|The bling for the series!|
It took 22 weeks of training to get us ready for the marathon. Or as ready as we could be with the time that we had. The longest training run we did was 17 miles. This gave us a little bit of apprehension because other runners have suggested that running 20 miles would have been better because we would really know and prepare to feel the "pain" that this distance somehow gives a runner. So, ready of not, we reached the 22nd week of training and race day was just days away.
|Race shirt with our bibs|
We followed the marathon gurus' recommendations to start carb loading days prior to the race. This was not too difficult to accomplish since the race happens to be the Sunday after Thanksgiving! I have never stuffed myself with so much food and not worry that I would gain weight! I savored every bite of pie, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cakes, salad, that I pushed in my mouth. This was followed by two more days of eating nothing but rice, spaghetti, and bread. We were advised by race organizers that the weather on race day might be warm so we had to hydrate. So hydrate we did. I am not a big water fan but I had to force myself to drink as many ounces a day throughout the week.
|Year 1 of the series!|
|My race gear..|
4 am came all too soon! Our friends were picking us up at 5 am so we hurriedly got ready. We each had one toasted cinnamon raisin bagel for breakfast. This usually tides us over for the first 3 miles. We got to Cocoa Village and the half marathoners were already being called to the starting line. Their race was set to blast off at 6:00 and the marathon at 6:30. Half marathoners head south on the course while marathoners head north for the first half and head south to the half marathon course for the second half. After the half marathoners left, marathoners slowly headed to the starting line.
We took the requisite photo shots while we all still looked fresh and happy! A few minutes later, someone took the mic and sang the National Anthem, then the tv roared the thunderous sound of shuttles blasting off to space and we were off. Ralph and I had decided to walk or jog slowly for the first mile. So choosing a pacer to run with was really not useful for us so we just kept to the back of the pack. We wanted to bank some leg power for later in the race. We had 26.2 miles to the go after all. We started behind a 6 hour pacer, fell behind to the 6:15 pacer, and after a potty break, fell behind the 6:30 pacer. In the end, got passed by the 7 hour pacer after, you guessed it, another potty break! Darn compression shorts/tights!
|Ralph, Lorna and I at Mile 24!|
|Rounding the bend to the finish.|
I will forever remember my first marathon. I read that only 0.5% of the US population has run and finished a marathon. I am proud that my husband and I are now a part of the "club". This would have been my one and done marathon, if only I didn't already sign up for the WDW Marathon in January 2014. At least, I have one marathon to look back on and learn from so I know that I will finish it as well.
We are marathoners!
- Train, train, train!
- A 17-mile training run is enough to get you to the finish.
- Whatever you don't put KT tape on will hurt after 15 miles.
- You need upper arm strength to take your compression tights off and put them back on. And this strength weakens after mile 8.
- If you don't hold on to anything you can hold on to inside the portalet you will fall!
- Men have the bushes - enough said!
- Your pinky toe may start to blister at mile 6.
- You will walk funny the day after the race.
- There is no shame in finishing 7 minutes over the race limit. The medal earned by the first place finisher came from the same cut as yours.
- Running for 7 hours is too long!
- Because 26.2 miles is way, too long!
- "It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed" - Theodore Roosevelt
- Just run!
Beautiful early morning view at race time!
Runners getting ready to start.
Filipino Strong! Representing the Philippines all running the marathon!
Still smiling and looking fresh at Mile 1