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11.20.2011

Philly Marathon '11 report

I lined up at the start this morning not knowing if I would be running half or the full marathon. I was leaning towards the half as of yesterday because I didn't feel like spending 5 hours running today...here was my thought process around miles 10 until I saw the divider - TO THE HALF MARATHON FINISH (go right) or FULL MARATHON this way. - I'm running pretty well, faster than MCM -maybe I'll beat my time?
- Can I handle a slow half marathon time?
- I'm starting to cramp up a bit, should I just stop?
- I can stop and watch the finishers come in, and do media coverage (for examiner)
- I will stop and enjoy myself and get a massage and take my time getting home!
- Maybe I should just go for the whole thing, I have a streak going and this year I'm supposed to do the full
- Should I really do this?
- I signed up for the full, will they give me a medal if I stop at the half? Can I handle no medal?

And that was it my friends. I wanted a medal and to follow through on what I signed up for. And so it was.  And at mile 14, I was like, WHAT THE HELL WAS I THINKING? Should I turn around NOW? Or go to mile 15 and turn around?  Can I just show up at the finish and ask for a medal and somehow pretend I finished without crossing the line? Maybe I should just do this thing. Am I really going to do this?

I felt like I was being total irrational and somewhat crazy to even consider going all the way out to Manayunk but I just kept running and I was in good spirits. My poor parents, Bill and the kids were awaiting what I was going to do and my mom kept texting me "do we have a decision?" they were coming for the second half of the race. I got to see them at mile 22 which was awesome, and then again right before the finish. By that point, I was barely running, it was like a speed walk/jog. I got pathetic and it all went downhill pretty quickly around mile 14. It probably would have been good to stop at 13, but I don't regret finishing. I kind of like the no-stress marathon, but man, it would be nice to run a fast marathon and not spend so much of your day on your feet, wouldn't it? And the pride too!

I finished in over 5 hours - my first over 5 hour marathon 5:10. The last 2 miles I was pretty much hurting and trying to keep moving, and from mile 18 on, I loved cheering on other people (LOVE the names on the bibs, stellar!) It was really fun, I think 20 miles would have been a good ending distance. :)

I got to see Abby at the start, the first 100 yards! She did awesome and PR'ed! And Run to the Finish was out smiling in Manayunk - got to see her too!

Got my medal, and my pride, and #7 complete.

The pictures:



Pooped out from watching




had a great time watching




#1 fan




eating all my post race snacks to stay happy




future marathoner




and she's awake as we're ready to leave!





14 comments:

  1. congrats! #7 is great!

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  2. I can't believe you just ran another marathon! Your a rock star, congrats!

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  3. Congrats on the marathon! Great that you saw so many bloggers!

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  4. ABSOLUTELY awesome that you kept on and did the full!

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  5. My first and only so far marathon was way over 5hours, just gives me a reason to keep on trying them so I will hopefully get one under 5! Nice Job!! Kiddos are adorable!!

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  6. Nice work, my friend. You'll get the speedy marathon. In the meantime, you can keep being that crazy pregnant lady ;)

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  7. I love that you made the decision at mile 14! :) That's some mental toughness! Congrats on marathon #7!!!

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  8. Wow wow wow, not one but TWO marathons in your first trimester of this pregnancy??? Congrats!

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  9. Are we going to be reading about and debating you like the lady who just ran Chicago? Lol! Great job!!!

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  10. seriously we are so nutz! who feels compelled to run 26 miles when we aren't ready :)

    wish we could have actually caught up for a bit! stinks to have been in the same town and missed out! great job on enjoying the day and putting another one in the books

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  11. Congrats on another pregnancy marathon! I've enjoyed following your blog but haven't commented before, but you inspired me to start blogging my own running story, so thanks! :)

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  12. First of all, congratulations on your pregnancy! That is so exciting! Second of all, I CANNOT believe you ran a marathon while you were pregnant! I am SO amazed and just blown away by that! I think I found your blog last year because I wanted to try running while I was pregnant and I was looking for inspiration from women who ran in their pregnancies. Anyway you are definitely inspiring but I just couldn't do it! I could barely imagine running 2 miles let alone 26.2! You deserve a medal AND A trophy for that! WTG!

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  13. Are you the person Abby said hi to just past the start line with the awesome socks?!

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  14. Wow, amazing! Congrats of the finish. Can't imagine running a marathon while pregnant!

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