about. You my emoticon are FABULOUS. emoticon emoticon

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