October 12, 2009
Race: I had elite start status, so I got to cut into the empty section by the media stuff. That was pretty intimidating and I debated not even going in there. There were, like, Kenyans in there. Scary. We were off soon enough.
1. 602 (Yeah, Garmin screwing up.)
2. 625 (Still bad, I think)
5. 650 Right here I met a really cool female master’s runner. She was one of the New England’s Finest contestants being coached by Colleen DeRuck. We ran together through about mile 10.
10. 703 Master lady’s hubby rode by her and gave her some gels (??!!!???) I left her here; she was slowing down.
12. 654 We had the turn-around here. It was really cool to see the leaders. I even got a high five from someone special!
13. 645 I was feeling really good! This was probably the best I felt the whole race, right around these miles. From here until the end, 3 females dropped out and I passed 2 women. I never got passed by a woman the whole race!
14. 655 A man holding an Olympic flag told me I was 16th female.
20. 713 The first of 3 overpasses was right here. Doglb was here cheering me on and I tried to power through it. The wind picked up and I could feel myself fading.
22. 726 Another steep, but short, overpass. Many people falling off here.
23. 723 Stupid bridges
24. 736 Just couldn’t hang… This part was narrow and windy. It was very scenic by the river, though. The park was beautiful.
25. 737 Right here they played Sweet Home Alabama, just in the nick of time, LOL. Obviously, it didn’t give me much of a boost.
26. 733 Why do some races finish up hill? It’s like a mean and cruel joke.
27. This measured 0.65 on the Garmin- 4:33 (702 pace)
Final garmin time: 3:06:31.
At this rate, I’ll break 3 hours in 6 more marathons.
Post Race: Had Audra not been there, I would’ve probably had a nervous breakdown. At the time, I felt so defeated. I mean, what does it take to run Sub 3? It’s starting to really aggravate me. (I won’t say more so Audra can’t accuse me of moaning and you-know-what-ing.) She was so laid back and it really rubbed off on me. No tears at all! I was actually very proud of how I handled myself. We met up w/ Kris and he ran a smoking 2:40 on his FIRST marathon(????!!!!!) We didn’t stay for the awards b/c I was shivering and my lips were turning blue. We did determine, however, that I won 2nd in my AG and 11th overall female. I went back later, after my shower, to pick up the award.
For some reason, I have been on this emotional roller coaster later. It's really ridiculous. I have had a bit of an unsettled feeling for awhile now, in a way I can't really explain. Running just brings it all out of me. One thing that racing always reminds me is how alone I feel here, at times. Running brings a sense of camaraderie that can't be replaced. Like I said in a recent post, sometimes I just feel like I'm really missing out on the essence of life.
I am two days past the race and I can feel a bit proud for one thing. I was really successful in my training cycle. My body handled mileage without a twinge. I never once backed off my plan or took the easy way out. My confidence is finding its slow way back. I still have my old feelings of Loserhood, but after this weekend, a little fire of self-confidence might have been sparked. I should be happy. Let me say that again. I SHOULD BE HAPPY!
The plan for now is to just keep plugging along. I'm doing San Antonio in 5 weeks. I'm not talking goals until I see how my body recovers. I'm still thinking 3:02-3:03, as I was on pace for this until mile 21.
Thank you, everyone, for your unending support!