February 17, 2013

Mercedes Marathon results

Today was the day for my hometown just-for-fun marathon. Turns out that being in your hometown (and possibly built-up annoyance from my two recent less-than-15-second misses on BQing) puts a fire under your legs.

It was definitely my day out there. Finally!!! 

Special thanks to my brother for tugging me along to the finish! Love ya, bro! And thanks to my hometown and the amazing running community here for being an inspiration to me as a newbie runner when I first moved here. Birmingham was where my runner birth happened, so it feels fitting that I finally hit my BQ on my home turf. 

Around mile 24 with my big brother Jimmy. Are we in the same season?

Final results: 3:34:42 and 9th in my age group. 

I cried for about 20 minutes after I crossed the finish line. Every stranger I talked to got to hear about my personal miracle that happened today. Thanks for acting interested, strangers! 

And thanks to all of you who encouraged me when my misses were near (MS River and Savannah) and far (Rocket City). You lifted me when I was down. 

More specifics to come with the race report. 

55 comments:

  1. Yay!! Yahoo!! Woo Hoo!!!!! I'm so excited for you!!!! That is so amazing!!! Reading this just made my day...congrats

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  2. oh my God!!!!!!! CONGRATSSSSSS!!!

    I am so, so, so , so happy for you!!

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  3. I got goose bumps reading this. You did it!!!!! Yay!!!!!

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  4. YAY!!! So incredibly happy and excited for you!

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  5. wow. what a time! congrats you desreve to put your feet up for a long time:)

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  6. AHHHHHHHHH!!!! I am so excited for you. I actually just teared up a little when I read that you finally nailed it!!!! Congratulations times a million!!!! You so deserve it!! (not sure I could use any more exclamation points, sorry).

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    1. I think I've also reached my exclamation point quota for the day between here and Facebook!!!!!!!!

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  7. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FREAKING EXCITIED FOR YOU YOU DESERVE THIS MORE THAN ANYONE I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Oh.My.Word! SOOOOO excited for you! So proud of you too, I could be your mother!!!!! Xxxx

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  9. Ahhhhh!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!!! Yes!!!!! This is such awesome news Lisa! Congratulations!!! I knew you'd do it and 3:34? You kicked butt!!!! Way to go mama:) so proud!

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  10. I actually ran behind/near you for most of the race--great job! I didn't realize that I recognized you from your blog until I was talking with a friend after the race. Your hair was really cute, and your brother was a great cheerleader. After he stopped running with you, I kept seeing him waiting and cheering you on.

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    1. That is so cool!!! He is a champ! He came back to run me in at the end. He kept saying we were running slow, and I kept shushing him. But I couldn't talk to explain that I thought I was going to make it and that my legs actually wouldn't go any faster.:) You probably saw my kids and husband too then. Hope you had a great race today too.

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  11. AMAZING AND SO HAPPY FOR YOU!! I knew it was going to happen today! You have been missing that BQ by seconds and it was just too close to not happen today! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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  12. YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! This calls for a celebration! I will be having a drink in your honor! Oh my goodness, you are just so, so awesome.

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  13. OMG I am SO HAPPY for you!!! I so going to crack a beer open and celebrate with you. You did it, I can't wait to hear how all this is going to unfold. BQ BQ BQ!!!

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  14. it is a WITHOUT a question BQ! Which is the best kind! Congrats. Celebrate in style (and don't start planning your next goal for at least a day or two!)

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  15. Wow! That's amazing! And only a week after your last marathon! INCREDIBLE! CONGRATS!!!!

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  16. Congrats! What an amazing time! So happy for you :)

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  17. I was thinking about you, today, when I was running my marathon! (you get to call it "mine" when you BQ...did you know?)

    You. Rock. A lot. Ahhhh!!

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  18. Whoa! You ran back to back marathons and BQ'd?! You are crazy, woman. Congrats!

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  19. Congratulations! Glad you finally hit that goal!

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  20. BIG congrats!!! :D

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  21. WOO HOO! Awesome job! Congratulations to you!

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  22. YIPPEE! That is so awesome! Congratulations on your BQ! You worked hard for it and it was well deserved!

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  23. Congratulations! I'm the crazy lady who you passed around mile 22 and I yelled, "Yo Momma, I love your blog!" So happy for your BQ!

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    1. I totally remember that! That was a big struggle time for me, which you probably noticed with my loud huffing and puffing. Did you do the relay or full?

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    2. And thank you for saying hi -- even if I couldn't reply from huffing, it gave me a little energy boost to hear from you!

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    3. Did the Relay as a part of a Bell Runner Team. So glad I could give you a little boost! Congrats again!

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  24. WooHoo!!! What better place to get the BQ than your hometown?! And to have a fun race on top of that!!!
    Congratulations!!

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  25. Your determination paid off!! WAY TO GO!

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  26. Congratulations! That is AMAZING! You rule :D

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  27. Wait, what?! You ran a marathon two weeks later and got your BQ?! Amazing, lady!! So, so happy for you. Do you think you'll try to run it next April? I would LOVE to meet up! :)

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  28. Way to go Lisa! Can't wait to read the full report.

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  29. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. SOOOOOOOOOOOO incredibly happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. I seriously teared up when I read this!!!! I am so excited for you. So...will that be Boston '13 or '14???

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  32. So extremely excited for you!!! I can barely put it into words! You completely deserved your BQ after the other attempts and the hard work during training. Way to go and wear it proud!!

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  33. BRAVO to you!!!! I am so happy for you! you deserve it!!!!

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  34. Oh my cries, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    Yo Momma, you are INCREDIBLE! Yeas for you! Pink sparkle heart PARADE!!!!

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  35. So happy for you. Congratulations! You worked hard to earn this and you totally deserve it!

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  36. Omg omg omg CONGRATSSS on your BQ!!! I couldn't be happier for you!!!

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  37. WOW!!! Congratulations to you! Esp after running MS Marathon not so long ago! I'm inspired, hoping maybe I can nab a sub 3:35 this spring (ran 3:42 in Nov). I ran Mercedes as my first marathon 3 yrs ago (sister was in college at Samford at the time and my parents both when to college in Bham, got married there, etc...lots of friends/family there...love Bham) and thought it was a wonderful marathon. CONGRATS! Hope you went to yogurt mountain or savages or somewhere equally delicious! my fave restaurant in bham is bottega and their coconut cake is TO DIE FOR.

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    1. Good luck with your next marathon! The feeling of seeing that clock at the finish and knowing you made your goal is so darn awesome.

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  38. It was so great to see you out on the course! It's amazing how blogging can bring so many of us together. My friend Amanda (http://eattolivelivetorun.com) and I also did MS River. Wish we'd seen you there, too.

    A huge congratulations on the BQ. That you did it on only one week's rest is amazing. Makes me think Mercedes could be where I attempt to next season.

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    1. It did not dawn on me until after the race who you were! Race brain. It was great to meet you in passing. You guys looked like you were having a strong run that day! And having fun too! We should figure out when we'll all be at a race again so we can meet up and at least get a picture.:)

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    2. The only races left on my calendar this season are the Oak Barrel Half (maybe: 100 more slots open on 3/17) and the Biltmore 15K. Beyond that I'm just playing it by ear until Chicago!

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