So after already deciding that I was not going to run the Marine Corps Marathon, I kinda changed my mind. I was urged by a friend to set up a donation fund for people to help out if they felt inclined to. Well apparently more people care than I thought! $80 has been donated already 🙂 I feel so blessed and really feel like I need to run it. The MCM was my original marathon dream and I don’t think I should have ever let go of it. Now as I scramble to make it work, I need all the help I can get!
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Getting up at 0445 isn’t something I like to do, but as soon as my alarm went off my feet hit the floor. I had one goal for the day, and that was to run a marathon!! I put my stuff out the night before, like any sane runner would do, so getting dressed was definitely the easiest part of my day.
After getting dressed I made some coffee and waited for Shantele and her hubby. We were riding together so little man didn’t have to wake up ridiculously early. I knew he would be in a horrible mood all morning if he had to wake up that early. On the way to Whitemarsh Island the weather forecast proved it’s validity when it began to rain and continued, off and on, throughout the morning. We made it to the race area, went to the bathroom, pinned our bibs on, got nutrition ready and started waiting. After the National Anthem at 0700, we got started at 0705 with an end time of 1305. The trail was a 1.87 mile loop that was super flat but had lots of protruding roots. Since it was a small loop there was only one aid station at the start/finish area. As the morning went on the rain kept coming and going, soaking all the runners.
Running in rain soaked clothes resulted in some pretty awful chafing for me! For the first time ever, my shoulder got chaffed from my vest.
Starting out I had a great attitude and felt great. Around mile 7 or so my digestive system decided to rebel against me. Slowing to a walk several times and having to make port a potty stops every lap made for a very unhappy runner. I persevered until my hubby showed up with some Imodium. Haha. Once I got that into my system I was feeling so much better. It also became a lot easier to make myself eat. If you get the chance to eat a pb&j from an aid station, do it! Seriously the best pb&j I have ever had. 😉
Shantele was amazing through the entire run! She helped me stay on track, made me eat when I didn’t want to, and was the best friend that I needed. We talked a lot but we both get into our own grooves when not talking is just as good, which is one of the things I love about running with her. 🙂 One of the greatest parts about this run was accomplishing my goal with her by my side. She has run a marathon before and was only doing this to get her training done and help me get to my 26.2! At the end of the 6 hours I had done 13 laps, putting me just over 24 miles. Even though my time was over I continued to run, I was too close to 26.2 to quit. As I came around on my very last lap I knew that I would have to run past my supporter group and then come back to get my mileage. Shantele’s hubby jumped in and ran with me for the last little bit and “ran me in” to my finish. No huge cheering crowd, no medal immediately around my neck, just my some amazing friends and my wonderful family! I am so blessed and now I’m a marathoner!!!
This will, hopefully, be posted while I am out on my longest training run ever. A big 14 miles! Huge! Even though I just killed my last half marathon, haha. I’m very excited to tackle my longest distance to date. I am even more excited for next weekend, when I will be taking on the Chase the Sun Ultra event!! I am doing the 6 hour option and gunning for at least a marathon anything after that is icing on the cake. The course is a 1.87 mile loop on the Whitemarsh Island Preserve with mostly unpaved trail but a partial paved spot. I’ve been told that there are good amount of roots on the path that left some feet quite beat up last year! I’ve already talked to Kyle (my run coach) and we have set up an attack plan to get me to a full marathon!! I’m elated to be doing this run with my best running buddy! She rocks and always pushes me when we run together. She has already told me that she will get me to a marathon so I am stoked!
I leave you with a look at the medals!
My first half will be something I never forget! We had record high temperatures in San Antonio. Between the heat, hills and humidity, I should’ve known I was in trouble, but I kept pushing for my 2:30 time that I wanted. The course was harder than I expected and a lot more draining. I finished with a time of 2:50 which was extra disappointing because my longest run of 12 miles was done in 2:11 😦 Now I have a time to beat and that much more of a reason to keep training. Only problem is that I can’t put a sock on without my Achilles tendon hurting on my left foot. I have tried every shoe I own and the only pair I can wear is a pair of flats. It’s pretty miserable. After not bagging the goal time I had for my half I only felt the need to get back out there, not rest. I have an appointment with the podiatrist on Tuesday, I’m praying they will give me a brace to help heal the possible tear in my Achilles and a set time till I can run again. I tried explaining to the mister how much this sucks but he just says I’m crazy. Yes, I will probably be able to run again but I’m worried I will have to take it easy when it comes to getting my mileage back. I am a distance runner, I’ll gladly take three hours on the road over just three miles. Though I know when I’m given the go ahead to get back out there I will take any mileage I’m allowed. Don’t tell my doctor I’m already looking at other half marathons and full marathons. 😉 I think what sucks the most is not really being able to work out at all. I can do upper body weights but I’m afraid to work lower body. I may try Jillian Michaels 30 day shred again because I’m terrified of gaining weight over the holidays. Maybe I can talk the doctor into giving me a brace I can run in….or at least wear shoes with, because it’s getting cold and I need to wear socks. Lol. All I know is that somethings gotta give…