Wow, it's only Monday and I already feel exhausted! But in a really good way of course.
Nothing quite compares to the Marathon high. Nothing. And then finding out today that I've been placed at the school that I ranked as my #1 pick just amplifies the relief. :)
So let's get this show on the road!
Only lunatics set their alarm for 4:05 a.m. on a Sunday right? ;)
Flat Matt and Flat Heather are ready to hit the streets of New Glasgow!
Sam and off we went!
We were the first people to show up to get our race kits and we even got to use the normal bathroom facilities before the barricaded off the door. Pweph!
We braved the showers so that photographer Matt could get some great shots during our pre-race photo shoot. (Photos stolen from Sam!).
I was super pumped for Sam and Steve since it was their FIRST MARATHON!!! And they both had stellar runs:
This was Marathon #9 for me and I secretly wasn't even sure I'd finish! I have raced a total of 71.1 miles so far in 2014 (post marathon it's now 97.3 racing miles) and logged 815 miles including training runs for the year. Yikes!
With the go ahead of my PT and Masseuse I felt confident that I could run a smart race and enjoy it. I knew I wouldn't be blasting out any BQ performance so I really ran the marathon for the awesome experience. And it was. :)
When I heard the fabulous emcee, Mark Stein, say "And they're off for the 39th running of the Johnny Miles Marathon!" all of my questions and doubts left and I entered the zone. I had shivers and I was reminded why I love doing Marathons.
I always feel so strong and confident during the first mile of a marathon. I have no idea why, because some 20 miles later I'm always crying for my mommy and questioning any decision I have ever made and wondering how I could have ever talked myself into this...lol. But you know what, it's always worth it in the end.
Thanks so much to Nick for these cool shots!
This song kept me super pumped for the first few miles on repeat....I LOVE it!
The runners spread out quickly and the marathoners had the looped course to themselves for an hour until the 5k, 10k and 1/2 marathoners made their presence known. Some sections were a little lonely since the rain probably deterred many spectators from coming out. I have to hand it to the hard core ones who did and the volunteers who manned the aid stations....Kudos!
I was super surprised how great my legs felt during the race. Mentally though, I had had a very stressful few days leading up to Marathon Weekend with job applications and end of year duties. Training your brain is crucial in a marathon and when you've expended all your mental energy in other areas it's hard to push through those last few tough miles. But somehow I did it.
I didn't have any leg cramping during this race....Yippee!!! But I did experience a side stitch between miles 7-10 that wouldn't let up. :( I decided I'd actually walk it out. Yes walk! It seemed to dissipate after a while and I said 'Good riddens!'
Matt was cruising through the 1/2 when he zoomed by me during his first lap. I noticed how dirty he, and a few others, were on the back of their legs and thought it was from all the fast running they were doing. Nope. Turns out everyone was splattered in mud...lol. Including myself.
I saw Nick and Kevin at their jelly bean cheering station with just under 2.5 miles to go. Nick was holding a red Solo cup......so I thought it was water and I reached out to grab it. He yells, "Heather it's BEER!" I didn't even care and I took a big gulp. Man was that ever refreshing, lol. He said, "I'll have more when you come back!" Since I had to run further up the street and turn at the pylon turn point. Another guy who'd been running close to me for the previous few miles heard the word beer and before I knew it we were both enjoying a tasty beverage on the way to the finish.
With one mile to go I felt a little burst of juice go into my legs. I always love the last bits of the marathon. Everyone is so super psyched for you and you just feel so victorious. Running up the finishing stretch at Johnny is super cool!
My official time was 3:44:19, 5th woman overall. :) Marathon #9 is in the books!
Any suggestions for #10???
Obviously celebratory nachos and beer were in order for Matt's steamin' 1/2 in 1:25 and my marathon.
I am feeling pretty super today.....definitely a zillion times better than post-Boston!!!
I don't know what's next for GGR but I'll surely keep you posted. Thanks for reading til' the end on this super long post and have a wonderful day!
Don't forget to check out Sam's post of her FIRST MARATHON!