I did it. I finished that damn marathon. I hurt all over.
I was feeling pretty dang good about myself for about 18 miles, started to slow til about mile 20, then hit a freakin' wall. I totally walked at every aid station.
The last 2 miles KILLED me. I kept thinking, "Why do I put myself through this? Remind me again, why I wanted to run a marathon? No, 2 marathons? Crap, I have to do this again in TWO WEEKS!"
It was really, really hard. But, I finished. And I didn't exactly kill my last marathon time, but I beat it.
4 hours, 15 minutes. Okay, I'll take it.
Oh, but the scenery. The beginning of the race, up the canyon was so beautiful. I love the fall colors. The weather was perfect! It was cold, but not too much. It rained at mile 23, but felt very refreshing.
My goal for St. George is under 4 hours. Maybe now that I've done 26 miles, it won't be so hard.
Thanks to my awesome friend, Annette, for getting up at 3:30 in the morning to drive to Logan with me, for motivating me to go faster than I've ever run before, and for dragging my A$$ when I wanted to stop.
And, I took three GU's. I think that's what got me through. GU is nasty, but effective. I discovered the Orange flavor. It's better than some, because it's not so sicky, sweet like the Vanilla or the Chocolate. Plus, it's got the much needed caffeine.
And can I just say, Orange slices in the middle of a race are the best darn things EVER!
p.s. Thanks to my sweet hubby, for taking me out to Tepanyaki tonight (my favorite restaurant EVER) so I could "reload" my 3000 calories I burned today. And for being patient with me, and going to slow, while I hobbled around.
Did I mention that I hurt all over? I dread tomorrow. It will hurt more.
I need to take an ice bath.
Ok, I'm just rambling, because I'm so freakin' tired.
Why am I still up? I don't know.....