The Day/Night Before the Marathon...
Friday morning, the family and I left for Springfield (about a 3 1/2 hr drive from home). Packet pickup went off without a hitch and the hotel was nice with an indoor pool for the kids to tire themselves out. I ate dinner the night before: a steak, baked potato, salad, and bread. I also loaded up on water that whole week prior. That night I laid out my running attire - I was definitely running in my St. Jude shirt and pinning the St. Jude bib to my back - it just made sense. The weather was unseasonably warm so I was able to wear shorts with my purple Pro Compression socks - YAY! I am a minimalist when it comes to racing. I just need my shoes, a good hat (did you know you waste energy squinting?), well made sports bra, Vaseline (for my whole body), and my loom that Elle made me (it's my security blanket). Dinner was good and I got to bed at a decent hour (after yelling at the kids 72 times to stop kicking one another and hit the hay). I was ready.
Saturday morning I woke up around 6:30 AM or so and drank my cup of coffee, got my gear on, and started drinking my water. I ate breakfast (bagel with cream cheese, banana, and 1 hard boiled egg) around 8:00 AM. We loaded up the car and got the kids ready for their big day at Bass Pro with E:) We headed out and got to MSU Campus around 9:30 AM or so. The kids wanted to see me take off. I met up with Theresa and her husband before and we chatted for bit - she is a doll. She was running another half - she is a HALF FANATIC, literally. Snapped some pics with the family (and Theresa) and it was go time.
I kept running (slowed a little) - mile 19 passed, mile 20 passed, 21 passed (I saw the kids again and I put up one finger - like ONE MORE LOOP BABY)... and then 22 hit and I had the strangest feeling. I felt like I was going to get sick. I started sweating that icky "your going to puke" sweat and my tongue got really heavy. My heart started racing and I felt like I was going to pass out. I kept telling myself - "keep going"... but I knew I was about to get sick on some one's lawn so I took a moment to let my feet hit the ground, catch my breath, and get my mind right... I walked at a fast pace for about 30 seconds and picked it back up - MUCH slower pace but hey... I was ALMOST there. I wasn't sure if I hydrated too much, motion sickness (you know how BAD mine is), too little/too much Gu Chomps, or what? Mile 23-24 got better - I was running - slower... but I was still out there - mile 25 was a blur... and as I rounded the lest leg, the finish line, there my babies stood...I DID IT and they were there to see it - they will always be in the memory of "mom's first marathon". At that moment I was beyond grateful for all the wonderful things in my life and humbled for the strength I have been given.
My kids came running out and we hugged and squealed - I received my medal and in that moment I knew I could do ANYTHING I set out to do and this was proof to my children to NEVER GIVE UP...
I finished in 4:57 and my goal was under 5 hrs. I could go on and on about how I wish I hadn't had stopped to catch my breath or how I held it back those last couple of miles... but it doesn't matter because I only have one place to go from here... UP!!!!
Few More Deets
The race was great - I would highly recommend. Very well organized and the course was nice. I would run this again. My attire was perfect and my Asics were amazing. Running in them was a complete different feeling - my feet felt great. I ate Gu Chomps at mile 8/16/22 and a few gummy bears along the way;) I wore my compression socks for my 3 hr drive home and my calves feel great. I hydrated mucho;) And... on that note... I will be running more marathons in the future:)
Thank you ALL for your continued support and encouragement through all my training and this weekend - it means more to me than you can imagine. I am humbled beyond belief and grateful for such wonderful family and friends.
If you have any other questions about the race or want to know more - you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - I would be happy to share whatever I can.