So, I alive and well. Well, I’m alive. I ran my first marathon today!!!! Ahhhh. I did it in 4:15:38! I wanted to do it in 4:10 and I ran with the 4:10 pace group for most of the race, but around mile 20 I started falling back. More than anything I am just glad it’s over.

Here I am befoer leaving with the breakfast of champions: PB toast and naner. See how happy I am? Ignorance is bliss. I had no idea what was in store for me…dscn5654I thought it was going to be super cold out there before the race so I brought my gloves, andΒ  by gloves I mean socks. Hey, it works. I figured I would just chuck them when I got warm. I didn’t even end up taking them off the car since it was that bad and I didn’t want to throw away a pair of socks unless I really needed to. I also wore a “paper shirt” – those things they sell at the expo to wear before and during the race when you’re going to be cold, but don’t want to have to lug around extra clothes for 26.2 miles. I ended up leaving that at the start line! I guess my nerves and adrenaline were warming me up!dscn5655Ben found me about 3 times during the race which was very motivating and I have a couple of good action pics! The girl to my left is Kristy, the 4:10 pacer. She rocks! I didn’t get a chance to tell her about the blog though :(, so she won’t even see this shout out!dscn5667I made sure to slow down and wave when Ben saw me so I would have some memories πŸ™‚dscn5669I actually felt REALLY GOOD for most of the race πŸ™‚ Around mile 16 I wanted a break and I convinced myself to run to mile 20 and I could take walk/run breaks after that. I was happy with that since I had only ran 19 miles before today so this would be the longest I had ever ran either way. I made it to just before mile 20 and started to take some walk breaks. I also walked through the aid stations to make sure I got enough water/electrolyte drinks and I brought 2 Gus that I ate during the race. My stomach started to hurt a bit around mile 16 too, so that might be part of the reason I wanted to take a break. I powered through it though! I am bad and don’t eat Gu while training even though I take it during a race – this is why my stomach hurt, my body is not used to eating and running. Do as I say not as I do and Eat/drink what you are going to at the race during training!

I am near the home stretch here! I picked up the pace for the last mile just to get it over with. As soon as I was done with the race and I was walking through the exit station my legs felt SUPER TIRED and STIFF – like bad. It was rough to walk, and I was kinda walking weird. I don’t know how to describe it, but they just felt so stiff and weak. I know you’re not supposed to sit down right after a marathon, but walk around a bit. Luckily (?) the car was parked a bit away so we had to walk to that. It felt really good to finally sit down. Simple pleasures. dscn5671

My garmin said I ran 26.50 miles and a few other people were saying the mile markers were a little off. Hmmm. Anyways. My official chip time is above. dscn5675My next challenge for the day was dealing with this: dscn5676

The wind was blowing for a bit during the race and my visor has velco in the back that gets my hair caught. My hair was the biggest knotted mess. I didn’t even want to deal with it. I conditioned it 3 times to slowly encourage the knots to go down and finally it cooperated:)bad-hair-updated

Before I took a shower I sat in a bathtub of cold water for a few minutes. It was rough, but I knew I would thank myself tomorrow. The rest of the day called for refueling on whatever I felt like eating and relaxing πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know how I feel tomorrow, I might still be running on happy adrenaline right now because I’m a little tired, but I feel pretty good considering I ran over 26 miles today!