How is your Sunday?
I’m home from the race and have a ginormous headache, but I’m showered, I’ve finally warmed up,
I have a clean pair of Pro Compression socks on,
I’m eating squash (with some leftover Starbucks coffee cake the boys didn’t eat topped with peanut butter of course)
and am ready to recap. Let’s do it, yes?
Last night’s dinner was my standard pre race dinner as of late.
I also had a salad on the side.
Now that I’m looking at these pictures I guess the tummy troubles I had during the race around mile 18 are probably my own fault. Hmm…..
Yesterday, when I should have been resting up, I was busy taking care of a sick household. I won’t give you details, but scrubbing carpets and doing loads of laundry was not what I had in mind for resting.
Getting up six times with a grumpy, sick toddler throughout the night was not what I had in mind for a good night’s sleep either.
Oh the joys of motherhood.
4:30 am came around way too quickly this morning. I was running a little late to get out the door as usual, but it didn’t stop me from asking Mom to take a couple pictures of me and my race outfit.
Yep, even after waking up six times throughout the night, Judah was still up and ready to go at 5:00 am.
STUFT Daddy had to work today so I drove my clown face to the race all by my lonesome.
If you must know, yes I had a Pull-Up with me just in case of an emergency. It’s my little secret.
I got to the start late because I was busy in the car putting on sunscreen. Seriously. It was dark and rainy and I was putting on sunscreen. Weirdo.
So the race started and I wasn’t ready. I don’t like that. I didn’t get to stretch or start out with a pace group or anything and was pretty much playing catch up the first 5 miles or so. I tried to take a picture of how quiet and dark it was, but that didn’t go so well either.
My dang Ziploc baggie for my phone is not the best.
So I was supposed to be oozing carbs at the beginning of the race like coach Jason recommended. After all my eats yesterday, I definitely was. I was also oozing garlic (thanks Elizabeth), jalapeños and red pepper. Lovely.
I didn’t take any pictures along the course. It was cold and I didn’t want to be messing around with my phone too much.
I don’t have a Garmin so I’m not sure of my exact pace per mile, my Nike+ app tells me my average pace on every mile though so I just go by that. It was off today though which was pretty annoying.
I ran the first mile slow since I was fiddling with phone, Mizuno gloves, headphones, etc. It was darn chilly and I was really glad I remembered my throw away jacket and gloves. I actually ran the entire race with my gloves on and kept the ugly jacket on until mile 21.
I managed to keep a 7:34 pace though for the first 7 miles or so I think. My legs felt tight, but if I was smart and would’ve listened to my coach, they probably would’ve felt a lot better. Oh well. Besides that, I actually felt pretty good for the first 15 miles or so.
I had a vanilla GU at mile 11. By mile 18, things got a little hairy. My stomach starting hurting and my head started feeling a little weird. We were back on the coast by that time too and the wind picked up a bit. It wasn’t ideal. I had a packet of Power Bar Gels Chews (from my friend Michele) around mile 18 also. They had been tucked in my shirt (along with my Handful bra pads) so I was ready to unstuff. Ha.
I was just feeling off from then on. I thought for a little while that I was going to have to make an emergency pit stop to get me through the race, but I managed to survive without one.
I did my best to keep up my pace, but gradually slowed down a little each mile. The 21 and 24 mile markers could not come fast enough. Luckily the course is pretty flat, so I could just keep putting one foot in front of the other for the last little bit.
The last mile I said a few choice words in my head and kept repeating to myself “how bad do you want this?” I also told myself if I was going to pass out or need medical attention I could do it at the finish line, not on the course. Ha.
The course was pretty quiet most of the time when the marathoners were by ourselves. Honestly, I can’t remember much of what I thought about out on the course at the moment. Here are a few random things along the course I do remember:
I met the nicest STUFT reader, Janine around mile 8. Thanks for saying hi!
I got a little excited when people were saying my name as I ran by. I thought they must be blog readers until I remembered my name was on my racing bib. Ha ha.
Best sign ever read- WORST PARADE EVER. Pretty darn funny.
that darn 26 mile sign showed up. Finally the finish line showed up as well.
It was not my favorite finish. It took me awhile to catch my breath and I didn’t feel too hot. But, I had to get my picture taken you know.
And then take my own.
I got a new PR. My finish time was 3:23:15 and I got 3rd place in my age group.
I’ll take it.
After I was done bothering strangers to take my picture I met up with the Grandma, Papap and the boys and made them join in the photo fun.
Don’t they all look thrilled?
Oh and hey, check out my new fashion statement.
This is so going to be my new thing. Seriously.
I told myself if I got a PR I could get some new headbands. So we made a quick stop to see Sandy again and get a couple accessories.
Actually, I conveniently forgot my money, so Mom bought me a few new headbands. Thanks Mom! Now I need just a few other colors of Halo visors for my new head fashion. Ha ha.
We didn’t stay for awards. Everyone wanted to get the heck out of there and Judah wouldn’t use a port a potty so we headed inside the mall for a bathroom stop
(pretty cool skirt huh?)
and then out to breakfast to The Broken Yolk Cafe.
I got a Mom’s egg white omelet or something like that.
They did not have any crushed red pepper for me, but they did have some hot sauce.
Phew. Recap done.
Marathon number six in the books.
Hopefully many more to come.
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He said he was proud of me today. First time I’ve really been told that specifically about a race performance before. It meant a lot. He also told me to eat chocolate to celebrate. Um…… okay.
Hope you had a great weekend!