For those of you new to Tall Mom I ran the Seattle Rock 'N' Roll Marathon in June 2009. My Full Race report is HERE, (dorky post races video and lessons learned can also be found in the June 09 archives). My First Marathon day did not go as I expected, here is the quick version.
- The first Half of the race I was on Pace to qualify for Boston, which was my ambitious goal. My Body gave out around mile 11.5, most likely due to the stress I placed on myself in hopes of a BQ.
- My bladder gave out around mile 12.3 (TMI but true), probably because I over-hydrated. After the embarassing accident my mind shut off.
- I spent the last half of the race in survival mode with my mind and body total out of sync.
- It turned out to be a bad running day and I have been aching for Marathon Redemption ever sense.
My time was respectable, but I want to RUN the entire race and know that I made conquered the 26.2 in Tall Mom style. I took the first step by registering for the Fleet Feet Marathon training program starting on January 9th. Next step is to register for my Marathon Redemption. DETAILS SOON..
In the mean time it is stories like that ones below that keep my dimples shining. The First Time is different for everyone and below are a few Race Reports you don't want to miss. (Britt, your Blog was not working...I wanted to link you in??)
I have adopted this Blogger as my little sister, I stalked her on Facebook to get her cell number because I could not wait to hear the results. She is a speedy former basketball player with a mean negative split. Her First Marathon she qualified for Boston. Talk about a DREAM performance.
Caution Redhead Running is right! I felt like a Mama bear worried about her little cub as this fun-sized Florida Runner toughed out the cold in Chicago. In her recap under the bullet "Miles 21-25" she wrote "The next few miles seemed to pass by in a blink of an eye," her experience proves that you can have a blast and avoid the WALL.
A Blondie Mom with Barbie doll looks strutted her stuff in a Pink running skirt at the Top of Utah Marathon. She admits that she never asked myself "Why am I doing this?" during the race and soon after was ready for ANOTHER. Her training for the 26.2 included a DREADMILL run of 20 miles, the poor machine was smoking by the end.
This Mommy runner is new to the Marathon Club as of mid October. She changed her Blog name to "26.2 and a Mommy Too" after her first Marathon Finish Line. In true Matchy Matchy style she painted her nails Orange to match her shirt, shoes and ribbon...Love it. Her husband biked around the course as she debated on whether she could toss away her Goodwill "throw away" running pants.
Faith Ann- HERE and HERE
Race reports in KM's throw me off...I totally connected with a lady who put a clone Trooper sticker on her race bib for GOOD LUCK!! "I kept thinking about my little guy waiting for me at the finish line and how I loved seeing him run his the day before in the kids' spud run. There was no way I wanted to be driven to the finish line." We all find inspiration in different ways, but I am sure all Moms think about their kids many many times during the 26.2
Kansas City plays home to a Canadian man who is not afraid to wear spandex (well sorta). His inner Fat kid cheered as he won a 10K in race prep for the Big day. With a first M-Day time of 3:34:32 he plans on running the Calgary Marathon in May, 2010, with the goal of shaving 25 minutes off to qualify for Boston.
- There you have it.. FYI feel free to jump around read, learn and comment...it is NEVER too late to comment on a Marathon Race Report... If you have a First Marathon Race Report you would like me to add to the list please comment or email me with the link.
- Katie thank you for all your comments do you have a Blog or email so I can respond and say "Hi"?
- Linda, thanks for reading and glad to see you joined the Blog world! Your story is inspiring..
- WELCOME to all the new Bloggy Pack members!!!