Alarm went off at 4am and I soooo wanted to just roll over and stay in bed, but I had a marathon to get to!!! I took a bus to the starting line and then froze for about an hour plus, because we had a late start do to a car accident.
How cool is this, I ran into Melissa who is a reader of NHerShoes!!! She recognized me and asked if my name is Bobbi..wow what a small crazy world! She also rocked the marathon, Melissa if you are reading how did you finish???
We took off and I felt great..
Time to get rid of the gloves..here Hubby take them!
See you soon!
Mile 3 my tummy started turning, I wasnâ€™t sure if I was hungry or sick??
I took a Hammer Gel just in case. Well it wasnâ€™t hunger, I ended up throwing up at mile 4!!! I am not sure if it was what I ate, but after I threw up I felt a lot better. I still had nausea until mile 13, but I toughed it out.
The first 13 miles were pretty flat, a couple rolling hills and I was FLYING! I was in front of the 3:30 Pacer and knew I needed to slow down..but of course I didnâ€™t!
At mile 12 I got rid of the long sleeves!
My Half Marathon time was 1:43..WAY TOO FAST! Just like Boston I knew I went out way too fast. After mile 13 the hills started to pick up and at mile 16 I started getting mentally exhausted. My mentality is always the hardest thing to get through in a marathon! I even thought to myself, â€œok I have run a marathon before, I donâ€™t need to finishâ€¦â€ Then I remembered how strong I was and how I could do it if the Biggest Loser Contestant COULD!
I really liked the course we ran through a park on a beautiful walking trail and my legs started to kill a bit. I looked down at my Garmin and I was running a 12 minute mile, WHAT..I knew I need to pick it up, but my legs wouldnâ€™t move! Then I saw a t-shirt that said, â€œ Itâ€™s not like you are going die!â€ so true!
I then saw Hubby and saw that I was at mile 20, only 6 more miles. A 10k is nothingâ€¦.I CAN DO THIS!! I have never talked/ prayed to myself so much in a Marathon!! Hubby said, â€œ FINISH STRONG LOVEâ€ and I was determined to do so.
Mile 23 was SOOOO HARD!! They placed a half a mile HILL at the end of the race, HOW CRUEL!!! I was determined to run the whole thing and pick up my pace. At this time I was at 3:25 and I new I had a chance and getting another Boston qualifying time if I ran under an 8 minute mile for my last two miles, but I just wanted to finish not KILL myself.
I saw the finish and sprinted as hard as my legs would let me!
DONE AND DONE!!!!
Place: 31 in my age division out of 250
Average Pace: 8:32!!!!!
Need a Massage!
What an amazing and incredibly challenging marathon, I am so happy and proud to be finished!!!! Runners are NUTZ!
NEED MORE FOOD!!! After I stretched and got ready back at the hotel, we went out to eat at The Natural Cafe in Old Town Santa Barbara. I so want one of these at home!!! They have some of the most amazing sandwiches, tacos, pizzas, and salads. What else could this girl want?!
I ordered the daily special, the Gobble Burrito; a whole wheat tortilla, ground turkey, black beans, grilled veggies, and topped with soy cheese, tomatillo sauce, avocado and sour cream.
With a cup of potato soup, mmmmm! I only could finish half of my burrito because I needed to save room for dessert!
Hubby got the shredded chicken tacos, I had a bight they were so tasty! I brought a menu home and plan to try and make everything on it!
After our late lunch we went out to Yogurt Land for some self serve For-Yo! I filled my cup up with peanut butter, cookies and cream, and dark chocolate yogurt. I then topped it off with granola, carob chips, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, banana, and a drizzle of fudge!
Hubby had some yogurt with Captain Crunch and other goodness!
As if all this food wasnâ€™t filling enough we decided to swing over to the Santa Barbara Winery for some Wine Tasting.
Couldnâ€™t wait for the reds! I am not a huge fan of Chardonnay and Pinots.
Today Hubby was my DD..and the best PHOTOGRAPHER EVER!!!! I love you!
We are back home now and I am watching Dan in Real Life while resting my legs, I havenâ€™t been this soar after a race in a long time. I am so glad I took tomorrow off I need a rest day!!!
I want to say thank you all again for all your amazing inspiring comments, I couldnâ€™t be more blessed to have such an encouraging group of friends out there!!! Love you all!
Stay tuned for my new series tomorrow!!!