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Kim Bouldin ran: The race started out ...
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- 26 miles
- 04:38 time
- 10:35 pace
- 3143 calories
The race started out so well. The weather was perfect - 64 as the high and 50 as the low; sunny with a light wind. I did well the first half and was on target to hit 4:12 and had planned on picking up my pace during the 2nd half or the last 6 miles or so. Well, after hitting mile 13, we turned & faced a nice strong headwind off of Lake Erie for the next 5 or so miles. Mile 18 my intestines started acting up - I will leave it at that. I felt like I was going to puke. I think I drank too much water & took too many Clif Shots early on. I should have spaced them out more. Live & learn, though, right? I almost had a breakdown at mile 22, but my step dad & aunt were there to motivate & cheer me on. My aunt walked for a little while with me and 2 girls came up and cheered me on & asked me to run with them. The one girl, Debbie, had run 57 marathons!!! OMG!! At this point nothing really hurt, but my stomach!! I was so irritated that my feet/legs were "ok", but my stomach was holding me back. I walked a lot on & off the last 5 miles. I never doubted that I would finish, I just didn't hit my 1st goal of 4 hours. I am happy, though. I just came off of an injury (plantar fasciitis), the wind and my stomach & I still was able to finish under 4:45. I was asked right after if I would do another and I told my sister I would need a few days to answer. Someone asked me again this afternoon and I said "HELL YEAH!" I am a marathoner!!!!
I also got to meet Operation Jack's Sam today before the race started. If yo haven't heard of Operation Jack, please check out Sam's blog. Sam is running 60 marathons this year to raise money for autism awareness. http://www.operationjack.org/
After the race I was walking around just trying not to stiffen up when I happened upon a foot care tent. I promptly plopped my butt in the chair and had them look at my now very sore feet. My PT was right on - my feet hurt like hell when I stopped running. The staff taped both of my feet for PF. They also pointed out a monster blister I didn't know I had until they showed me and realized that I am now losing another toe nail on my left foot. All SO worth it!!!
I thought it was best that I write this tonight instead of tomorrow when I can't walk! LOL! Thanks for all of the amazing support!!!! YOU GUYS ROCK!!!!