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Dianna Villigan ran: Hey!!! I ran a marath...
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- 26 miles
- 06:02 time
- 13:49 pace
- 4704 calories
Hey!!! I ran a marathon today. What did you do? Lol! It wasn't pretty, but hey... While at runner's village, I lost Darren for about 30 mins so that stressed me out. At the lineup, Lisa & I met up & got to see each other for a bit. That was nice. Within the 1st mile, I could feel a blister forming on the bottom of my foot. My "bum" toe was KILLING me until about mile 9 when I found some Biofreeze on the street. Yep! I picked it up & used it. It didn't help. I kept my pace right about 10:50 for the 1st 1/2 after that, it all fell to pieces until 2 sisters from Georgia adopted me at mile 17--- which is about when I was in tears AGAIN! They literally had every trick in their magic pockets! 4 Advils later, my toe felt better. The other massive blister on my other foot, it didn't. Also, the hurricane stirred up some pretty nasty & chilly winds for us. But we kept on. We chatted, slowed waaaaaay down, took pix & just had a nice run with each other. Darren ran around the entire city taking video & pix of me at various mile marks. Whatta guy!! All the uphills were for Jeremy! All the downhills were for Christopher. Because to me, they are equally important & need equal concentration & control to succeed at them. The hills, btw, were NO issue for me thanks to all the hills I've been running for months. I got very choked up several times seeing all of the shirts w/KIAs. I wore blue today to remember for myself too. I also wore USMC rank pins for Darren & my Dad. Every now & then, I'd reach down & touch them just to be sure. I chose this marathon for many reasons. Seeing ALL of the Marines & Navy along the way reminding me of my roots. Reminded me of WHY this is the most amazing nation in the world. There was an entire road dedicated to those who gave all. I walked that. I couldn't help getting choked up, especially when we were being thanked by mothers, wives, children & husbands of those killed way too young. I struggled a lot in the run. I was SO proud to have the most beautiful & meaningful medal around my neck. It was placed there by an officer. When he placed it, he went to salute me, cuz that's what they do. I couldn't help the tears & I told him I really needed a hug instead. ;) That was special! This whole experience has been amazing. Thank you Double D for all of your time, wisdom & patience. Oh yeah, and one hardcore, badass training plan!!! And, of course, thanks to all of my training partners!!!!! I really couldn't have done it on my own!!!!