I am not a huge fan of seeing the course before I run because it seems soooo long, it was a good thing that it was dark and I had friends to talk to. When we got to the top it was chilly but not too bad of we got in the port o potty line right away. They has a bonfire at the start line which I of course got nice and close to. I know that none of you know me very well but I like to be warm! It was a sad time when I had to shed my 2 coats and drop off my bag. The sun was rising and it was almost time to start.
We started on time and it was beatuiful. The rain had stopped and the sun felt good. The leaves were starting to change and the colors were beautiful. I decided not to run with my belt because it drives me crazy but I was carrying a water bottle because the first aid station was not until Mile 3. I learned from my first marathon that the altitude change dehydrates me pretty fast so I di not want to get thirsty and not have anything. At about mile 3.5 I started talking to a guy that seemed to be running my same pace. This ended up being a blessing and a curse. While it was good to have someone to talk to I killed my legs going down the canyon. He was a little faster and I did not realize we were going so fast. I had to make a pit stop at mile 11 and never caught up with him again. I amde a deal with myself that I would not plug in until I was out of the canyon (Mile 14). At about mile 15 my legs started huting really bad and I plugged in. Mile 15-26.2 was painful. My legs were screaming at me from going down the canyon so fast. Quitting was never an option but at times I wanted to. I was bargaining with myself and would run from aid station to aid station, stopping to walk through them to make sure thatI got enough fluids. They had bananas and oranges at the aid stations which was a welcome change to the shot blocks that I had been taking. At mile 19 they had a Gu station which previously had not set well with me but I was trying anything at this point. I just needed something to give me energy to push through the pain in my legs. It helped and I was able to keep going. Mile 25 you would think I would be able to keep going 1 more mile but I hit a serious wall and had to run/walk until I had about .2 miles left. The finish line has never been so welcome!
I wasted no time getting a massage and getting my shoes off. No blisters last time some big ones this time. It is so weird how races can be so different.
I waited for my girlfriends to finish their 1st. They did awesome!! We all felt the altitude, at least we think that is why at times it felt so hard.I got a moose trophy for getting 4th in my age group. My kids like it!!
All in all it was a good race, well organized and I learned a lot. Even if it is great to have company to run with, DONT go out too fast especailly downhill. I paid for it and am still paying for it. It is Wednesday and I am still pretty sore.
I am crazy also I registered to do the Portland marathon in 11 days. I know that I am crazy but it also makes perfect sense. If I qualify for Boston at Portland I can do it in 2009, or 2010. I really want to do it in 2010 for family planning reasons and I figured I am already in shape to run it. Am I crazy? Have any of you done 2 marathons 2 weeks apart? I am a little nervous but I know once I mentally get to the point where I can imagine doing it again I will be okay. Let's hope I get there soon! Sorry about the long post!