Monday, June 28, 2010

Marathon Recap PART 2: Miles 16-26.61!

Ok so lets finish this like I finished my MARATHON! I realized there will not be near the amount of course pictures from the 2nd half since I didn't have my support crew/paparazzi following me on the Alaskan way viaduct.  But there are plenty at the end to make up for all that...probably more than you care for! Who am I kidding, we are bloggers, we love pictures!

On with the race...We went through our 2nd tunnel of the race which was right before a decent incline. For some reason running through the tunnel I felt great. I'm not sure it was because we were out of the elements or what because usually the tunnels kind of creep me out but it was playing in my favor this round. I was hoping to see Mel and Marlene before heading in, but no luck. We started the incline and then I decided to try for another bathroom break to see if I could find some kind of relief, but NOPE, NOTTA...nothing was going to make my stomach feel better. Just kept pushing up the hill until we got to the Aurora bridge. While running down at mile 18 I kept thinking about my runs on the Burke Gilman trail below this bridge and how on those runs I could hardly imagine what it would be like to be up there running my first marathon and here I was on top of the bridge doing it. The view is pretty amazing from this bridge. I saw Madison and other familiar faces that I had seen on the turn around before. It was our turn to turn around and head back. Kate looked at me and said "We are headed back to the finish line"...that was a great thought. I knew I was going to finish and with only 7 miles left it wasn't that far away. I was for sure feeling tired, but very determined. We made our way up the other side of the bridge and was excited when I saw the TNT gals, Hannah, Michele and Yvette! So easy to see in there green, shimmer skirts. Seeing your friends during the race is so nice. I have said that a few time, haven't I? I got a call from my dad right as we were coming up to the top of the bridge and they were ahead a little ways. Kept climbing the hill and I saw I guy walking up on the shoulder with a Rock'n'Roll Foil blanket, really buddy you finished and now you are walking and being all flashy with your stupid foil blanket...not what I wanted to see while I still had 6 miles to go. Keep you and foil blanket by the finish line please!!! RUDE. Maybe I was a little moody at that point.  I took a gummy bear hoping it would help a little and it just made my stomach cramp more, not so great. We were coming up to the next band and I saw my Dad and step-mom Beth which was great. I gave them both sweaty hugs and was excited that they wanted to run with me!
Here is a foggy pic! Sweaty phone camera I guess?

They ran with me for about a quarter of a mile.  So glad we got this great picture of us.  My dad and Beth were so excited.  Beth kept saying what a great pace I had for being so many miles in...Glad I could impress them, but I wasn't going fast at all, just fast for someone who doesn't run much.  That will always be a great memory being able to run with them for a few minutes during my first full marathon.  SWEET!  Onto the finish...

Got to go through the tunnel again and was sad to see the ambulance taking someone away...not a great sight, but a great reminder of how serious a marathon is and to never under estimate the distance and the toll it takes on your body.  I was excited to come through the tunnel and to know that was it for the tunnels and we only had a little ways to go, 5 miles I think?  One of the bands was already packing up, what...is everyone supposed to BQ or what...stick around for us slower folks will ya?  No biggie, but don't make me feel any slower than I am.  We were coming up on Qwest field and I had always wondered what I would feel like since I had to pass the finish line and go out and back.  It was hard seeing the people turning the corner to finish and hearing all the cheers down below, but I was close...really close...only 4 more miles to go.  I got to see Steph with her sweet Sony camera/video which was great.  One of her pictures on her blog was not a great one of me, which is funny because I remember just smiling big time when I saw her.  She is a ton of fun.  Saw the turn around point up ahead but not before I saw Shelby coming up to mile 25 and she pointed at the 25 mile sign like "Look..I am almost there, almost done"...that was so exciting to see her just before her finish!  Then I saw Madison again...see how much fun it is seeing all these friends on the course, new friends.  Tried one more time at the bathrooms, but no use!  Kate refilled my water bottle with a little gateroade and water to see if that would help.  I just wanted to gulp the water, but knew that wasn't a great idea.  My stomach was feeling sick still and my body started to hurt a little.  I also got chafing at mile 23 in the least desirable places, lovely.  I was almost done so I tried not to think about it.  One lady came up behind me and said "Are you going to do this again?", um really you are going to ask a first time marathoner that at mile 23...don't ever do that.  That's like asking a mother giving birth while she is having an episitotomy if she is ready for another child!  Those are words that should never be asked toward the end of a marathon.  My comment was "Never say never" and I smiled.  I was not hating the marathon at all, I was hating my stomach feeling sick, but not the marathon.  I really thought that this could keep me from doing more marathons, but we will see...never say never.  Time to turn around and take one more hill at Mile 24 and then it was time to get to the FINISH line.  (tearing up)  Coming into sight of Qwest field was amazing.  I had done this short distance so many times and now I was closer than ever.  Kate and I kept looking at each other and smiling...we knew what we were thinking and didn't have to say anything...it was happening.  I got to see the Kansas City TNT gals one more time and then Steph right before I turned off the off-ramp!  I was coming down the ramp and saw my support crew/paparazzi and classic Andrea style ( she never sees me, even when I am right in front of her...it's comical really) she didn't see me until I was right by her and then she came and gave me the biggest hug and was totally crying.  She knew what a HUGE deal this was for me, so even though I wasn't crying (like I am now writing this) she was crying for me...it was so sweet...see below!  And Megs and Bec were taking tons of pictures.  They were AWESOME and captured some amazing moments.

