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26.2 Race Report

I did not sleep well two nights before the marathon, tossing and turning, so I was worried that the next night would be a repeat. But, I was too worn out from the night before that I actually slept very well.

I rose at 5am refreshed, got dressed, kissed the hubby goodbye, hopped in the car, and headed to my sister in-law’s house. We were meeting with another friend there, Brenda, who drove us up to Columbus. Brenda (a previous BQ) was running in the ¬Ĺ and Teri was trying to BQ.

The MiT group (about 200 of us) met at the Renaissance hotel and headed over together to Broad street (the starting line). They had a pick-up truck waiting for us there. We tossed all our stuff in there so we could pick it back up at the finish line.

The day before I made the decision to run with the 5:30 pace group. I didn’t want to kill myself and if I had the strength I wanted to pull away from them around mile 22. The 5:30 pace group was all the way at the end of the runner’s pack. The nice thing about being at the end of the lineup is that the bathroom lines are less busy. ūüôā With the bathroom business out of the way I headed to the pace leader. There were about 10 other runners milling around. The hubby snuck up on me to give me a big hug and kiss before they (he and his brother) headed to their designated spot. Helicopters flew overhead, then the horn went off signaling the start of the race. And we were off…well…sort off…it took us over 8 minutes to actually make it to the starting line! And then we were off.

The pace leader, Maneesha (I think was her name), followed the run walk method. Run 5 minutes, walk 1 minute. The first 6 miles flew by fast, we all chatted like little kids, all excited. We shared stories, dedicated miles to friends and relatives. Each mile marker we would cross we’d holler “1,2,3 5:30 rocks”…at mile 6 I saw my friend Kay and her boyfriend cheering me on…yay!

At mile 10 I saw the hubby, brother in law, his brother and sister in law, their daughter, and two friends. All cheering me on. The hubby had a sign. I asked how Teri was doing and was told it didn’t look good…bummer. ūüė¶

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Orange tank top, black shorts, under the left turn arrow in the road. 

Mile 10 to 13 were a blurr, we chatted, shared stories, etc. I saw the hubby and gang again. He gave me a banana and we switched out two bottles. And off we were again. At that time there were only 4 of us left who hung with the pace leader. Everyone else dropped back. I saw my father in-law at mile 16. He was holding up a sign my 7 year old made the night before at their house. I about cried. That pictures is going in my gym once it is done!

I saw my running friend Janice on her bike. She was going to run Teri from mile 10 to mile 18. I asked her how Teri was doing and it did not look good.

Around that time my right foot, pinky toe started to hurt pretty bad. I could tell there was a blister in the works. My left foot was already in pain, under the ball of the foot, but luckily that had not started until mile 8. I was pleasantly surprised however that my right leg was not hurting at all and there was not a peep from my knees.

Mile 18 is where the race actually began. It was just about all uphill for the next 3 miles. The pace group pulled away from me and I had to take more walk breaks. I managed to run walk through the uphill part and passed an MiTer. She then passed me and we played that back and forth game for about a mile. Coming onto OSU campus I started a conversation. Her name was Pru. During the last 5 miles Pru became my hero. She pulled me, but she made sure she didn’t push me. It was her second marathon this year and she was way behind her time. So she decided to make the best of it and help me to the finish line. She didn’t put that into words, but rather her actions made it clear.

My stomach was a mess, all that GU made it very upset. I had only been chugging water the last few miles, but that didn’t help. I was suppose to GU at mile 20, but had put it off. At mile 22 I was only able to take one “drag” of that stuff and tossed it to the ground. I’d rather be “undernourished” then puke up all I had taken in the last few hours. During that time we did a lot of run walking…Pru’d say “to the traffic light” I’d say “Yes” and we’d start running. Then I’d say “to the parked car” and she’d say “Of course!”.

Pru asked me if I was alright and ready to run in the last 4 10th of a mile. I said yes and off we went. Then I saw my husband, Teri, Brenda and all others…it was so good to see them cheer me on, just what I needed and finally we made it to the last turn and down to the finish line.

I was hoping that it would hit me that I finished the race, but I am still waiting for the moment. Maybe it’s coming to me bits and pieces at a time, like today (Monday) as I am sitting in a restaurant having lunch with my husband. I was like “I can finally buy that 26.2 sticker!!!” I got a bit choked up (no, not because of the food), but that moment passed.

After finishing the race I was like “never again, I am never running an other marathon…E V E R”. Now, almost 24 hours later I am ready to tackle the ugly hill at mile 18. This year it might have kicked my butt, but next year I plan on returning the favor!

The next big race is the Indianapolis 500 ¬Ĺ Marathon in May ’08! I am sooo looking forward to it!

 
 

26.2 – Shortstory

I did it in 5 hours and 37 min, not as fast as I had hoped. I have a blister the size of Utah on my right foot, pink toe. BUT, I am no longer a marathon virgin. More tomorrow if I can make it to the PC. ūüėČ

Hope all my BRF did well today!

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2007 in Marathon, Personal Record, Running

 

Ready, set,….3693

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>>>2 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

In 2 days and 8.5 hours I’ll be down there, getting ready for my first marathon…oy! Can you say EXCITED?? That is the view out of my office overlooking the starting line. I have decided to take tomorrow off so my co-workers won’t have me committed! ūüėČ

I’ll be doing some elliptical stuff tonight before class. I hope I can keep my legs from bouncing up and down while I have to listen to the teacher lecture.

>>>My bib number is 3693<<< according to maptracker.

