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  • 26 miles
  • 03:52 time
  • 08:50 pace
  • 2327 calories
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  • 3011 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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good Inaugural Francis & Gail Marathon! 26.24 mi 03:52 08:50 pace

Yes we did!!! Our "little jaunt" through the countryside yielded some highs, some lows, and some downright ugly moments. Francis is an absolute saint for accompanying me on this journey!! He was so supportive and kind, and we spoke about our families, our faith, and our running. Bear in mind, the time above includes running time only. We started strong, even with starting humidity at 83% and a minimum temperature of 75 degrees. At the 10K split, we were at 52:34 (8:29 pace). I had stashed some Gatorade at about the 9.5 mark early in the morning, so we there stopped briefly to refuel. By the halfway point, we were still going strong at 1:51:59 (8:32 avg. pace for the first half).

We stopped once again just before Mile 17 to retrieve the rest of our liquid supply. At that point, though, it started to get hot, really hot. The temperature by the end was 86 degrees! At Mile 19, I "pulled over" briefly to catch my breath and get my stomach to calm down. By Mile 22, the brief stop was much longer. My blood pressure was going crazy, and I deliriously walked up to a tree and hugged it. I think I babbled some too. I kept bending over to get some relief. However, I wanted to get back, so we eventually went on. Francis was very encouraging and did not push me at all.

A mile later I stopped one more time. It was so frustrating because I really, really wanted to go on. Just after that, we ran into my husband and kids biking on the trail. Rob had brought some cold Gatorade that I was glad to have. After that, I picked back up the pace (slightly) until the end. Miles 20-26 were all in the low 9-somethings for pace, the slowest being 9:27. This was at least better than my first marathon where my slowest was 11-something!

Although my legs and lungs were very tired, it was the sun that really did most of the energy-zapping, even with good hydration. We crossed the "finish line" (established by good old Garmin - not a step further!) in the blazing sun, and I made my way to the very next shady spot and plopped right down. However, Francis had brought some bananas, so I made myself stand so I could walk with him to get one. They tasted very good!

After the run, I iced, had a recovery drink, and took a loooooong nap. My legs actually feel okay right now, but I have a long way to go to getting acclimated to the true heat. I am SO glad that my late Oct. D.C. marathon is bound to be cooler and drier!

Francis, I am sincerely grateful to you for your patience, kindness, generosity, and faith! Rob said you looked like you'd hardly broken a sweat! He told me I was white as a sheet. :-)

  • Sang Y.
    Sang Y.

    Amazing job in this heat! You got it done and killed your Albany time. The heat and humidity are a rough combo and you more than held your own!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Gail N.
    Gail N.

    Maybe the running time was better, but if the stops were counted in (which they would be on a race), I think I'd easily add another 15 minutes to that time. Still, I keep telling myself it won't be that hot. I know I can do better in the cool!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Keith H.
    Keith H.

    You and Francis rocked it, Gail! Great job out there!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Francis
    Francis

    Gail, you kept a great mental note of the practice marathon this morning. You did great and I am confident you will do even greater in the MCM. Tell Rob thank-you for bringing the cold Gatorade. It was so refreshingly cold and was delivered right on time! Obviously he was busy looking at you and did not see how soaked soaked I was in sweat :) The next practice marathon is in late August.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Gail N.
    Gail N.

    Francis, what was the name of that recovery drink again? I know you spelled it and everything, but my brain was mush. At least my legs actually feel pretty good right now. Without the heat, I know I could have done better. I'll check my August calendar!

    about 2 years ago Like

  • Francis
    Francis

    Gail, thanks for your kind words! You are a great runner. The combination of high temperature and humidity was challenging. All the symptoms you went through are an indication of heat exhaustion. In addition, you ran the PRR on Wednesday and 14 miles on Thursday. That was a lot to put the body through in a few days. Great job Gail!!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kristin
    Kristin

    Super!!!! I wish I could talk someone into running 26.2 with me for a training run!!!! That is so great!! I can't believe you ran that distance in this heat and humidity.....that is amazing!! You both rock!!! :)

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Gail N.
    Gail N.

    Kristin, come down here and I'll be so happy to run with you!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Kristin
    Kristin

    Gail, I'm thinking of joining you on your August run!! Lol!! :))

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Barbara K.
    Barbara K.

    Wonderful run!!!!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Chris
    Chris

    You are amazing!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Danielle
    Danielle

    Sounds like your next marathon after MCM is going to be Boston... great job!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Sarah
    Sarah You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Great run Gail! Way to push through. And you are so right when it is cooler out in November you will feel so much better. If you are doing this in the heat and humidity, you will BQ without a problem at MCM! Great training run!

    about 2 years ago

  • Elyn M.
    Elyn M.

    Wow...just wow!

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Steve M.
    Steve M.

    Absolutely incredible. I'm in awe.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Arleen C.
    Arleen C. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    I really like the tree hugging part. I know just how you felt!

    about 2 years ago

  • Runningteacher
    Runningteacher

    Very, very nice girl! :)

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Tad S.
    Tad S.

    Wow. That is quite a long run! Great job.

    about 2 years ago Like1 person

  • Michael M.
    Michael M. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Absolutely amazing Gail, and Francis is so kind to have been so very supportive of you. In that type of heat and humidity, you are acclimating very well in my opinion. My, how strong you're getting !

    about 2 years ago

  • Gail N.
    Gail N.

    Thank you to everyone for your very kind and encouraging comments! Honestly, sometimes thinking about my friends on Daily Mile is what keeps me going on the hardest runs.

    about 2 years ago Like