So! Back where we left off!! Only, not really. I'm going to to basically run right past that last two months of training. All you need to know is I stuck to it. I killed those long runs every weekend. The last long run of 20 miles I completed under 4 hours...and I finally got past my nerves and felt confident that I was going to run a marathon!! (The weeks leading up to the 20 miler, I was getting quite nervous and anxious). So now that MCM 40 lottery results have been announced, I guess I'll finally wrap up MCM 39 for everyone... :-)
Race weekend arrived....packet pick up was PACKED out at the National Armory...I went with my marathon buddy and stood in long lines, but they moved pretty quickly, thankfully. The Brooks store on site was filled with so much fun MCM gear! I splurged and bought myself the official MCM Marathon jacket. I just had to, right?
|Marathon Buddy Blake and me at MCM Expo|
Race day was without a doubt, currently, the best day of my life! (I seriously, sometimes get teary-eyed even still thinking about what a day it was!) I was fortunate enough to have a GREAT group of cheerleaders on site - 5 people, to look for with their fun posters at miles 2, 6ish, 11, 18/19 and the finish! (They ended up walking a total of 11 miles following me around the course! Go Team!!) I also had SO MANY people following and tracking me online...sending texts, messages, gifts, etc. leading up to and following the day! SO MUCH LOVE, I tell you!!
|Mile 2 - Smiling!!|
|Still smiling at mile 18!!!|
|and mile 19, too!|
Those last 6.2 miles were without a doubt some of the darkest and most miserable moments I have ever felt! I was DONE. From mile 20 until about 23, there are NO people but you and your fellow runners....then you get into Crystal City, where there are some more spectators, but then, again, once you leave Crystal City, you are on your own until that last mile. It is HARD WORK. My feet hurt...I wanted to cry and stop so bad! I would jog about a quarter mile...and then walk again. There were some funny text conversations at this point in time between me and my boy and how I wanted everyone to go home - not celebrate when it was over. Silly me!
Once I got to the point where I could see all the excitement of the finish though, I was awakened and ready to go! The last 0.2 mile is uphill, but my gosh - never was I so happy to see a hill! Ha! That last mile or so was filled with Marines along the sidelines high five-ing you to the finish. It was SO encouraging. To be quite honest, I'm not a particularly overly patriotic person, but certainly felt more so then than ever.
|He's pretty proud, I'd say....|
|Making my boy carry me up the hill to the house - I just ran 26.2 miles, darnit!|
I was super pumped immediately following the race, obviously...and then once everyone left and I was left to myself, I did get a bit pouty about my time. But really, that just encouraged me to want to try again!!! I still haven't found my next full, but I'm definitely on the lookout. I took the day after the race off, stayed around the house...my boy got me a massage and facial at a local spa, which was much needed and appreciated. Then, back to life as normal, sorta.
We went on a glorious vacation to St. Martin in November...
|The pool at our private villa|
|Beaches for days....|
|Bottomless brunch at the St Martin Westin|
I promise to be a better blogger this spring/summer!! I do, I do!!!
Thanks for reading!!