Sunday, May 6, 2012

Part 4: The Finish!

We almost made it!  Continuing from Part 3: Champaign.

Incredibly, Amazing, Awesome High Point: Rounding the corner into the Stadium and busting into a full on sprint to cross the finish line.

Very High Point: Beating my 5 hour goal by 7 minutes.  Finish time: 4 hours 53 minutes.  Phillip's time: 4 hours 33 minutes.

We did it.  We're Marathoners.

Final Stats:
Farthest distance run: 26.2 miles

Total miles since August:  673.2

Total injuries acquired: 4

Part 3: Champaign

After making the split from the half-marathons, the full marathon runners made their way to Champaign.  Continuing on from Part 2: Urbana

 High Point:  Running next to a 65 year old man and knowing that if he can do it, I can do it.

Low Point:  Getting passed by said 65 year old man.

Mile 13: Passed by 65 year old man
 Low Point:  Hit Mile 16 and started to feel the pain.  Slowed down my already slow pace.

Mile 16: Starting to hurt and slow down
High Point: Hitting Mile 17, realizing I only had 9 miles to go, and reminding myself I just ran 9 miles the week before.

Mile 17: Only 9 miles to go
High Point: Getting to the intersection at Crescent and Sangamon at Mile 18, knowing that the next time I'm at that intersection I'll almost be done.

Mile 18:  Getting closer
Low Point: Getting passed by the 4:45 pace group.

Mile 20: Passed by the 4:45 pace group
High Point: Running close enough to the crowd that people called me by name as they cheered me on.

Mile 20.5: Getting cheered on
Low Point: Reaching Mile 22 and thinking I only had 3 miles left when I really had 4.

Mile 22: Thinking there was only 3 miles left.
High Point: "1408, you go girl!"

Mile 22.5: "You go girl!"
High Point: Made it back to Crescent and Sangamon.

Mile 22.75: Made it back
Low Point: Really starting to struggle.  Feeling the "Wall" hit me.

High Point: Not letting the "Wall" get the better of me and persevering through.

Mile 24.5:  The "Wall" hits
High Point: Reaching Mile 25, knowing there was only one mile left, and picking up my pace.
Mile 25: 1 mile left
High Point:  Seeing Memorial Stadium and knowing the end is near.

Low Point:  College students grilling out on the corner of the park in front of the Stadium.  Not cool.

High Point:  Turning the corner onto the street leading into the Stadium and seeing Joshua, Sara, PJ, and Jess.

Mile 26: Almost There

Part 4: The finish!

Part 2: Urbana

We left off on our adventures on Thursday and Friday here.

Saturday morning came before we knew it.  

 Here are the highs and lows of our first marathon experience!

High point: Not waking up in the middle of the night because of the storm.

Low point: Waking up at 5 a.m.

Low point: Realizing it was still raining, and having to face the fact that we might have to run our first marathon in the rain.

High point: Eating breakfast with Lisa as we tried to mentally prepare for the what lied ahead.

Low point:  Getting into our car at 6 a.m. to make the drive up to Champaign and see that it was still raining.

High point: The rain stopped about halfway up the road!

Low point: Despite leaving an hour before the race, and what should have only taken us about 30-35 minutes, ended up taking 50 minutes from the time we got in our car and the time we finally parked, giving us only 10 minutes before the race started.

High point: Realizing that it could have taken even longer, but we took the back way in and were able to find a parking spot relatively quickly.

Low point: Realizing I left my phone and camera in the car after we ran up to the start line.

High Point: Wishing Lisa luck on her first half-marathon as we parted ways.

6:50 a.m.: Parting ways with Lisa

Low point: Long bathroom lines before the race.

High point: Two nice ladies let us jump ahead of them because they saw that we were running the marathon and they knew we needed the extra time.

Low point:  The race gong started just as we finished our business.

High point: Realizing that only Corral A made it through the start, and our Corral E was still waiting to move forward, giving us plenty of time to get in line.

High point:  Deciding that getting to the race with no time to spare worked out well because we didn't spend too much time psyching ourselves out about the fact we were about to run a marathon.

High point:  Noting that it also didn't feel like we were about to run a marathon, and that it just felt like we were about to run another long Saturday morning run, like we've been doing for months.

High point:  Crossing the start at 7:13 a.m.

High point:  Being cheered on by the crowds to pump us up.

High point:  Running with Phillip the first two miles.

Low point:  The moment we parted ways and realizing the rest of the time I was on my own.

Mile 3: Parting ways with Phillip
 High Point:  Counting down my miles with each mile marker.  "Only 20 miles to go..."

High Point:  All the creative posters that the crowd had: "Official IL Marathon shortcut maps, $1. Get your best time ever!", "You've been running longer than Kim Kardashian's marriage", "Chuck Norris counted to infinity -- twice. But Chuck Norris never ran a marathon".

High point:  The run through Meadowbrook Sculpture Park.  Ah, the memories.  Lava anyone?

Miles 8 & 9: Meadowbrook Park
High Point:  Making it to the half and full split and seeing hundreds of people turn left to finish their half, knowing I was bad ass because I was turning right to finish the second leg of my race.

High Point:  Seeing Mom, Paul, and kiddos standing on the corner at the split.  I was so excited I ran up to them and gave them all a high-five.

Low Point:  Turning right at the split and seeing about 10 people on my road and getting a little lonely.

Mile 11: The Split

Continued in Part 3: Champaign.