I have to get a quick marathon recap done while everything is still fresh in my head and before I have my celebratory glass (or two) of wine.
I’ll do all the food talk on my What I Ate Wednesday post later this week, but for now I’ll just talk race. Okay with you?
Well, as most of you know I was feeling sick the past two days. Not sure what happened, if it was a stomach bug or what, but it was not good. I still wasn’t feeling well last night and this morning I was not my usual prerace self.
I did walk out the door with just about everything I needed except for my race bib and timing chip this morning. Now that just would NOT have been good at all. Luckily, I figured it out before Mom and I actually got in the car.
We got to the race about 10 minutes before the start time. In typical Kristin fashion I was in the porta potty when the start gun went off at 6 am. Lovely. At least I waited until after the National Anthem to use it, right? By the way, the National Anthem always gets me before a race. I always get choked up.
I was one of the last people to cross the starting line, but still tried to take a quick picture.
Not the best picture or the best idea as I used the first mile fumbling with my phone, headphones, gloves (I lost one along the way), etc. to get everything in the right place. I was off to a pretty slow start in the pitch black.
Let me just say when you run 26.2 miles you have a lot of time to think. Mom asked me what I thought about and I told her it depends on the mile. It truly does. I also do quite a bit of talking to myself (in my head only). I’m guessing others are doing the same.
Here’s a rough look at what I’m dealing with mentally on the road. Not sure of exact mileage, but you’ll get the picture.
Mile 1- Really? Is a “mile 1” sign even necessary? That is just mean.
Mile 2- Holy stomach, why do you hurt so bad?
Mile 3- I like that girl’s pants. I wonder where she got them.
Mile 4- Dang my pace is slow and if I’m trying to qualify for Boston I better pick it up.
Mile 5- Hmm… about 3 more hours or so to go. No big deal.
Mile 6- Kristin, you are finally feeling okay. Let’s do this. Time to get serious.
Mile 7- I am the luckiest person in the world to be able to do this.
Mile 8- Bonnie told me to “leave it all on the road”. That’s exactly what I’m going to do.
Mile 9- Kristin, you get your GU Chomps at one more mile. Take them out of your shirt already.
Mile 10- Watermelon GU Chomps? Don’t mind if I do.
Mile 11- It’s starting to get hot and I’m not sure how those chomps are making my stomach feel.
Mile 12- You’re fine Kristin. Hang in there. Take it easy. Remember what Andrew always says, “Don’t be a hero.”
Mile 13- Sweatshirt is coming off. I hope someone who really needs it picks it up.
Mile 14- Alright it’s time for some music. Playlist on. Favorites for the race included Journey, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Cee Lo Green.
Mile 15- Hey, only 11 more to go.
Mile 16- Um, yes, this will be the perfect bathroom stop. Thank you porta potties for being here.
Mile 17- I wonder if Dad, Andrew and the boys made it here yet.
Mile 18- Hmm… where are we going to go for breakfast. And,,, what am I going to make Andrew go pick up for dinner?
Mile 19- How in the heck did I get here? What just happened?
Mile 20- HALFWAY!!! (Marathoners say your not half way until your at mile 20. I found out why my first marathon last year.)
Mile 21- Whoa, that guy in front of me just put the hugest gob of Vaseline on his nipples. So that’s why they keep passing that out.
Mile 22- Hmm… legs are starting to really hurt. I am thirsty.
Mile 23- Speed it up friend, there’s only 3 miles to go and you’ve got some very important people waiting for you at the finish line.
Mile 24- I guess I’m not qualifying for Boston. But I’m going to finish this race the best that I can.
Mile 25- Ahh… less that 10 minutes to go. I can do this. Thank you downhill slope. Dang that girl for passing me this close to the end.
Mile 26- Where the heck has mile 26 been all my life?
Mile 26.2- Finish………… Done. I made it. I do NOT feel well and I need to post on Facebook that I’m done.
After slowly walking through the exit and “accidently” grabbing two goodie bags, I found the family.
Wouldn’t you know after begging Andrew to bring my nice camera I had it set on the self-timer (I must have been taking pictures of myself the last time I used it- that’s weird) so there was a 10 second delay. This picture is when we figured that out.
He must have some skill though because he did manage to get me finishing.
See me way over there? Ha ha!
We got the camera situation figured out and annoyed a few people by trying to snap some pictures.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. How cool is that sign?
My mom never disappoints. She even put Flat Kitty on there. Love her. LOVE her.
(I’m not sure that girl walking by is too impressed though. I think she might need a Flat Kitty in her life.)
We were out of there pretty quickly because the boys were done (and so was I). This was my favorite picture though. It just makes me smile.
We all went out to breakfast afterwards.
You better believe I ate my fair share of food- egg whites, turkey sausage, hash browns and 3/4 Belgium waffle.
And once we got home I made everyone take a few more pictures because well, I’m just that person.
And Andrew is just this photographer.
It was a good race. I loved every minute of it.
My second full marathon is in the books.
I didn’t qualify for Boston or reach my other goal of getting 500 Facebook “likes” on my Facebook page, but that’s okay. Life is all about the journey, and while I’m all about the following quote:
I also am a true believer in having to work hard to get there. I may not have succeeded today in my big goals, but I know someday I will. Life is about dreaming big, taking chances and going for it. It’s not about how long it takes to get there, it’s about the journey along the way. The times we have to pick ourselves up and try again just make us stronger and more determined.
Oh man, now I’m just getting sappy.
With that, I’m signing off for a couple days to rest and recover. I need to get some life things in order around here that have been put on the back burner lately. Poor STUFT Daddy has been picking up my slack for a little too long. Have I told you how amazing he is? I am one lucky lady.
All in all I am blessed with the amazing ability to be able to run, darn proud of finishing a marathon today and even prouder to be the mama of these guys.
Yep. Best moment of the day.
I’m off to finally have my wine I’ve been waiting for all day and spend some quality time with my main man.