(disclaimer this is a long, indulgent post, with lots of pictures....dude life long dream here! )
Today was the day...Marathon Day, and it was the most amazing day! If your not already totally tired of hearing me talk about running and the race today grab a coffee or heck a beer and join me in a recap.
My alarm went off at 5am this morning and I was ready and anxious to get going. I loaded up on a hardy breaky of PB, honey and banana toast and coffee. At 6 AM I was ready to go, and had a car waiting for me. I decided to take a cab and save myself the stress of driving downtown. Once down at the race the nerves started to flutter and I am thankful for my BB and being able to tweet my nerves away. It was lonely not having my race buddy and hubs Ryan with me (he was doing the half later that morning). I found my corral which was my goal time of 4.5 hrs.
|Green Coral: Goal time 4:30|
|He just happens to be the pace bunny I had my pic taken with at the Army Run...it was a sign...|
|Nervous, excited, teary, and ready to go!|
I hit the 10km point at 1:00:42 at an avg pace of 9:46 min/mile or 6:04 min/km. I was going strong, feeling good, but wasn't able to keep that damn bunny in sight...he was drifting further away. So I made a new goal and that was to stay under the 10:00 min/mile pace. I was pushing it and kept paying attention to my watch. I found if I settled into a song and didn't check, my pace would drift over the 10:00 so I was a watch checking maniac.
I hit the half marathon check point at 2:08:02 and a message from the kids came on my ipod. Ryan had the girls record a number of messages that played throughout the race. I started my second ugly cry of the race, but was filled with motivation and happiness. Then to really get the water works going, Liz's song (Nicki Minaj's FLY) came on and I thought to myself...now its real Katie...half way in...time to FLY!!! I was booting it, giving it my all.
In the third split of the race I started to tire out, the dreaded pain was settling in my knees and legs. I poped an Advil that I brought in my fuel belt (which I think later saved me a lot of pain). In the Third Split of the race my pace slowed and I slipped into that meditative zone thinking about the road to this day.
2 years of transforming from an obese woman that was mostly happy but hiding something "GREAT" inside. 2 Years of sweating and pushing myself, of not listening to the self doubt, and believing that I could do it! Lots of races and training, and getting up at an early arse hour to get my long runs in. I was doing it! I was no longer driving by the runners and feeling that sick sinking feeling in my tummy, that I was missing out, that I was unable to or incapable of doing what they were doing.
|Training for my first 5km August 2010, running while on vacation!|
|first training 5km where I got to run with Ryan at my parents, loved staring at his bum up those hills! LOL|
|Our first 5KM, at the Army Run and where we got BITTEN HARD BY THE RUNNING BUG!|
|Rattle Me Bones 10km...first 10km race...it was tough-ISH :)|
|Celebrating a year of health and fitness together New Year's Eve, 10km Resolution Run|
|Fun run...Ottawa City Chase...urban adventure...ran about 18-19km that day! Thought of it was practice for our first half marathon coming up in Sept!|
|Huge accomplishment today...half of a life long dream...back where it all started the ARMY RUN, half marathon|
|Back at Rattle Me Bones for the 10km, ran my best 10km in 53min! PS. what's that in my pocket..looks like I am happy to see my friend Rob! Also running his first race and kicking it!|
|Celebrating another year of healthy living and happiness, this time with our very good friends Rob and Laura, a shot of fireball whisky and then off for a 5km Resolution Run|
|Training for the Marathon, a "recovery week" ran a PR for the half :) OOPS|
But back to the race....
When I headed into Rockcliff the Elite Runner's were looping by us and they were a joy to watch. I hollered and hooted at them! OMG their bodies were machines! Beautiful to watch. It gave me a boost.
The spectators were amazing, the signs were hilarious...I particularly enjoyed the I FARTED SIGN! and am so thankful for the people with hoses and sprinklers and ran through every one with arms out yelling EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Pretty soon, I hit the 32km mark....and here it was the last 10 km of the race. Time to see if my training had prepared me...was I going to crawl to the finish line or run strong?
|notice the last split?|
I think at about 2-3km we met up with the half marathon, and the road was flooded with people gunning for the finish line. It fueled me forward, it was amazing running in a thick pack of people giving it everything they had.
2km to go...I put Tracy's power song on for the 3rd time...cried again and kept pushing. 750 meters out I ran out of gas, I hit the wall of pain hard, every muscle was screaming, my knees were crying, I was empty! And I thought KATIE YOU CAN NOT QUIT NOW...but oh my my body wanted to, it needed too. I switched my songs to the kids messages and listened over and over to GO MOMMY GO...GO MOMMY GO...MOMMY YOU ARE STRONG...I ran to the end crying, lips quivering, legs wanting to give out....and crossed the finish line.
Goal time 4:30 hrs
Finished in 4:17: 28!!! Didn't catch that damn pace bunny though (next time lol)
As soon as I slowed to a walk after crossing, my legs felt foreign, and wobbly. I thought I was going to hit the ground. I have never felt like that before, the walk down the recovery line was surreal and I wasn't sure I would stay on my feet. I kept thinking stay on your feet Katie, don't embarrass yourself :) I texted Ryan that I was done and got a message back that he was at 20km (running the half). My heart swelled. I was missing him so much. While I ran I was sending him thoughts of love and strength and speed. I waited scanning the crowd for the bald red head! Oh what a happy sight when I saw him coming down the line, I wobbled over and hugged him. The water works hit! BEST MOMENT OF THE DAY WAS THAT HUG!
|My "Flower" so proud of him...ran his PR for the Half in 2:12: 27|
|I stole this photo from Laura who by the way also ran in Race Weekend with her daughter Cate (3yrs old)|
So that's it folks...typical Katie post full of emotion, lots of CHEESE, and a side gas :)
|My favorite pic of the day, Laura took it, she's awesome with a camera...HAPPY DAY!|
**huge thank-you for all the comments and cheers on Facebook, to my head cheerleader Rachel and for the gift of re living the race when I got home last night! Best Gift Ever Girls.