|metros were PACKED!|
|great view on our one mile + walk to the starting area|
|around mile 22ish? Thanks Nicole!|
|another shot with a smile here by Nicole :)|
|never thought I'd make it! :) haha|
|SWEET VICTORY LIES AHEAD!|
|super cute shirts my sister made|
|Bill who was at 18,22 and the finish, great spots!!|
|pretty cool map of all where we ran|
So to recap, miles 1-10 were pretty brutal with crowds and I was in a very negative state of mind. I ran 1-5 with my sister but when she started weaving, I didn't have the energy to follow anymore. One day we'll finish a sub 4 marathon together. Mile 11 my buddy Nicole who lives down there joined me and ran with me until mile 24! Mile 12 they gave out Clif gels - and my plan was the snickers and milky ways but I wasn't feeling them so luckily, Nicole grabbed me some gels! chocolate flavor too. I was digging them at the time and they were delicious! I had a snickers at mile 7, chocolate gel at 12, another gel around 18, some beans and clif bloks from there to the finish and a chocolate munchkin at mile 24 :) There was a hill to the finish and at that point I was laughing picturing what I looked like. I wish I had a video of that. It was hilarious!
I loved all the stuff they were handing out, and the only thing I'd ask for is more water stops! So here were my splits:
I'm not sure why I'm running like garbage right now, I do have an announcement that another baby is on the way, but seriously, these paces are ridiculous regardless. I wasn't looking at my watch and didn't really care at the time but it makes me mad looking at this now (and kind of not care). I had way too much going on leading up to this which made my training stink. First I found out I was pregnant in August. My running took a toll for the worse pretty quickly because I was out of breath. Then our house sold so the whole moving process drained me for sure. And overall just attempting to train with the 2 kids - I wasn't into it. So here is marathon #6 in the books under 5 hours at 4:56 and my worst marathon time ever. My sister ran a 4:09 which would have been a PR for me too, so I'm bummed that I wasn't in shape to run that 4:09 with her. It was a good time (not clock time) and I'm glad I finished it and someday I will run a marathon under 4 hours. Probably not for another 12 years or so.
I did sign up for the Philly full marathon back in the spring when it opened and they were running a deal, so there's a chance I may run another 5 hour marathon. I do think it's cool how much ground you cover and maybe I'm just not a real marathoner that PRs, just a leisurely one that can run for 5 hours just to get it done and enjoy the weather and sites. We'll make this one a game time decision. I can't believe I am even considering it!
|piglet and sir topem hat|