|Bling for Marathon #3|
5:19:43 is my official time. I started slow and ended slower. But I finished! It was a tough one, no doubt about it. The last few months have been tough for me on a personal level, and training really took a backseat to everything else going on.
My long runs saved me. Good thing I know myself - I'm both lazy and a bling whore. (Because I know that about myself, and because I obviously need external motivation to get my ass out the door, I signed myself up for a ton of races so I wouldn't have to map out my long runs or carry my own water, and then when I'm done, I get rewarded for running, with things like food, medals, shirts and sometimes jewelry. Winner!!) Anywhoo, it was all those races that kept me in some semblance of running shape.
The husband and I flew to Chicago on Saturday morning. Race or no race, we were going to be celebrating our wedding anniversary on October 7th (which just happened to be the same day as the marathon.....the man loves me so much he agreed to travel to a distant city to watch me run a marathon ON OUR ANNIVERSARY. I'm a lucky woman) and then spending a few extra days to prolong the celebration.
Unless you're new here, you know that my training for this marathon has been, shall we say, less than ideal. Until I went to the race expo, I wasn't even sure I was going to run the marathon. But damn, it was hard to not get all caught up in the excitement of the event and being a part of it!
So I was waffling.
I bought a pint glass (had to - it's tradition).
I bought an official Nike Chicago Marathon shirt.
|See if you can spot my name.....|
I think there were about a bazillion people at the expo. Seriously. I counted. Can you say clusterf*ck? But that's a subject for another post....
You know what sealed the deal for me? Finding my name on the wall of runners. How could I NOT run now??
|Pre-race. "Hey stranger, would you please take our picture? It's our anniversary!!'"|
|It was cozy at the start.|
|My timing chip. |
I should probably leave it on my shoe as a reminder to help keep me upright.
|Mile 2. Still feeling fresh as a daisy.|
Though it was a fun day, as I mentioned above, it was a frickin' tough run for me. No lie. I had to dig deep for this one. On the upside, I think going sooooo slow prevented me from having any GI issues. That was a nice change! (I did still have to take two potty stops but no 8+ minute breaks in the action like at Grandma's last year. Oh, sorry, I guess that qualifies as TMI......)
Around mile 23 or so, I saw Bobbi and her sister Michelle. That was a huge boost for me - I was pretty tired at that point and seeing Bobbi's familiar face was fantastic! Michelle was running her first marathon; her knee had pretty much given out on her but she was determined to finish. And finish she did! I took a picture of the three of us and Bobbi & Michelle look adorable. I on the other hand, look absolutely hideous. Even the husband when looking at the photo said, "You're beautiful! Buuuuttt, that picture isn't your best." God love him, he's the king of understatement.
|Mile 25. Sore as hell but still smiling. And still running!|
I kept going and saw the husband at mile 25. Only 1.2 miles to go! He gave me a kiss and sent me on my way.
(Actually, now that I think about it, this is just the painted photo-op area about 2 miles from the finish. But whatever.)
|Actual finish line photo. |
This must be my "happy marathoner" pose.
(I'm the one in the grey shirt.)
|My slowest marathon time to date, but I think it's the one I'm most proud of. |
So far. But perhaps I should rethink the headband. <sigh> At least my ears stayed warm.
|Damn straight I did!|
And now for the big question: Which marathon should I set my sights on next?