6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

First Marathon Stories

As Tall Mom Bloggy Pack Friends Momof3, Jen and Kat prepare for their First Marathons THIS WEEKEND!! (Good Luck Ladies!!) I can't help but think about my own First (and only so far) Marathon.

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??)

Lacey- HERE
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.

Morgan- HERE
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.

Candice- HERE
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.

Nicole- HERE

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

Jesse- HERE
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!!!


Katie said...

So inspiring! Good luck picked your marathon yet?

Marlene said...

GREAT idea for a post! These are some awesome bloggers to spotlight - some new to me who I will definitely be checking out. I LOVE marathon stories!!!

You are such a supportive blogger and friend and you never cease to amaze me with posts like this.

Denise said...

I just went back and read your race report...my heart hurt reading that. I could totally feel how hard that race was for you. But the one positive thing...at least you only peed yourself and didn't poop yourself. I might know someone who has done that. ;-)

Zoƫ said...

Those are awesome stories! My mouth is still hanging open after reading Candice's "Her training for the 26.2 included a DREADMILL run of 20 miles." Are you KIDDING? That, to me, is utterly amazing! Tough cookie, for sure.

You'll get your redemption and you will triumph! *shakes fist in the air*

Allison said...

I am running twelve in twelve months and I am not fast. I won't run a BQ, but I run them and learn something new with each run. It is such a treasure to read others stories.

Redhead Running said...

Thank you so much for the shout out!

Honestly Mel you were a huge inspiration while I was training, you were a constant vote of support and the courage it took to post your TMI (LOL!) race report says a lot about your character. We all have good races and unfortunately bad races but as long as we still continue to do what we do an learn from each experience we continue to grow as runner's.

Thank you for sharing other recaps I have not seen and for inspiration to those newbie's out there attempting their conquest of the big 26.2! It's just one foot in front of the other and straight thru til you see the FINISH!

Kathleen said...

THANKS for this post :) I really enjoyed it and it DID make me a little less nervous for Saturday!

5 Miles Past Empty said...

I have read a couple of these but will have to make the rounds to read the others!! Great post!!

Denise said...

heck yea I blogged about it!!! There's a few pooping stories thrown in the mix!! I may not be confident, but I'm definitely not shy!

Jenn said...

Love this post! I love reading other peoples race reports! Can't wait to follow your marathon training!

Running Kiwi said...

Thanks so much for this post, I have read a few of them, but will read them all when I've got a spare 10min, I'm obessed with reading everyone's very different experiences :)

Kerrie said...

Love this post, Mel. Can't wait to add mine to the list...next year!

No Longer Using said...

AWWWWWWWWWWwWww. that is some serious day-making right there. you continue to be amazing. sisters...sisters :)

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

So great to read other runners experinces and find similarities and differences. I can always learn something, be uplifted, or get a smile. Thanks for putting these all together! *hugs*

Jen said...

I'm pretty sure you were the one that told me (after a brutal 5k this summer) that even a race day can be a bad run day, you just hope for the good run days on race days.

Love that you're calling Marathon #2 your Marathon Redemption!

Aron said...

i LOVE first marathon stories!!! well i love all marathon stories :)

here is mine: http://runnersrambles.blogspot.com/2008/08/race-report-2008-san-francisco-marathon.html

Unknown said...

Oh. My. Goodness. You are too funny! I literally laugh every time I think about my "Barbie doll looks." You are seriously my new best friend. Although people might think you are crazy when they navigate to my blog and see me for the first time as a sweaty marathoner mess.

Thanks for putting this post together. I love first marathon stories! And yours is at the top of my list of favorites; it was the first post I ever read on your blog. I read it and was hooked!!

Brianna said...

That's an amazing collection of first marathon stories. I'm sorry that your story was a sad one, but it will make your next marathon experience all the sweeter. Wishing you happy running!!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

great collection of links!! You can add mine to the list if you wish, even though i didn't quite make it... still a 'first' through :)


Unknown said...

You have the best posts! I can't wait to hear what you've got planned for your marathon redemption:)

Unknown said...

You have the best posts! I can't wait to hear what you've got planned for your marathon redemption:)

gba_gf said...

Mel - Thanks for the SHOUT OUT! I tried to post earlier, so if this comes through twice, sorry! I would like to thank all these women for sharing their AWESOME stories! I am inspired and looking forward to my own Marathon Race Report!

Alisa said...

Man, I've done three and they never get easier...which is why I've decided to not run them anymore. I'm a half girl now =).

I totally think you have a BQ in you...sometimes pressure for a certain time goal can be detrimental to the mental race...it certainly was for me and always left me super disappointed.

Native Stone Company, Inc. said...

Good luck to everyone this weekend! I wish I could run one, too!

Mel - I loved reading your marathon report and bet I've read it a total of 5-6 times. :) Your next one will be awesome (duh!) Can't wait to hear about your training program. :)

Rookie on the Run said...

Great post! I don't know if I ever read your marathon story... I remember seeing the results on Facebook (you did the Seattle RnR when I was on my running/blogger hiatus). Thanks for the links to other runners' stories... I already follow a few of these incredible ladies but found some new ones, thanks to you!

I can't wait to hear what you decide to do for your next marathon. There is NO doubt in my mind that you will qualify for Boston.

Allie said...

I really hope someday I can run a marathon, right now 10K is my longest race. Reading about everyone's marathon experiences really makes me want to get there.

Molly said...

thanks for giving links to these stories, I love reading about other people's experiences, they are so motivating.

I actually just took a tiny first step in my quest for my first marathon...

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Melissa said...

I have really enjoyed reading this. It has been so motivating.

Lindsay said...

as cool as it is when people BQ on their first attempt, i am proud of my multiple-attempts! i didn't quit, i learned tons of lessons about running, the marathon and myself. it became a little journey instead of just a quick one-and-done.

plus, an epic fail first marathon makes for a great story. i like mine anyway, lol. no shame, you will bq!

Nicole said...

Awww...Thanks! I'm so not deserving of your bloggy praise, BUT you totally made my day. Thanks so much!

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