I was done...almost done!  Oh my gosh!  My cousin spotted me on the viaduct as we were coming down...can you see me?
Can you see me...I am right behind the pink shirt. Kate is running next to me...
Here we are coming down...down to mile 26!
Me seeing my support crew...I love the next few pictures...they are so sweet!

Hugs...



Almost there...
I love this picture...just going into the chute....

As I turned this corner I couldn't believe how far the finish line was!  My friend, Diana at Done the Run was right there when we entered the chute.  (Race person was watching for shoe tags and almost pulled Kate off right before this picture, but we kept running)  Diana followed us down (outside of the chute) yelling my name...it was so funny!  Thanks for all the cheers Diana!  Then I saw my family.  They were all lined up and cheering for me.  I saw my mom, Loren, Cole, Max, Jason, Railene, Natalie, Chase and my dad and Beth.  It was amazing being able to wave and see them as I was finishing.  It was better than I ever could have orchestrated. SWEET, SWEET picture that will always be in my mind of them lined up cheering with smiles on their faces as I crossed the FINISH line!

Seeing my family for the first time at the finish!  Priceless...My brother did a great job getting these shots!



Finishing my FIRST marathon.  A dream realized!

June 26, 2010
Miles: 26.61
Pace: 11:20
Time: 5:01
Calories: 3242

*Tomorrows post: Post race Pictures and thoughts!

26 comments:

Jodi H said...

Love your race report and the pure joy in your eyes at the finish. It is so obvious you took the time to really enjoy your first marathon. Great job!

ajh said...

You look so great and so happy! Yeah yeah yeah!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Wow oh wow Jill. I agree over and over with seeing so many buddies along the way, it made my race. you look AWESOME in ALL your photos. Hugs and love, so proud of you...in case I have not told you in the last hour..

Tricia said...

great job! LOVE your pics!

Michelle said...

Your pictures made me all teary. Awesome job :)

Sarah said...

Congrats Jill! Those are awesome pictures. How did you look so good at the end? I only did the half and I was a sweaty mess, haha!

Kerrie T. said...

You are amazing! Congratulations!

Julie said...

AWESOME!!! I love your pictures!!

Jen said...

You totally made me teary! What a great marathon recap! How great to have the support you did! You look simply amazing crossing that finish line! You'd never know from your face that you'd just run 26.2 miles! Way to go! It's something that changes your life!

Alma F. said...

Congratulations! Those photos are priceless! It's so inspiring seeing the joy on your face as you cross the line.

Rachel said...

congrats again! sounds like you had an amazing first time experience : ) love your face in all the pics, too! awesome job marathoner!

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on an amazing accomplishment! So cool to have so many buddies along the course!

Sherry said...

Simply AMAZING! I teared up just reading b/c I was so happy for you! you better get that 26.2 sticker for your car so you can let the whole world know you did it!

abbi said...

Great job! Congratulations! I loved reading your recap and you look so happy in all of the pictures!

Johann said...

Fantastic! You look so happy, well done! Awesome run, report and photos!

Genesis said...

love your recap! I would have gone up to that guy with the foil blanket and tripped him. smug bastard. lol.

your support team was so awesome. ill have to recruit more people next year for a support team to line up at the halfway point since thats where I lost it.

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Congrats Jill! So super proud of you. You look great in all of those photos and I too love the one in the chute! Now you can start focusing on running with me!

Christina said...

Your brother really did a really nice job with the pictures at the finish line.
And YOU LOOK AWESOME, even at the finish line! :)

Congrats on realizing a dream.

Marlene said...

This is a great race report, girl! I so recognize many of the emotions you were facing.... there is just nothing like your first marathon!

What an awesome support crew you had! That makes SUCH a difference, just knowing all those people are rooting for you and WAITING for you at the finish.

Sorry about all the tummy troubles... NOT fun.

But BIG CONGRATS, Marathoner!!! YEAH BABY! And awesome finishing pics. You can't *BUY* pics like that!

onebadrunner said...

LOVE your re-cap.
I'm sitting here crying my eyes out for your joy and commitment.
Way to go Jill. You Rock!

Bethany + Ryan said...

yay! so wonderful! great recap. actually, that was more than a recap, i feel like i was there!! lol. great job with the marathon AND recalling all the details! Love the pictures!! :-) :-)

Heather said...

Great recap - I was tearing up reading it. You got some great pictures!

fancy nancy said...

Yay!!! Great job! I love your pictures! You look like you are so excited...It makes me remember what it feels like to finish a marathon! Priceless!!

Madison M. said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your first marathon!!!! I am sooo touched I was able to run with you for the first half! :) You such an awesome person and Im so glad we finally got to meet in person!! :) You Rocked it girl!!

Michele said...

Ohh my goodness, you are amazing!! It was SO good to meet you this weekend! I had a blast with you! Great job on such a great race!!!!

OrangeBlossom said...

Great job on your first marathon!!! The pictures are awesome. You are glowing! I think that your pace is great ... is my goal for my first marathon =)

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