April 28, 2012

Country Music Marathon, I sort of love and hate you

Just wanted to check in with everyone post race to tell you this one was not pretty. Luckily, I already had all of my excuses lined up (see previous post)! Did I mention the hotness? It felt blazing, even though it probably wasn't that bad. At mile 18, my Garmin quit. For some reason it is not charging properly, but it didn't matter anyway because at some point before that I just decided to make it about having fun and encouraging runners around me. Maybe some of them were annoyed, but I forced tons of people to talk to me during his race. I was just not going to make it to the end without human interaction. I barely (for me) listened to music the entire race because it just wasn't working for me. I needed people! The clock read 4:20 at the end, but I really can't even tell you what time we started, another story for the recap. So definitely over four hours and less than 4:20. But I was determined to smile the whole time, and I think I mostly met that goal. No record breaking today, but I'm super happy to have crossed the finish line.

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  1. Way to go! Not every race need to go down in the history books as blazin fast. I like that you focused on making it fun and I bet a lot of runners were appreciative of the pep and cheering.

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  2. Sometimes, you just decide it has to be about making fun or else you'll go crazy. That happened to me at Hobble Creek Half last August. Around mile 10 or so I decided I wasn't going to kill myself and just enjoy it.

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  3. Rock on! Everytime we run a race I always ask Brian, can this one just be for fun? Sometimes it works out that way, sometimes it doesn't. I'm glad you made it fun and I'm sure even if people were annoyed, the annoyance was a welcome distraction from the physical pain!

    We have a friend who ran the half this morning. She says she only trained for a month and felt super unprepared, then still complained because she only finished at 1:50. When I heard that I kind of wanted to pull a Tonya Harding and kick her in the shins.

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    1. Boo to that girl!! I feel the opposite, like I had prepared for months and months AND still struggled to finish in my worst time so far. Oh well. In the end, it was a better option than pushing myself to the brink of death. And seriously, do not introduce me to that girl because I might use bad language if she mentions the race.:)

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  4. Just curious (and not willing to look through all the posts and count) How many marathons have you ran in the past 12 months? How many races total? Is there a record you are breaking here for # of races?!?!

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    1. This is my fourth marathon since November, so there is that! Thanks for helping me think of the positive!!! And I miss soccer so much right now! How's the league?

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  5. Well, I think you did amazing. Not every race can be the best..... You have done a LOT of races lately.... you might just have run out of gas a bit. (Not to be a downer...not my intent at all). In any case, congrats on the finish, good time (still is, in my book), and the positive attitude. I'm looking forward to the race recap!

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    1. You are so right! My body is ready to rest, and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for all of your e-encouragement!

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  6. Great time and that smile in your pic tells us you're a winner!!!

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  7. Awesome job!!! Great smile and good for you!!!

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  8. Great attitude lady! Congrats on the finish and the SMILE!

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  9. Great job!! My stupid Garmin quits on me all the time. So annoying. I love your attitude for this tough race and your picture is sooo cute! (And 4:20 is a time I'd kill for. Or at least maim.) You are amazing!!

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    1. Thanks! This comment made me laugh right when I needed a good one! My husband read online that I might need to reset the garmin. It would only charge up to two bars. Weird, right!?

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  10. Gosh, wish I'd been paying closer attention to your pre-race posts. Would have been nice to meet up. http://bit.ly/JGp7h7

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    1. It would have been so nice to have some running partners out in the heat! When is your next race?

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    2. My only sure thing is Chickamauga in November. My fave. If you haven't done it, I highly recommend doing so. If you're into the smaller, scenic races, that is.

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  11. Great job! It was really hot out there. I cursed the weather channel for several miles...

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    1. Me too! At first I thought it was going to be fine, but as the day got longer, the heat was not good for me AT ALL. Helps me have more empathy for all the Boston runners!

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  12. Congrats on your race! I think I would have a total meltdown from my Garmin breaking at mile 18!! UGH. I hate running in hot races, so kudos to you for hanging in there!

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  13. Congrats on finishing the marathon! Tough conditions for sure. 4:20 is still a solid time. Keep your head up !

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  14. Heard that is a tough one!!!!! Great job! :-)

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  15. Congrats on your marathon.....running 26.2 miles is HUGE, no matter what the circumstances were! So proud of you for pushing through the miserable heat, ugh...I would have wilted big time.

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  16. Congrats on finishing a tough race! I would be overjoyed with that finish time myself.

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