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I'm a Marathon Runner - Race Report

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Vader has been confronted and has been turned into a Marathoner Finisher, woo hoo. What a crazy race.

I just love festive attire.

Race day started with spending two hours inside the hotel lobby waiting on race to start, it was way too cold and windy to hang outside.

Hubby surprised Sis and I with a pre-race gift, some shoe bling - a 26.2 charm for the shoe, thanks honey.

It was a cold, windy start to the race, good thing we brought the appropriate attire, ear muffs, jacket, etc.

First 6 miles went great, was running the usual pace, my friend Paulette and her hubby were braving the cold at mile 6 to cheer us on, thanks guys, it was a welcome site.

Mile 9 was when tragedy struck. I had been worried about how my right hip was going to hold out since I've been having issues forever with that pesky little muscle then all of a sudden, out of nowhere, it felt like someone shot me in the left knee, what the heck? this was totally unexpected and had never happened before, we stopped to stretch but that didn't help. Had this not have been "the big race", I would have quit, however I knew I must go on. So I downed some ibuprofen, thank goodness I had a stash in the trusty ole fanny pack, so off we went. We ran the next 10 miles into the wind, uggghh, what a horrible way to go, but thank goodness it wasn't raining. Hubby was waiting with the camera on an overhead walkway at mile 13, so I told sis we had to make it look good so he wouldn't see me limping and worry, so I faked it pretty good, you can smile when you're in pain if you will it to happen, lol.

Our time was really slowing down at this point, we were running anywhere between a 13-14 minute mile, totally unacceptable in my standards, however I was wounded. Our longest mile was 15:48, you could tell we were dropping to the back of the pack.

By the time I hit mile 17 I was about done, my knee was hurting so bad I couldn't even walk so I had to keep running, mile 20, was excruciating, but I knew dad was parked around mile 24 to see his girls run, so I kept up the brave face and faked it real good.

Finish line was in sight, woo hoo, almost there, kept up the brave front til I made it across and then it was pretty obvious I was limping, but hey....I was done, I crossed the finish line, I'm a marathoner and it only took me 6:06 to finish, lol, I predicted 5 hours and I am sure we would have made that if it hadnt been for the knee, dang it, better luck next time, and there WILL BE a next time, you can bet on that.

I tried to have a little fun at the after party but I just needed a hot shower and an ice pack for the knee so home we went. Hubby was so proud, and I was proud too.

My daughter stopped by after the race to tell me how proud she was, that made me smile.

I came home to a super surprise too, a rug that says I CAN DO 26.2, how awesome is that.

I checked my garmin when I got home, apparently the race marshall that was supposed to be stationed at mile 9 had left, so sis and I ended up going the wrong away, along with a handful of other people, so we ended up finishing 27.5 miles, an extra 1.3 miles. I spent yesterday icing the knee and sleeping, today I seem to be much better. I wasn't sore except for the knee. Great race despite a few surprises with the knee. Going to take a few weeks off to get the knee back in shape.

Thanks for all my SP buddies for cheering me on, I couldn't have done it without ya. Thanks to a special someone who sent me a good luck charm, thanks Teresa for volunteering in the cold to hand out my medal, and of course a special thanks to my Sis, thanks for the great run and for pushing thru your pain too...we did it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LISAINMS 4/24/2013 8:58AM

    How did I miss this blog this first time? Congratulations on achieving marathoner status! Hope your knee is feeling better.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 4/22/2013 11:05AM

    emoticon Sometimes you just have to do it, even if it isn't pretty. Sounds like my first, too.
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THINBUCKEYE 4/22/2013 10:59AM

    Huge accomplishment! Congrats! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 4/22/2013 9:17AM

    Congratulations!!! Awesome job! Hope the knee feels better soon! emoticon

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MAGGIE101857 4/22/2013 8:57AM

    emoticon finish! Now pamper yourself and allow the healing to take place! emoticon

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MYLADY4 4/22/2013 8:46AM

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LORI-K 4/22/2013 12:02AM

    SO PROUD OF YOU!!! I hope your knee is healing up. You did great. You worked so hard and you did it!
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MADAMES 4/5/2013 9:20PM

What an amazing and inspirational story! When I look at your
""before" picture on your Spark page I can hardly believe that is you! Wow.

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GOODIEB 3/26/2013 10:54AM

    Awesome! Great job and something to be very proud of because you had to work really hard to get to cross that finish line. I hope your knee has healed.

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GROEDER 3/26/2013 8:23AM

    You are AMAZING!!!!!!! What courage and determinatiion you have. I am very proud of you, my friend.
What you did reminds my that the words on the chain I always wear are true - "Pain is temporary - Pride is forever".
I hope the knee heals quickly and completely.

