Oklahoma Memorial Marathon April 30, 2007Posted by RegiVizz in Marathon, Running.
Yesterday I ran my first marathon.
Wow. An incredible experience.
The weather couldn’t have been better. It was cool in the morning as we arrived for our 6:30 start, and although it warmed up, it never got too hot. The announcer said that they estimated 5,000 people downtown for the event, so needless to say, it was crowded! We ended up parking about a mile away from the start, and as we hit more traffic than expected, RAN that mile. Consider it a warm-up I guess!
As we got closer to the start line, we lost sight of each other, and I just about panicked! There was no way we would be able to find each other again in the crowd! Luckily we were directed away from the main crowd of spectators in order to get to the starting line faster, so we were able to find each other in the smaller crowd.
You could feel the excitement in the air and after the starting gun went off, I was so eager to get started that I basically jumped up and down in place for the 3 minutes it took for us to finally get moving!
For the first half, we were staying pretty close to the 4:15 – 4:30 finish pace, and we felt extremely confident!
The first aid station at lucky mile 13 was our first stop. I had a blister the size of my big toenail on the side of my big toe. After a dollop of Vaseline and a couple of band-aids, we were off again. At the half, 13.1 miles, we had run for 2:19:14. I thought it was amazing how fast that time went. Little did I know that the next 13.1 was going to take longer (and FEEL even longer!) than that! Nordictwin (my running buddy, my rock, the one who
conned encouraged me to do this) started getting a calf cramp around mile 14. He stopped to the side and stretched it out and we were off again.
From mile 14 until mile 17 we were running at “my” lake. Now I see why it helps to run your course. I got to the lake and hit my “zone”. Unfortunately, Nordictwin’s calf was giving him some major problems about that time. As we crossed the 25K mark (at 3:01:33) I was feeling pretty good. We’d done a bit of walking, but not too terribly much. We were diligently gulping PowerAde and water at every stop, sometimes grabbing a pretzel or two as well. Many of the stops had orange quarters which really tasted great.
After mile 17, things slowed down quite a bit. We stopped to stretch, and tried to spend a little time massaging the cramped up calf, but nothing seemed to help. Committed to finishing, off we went to hobble across the finish line. We pushed ourselves to run those last 9 blocks and ended up actually jogging across the finish line…instead of hobbling!
Post race we gobbled down cheeseburgers, bananas, orange quarters and lots of water. We hobbled the mile back to the car, ready to hit the ice bath and the full hour massages we had scheduled!
Next year we’ll be faster.
(yep. you read that right. next year.)