26.2 miles? check.

by Holly on October 4, 2009

in breakfast,dinner,eating out,lunch,Mexican,running,seriousness

Hellllllllooooooo dahlings!

I don’t even know where to start with this post, but since you are reading it, you can infer one thing: I FINISHED MY VERY 1ST MARATHON! Yeah, that’s right.  Those 26.2 miles have nothing on me.  I am extremely happy with my time, but you are going to have to keep reading for the full scoop…

Friday night involved a Healthy Everythingtarian family trip to the casino to celebrate sissy’s 18th birthday, but for the sake of the length of this post, that recap will have to happen another time.  So, let’s pick it up on Saturday!

I picked up my girl Angharad, met my sister and headed off to the Marathon Expo to pick up our packets and score some free swag learn intelligent things about marathon training.

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In case you can’t quite read the t-shirt, it says, “This seemed like a good idea 3 months ago.”

Then, it was carbo-loading lunch time!

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There is this amazing local deli called Cossetta’s in St. Paul…mostaccioli + garlic bread + Diet Coke = heaven.

My final Saturday meal included a nice spread cooked up by Auntie Everythingtarian.  I was overdue on my veggie intake, so I inhaled a side salad, asparagus, cucumber salad, steamed broccoli and grilled chicken.  Light and delicious.

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The alarm went blazing at 5:30am this morning.

My first reaction? Ugh, I am tired.  Please leave me alone.

My second reaction? Time to eat (I need at least a couple hours to eat before running…my tumtum can’t run on even a semi-full stomach).

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Mama, Daddy & I ran to Bruegger’s Bagels for brekkie (pumpkin bagel w/ PB + banana + small coffee w/ 2% milk) then picked up my sister Alli, who was also running the day’s marathon.

Then, we headed out on the light rail to head downtown to the Metrodome for the 26.2 mile start. I heart mass transit. The train was almost completely empty, but some weirdo decided to sit next to my mom.  Love it. No trip on the light rail is obviously complete without a number flashing…

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…and a pre-race potty break.

Then we arrived to a sea of runners.  Literally, a sea of runners.

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At 8:08.13, we hit the starting line.

Miles 1-3: I felt really good.  The first couple miles are usually really telling for me, and my body felt relaxed.  That definitely made me way more at ease.

Miles 4-8: Alli and I maintained a nice 9:30 pace and enjoyed the GORGEOUS running weather.

Miles 9-13: I felt a little dehydrated, so we made sure to take it a little slower to get some water.  My stomach didn’t feel the best (too much water + Clif ShotBloks not sitting right?), but we kept on truckin’!  I also saw two of my best friends at mile 10, which gave me a much needed boost.

Miles 14-18: We saw lots of people we knew here and there, so even though the tiredness was starting to set in, it helped SO much to see familiar faces!

Miles 19-25: Get me the eff to the finish line.  Both our feet started mayjuhly hurting – think if the bottoms of your feet were bruised, how awesome that would be to continue to pound them on the pavement.

Mile 25: One mile left, one mile left, one mile left…

Mile 26-26.2: Put pain aside…and RUN!!!!

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We happily crossed the finish line hand-in-hand.  Yeah, we’re sisters like that.

Final stats, you may ask?

5k – 29:55

Half-Marathon – 2:04.24

20 mile – 3:11.15

FINISH

4:13.48

9:42/minute pace

My goal was to do it in under 4 1/2 hours…done and done.

A really pretty picture of us post-marathon…

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That was sarcasm, in case you didn’t catch it.

Here is Mama + sisters all together…

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After the race, I chugged a bottle of water and ate a banana.  Honestly, my stomach wasn’t ready for food right away.

However, two hours later was a different story.  The fam + boyfriends headed out to watch the Twins game (go Twins!) while scarfing down on food, starting with a dinner salad (ate maybe 3/4)…

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And some veggie fajitas to boot.  So. Dayum. Good.

There may or may not have been some waffle fries + seasoned sour cream devoured somewhere in there.

After eating, Mama and I hit the road back home.  Three hours in a car is NOT the best thing post-marathon, but it was saved by the fact that, (a) I didn’t have to drive, (b) I took a 45 minute nap and (c) there was enough room to stretch out.

When I got home, I snacked on some Strawberry Chobs Greek yog + chia granola + Annie’s honey bunnies

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Displayed in all its beauty by Mama Everythingtarian herself.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all of your sweet, encouraging and awesome comments.  I literally thought about y’all several times during the race to keep me going.  If I haven’t said it before, you readers are THE BEST EVA!

I am so proud of myself, so excited I accomplished another thing on my bucket list and so ready to hit the hay.

So….thank you again! I have lots of blog catching up to do so please bear with me as I rest my tired, fatigued body and catch up tomorrow. Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!