Ok so sorry it’s been a few days after the marathon but things have been a bit hectic, but I will explain that later. So I shall start at the beginning and go to the end. Sunday morning started off with a lovely wake up alarm at 3:30 am. I kid you not. This is what I like to call my ‘I just got up, don’t expect much’ face.
As we can all tell…. Not pretty. But after a lovely hot cup of coffee with a bit of food in me I quickly turned into;
a very serious Sara. It’s my; “It’s 4:40 in the morning, do you know where your kids are‘ face. Personally, if I had kids I’d be wondering where they were, but I don’t so I don’t care.
But let’s get for reals. I quickly got down to business and was pumping up my jams to get into the mood for my race. Plus, I got to wake my mom and brother Tim, who would be coming with me, up at 4:50 in order to leave by 5:15.
So perky Sara is up and ready for action!
In between my eating, drinking coffee, and getting pumped up I remembered to write on my arms. Remember how I mentioned before since I wasn’t going for time I wanted to write thinks I was thankful for on my arm? You don’t? Well you know now. Anywho, I had to use both arms.
This was the first 13 miles. And the next 13.2 miles were done on the other arm. The ones on my left arm didn’t come out quite as neat as these ones, mostly because I’m not left-handed.
Anywho, I found during the race that they turned out to be very good motivators for the first 1/2 but I managed to get sidetracked during the second 1/2 to the point that I wasn’t focusing on what I’d written quite as much. So here’s the second 1/2;
As you can see I have a lot of motivation, and truthfully during the race the writing was smudged and sort of sweated off. But I shall not dwell on my nastiness. Moving along…
The car ride was pretty much uneventful. All I really did was eat a bit more food, drink some water, and tape my feet to keep my blisters from rubbing raw and bleeding again. Look at my handiwork;
Beautiful aren’t they? Anywho, we got to Lake Placid a tad before 6:30, because I’m anal retentive and made sure we left on time/early for the race. Plus, this way we found a lovely parking spot, the registration, and most importantly- the bathrooms! I shall now show you some scenic shots of the area where the start/finish was. It was right next to the Olympic center in Lake Placid.
And the finish line;
This was actually in the outdoor speed skating oval. They had the last tenth of a mile on this track. And in the center green were the registration tent, medical tent, massage tent, and food tent. All very important once you finish. Alas, I would not see the Finish again for several hours once the race started.
Personally, I really enjoyed seeing the flags of all the other countries up around the oval. But I digress… I checked in and got my number on, my number to marathon greatness!
Or I guess you could say number 31. But that’s besides the point. My mom and brother Tim did a great job of creepily following me around all day. Which was very nice of them considering they could’ve gone to the beach or done some shopping. Instead they decided to stalk me and keep me motivated and for that I am extremely grateful. But we shall move on to their stalker-esc type pictures now.
I think this is between miles 2 and 3, no wait.. I’m sure this is between miles 2 and 3. I was still feeling good so I was smiling. You know how misleading long runs are into making you feel fantabulous.
Depending upon what loop this was I’m thinking either mile 5 or mile 14. But it’s a toss up as to which loop so I don’t really know.
When I get really delirious or in pain I like to make faces at people to distract myself. Or to scare people away. It depends.
Oh lord! This is my main man and I. he’s in the green shirt running next to me. We legit became Besties during this marathon, we ran together for at least 6 miles and I learned his life story. Haha I loved him! I never caught his name but he was straight up adorable and he kept me motivated which was nice.
Sidenote time: My mom ran with me from mile 14-15, which was awesome cuz I was in a bad place mentally at that point and really needed that boost from my mom. Well at the end of the race my brother came and found me with a mile left to go. He came up next to me and asked: “May I have the honor of running this last mile with you?” I almost starting crying it was so sweet. So he helped keep me going to the end, which was nice because the last mile was pretty much all uphill, the race organizers just like to torture me.
I don’t have any of my official finish right now, depending upon when the official pictures from the race are ready I’ll have some later. But my mom took this after I finished. My brother gave me a huge hug, which was nice because it kinda kept me standing to be honest. Then of course what’s the first thing I want to do? Well eat of course!
Mom! Stop making me pose with my medal when I’m attempting to stuff my face with as much food as possible!
Another Sidenote: I have a book that I write in all the things I want to accomplish before I die. Well, I was looking through it before this weekend and I found #201. Run a marathon. Well I’m happy to say that that goal has now been checked off, take a look for yourself;
So that’s pretty much it for my epic journey of a marathon. I ended up running it in 5:43:17, which I’m pretty proud of considering I learned after that it was one of the hardest courses not only because of hills, but because of elevation change. So I figure if I can run/complete this marathon I can run/complete any marathon.
Besides that, I won’t lie- I walked a bit during this race and I’m completely ok with it. If you’re not, oh well, I don’t care.
Oh and I might have a stress fracture because hey when I run a marathon I do it right. 😛
And I’d like to take a moment to say that my friend Justin was right, this was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done both physically and mentally. I hit a lot of low points during the race and I’m damn proud of myself for not quitting.
But I won’t worry about that till I see the Dr. for the rest of this week its rest. Both because I want to and because I have to.
You see I had eye surgery on Monday to take care of a droopy eye lid I’ve had for over a year now. Hence why I didn’t blog about my race yesterday. Because well… this is what I looked like;
Yes I am smiling even though I can only see out of one eye. Why? You ask, well that’s because I like the nickname Cyclops.
Anywho, I got the bandage off today and so I shall show you a picture of me today. It’s not to bad, a bit swollen and bruised but that is to be expected.
So that is all I believe I have to say. I think I’ve talked myself out for now and I hope all y’all are appropriately satisfied since you had to wait a few extra days for the recap.
So that’s it for now, until later TTFN.