Monday, October 11, 2010
Portland Marathon Finisher!!
Well by the grace of God I ran my first marathon! God is where my strength comes from...and boy did I ever need it on Sunday. I definitley don't want to start this post with I rocked it...because that would imply "I did it all" and that couldn't be farther from the truth. I was blessed and fortunate to have a day where my legs were strong, my fuel plan worked great, my knees held up, and I knew I had a huge support group believing that 26.2 was possible! Glory to God!
It was pouring down rain the entire 26.2 miles and I ran the entire 26.2. It was almost commical because in training you try everything out. Water, fuel, clothing, shoes...but ultimately you are not in control. Race day brings a bundle of unknowns and how you push through those "bumps" in the road is the challenge. I was leaping puddles, landing in puddles, running in a poncho, feeling my feet slosh in my shoes, and had my shorts soaked to my lovely thighs...all new to me. But I had my running buddy "Blonde Pony" by my side and it was fun how we could run and communicate every move and need without saying a word. Huge Thank you running buddy for joining my on the long journey!!
So you wonder....how did this mom of three, virgin marathoner do???
Official Time: 4:17:07
Females/Age 198 out 713
Hit the half at 2:06 (darn was on track for 4:15)
Place out of all women 2,808 out 7,434
I am very happy but a bit confused as my Garmin put me at 4:13. Hmmm oh well...I know those things can be tricky. So I will go with my "official" time and be happy. I finished...in a rain storm, come on I should get at least two extra minutes for that, and another free t-shirt! I still can't believe it's over....all the weeks of training, early mornings, ice baths, the blister, physical training,etc. I really did love every minute (until about mile 23) and will always remeber that day and the people who made it so special. My amazing husband brought my three kids on his own....and did his best to find me! Having my children share in that experience made it all the more better!
An added bonus was being able to meet up with some bloggers for dinner the night before. Words of wisdom and encouragment took me a long way! Great to see everyone! I have bloggy pics I will post soon and post more on my mile by mile MARATHON experience!!