Monday, November 23, 2009

Philadelphia Marathon Race Report

We arrived in Philadelphia around 2:30 on Friday. We arrive at the Best Western which was in a perfect location and was within walking distance to many things. However, the start line wasn't one of them. It was 2 miles away. The Philadelphia marathon website said it was .15 from the start. Ummm, dude, I think you misplaced a decimal point.

We took a nice walk around the neighborhood and we passed by Morimoto's (the Iron Chef) restaurant and I started ooooh'ing and aaaaah'ing because I love Morimoto and always wanted to try his cuisine. Low and behold, my darling husband made reservations there a few months ago as a surprise. Hee, hee!!!! Damn, I am one lucky girl!

The restaurant was gorgeous! My only complaint is that the front of house staff must not have had a good impression of us because they sat us at the very last booth, by the kitchen, by the check-in area for the staff. There were a ton of tables empty and it just struck me a little strange that we were sort of hidden. Oh well, the food was still out of this world! Worth every penny.

Saturday we headed to the expo to pick up our packets. The place was a MAD HOUSE. It reminded me of the shopping frenzy the day after Thanksgiving. The merchandise was completely picked over, people elbowing each other (not really), babies crying (not really), and a few fist fights (not really).

Sunday. The big day. I had three goals: To finish, to keep a 10:30 pace and to end strong. I am proud to say I accomplished all three!

We started out nice and easy. The first part of the course went through the historical parts of Philadelphia and was very cool! But I will tell you this. If anyone tells you that this course if flat is LYING! This is NOT a flat course. The hills are terrible (if you train for them). There are two that people fell victim -- the one by Drexler University and one by a park. So if you are running Philly, my advice is to train for hills. You will be thankful. I know I was! They barely phased me...going up that is...going down...different story.

My right knee started bothering me around mile 5, but it worked itself out. So I thought. When I crossed the finished line my knee was toast. It was so extremely painful. Not even in my training had any part of my body hurt like this. It's been almost a week and my knee still has some pain. Sonofabitch. ANYWAY, the longest part of the course is the out and back after you pass the halfway point. It is brutal. Mile 13-20 seems to go on FOREVER. Oh, and there is a hill at mile 17! Bastards.

Bill meet me around mile 23 and thank God!! I am not kidding when I tell you that from mile 23 to 26 I barely remember a thing. It was a total out of body experience. What I do remember is passing A LOT of people. Then, I heard Bill say - "honey, you only have a quarter mile left..I will see you at the finish line" It was like he splashed cold water on my face! I woke up and FLEW to the finish line!!!

It was a great race, well organized and a hell of a lot of fun!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holy Shit and Holy Hell

I did it!!! My time for my first marathon was 4:40:39!!! I couldn't be happier.

More later. Right now, I am butt ass tired and my knee is killing me. Time for good sleep. But will post more of a detailed race report later.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Ready for Philadelphia

Packed and ready to go.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

How the hell....

Today is my birthday. I am officially in a new demographic. It sucks. I know it is just a number, but shit, I blink my eyes and I am turning 40! How the hell did that happen. I swear, yesterday, I was 27. Sigh.

We are heading out tomorrow for Philly. I am excited, nervous and ready for it all to be over with so I can get on with my 40 yr old life. ANYWAY...I will be posting so I can go back on this and either laugh, cringe or cheer.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

This morning, I ran my last long run till the marathon. Yiiiipppppeeeee!!!! 8 easy miles. It was glorious and all I kept thinking was in two weeks I will be able to sleep in on the weekends. I am SO looking forward to that.

The taper is going great. My legs feel fresh and energy level is up. All I need to do is stay away from sick people. If I get a cold now, I will be PISSED.

7 more days!!!!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Turning the Corner

What the hell happened to me? When did I turn the corner in my training? For a long time I thought I was getting slower and was feeling depressed. I was running slower, I had a hamstring injury and things just sucked. I felt like all the proverbial chips were against me. Then today, things changed.

This morning I felt really good. Could it be the 2 Tylenol I downed before the run or the BioFreeze I slathered all over my legs? Maybe. Or it could have been the half of pizza I gobbled down the night before. Regardless, something clicked in today. I can only PRAY it stays clicked.

Our pace stayed around 10:30 for the first 7 miles. From mile 7 to 11 we sped it up to be in the mid 10's. Mile 12 - 10:08! But here is the shocker of the run -- mile 18 - 9:55! SSSSSHHHHHIIIIITTTTTT!!!!! Mile 19 - 10:03 - Mile 20 - 10:03 - Mile 21 -10:04 - Mile 22 - 9:51 - GET THE FU** OUT OF HERE.

Overall average pace for today was 10:19. This is by far the fastest I have run in a very, very long time. Please, oh please, let the good running mojo stick around for another 3 weeks.