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SHARON10002 3/20/2013 9:31PM

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Way to go on completing your first marathon!!! So very sorry to read about your knee. I don't think I could have done that - I commend you for pushing through, and hope you did not cause further damage.
Loved all of the pictures, too, and your outfits! What a wonderful surprise in the rug from your DH. How sweet is that?! How'd the shoes do?

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RUNNINGAL425 3/20/2013 5:03PM


If you are having hip problems, the knee thing may not be a knee problem, but an IT band problem. That is illiotal band
in case you haven't heard of it. It often exhibits pain in the knee as the first sign, and often can be brought on by hip problems.

Again, Congratulations on finishing your marathon!! emoticon

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HOTDEENOW 3/20/2013 4:25PM

    That's awesome! Is your knee better? You look great :)

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MOMMACASSEY 3/20/2013 4:16PM

    WAY TO GO!

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HALFFAST 3/20/2013 11:59AM

    WOOHOOOOOO!!!! You did it!!!! You are a MARATHONER!!!! I am so proud of you- words can't even express the joy this brought to me. Especially with the injury so early on. You are definitely my hero!! You are a SuperStar!!!

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FITBY40-2015 3/20/2013 11:54AM

    YAY!!!you did it!! congratulations to you and your sister. i love the bling from your hubby and of course the rug . emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOILHAM 3/20/2013 10:04AM

    Great blog and pictures! You are a marathoner! Woohoo. Sorry you had to do it in pain, but all the more an achievement!

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CMERUN29 3/20/2013 9:47AM

    Congratulations, Marathon Runner! What an awesome experience. I've just started training for my first marathon in July and I hope to have the love and support that you had during yours. Rest up and I hope your knee feels better soon.


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BILL60 3/20/2013 9:30AM

    And that's why you're my "Bud". You have GUTS, DESIRE, SELF_DISCIPLINE, and GRIT. I'm honored to know you. Hang tough and have that knee checked out.

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NINJALINDA 3/20/2013 8:08AM

    Hey, I was there too for my first marathon as well. You beat the snot out of me (7:07). We finished! emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 3/20/2013 5:50AM

    Congratulations on completing your marathon. Hope that knee heals quickly! I love the rug - what a thoughtful gift!!!

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DGIBSON02 3/19/2013 11:07PM

    Congrats. Can't wait for next HALF marathon lol

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2HAMSDIET 3/19/2013 10:04PM

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Sorry to hear about you knee problems. We are extra proud that you kept going. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 3/19/2013 8:07PM

    Wow! Congrats on being a marathoner! You inspire me. emoticon emoticon
Now take care of that knee. Get it looked at.

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PIXIEMOM13 3/19/2013 6:49PM

    WoW!! And for being injured I'd say 6:06 is an AWESOME time.. I bet you would have been faster uninjured.

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LAURELSPARK 3/19/2013 6:35PM

    Congrats on finishing the are a real trooper!!

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THATGIRL0515 3/19/2013 6:33PM

    Ran a marathon, you did! emoticon emoticon

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/19/2013 3:45PM

    Congrats Marathoner!!!

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NATPLUMMER 3/19/2013 3:11PM

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SAMI199 3/19/2013 2:38PM

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You are a champion in every sense of the word! I am so happy you were able to push through despite the pain. (I know it must have been killing you for you to even mention it) I can't wait to see what you come up with next-lol.
Well done,Miss Marathon Girl!

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KAREN_NY 3/19/2013 1:47PM

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You are one tough Jedi!

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SUEAZZI 3/19/2013 1:21PM

    Congratulations Marathon Runner! You crushed Vader and a Master Jedi you are and always will be! I thought of you so much over the weekend. Can't tell you how many times I logged in checking on you. Sorry to hear about your knee but you pushed through it and made it happen. Rest up girl, you deserve it! Congrats again, so proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
PS: love the rug, and bling!

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ONMYMEDS 3/19/2013 1:20PM

    Great job!! You can do 26.2 and then some!!!

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1HOTMAMA2BE 3/19/2013 1:18PM

    What a great blog! I love all the pictures and hearing about your run. I'm so sorry your knee started bothering you so early in the race. WTH? Some would have given up, but not you! Congrats to you and your sis! Your honey is quite special, too. You are truly blessed!

Rest up and keep us posted on your knee. emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 3/19/2013 1:11PM

    woohoo girl way to go sorry about the knee gosh I'm just so happy for you you did it

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JLITT62 3/19/2013 12:58PM

    I told you you rock!

I'm glad to hear you're mostly ok again - you bounced back quickly!

DH is definitely a keeper.

Sorry it wasn't what you wanted it to be - better luck next time!

Maybe you should see if USAFit has a chapter near you . . . I think you'd like that.

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FITWITHIN 3/19/2013 12:58PM

    Congratulations on finishing your marathon. Your such a trooper and keep on when the body was telling you other wise. What a proud accomplishment moment for you and your all your supports. Great job! Take care of all those aches and pain. Good massage day would be great. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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