A full Seattle report to come later…for now the race report!
I’ve been worried for the last few days about this abominal pain, which thus far the doctor has ruled as an intense viral infection. So I was very diligently forcing myself to drink fluids and eat whether I felt like or not to ensure I would be ready to go. On race morning I woke up feeling a little nauseous, but no pain so I was good to go.
VIP PORTA POTTIE
I headed out to the shuttles where I met Gabe who was also here from Miami. We made it to the start line by 5:30, which is just BIZARRE for me as I like to get there about the time the gun goes off at 7am. Luckily, Mel scored passes to the Brooks Running VIP porta potties…I SO WISH I had a picture of the toilet paper, friggin hilarious. Anyhow the bathroom lines around the race were the longest I have ever seen!! I am sure some people waited an hour and we took 10 minutes.
Next we found all the wonderful bloggies,who we met previously at a carbo load fest the night before. I’m on the right in a wonderfully provided toss away shirt from Mel!! This Florida girl was freezin her tushy off at the start line, but the weather could not have been better for a marathon!!Miles 1-6 I ran with Mel and Marlene, just really enjoying listening to them chat and checking out the great green city. Marlene decided she really need to hit up a port a pottie and I was afraid to stop…because well honestly I have a habit of once I stop really not getting going again. So I kept pushing knowing that those two speed demons would catch me. (I’m the pink shirt waving like mad)Liar, liar pants on fire is all I have to say the the training people who kept saying this was not a hilly marathon. About 80% or more of this course is actually run on highways, which generally lead to some pretty great views of the Seattle (amazingly beautiful place), but also meant it was pretty rough on the legs.
I think I had the most fun runnig through the tunnels! I have no idea why, but it’s like my feet would just start flying at that point!! Unfortunately, Mel and Marlene said they made a few more stops so I never did meet back up with them. I was really feeling amazing and suddenly found I was in front of the 4 hour pace group at mile 18!
I was just giddy when I passed David because I was feeling so good from head to toe. I know the weather was playing a big part in this. But I found myself running under 9 minute miles for quite a bit and was excited because this meant when I hit the 1.5 mile up hill it would be ok if I slowed down.
Then…Mile 20… I almost fell over because the pain in my ab started just going crazy. I was not only in pain, but suddenly very on the verge of tossing my peanut butter breakfast. Can’t say this has ever happened to me in any run before, damn you infection!
The downside of this was I had problems drinking and soon enough my calf muscles were just big balls of pain. I started doing a run/walk at that point, but lordy it was a slow run/walk. In the end I crossed the finish line in 4:13, which is a 2 minute PR so nothing to be upset about… but hello M and M ended up only 2 minutes behidn me so had I just never picked up the pace I could have run with them the whole way!!
I was a little bummed because my Garmin recorded 26.78 miles…so um if you take off the extra half mile I ran that would be about 5 minutes off my time!! Not sure if I was doing an extreme amount of weaving or what, but oh well.
I waited for Mel and Marlene to get a picture with our medals and then we met with some of Mels amazing friends. We all thought the post race food of banana, chips and a white bagel was kind sad, but really we were so excited to be done it didn’t matter!
I put on my new fun compression socks and sat down..WHOOPS MISTAKE!! My calves started cramping so bad that my feet were turned inward. Mel’s friends leaned down and slowed massaged my calves getting them too release (thank you angels!). I was able to get up then, but was shivering so bad and afraid to sit down that D decided we shouldn’t really hang out much longer, but should get back to the hotel.Taking a shower was the most wonderful warm thing and yet painful because I couldn’t touch my stomach! So besides the trail mix I had post race, I didn’t actually get any food until we went meandering about Seattle around 3:00 that afternoon… right I’m an idiot. But we did enjoy a lovely 4 hours of walking…which then makes me think I didn’t run hard enough.
Thank you to everyone for the well wishes, the congrats and all the amazing support through this journey. As I cried on David’s shoulder post race and told him that if I ever wanted to do another marathon he needed to lock me in a room without a computer…I’m thinking I need to stick with 1/2’s for awhile and we’ll see what the future holds for 26.2. If I were to take it easy and run with a friend, really not running for time at all 26.2 would be I think pretty enjoyable start to finish..being healthy helps too. :)
Now I am off for one more bloggie brunch with Sarah from OC2Seattle and then Alaska!!
I am grateful to have met some amazing new bloggie friends
I am grateful for a proud hubby
I am grateful for a patient hubby
I am grateful for talkative gals like Mel
I am grateful for upbeat gals like Marlene