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.


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!


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.


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).


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…



…and a pre-race potty break.

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


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!!!!



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



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…


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

Here is Mama + sisters all together…


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)…



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


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!


Priyanka October 5, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I am super duper impressed.Congrats on this amazing achievement!

Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 5, 2009 at 1:42 pm

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!! Congrats, congrats, congrats x 1,000!!!!

ps I friggin’ love that “3 month” shirt…too true ;)

Emily (The Experimentarian) October 5, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Yay Holly! That’s so rad! You almost made it sound easy. I though to myslef, Hey I could do that! But only for a second ;) You’re a rockstar! xoxo

Faith October 5, 2009 at 1:52 pm

A HUGE CONGRATS on your amazing run!!! You did an incredible job!

dee (the apple hill adventurer) October 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

you are my hero … seriously. congrats BIG TIME

yogurt and bunnies! i want some!

Brooke October 5, 2009 at 2:58 pm



Abby October 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm

YAH!!! That is the coolest thing ever! Well, minus the Twins cheerleading, that is.

What an awesome accomplishment and something you will be able to keep with you forever…until the next marathon :)

emily (a nutritionist eats) October 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Yay Holly!!!!! Congratulations! That is SO awesome and I’m SO proud of you!!!!!

Paige @ Running Around Normal October 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm

YOU ROCK! Nice job, girl :)

Love the expo with the swag/intelligent learnings. That shirt’s great, haha.

LOVE Annie’s Bunnies, too. My favorite are the choc. chip.

Meghan@traveleatlove October 5, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Rest rest eat and rest! Congratulations, you are A-mazing!

Jenny October 5, 2009 at 6:37 pm

girrrrrrl no you di-nt! you rock my world!!! :) I go nuts driving 26 miles – let alone running it. You are my hero!

seriously though, amazing job Holls!!!! mad mad props!

love you lots! xo

Holly Mason October 5, 2009 at 7:57 pm

HOLLLLLLYYY!!! What an accomplishment! I’m so thrilled for you! I hope to be another Holly to run a marathon (maybe in three or so years)!

Nicole October 6, 2009 at 8:52 am

Yay!!! I’m so proud of you!!! Now, I have to do one now!! :) I’m sorry that it took me so long to get over here and read your post, it has been a crazy past few days for me!! Well, you DID look great when you passed the finish line! I hope I look that good when I run mine!!

Jess October 6, 2009 at 6:52 pm

What an awesome post!! CONGRATS AGAIN! :) I am uber, uber happy/proud!!
<3 jess

Susan October 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

AHHH!!! I love it!! I’m just catching up from being away, so your marathon recap was obviously one of the first ones I had to read! Congrats girlie! Wow. So inspiring. Totally makes me want to do a marathon now. I also can’t believe your time, just finishing is an accomplishment, but you had a stellar pace on top of that! Okee, off to read how you’re recovering :)

Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

What an amazing race!!! My 1st marathon is a few years, in 2011, away for me (doing my 1st 10K this November and hope to do a 15K & 1/2 Marathon next year) but I am so SIKED now after seeing your post about yours!!! How fun & exciting and what a cool medal. CONGRATS AGAIN!!!

=) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a “100 Pound” weight loss)

Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance October 7, 2009 at 2:50 pm

P.S. Those Veggie Fajitas looks AMAZING!!! I am totally in love…………..=O

=) Laura @ Finding A Healthy Balance (after a “100 Pound” weight loss)

Lara (Thinspired) October 8, 2009 at 10:13 am

CONGRATS to you, Holly! Such an amazing accomplishment. Love the recap. You should be so, so proud!!

Kris October 8, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Congrats on the race! That is such an amazing thing to do. I was there to cheer on some friends who did the 10 mile race and I can’t even imagine doing a marathon. You should be so proud!

glidingcalm October 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm

mama !! you are so amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am so proud to know you and I just adore you down to the last curl on your head!!!!

hurray for pumpkin bagel lovvvvvvvvving. I used to get a bruegger’s bagel EVERYDAY when i was skating in boston (for breakfast on the way to school).

happpppppppppppppppppppy day !

Coco October 24, 2009 at 3:32 pm

mmmm a pumpkin bagel sounds delish!!!! Great job on the race!

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