Yesterday's marathon was my big #10! And it was sooo easy! LOL....totally kidding! Can you imagine being able to actually say those words?! My marathon was anything but easy to be quite frank. I love how Meg @ Meg Go Run says that may make me 'Crazy x 10!' I'll take it! ;)
|The stats and the bling! Hey, I've always wanted to run an Ultra. ;)|
|The Acadia track at Sunrise|
Don't I look calm and collected while braiding my hair in the backseat of my car??? lol.
|As an FYI I was not wearing booty shorts...lol...they had just shifted up obviously. LOL|
|I hope you like my homemade arm warmers! Men's black dress socks from Target with the toes cut out. They make great throw-aways! Nick gave me this idea at Boston last year and I thought it was perfect!|
The start was very tight as we headed for our loop of downtown before heading out onto the field roads. I noticed at the first Km marker that something was wrong with either my Garmin or the distance markers. I was hitting the mile marks with my watch before we were actually seeing the sign....like by almost 400m! Apparently the lead bicycle took us a wrong turn which resulted in the course being long. :S
I found Nick who was pacing the 1:45 1/2 in the crowd in hopes to keep myself on pace and not get pulled ahead with the crowd.
The below pic is at about 2.5 miles or so and you can actually see him in the pink bunny ears and green shirt on the left. Hey there I am on the right! #89 :)
|Once again Tim Chessnutt snapped great shots of the race!|
Immediately after that point I downed an orange Gatorade and there was a plummeting downhill. Recipe for disaster! Mega side stitch. :( First unplanned forced walk break of the day, lol. I watched my pace climb and whined a bit. Then I got over myself and waited for it to dissipate as I began a slow jog. The stitch came back between miles 11-13 with a vengeance and I was once again brought to a walking pace. At least I got to take in the incredible scenery! The Valley is by far the most beautiful course I've run. It has farm fields with horses, pumpkins, apple orchards, rivers, and gorgeous fields of corn. The prefect Fall marathon. As long as you don't mind a scattered hill or two, or three, or four...... ;)
I hit the half way point (according to my Garmin and not the mile markers) at 1:46:29. I was relieved that my pace hadn't fallen too far off of plan. After this point I said "goodbye" to the stitches and "hello" to some new trouble, lol. "Hello fire burning calves and feet!" I say that with utmost sarcasm. I had K-taped my plantar fascia area on both feet since I think I may have the beginnings of Plantar Fasciitis. :S womp womp. The almost injury itself didn't cause me any trouble during the entire marathon and actually feels pretty good today. But the crazy up and down hill sections caused a lot of friction on the soles of my feet and they were starting to get that 'almost blistered' feeling. I DID get one ginormous blister on my left baby toe that decided to burst along the course...how lovely! ;)
I highly considered stopping and taking off my sock and shoe to check it out, feel sorry for myself and call Matt to come get me. Then I decided that with only 5.XX miles to go I was going to pull up my big girl panties and get this job done! I kept telling myself to forget about the foot and keep going! It worked. Sort of, lol.
I saw Ron at a very late stage in the game....mile 21 ish??? I was really hurting! Is this a grimace or a smile? Who can tell? ;)
|Ron always has the most clever facebook captions: "Girl Goes Marathoning" he called this one...nice!|
I was starting to get motivated with only a few miles left to go. I began thinking of my friends and Matt waiting for me at the finish and my pace quickened. I even clocked a 7:45 mile at mile 23! What?! That should make up for the ten minute miles I logged when walking, lol.
What also helped was a support crew for a woman running well ahead of me who were running/driving alongside of her to pull her through. She, along with the rest of us, were exhausted and fighting to get over the wall. It was tough yesterday. They were cheering me too and they have no idea how much it helped me to finish strong. I even thanked them at the finish line since they probably didn't all know who I was and they STILL offered great motivation! That's another reason I love this running community.
I saw the University miles up the road....exaggeration here...lol. It just feels like "miles." Once you see Acadia you still keep going up a slight incline and then take a sharp left onto the track where you then must run a 3/4 lap to finish. I could literally hear Courteney all the way up the other end of the track yelling my name! LOL. FYI finishing on the track is super cool!
Finishing my tenth marathon was no easy task! Somehow you forget the pain when you see the finish and hear your name on the microphone. I've literally replayed it a hundred times in my head already.
I had to put this photo up since I look hilarious! Dehydrated, cramped, disoriented and most certainly delirious...but heck I was happy, LOL.
I demanded that my shoes had to come off immediately. My feet felt like they were ballooning inside my shoes. WARNING: Taking compression socks off post marathon might cause abdominal spasms! True story, just ask Courteney, Matt, Jason and Katie, lol.
|Sharing Sweat Stories. Courteney ran her first half yesterday!!!|
|I hope my facial expressions didn't scare Amy away. :S|
Hey look, it's Nick and Winner of the full Craig!
Courteney and I
This photo made me laugh since I have no clue what we're doing! LOL
My biggest fan. <3 Matt got a first place age group win in his 5k!
Marathon #10: 3:39:26, 28th overall, 2nd in my AG. They Valley puts on such a great event every year! They have a kid's run, 5k, 10, 1/2, full and Ultra 50k marathon.
Celebratory lunch at Paddy's Pub.
|I look like a |
Memphis pulled pork and sweet potato fries come to me!!!
Hey look it's Mark running Emcee! This guy is the best race Emcee in the world!!! I know I'm close to the finish line when I can hear his voice in the air.
Lola and I spent the rest of the day doing this...literally.
And then some of this. :D
Congrats to all runners who raced yesterday! I hope your weekend was extra awesome and filled with miles. Thanks for reading my race rambles and have a lovely Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend!