Marathon #4, done and done.
So glad it is over and that I made it to the end.
This was easily my worst marathon so far.
I felt pretty much drained and done after mile 15.
I know that was mostly from being under-trained-
but I also did not love the race course.
There was a lot of downhill and I think it was just too much.
For me, at least.
The first 5 miles were crazy downhill-
I really prefer a good flat race with small rolling hills.
So much easier on the legs!
I am terrible at taking pictures during races.
My phone was snugly tucked away in the magnetized pocket:
The pocket worked out pretty well...
it was just really tight and tough to get the phone in and out.
I was struggling enough, I wasn't going to start messing
with pulling my phone in and out all the time.
So no pictures of the race.
I know, no fun at all.
Here's the rundown:
Got up at 2am to get to the 3:15 bus.
Got to the start line about 1.5 hours before the race start.
Used the bathroom and then found a spot to sit and wait.
Got bored and took random self-portraits:
There I am- showing off my boredom while also contemplating
if I could possibly find someone to take me back to my car.
I wasn't feeling this race already- bad sign?
Miles 1-5: 5:30am- We started running down the canyon immediately.
So downhill that my stomach muscles were cramping up.
That seems to happen to me a lot.
I don't know how to run downhill properly.
I think my stomach tenses up trying to keep me from rolling down the hills.
Something for me to work on, that's for sure!
It finally started to ease up and I got into a rhythm about mile 4.
Took my first GU at mile 5
Miles 6-8: Some big uphills- a nice break from the downhill,
but I could already tell this race was not going to be good.
Miles 9-16: Nice gradual downhill- the best part of the race for me.
The weather was great- a nice cloud cover.
We even got rained on a little bit.
Nothing much else interesting, took a GU at mile 10 and 15.
My stomach did great the whole time.
Once in here thought I might need to make a stop, but it passed :).
Miles 17-21: The worst miles EVER and I really started to hit the wall.
We left the canyon here and went into a neighborhood
and then onto a major road with cars driving alongside us.
It was just a blah place to run, especially during those hard miles.
Another GU at mile 21.
Miles 22-24: Got back to more downhill, then a short uphill,
and back down again. I was really done by then.
I had just wanted to get under 4 hours,
but that goal was really slipping away fast.
I was having to take short walking breaks and was getting very discouraged.
I do NOT like walking during a race, but my legs were just dead.
Miles 25-26.2: That last mile-ish was tough. The sun came out.
It felt hot, my legs were finished and I was ready to be done.
We ran along the route of the parade for about a block
and that was fun- gave a bunch of high-fives to little kids.
That got me going... for about 30 seconds :).
That last half mile was some small uphill into the sun.
It felt like it took forever to get to the finish.
The one good thing about a terrible, horrible, very bad race?
A finish line never, ever looks better!
(The medal was cool enough, but it is by far the smallest one I have received
from a full marathon. The ribbon is pretty thin and cheap feeling.)
I did manage to make it under 4 hours- but barely!
3:58 and some seconds- My Garmin showed 26.32 miles.
Just about the same time I had for the Disney World Marathon-
but I stopped for a bunch of pictures at that one.
Yeah- this was a BAD race day for me.
Finished thinking I will never do this again!
Too bad I already have 2 more this year.
I felt a little wobbly when I stopped, but found some water
and a popsicle, found a spot to sit and sat my butt down.
The self-portrait does not show off the sweat effectively.
I was dripping.
I was all alone for this race,
so I started to wander around and look for my drop bag.
Then I saw the shortest post-race massage line I have ever seen.
Um, yes please!
So worth it.
The husband and the kids did a hike with his family while I ran.
When I signed up to do this race, I forgot that the husband's
family has a tradition of doing a hike every July 24th.
The kids look forward to it so I didn't want them to have to miss
out just so they could sit around waiting for mom to finish a race.
(July 24th is a state holiday in Utah- Pioneer Day)
Since I was alone, I had to wait a while for a shuttle back
to my car- but I got to chat with other finishers, so that was fun.
I am definitely the most sore I have ever been the day
after a marathon- every part of my legs!
I also got a random blood blister on my toe.
I am doing the funny after-the-marathon walk.
I hope THAT goes away soon.
The kids had a great time on their hike with dad-
No one was seriously injured and that's all I asked of them.
They got to enjoy a beautiful view from the hike.
I am looking forward to the 2 half marathons I have coming up.
13.1 miles seems a lot more fun right now.
The St. George marathon is only about 2 months away, though.
It hurts my legs to even think about that right now.