11:19 minute/mile pace
Just squeaked in under 5 hours.
What a fun day!!
This is just a partial recap of the day. I'll write more later (most likely past the point of ad nauseum so consider yourselves warned).
The marathon experience was AWESOME!! With the exception of Garmin Electra failing me ONCE AGAIN, and an exceptionally loooonnnngggg potty stop at mile 13 (damn HammerGels!), the day went unbelievably well.
Some quick shout outs -
To AJ - thanks for making my first marathon experience so damn much fun! Sorry I snored so loud. I promise I'll get a CPAP or something for the next time we share a hotel room.
|4:45 am Ready for the rain and 45 degree weather |
with garbage bags and throw-away gloves. Jazz hands!
Oh, and I've given up trying to find pictures where my
eyes are completely open. It's just not in the cards.
To Cara (Kara??) who recognized my Thriller of a jacket and said hi. You made me feel like a celebrity! :) I hope you had a great race!!! Let me know how it went!
To Misty - it was awesome to see you!! You were looking strong heading for the finish! Thanks for the hug!!
To my folks and my brother who drove up to Duluth to see me run by them at mile 23.5 - I love you all SO MUCH!! Thank you for braving the cold and being there to cheer me on!
To SS - it was wonderful to see you at all those different spots along the race!
And to the husband - you never cease to amaze. Thank you for dragging SS along for the ride, providing support and encouragement and taking all those pictures. I don't know what I did to deserve you but I sure am happy it worked out so well in my favor!
The pacing recap
That beyoch Garmin Electra decided she'd had enough of this marathon crap after 17 miles so she took a nap. I didn't notice for a few miles - I thought I was looking at my pace then finally realized it was the time of day. After much cursing and calling her names, I got her set up to pace my miles again. Frickin' diva.
Here are the first 17 miles:
I think mile 8 was when AJ and I got in line for the porta-potties but decided it was taking too long so we'd try later. Oh, and I eventually put GE on hold during my long potty stop at mile 13. There are some things that don't need to be recorded. Even I have (some) limits.
And here are the last 5:
The last 0.21 miles includes my quest for food after crossing the finish line - in the excitement of finishing, I forgot to shut 'er off. Even so, didja notice that the overall pace of the last 5 is faster than the first 17? How crazy is that?!?!?
I still can't believe I ran a marathon. Who knew it was possible??
I'll provide even more detail later. Lots to talk about - other runners, spectators, the weather... you'll get to hear it all!!