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Sept-Tugaloo olympic tri; Oct-Michelob Ultra Half; Nov-Soldier Marathon
Gail N. ran: Yes we did!!! Our "l...
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- 26 miles
- 03:52 time
- 08:50 pace
- 2327 calories
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. :-)