My first marathon and it feels great to be done! The first 10 or so miles flew by.
Miles 12 and 13 sucked because I was running past the finish line as a lot of people were finishing the half. Everyone kept yelling you’re almost there–lol.
We had a HUGE hill around mile 14–since I only drove the first half of the course I was a little shocked, but I got to go down that hill around mile 25, so in the end it was worth it. At this point I was still on track to have a 5:15 finish!
I made it up the hill and then was hit with a really bad stomach ache. I had planned on taking my gu at mile 15, but I decided to hold off. I tried to take some powerade at the next stop but it made my stomach hurt again. After that I skipped the water stops unless I needed to rinse my mouth out. Without water and my planned gels, I lost a lot of energy, but I went on the best I could.
After the turn around at mile 19.55 I was running near some runners doing intervals. I attempted to run/walk with them, but we just kept leap frogging each other. Eventually 1 fell behind me and two ended up in front.
When I got to mile 24 or 25 my toenails started hurting. Yes, that’s right, my toenails. I really thought I had lost one or two, but they are still intact! At that point I could hear the finish line announcer. I went up one last small hill and rounded the corner. I saw Brian there taking my picture and then I hit the straight away to cross the finish line. I wanted to cry I was so happy, but I didn’t want ruin my makeup–haha just kidding, I didn’t want to be crying in my finish line photos so I held it in.
I got my medal and grabbed some bananas. I was sooo hungry since I had not eaten during the run. After that I met up with Katy for a few pictures, then we walked to the car (the looooongest walk ever)
I loved the first half of the course for the views of the city and the spectators. The 2nd half of the run wasn’t nearly as much fun. There weren’t a lot of runners doing the full, and so there weren’t a lot of spectators, but I loved the location of it and being along the river. Overall I think this was a great course and I’d do this run again.
One thing I didn’t like was that the course marshals weren’t assertive enough to tell the bikers to get off the road and onto the bike path. I know I’m slow, and I know that when I’m running by myself far behind the average runner and “the pack” that there is plenty of room on the road, but it’s a matter of principle. I’m working just as hard (if not harder) for 5 and a half hours and I deserve the same respect that the faster runners get.
27 3:50 (0.31)
Feels like 46°
10 mph N wind