Susane M Johnson ran: I am truly thankful &...

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  • 26 miles
  • 04:58 time
  • 11:27 pace
  • 3872 calories
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  • 0 ft climb
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good Bluenose Marathon 26 mi 04:58 11:27 pace

I am truly thankful & blessed with a life that has allowed me to run. This is my first home city Marathon:) One I will never forget. It was warm at 9:20am when the gun went off started off well .But 2 miles in my pack strap broke and had to be pinned. Fixed and got back on pace ran so strong & fresh and all the water stations were commenting me on how fresh I looked. I felt great well hydrated, took a gel at mile 6 was taking electrolyte tablets as well as sodium when I just felt the time was right. Stopped at every water station whether to drink it or drown myself in it. Tons & tons of hills in this Marathon as my city is basically all hills and of course we crossed the bridge into the next city Dartmouth which is all hills also. At 9 am it was starting to get hot. I was strong till 18.64 miles when the stiff hit about 90 but it's a humid heat here in Nova Scotia. Then by mile 20 Lactic acid build up was starting to set in my hammies & calves. I had great energy but the legs didn't want to go and at this point ,many runners were walking or being taken away on stretchers from heat exhaustion, dehydration and other aliments. All I can say is it was all about staying a float and finishing this race as it was brutal still several hills to go for the next 6 miles. Stopped often stretching rubbing,pouring cold water on my legs. Then run some more then mile 21 was a steep hill but ran it at a nice pace. Then it was into the park for some trails as this was the second set of trails ( the 1st set were back at miles 7, 8,9 where I was fresh & speedy) that involved several big also steep hills).Come out of the park involved a detour to more hills the purpose was to stay focused and just push through this to the finish line which was still 5 miles away. Come into the home stretch as I call the last 4 where to just keep moving running ,stopping to stretch as the legs were completely tightening to the point it was at times unbearable to lift them mile 23 was yet more hills staying on top and getting to the top. Mile 24 was down hill ,but when the legs aren't cooperating even down hill is painful then mile 25 was flat and I just gave it to her the way to the finish line which was very emotional as I have realized last weeks trail race and today's Marathon I am definitely not 100% from my bike accident but I'm in awww and proud of myself what I have accomplished in 8 days.The day ended with an hour of the best massage & chicken salad sandwich as it was gone before I even got to taste it. I hope you all had fantastic days.Those who raced be proud as it is an accomplishment within.

  • Ryan Q.
    Ryan Q.

    Awesome, way to go!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • George R.
    George R.

    Great job!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Sang Y.
    Sang Y.

    Amazing job superstar!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Jeff L.

    Great job. Bask in the glory and rest well.

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Patricia R.
    Patricia R.

    Susane: Just a curious question. Your official time is 5:09:58 for your marathon but you posted something different for your timeline so how did you lose 11 minutes of your time?

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Coleman M.

    Susane....great job with the marathon!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Joe R.
    Joe R.

    Awesome job on your 1st home city marathon Susane!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Eileen D
    Eileen D

    Wooo-Hooo!! Excellent job!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Todd G.

    Great job; congrats on a great finish.

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    Congrats on a marathon well done, Susanne! Tough conditions with the heat and the hills. In hot weather marathons, it's just all about finishing. Great job hanging in there!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Harry 5k
    Harry 5k

    @Patricia R. ~ hopefully Susane doesn't mind me trying to answer. Most likely she was way back of the start line and/or they had corrals that started in waves - a few seconds between each group starting. The clock starts for everyone when the race starts. It took 11 minutes to get to the start line and that is when Susane started her watch, Garmin, GPS or whatever. If the race was chip timed the official results will follow and her chip starts when she crosses the start line.

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Harry 5k
    Harry 5k

    The offical chip time should be very close to the time Susane posted here!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Joe B.
    Joe B.

    *Congrats* Susane!!! Way to go!!!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • John B.
    John B.

    Good job Susane. It is hard dealing with the heat and hills too. I wish I could train as hard!

    over 3 years ago Like1 person

  • Scott J.
    Scott J.

    Congratulations Susane on completing what had to have been one of the most difficult races you will run!! Tough conditions and a tough course, but you beat them both!! You should be very, very proud of yourself!! Well done!!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Paul R.
    Paul R.

    congrats well done !!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Cheryl P.
    Cheryl P.

    Great job. Way to persevere through tough conditions.

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Michelle H.
    Michelle H.

    You're awesome Susane. Phenomenal job today xx

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Robert S.
    Robert S.

    Amazing job Susane your a true inspiration. Most people would not be able to finish a full marathon after running such a big race the weekend before.

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Brittani W.
    Brittani W.

    Sounds like a really tough race, but you were tougher. Great job!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • Stu
    Stu

    Congratulations, Susane.

    over 3 years ago Like

  • James C.
    James C. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Wow, great Marathon. I heard there are a lot of hills in that one. Congrats.

    over 3 years ago

  • Leah
    Leah

    What an amazing day - you amazing athlete !! awesome work on a tough course !!

    over 3 years ago Like

  • David G.
    David G. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    great run , now rest up !

    over 3 years ago

  • Dale T.
    Dale T. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Congrats on an awesome marathon Susane! Way to get it DONE!

    over 3 years ago

  • Azaka R.
    Azaka R. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Awesome job, Susan!! Sounds very challenging with all the hills and heat but you were tougher!! Way to get it done! Amazing accomplishment!!!! Congrats!!!

    over 3 years ago

  • Chuck J.
    Chuck J. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Fantastic race Susane, CONGRATS!

    over 3 years ago

  • Harry 5k
    Harry 5k Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Awesome performance Susane especially considering the course and some small obstacles! Way to go!

    over 3 years ago

  • Sherri M
    Sherri M Congrats
    Congrats:

    :You made it! Congratulations, sounds like a race to remember. Hard to believe this is with coming back from a bike accident! You are strong!

    over 3 years ago

  • Terry B.
    Terry B. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Great job finishing through the hard time! Way to never give up!!

    over 3 years ago

  • Ninejustin Nj
    Ninejustin Nj You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Well done congratulations!

    over 3 years ago

  • Lindsay B. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Congrats to you!! Great job!! Yiy can do anything girl!! :)

    over 3 years ago

  • Paul R.
    Paul R. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    great job.

    over 3 years ago

  • Mark D.
    Mark D. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Congrats!! I ran the Bluenose Half in 2009, That year it was 13c, and drizzling, but it was still great! How did you like running around Point pleasant park?? Just a few hills...but you had a major hill on the other side of the Bridge I think!

    over 3 years ago

  • Orlando S.
    Orlando S. Congrats
    Congrats:

    On a great race!

    over 3 years ago

  • Ed T.
    Ed T. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    this is certainly a testament to what kind of person you are!!...one that never gives up no matter the circumstance!!...I am proud to call you a friend!!...well done Susane, you're quite incredible!!

    over 3 years ago

  • Saqeb L.
    Saqeb L. Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    congratulations on a race well run. you show great courage and your confidence and endurance helped do an awesome job. bravo brave champion

    over 3 years ago

  • Danica L.
    Danica L. You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Fantastic!

    over 3 years ago