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26.2 miles

I finished the freescale marathon! I actually finished it. 7:20:08.
Over 7 hours! My feet is sore.

I mainly walked it because I didn't want to have to give up, like I did for the 3M half. I figure I could run the last few miles if I still have the energy at the end. Haha. The first half, there was a lot of people in the race.. but when the fork came for the half-marathoners... it got rather lonely.

I played mental games with myself. (Oh, we're a third of the way through! Hey, another 3 miles and you reach the 20 milestone. And 3 miles is nothing!) I struck up conversations with various people, a random act of kindness from a stranger provided me with a pretzel. Apparently 3 energy bars and 2 clif bloks aren't enough for 7+ hours.

And my feet grew heavier, and the hurting grew a bit louder. At mile 23, things got really tough for me, but thankfully, nickjong, my hero found me, and he walked about 2 miles with me. Mile 23 also had a small hill, plus you could see people coming back from the other side, so it was psychologically a challenge. But Nick and another marathoner, Laura from ABQ, kept me distracted. Laura got faster and left me, and Nick passed me on to my other hero, Andy, who showed up near mile 25. I totally didn't expect either of them to walk the last part with me, so that was a great mental support. Andy let me cross the finish line alone, where they called out my name and said: "We're here for you!!" They literally were, as they had to wait for us turtles to finish.

I gathered enough energy to run through the finish mats and got a nice clunky medal.

I now join the ranks of Marathon finishers.

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fritz_et_al
Feb. 20th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Congratulations! I'm happy for and jealous of you at the same time! It's my hope to run one this year, but I have no idea where or when. Just think; I've heard less than one tenth of 1% of the population ever finishes a marathon; you have now joined those happy few!

Again, congratulations!
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
I was under the impression that you were training for one!!
Or were you just working on speed?
fritz_et_al
Feb. 20th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
I was mostly just working on speed because of time constraints. I'll probably try to go a bit slower and log in a few more miles come spring, when I can run outside.

This I-T band syndrome thing kinda bites, but I really think a lot of it was shoes that desperately needed to be retired. My knee feels better already, but I am babying it a lot, too. :)
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah.. don't go too fast!!!!!!!!!!!

That's how I dropped out of the half marathon last time. I really think going too fast causes a lot injuries. Also, take walking breaks.
omega697
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
Welcome to the club! :o)
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yay!

Which marathon did you do? When?
omega697
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
I did the 1992 Honolulu Marathon when I was 12. :o)
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
Nice!

Though, that's disgustingly overachieving at 12.
kbadr
Feb. 20th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
That's awesome. I've thought about doing a marathon before, but I don't know how to go about training for it. Maybe I'll do it next year.
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Heheh.. all the improv people struggling to lose weight from the dog and duck and opal divines should train for it!
desfontaines
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)
_Wow_.
antoniseb
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
Great! I'm sure I don't have to give advice about relaxing your feet for a day or two.
indywind
Feb. 20th, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yay, you! I am so impressed!
missjmp
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
congratulations.
majcher
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Woooooo! Congratulations!
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
You have an LJ? *scratch head*
christrew
Feb. 20th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
You and I should start an improvisermarathoner club. You can be Queen and I can be King. We'll make signs!
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
Yes! And we'll have a kingdom of improvisermarathoners, and a court jester, and a harem for you, and a harem for me, and a law that says we can only drink gatorade and eat energy bars on fridays.

Have you ever done a marathon?

christrew
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
I sure did. In New Orleans last year. I was supposed to do this one, but the idea of sitting in car going to NC a day after doing a marathon didn't sit well with my mind.
Congrats, though. Isn't it fun?
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
It was fun. It would've have been more fun with another improviser alongside though!

Congratulations!! The New Orleans marathon.. I think that's the Mardi Gras Marathon.
Must've been a lot of fun!
zuleikhajami
Feb. 22nd, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Hey, that's the same marathon that I ran. Except I ran it two years ago instead of last year. I was going to do the Motorola except I er.. slept through it. So I did the Mardi Grad Marathon instead.
jonobie
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Congrats!! You looked good, if a bit hungry :-) when I saw you. Glad to see you stayed strong to the end.

Yanno, I think the ability to play mental games with yourself is key to being able to finish a marathon. I did almost exactly the same thing with "Oh, only X miles to [arbitrary milestone]. I can always do X miles!". I also used some of the mental techniques from the Non-runner's marathon trainer, which mostly involve things like playing little highlight reels in my head of me running (sounds funny, but amazingly effective) and chanting to myself silly little sayings about how awesome, great, strong, and tough I am as a marathoner, how I love to run, and how I could run forever. Again, games, but amazingly effective.

Anyhow, congrats again! Definitely an achievement to be proud of!
ripresa
Feb. 20th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
I didn't stay strong at the end, but Nick and Andy helped me finish.

It's so easy to spot you with your snood!

:-)
nickjong
Feb. 21st, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
But only from behind! While waiting for Jonobie at the halfway point, I didn't recognize her at all until she was almost on top of us. In fact, every single person I knew that I met during the race had to call out to me as I passed them completely oblivious to their existence....
ripresa
Feb. 21st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Looks like you need to work on observation skills... maybe improv can help ;-P
noxcat
Feb. 27th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Wow! Congratulations!

(And here I am, leraning how to simply walk again.)
ripresa
Feb. 27th, 2006 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I hope you feel better!!
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