Edit: Did 3.8 miles (40 min) on the elliptical rider after work.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2007 in Blogroll, Countdown, Elliptical Rider

 

3 miles @ home (11:21)

Comments: My training required 3 miles today. First time actually running in the rain (not counting my¬†short lived¬†13 miler in September). As I am running I am trying to keep my tempo slow. My body just wants to get the run done as fast as possible, but my mind is telling it “slow down, you need to pace yourself.”

People keep asking me what time I plan on running the marathon. That is really tough for me because I still haven’t learned to pace myself. I know if I go out any faster then 11 min/mile the first few miles I’ll be crawling the last few miles. So I’ll try to keep John Bingham’s words in regards to the first few miles in front of my eyes (something like): If you feel you¬†are running to fast, you are, slow down! If you feel you are running just right, you are going to¬†fast, slow down! ¬†

I had some pretty intense side pains during this run, which of course sent my mind wondering what caused them. I am trying to convince myself that the bagel I had just before I headed out the door is why I hurt. I haven’t had side pains like that in a long while and it’s not like I was running really hard.

This is 3 mile run was one of the few times I ran without a ‘bug in my ear’. I wanted to concentrate on my breathing. I am now toying with the idea of running the marathon without the mp3 player. (I might just put it on my belt, and the headphones in my pouch, just in case)

My boss came back from vacation today and his first words out his mouth where “Are you ready?” I said “Oh, am I ever!” and we both laughed. It is great to work for someone who has the same hobby you have. He’s actually toying with the idea of running a marathon…I am so excited for him, because he’s always tried making excuses “I am too old (58), I don’t have the time, blah blah, blah”, but I think he’s been bitten by the marathon bug!

My game plan today and tomorrow is to make a list of all the things I need to have ready for the big day.

Signed up for the Flying Feather Four Miler in November.

Some people, when they get nervous, they talk a lot…I write a lot! ūüėČ

>>>4 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

Time: 5:30 pm

Weather: 70, rain

Clothes: MiT Technical Shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Saucony

Distance: 3

Time: 34:02

Split: 11:21

Course: To Wollard and back.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2007 in Countdown, Running, Side Pains

 

8 miles @ home (11:24)

Comments: I did not feel like running on Saturday, so I didn’t. Instead I went out Sunday morning. It was a good run. Tried running a bit slower than last Tuesday, I succeeded.¬†I felt strong and was even able to do some pickups¬†the last two miles.

After I¬†got back the hubby (’06 Yamaha YFZ 450) and I (’06 Suzuki Quadsport)¬†went quadding for a few¬†hours at Wayne National¬†Forest. It is funny that I can run for two hours and not be really sore the next day, but the¬†quad riding has my muscles aching. It was fun, but I¬†felt like I had to concentrate really hard to make sure¬†I would not end up getting hurt.¬†

That day I enjoyed running more, because you can let your mind go and really don’t need to pay attention to anything (other than cars and road kill), but when you go quadding (we ride fairly fast) you constantly have to be thinking about¬†how¬†to hit the next rut, turn, etc. Exhausting!

I am taking Monday off to give my body time to recover and to do some school work.

This morning the hubby said “This¬†IS the week…” and started to make some goofy running guestures. lol

>>>6 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

Time: 7:30 am

Weather: 50, overcast

Clothes: MiT Technical Shirt, Adidas Shorts, Gloves, Fuel Belt

Shoes: Saucony

Distance: 8

Time: 1:31:12

Split: 11:24

Course: To Cattail and back.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2007 in Countdown, Long Run, Quadding, Running

 

4 miles @ work

Comments: My Garmin was at 0 hours remaining when I turned it on this morning…oops! So I only have a general idea on how long I ran, about 41 min and I think I covered about 4 miles, maybe a tad bit short.

Love the cooler weather. ūüôā

I am driving my co-workers nuts (in a good way). They all agreed I started tapering way too soon, I should go out and run all that energy off.

After I came back from my run at lunch time my boss just looked at me and I said “4”! lol Boy am I glad he’s running the 1/2 marathon, he’s just as excited about it as I am! This way I’ll for sure keep my job!

The running group I am running with is supplying us with running singlets for the price of $5, I can’t complain about that. I was told they are orange (gosh now I have to find matching shorts! just kidding) and we should stand out in the crowd.

OMG…I am so excited I think I am gonna burst! Everytime I look out the window at work I see High Street (mile 12 through 17) and the starting area…I am soooo ready!

>>>9 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

!!!Single digits!!!

Time: 10:30 am

Weather: 51, overcast

Clothes: Longsleeve Turkey Trott Shirt, Adidas Shorts

Shoes: Saucony

Distance: 4 (approx

Time: 41 min (approx)

Split:

Course: Goodale park x 2 and back.

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2007 in Blogroll, Countdown, Running

 

8 miles @ home (10:54)

 

 

Comments: Good run, a bit stiff in the beginning. Really didn’t want to go out and procrastinated for a while, but I am glad I ran. Forgot to turn my Garmin on until I hit mile 1! lol On Saturday I am going to try to run marathon pace (8 mile long run), which would be about a minute slower per mile.

>>>11 days to go to the Columbus Marathon<<<

Time: 6:00 pm

Weather: 72, nice

Clothes: MiT Technical Shirt, Adidas Shorts, Fuel Belt

Shoes: Saucony

Distance:8

Time: 1:27:05

Split: 10:54

Course: To Cattail and back.

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2007 in Countdown, Running