It has been one week since I ran the Mankato marathon and I am now able to go up and down steps without my legs reminding me of the work they did one Sunday…I am sure it looked funny for a few days, but it was worth it.
I am super pumped to have completed my 5th full marathon, you can read about last years Mankato race here , I am actually ready to run the same race next year, I really do enjoy this course and the support along the way.
5:15 AM alarm goes off, hit snooze
5:25 AM stagger out of bed…take a nice warm shower, put on my running gear, complete with a nice layer of glide to prevent chaffing…wish me luck.
5:45 AM waiver on outfit, its is freezing outside, it has not been so cold yet this year, I do not want to spend the next 4+ hours cold, and wet.
5:55 AM wolf down egg, toast, banana and bring coffee and vitamin C charged water with me.
6:04 AM all 6 of us in the car on the road….getting a little nervous
6:45 AM I am dry heaving out the window of the only car on highway 14….might be the vitamin and ibuprofen I gulped down or my nerves, this has never happened before!!!
7:28 AM get to Mankato and head straight into the CVS for black garbage bags, rain on the forecast and maybe even snow!?!?! Gotta love Minnesota weather!
7:45 AM biffy business done….ready to run
7:56 AM Photo op with my favorite fans! Another mom in the parking lot with kids crowded around her for warmth offered to take our picture, thank you! (notice my socks, it is the only was you will recognize me in the end…brrrrrrrrr!)
8:00 The gun goes off, like cattle we head through the start gate and listen to the beeping of our time chips activating and Garmin watches starting…here we go. Mind you I am wearing a huge Sherpa lined hoodie sweatshirt, have a garbage bag with head and neck holes wrapped around my hydration belt, 32 ounces of water in bottles and gu chomps…not feeling all the light, but ready to run.
~8:45 AM right around mile 5 I am warm enough to take off my hoodie and throw it in the ditch, just as the 4:15 pace group comes up behind me, I run with them for quite a few miles. I am feeling confident and ready to rock this race, (yes it took almost an hour to warm up and get my head in the race!)
~11:17 AM (all this and still not lunch time?…I know!!) about 20 miles in I am starting to hurt, I take the ibuprofen I brought with me, at this point it is like having a baby without an epidural…you either can or you cannot…you won’t remember all that you went through in the end but there will be a
baby medal in your arms and an irreplaceable sense of accomplishment.
~12:32 PM (how as your lunch?) I cross the finish just seconds after seeing my family in the crowd cheering for me, I caught my hubby’s eye glimmering with pride. I take off my hydration belt and my chest tightens I can hardly breathe, man pride is a crazy thing. I walk and have a medal put around my neck. (yes it is me…those socks won’t lie)
Then I ask in a super small watery voice for one more, to give to Ana the Brave who I ran in honor of. She has fought a battle with brain cancer that no one can train for..she needs some bling too!
~1:15 PM Noodles for lunch, my favorite, it takes awhile and does not sit well but I need that calories.
~1:45 PM back on the road heading home to a hot shower and my bed. Already planning on training better for next year! 🙂
Official chip time for 2013: 4:31:34, honestly my slowest, but I put the least amount of training into this race and felt great to accomplish it, so I am happy with that time.