Thank goodness for good training, and even better friends! I have wanted a sub 4 marathon since last summer. I failed pretty miserably at Marine Corps last year, and ended up walking the last three miles. It was very humbling and taught me quite a few lessons to take into B and A. The first, even though I wanted sub 4, that was not the end all be all. I did not want to get so hung up on the time I blew my race in the first 13. That being said, I was lucky enough to run most of the race with friends. Kim S. and I did a really good job of keeping each other on pace and pretty much stayed conversational the first half. We managed to stay right under 9’s which was great for me. Kim was coming off an injury and did amazing!! Lisa F and Meg met us at miles 13 and 14. It was perfect to have fresh faces. Kim and I had been gabbing each other’s ears off for right under 2 hours! (Wouldn’t have it any other way!). I have been working with Lisa for about a month now, and the results speak for themselves. She was the driving force I needed to get through that race. I know Kim would have gotten me across the finish sub 4 too, so either way I was taken care of. I felt really good up through about mile 21. Lisa never let me stop; literally, she took my bottles from my fuel belt and filled them at water stops for me while I continued running! I kind of felt like a celebrity in my head! At one point I think I said, “I feel like I’m gonna puke” and my response was something like, no, you’re going to keep running! I loved and hated it at the same time! I took little slow down breaks which never felt long enough at the time, but were just enough. Some people talk about how they do not like this race, its boring, and an out and back. I actually liked it! I got to scream obnoxiously to people I knew and saw so many familiar faces. All in all, it was an awesome experience for me, and I got to share it with a bunch of MMTC people. Post race I stretched a lot, took an ice and Epsom salt bath, and put compression gear on right away. I was amazed how “oaky” I felt after. I have some tightness in my left hip, but did not have the zombie walk or major trouble with steps at all this time! Congrats to all the other races, I think almost everyone had a PR that day!
I will add, that eating 4 cupcakes from Kupcakes and Co. pre-race may not be the best fueling strategy. I had 2 Friday, and 2 Saturday in “attempts to boost my sugar (wink wink).” I have strict instructions to stay away from sweets until after Rock-n-Roll.