Interstellar Adventures

October 25, 2005

I have my reasons

Filed under: Uncategorized — by InterstellarLass @ 8:38 am

And now I can call myself a marathon runner. I haven’t listened to my audio posts yet. I’m afraid actually. I can’t remember what I said. I think it will bring back a lot of the emotion. There were tears (of joy!) at the finish. All I have to say is, You gotta try this! It’s like no feeling in the world. All those months of training, and I was afraid it was going to be anticlimatic. But it wasn’t. The energy at the start was amazing. I talked with a couple of girls doing the half. One was from Canada and the other from California. They were both super nice. I didn’t see the Cali girl after the start, but I saw Canada here and there. I passed her after the first water stop and didn’t see her again.

We ran along the Embarcadero and encountered our first big hill. I got about 3/4 of the way up and decided, OK, if I’m going to finish this race, I shouldn’t be running up these hills. I mean, dang! There’s nothing like that in Dallas to train on. Anywhere. Later I told Judy that we need to find a bigger hill to train on, because the one that we run just ain’t gonna cut it for races like that.

I passed the 10K mat at about 1:12, and I felt good. I had my names all pinned to my shirt, so I knew who was with me at each mile. Judy called me when I was on mile 8 somewhere and asked how I liked the hills. I told her I didn’t. She said they didn’t get any better, and aske me if I wanted her to come run with me. She waited for me at mile 9 and we picked up our pace on a long downhill. Had to make up for those uphills!

It seems like the race just kind of flew by. We ran into Golden Gate park and finally passed the Half Way point. I was feeling pretty giddy, and I was thinking about anything but running. Once we got outside of Golden Gate park, we could see people on their last miles. When I reviewed the map before the race, I knew that I was going to see people heading towards the finish while I still had miles to go. But, I didn’t let it get to me.

My least favorite part of the race was miles 19-23. Not because of pain. I mean, there was that. But this was a big loop around Lake Merced, and it was just ugly. There was nothing to look at. There were cars right next to the race lane, and there weren’t nearly enough porta-potties for the racers. The Godiva Chocolate was the best part of that section, and my camera batteries died, so I couldn’t get any pictures of us by the mountains of chocolate!

Back onto the final stretch and running alongside the Pacific Ocean I felt elated. I had done it! I had run the course and I was going to finish the race. One foot in front of the other. I thought about how far I had come, and I just kept repeating to myself ‘Never give up. Never quit.’ My legs weren’t cramping and I while I had some discomfort in my hips, it wasn’t as bad as some of my training runs. The part that hurt the most though was my feet. Starting about mile 17 my feet started to pound. I could feel them pulsating in my shoes and I felt every step and every rock in the road. I just wanted to get off my feet!

We had been employing a 5/1 and then later a 5/2 run/walk strategy to get me through. But at mile 25, I said, this is it. No more stopping. I was going to run that entire last 1.2. So I put my head down and pushed it through. Judy gave me confidence by letting me know that when I was running, I was still running my goal pace. Then, when the finish line mat was in sight, I sprinted, well, what felt like a sprint after 26 miles, over the finish, arms raised in victory! Finishing chip time was 5:34:51. The overall winner’s time was 2:59:32. There were 4,690 total finishers, and I was 2,833.

I am definitely running White Rock on December 11. I know that for sure! That will be just another ‘finish’ goal, faster though than I did this one. After that, I’m going to take a break. Cut back on the miles. Work on getting in better shape and increasing my speed.

And now I know that whatever the challenge, how big or how small, I can do it. And you know what? Anyone can. Including YOU.

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