That was awesome!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Apparently we were apprehensive of our drive for absolutely no reason. Nadia, Aaron and Cassie were promptly at our house to pick us up Friday, at 2:30. We had some enjoyable and extremely hilarious conversations on the way up, only hitting a portion of traffic just outside of Cambridge, of all places. We made good time and wound up at the Raushel's, Cassie's parents, at a little before 5:00. Cassie's parents are awesome and put us up for the night! After saying hello, with a little chitchat, we made the treck into Duluth to join the masses and pick up our race bibs and complete registration. Parking was ridiculous, so we abandoned hope, and drove away from the canal to walk it in. It probably took us 45 mins to get our goodie bag, just enough time for us to watch the winners of the William Irvin 5k come in . . . 16:22. Yes that's right 3.1 miles in just over 16 minutes. Watching the first few finishers gave me goosebumps! Especially the first female in 18:35. We headed back to the Raushel's to be greeted by the most fantastic spaghetti and meatballs! After gorging ourselves on the mandatory carbo load, we were in bed, almost asleep at 10:00 pm.

Four am came waaaaay too quickly! I ate two pieces of wheat bread with peanut butter - which always worked for me during two-a-days and spring conditioning for soccer! Out the door at 4:30, we reached the parking lot to grab the bus to the starting line at about 5:10. Yes, that is am. It was so strange to see 1000's of people milling about in the light of dawn. As we were bussed out, the time seemed to stretch. My mind started to play all sorts of tricks on me as Nadia confirmed that we were on the route that we would be running. I started to severely doubt that we would be able to do it. It seemed to take forever.
Nadia and I talked about the fact that I haven't had a truly bad run in training, and she quickly quelched my thought that today would be my "bad run." She said, it just doesn't happen. She doesn't know why, but it just doen't. Race day does not turn into bad run day. Lol, I let it work for me.
At the starting line there were literally 1,000's of runner, all arranging themselves according to what pace they thought they would continue for the race. After throwing off my sweat bag - identified by my race number and returned at the finish line - we settled ourselves at the 8:45 minute/mile marker. Although a little faster than our 10:00 min mile pace goal, we knew adrenaline would kick in.

Right on the dot, 6:30 am we started.

It was amazing.

All along the way we had supporters, families, bagpipers, drunken college students. All the same, they were cheering us on. Two of the sweetest was a very pregnant woman and her child, screaming "Go Daddy Go!" and an atleast 80 year old man smiling and holding a sign that read "I'm so proud of you."

At about mile 7 I developed a side ache, which are usually disaterous for me. I don't usually get them, so I'm a big baby when I do. I did about 7 minutes of breathing in through my nose and out my mouth before I finally shook it.

Mile 8 I finally took water before approaching Mile 9's Lemon Drop Hill. Yes, it is a big butt hill and it aptly has a name. But at the top was the home stretch. Between Mile 9 and 10 seemed to be the longest stretch, but I also learned the wonderful benefits of ice cups! Pretty nifty! There's a little big of melted ice, enough to drink, plus you can carry it while running without spilling. Additionally there's no sloshing it on your face because you can just grab a few chips and let them melt in your mouth! Genious!

Miles 10-13.1 were quite the blur as we were finally inside the city and it was packed with supporters. As Tony said, "There's just so much to smile about!" It was such a great feeling.

As we rounded the bend to the finish line we could hear the commentators (yes, I know commentators for a marathon) mentioning that someone was finishing in under 2:00:00 so Tony looked at me and said "C'mon! We can make it!" So we started to "book" it in, haha, more like a little lengthening of the stride, before I heard the commentator start counting down from 18 seconds. I looked at Tony like he was crazy and said there was no way we were going to make it . . . so we maintained our pace, held hands and crossed the finish line at the official time of 2:00:42.

That's right! From our goal of finishing, to a goal of 2:10 that I thought was unachievable . . . to 2 hours and 42 seconds!

Out of 5,409 finishers, I placed 1,968.
Out of my age division of 1,723, I placed 443.
Out of 3,015 woman (yes, there were more women than men!), I placed 744.
Our pace overall was a 9:18 minute mile.
I could not be happier, and Tony and I will be doing it again next year!
* I ate everything in sight yesterday and had no pain except for in my joints. I feel fantastic today, and actually just got done planting a tree, and will be playing in a soccer game tonight!
Also, our friend Cassie ran her first full in 4:22:00! That's incredible! We're so proud of her!


Erin said...

WAY TO GO!!! Awesome job!

AJ said...

You are crazy. And I'm so happy and proud of you for doing such a great job!! I was thinking about you on Saturday morning!

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Jessica said...

Wow. I'm in awe. I admire runners so much - I always wanted to be a strong runner, but never quite made it. Great job!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for commenting! Hope to see you again soon!

Madeline said...

WOW! I envy people with the determination to run! Great job!

Thanks for the post on my blog! So fun reading yours :)

Unknown said...

Awesome! That sounds like a great experience. One of my goals is to run a half marathon -- definitley not under a 10 minute mile though. You're amazing!

Leslie G said...

Oh, Leah! Congrats! I've been waiting to read this post. Very cool that you and your H did it together, too- and you guys finished in such a great time! =)

Julia Goolia said...

Congrats on the fabulous time, Leah! We ran our first half marathon in 2:10 exactly, which was our goal:) And my brother-in-law lives in Duluth--we thought about doing this marathon, too

Megan said...

Um, WOW! I'm so impressed. WAY TO GO! And congratulations!! I think it's so incredible that you and your DH do it together. What a team!!! :)

kathleen said...

YAY! I am so jealous. Good for you.

Sarah said...

That's so amazing, congrats on the great time!


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