Monday, December 6, 2010

four hours, twenty minutes, twenty-nine seconds

after three months of training, the marathon is over! and my stars, it feels good.
we packed up the car with luggage and snacks on saturday morning and set out on what turned out to be a six hour drive (we thought it would only be 5) down to dallas. after checking in to our hotel, we headed over to the health expo so i could pick up my race packet. well, they ran out of shirts in my size and then a gatorade pouch leaked in my bag so i had to clean all that up and throw most of it away. but i had everything i needed so then we went back to the hotel for dinner.
this crazy cool sculpture was in the lobby of the fairmont dallas where we stayed. it was really nice and the staff was so accommodating. the hotel restaurant had pasta specials for the runners so i had a good bowl full for my pre-race carb load. then it was back to the room to watch the big 12 championship game and have a sam adams (also for carb loading).
and now you will see me without make-up and first thing in the morning. this is as real as it gets, folks.
it was freeeeeezing! which is good for running but tough for waiting. i had to wear matt's coat.
a lot of people dress up for big races. i saw people in tu-tus and in striped christmas socks, but this girl was my total favorite. she gets major points for creativity.
this is me very cold. but also supporting my big 12 champs, boomer sooner!!
because there were so many participants, they had different corrals based on finish time. i was in section k and i crossed the start line 36 minutes after the elite runners at the front. and when the temp starts out in the mid thirties, it's pretty hard to get warmed up. it took until about mile 5 before i could feel my feet!
look at me, i'm running so fast that the photo's blurry :)
so i finished this thing in 4:20:29. it was my best time ever! it really was a great day. the people of dallas were just so great to come out on a blustery day to cheer us on. so many were set up on the sidewalks in front of their houses with signs, snacks, and drinks. there were tons of bands sprinkled through out the course to keep us motivated. there was even a little girl sitting on her front lawn playing the violin. the hooter girls handed out water and about mile 20, folks were giving out small cups of miller 64. yes, yes i did have some. low calorie beer never tasted so good.
but it was so nice to get home last night, pop a bottle of champagne, and relax after a long day. now i just have to decide on my next race :)


Carys said...

Congratulations, you should be so proud of yourself!! I remember how supportive and kind you were when I ran the marathon relay, I think it's really important for women who run to support one another. You look lovely in these pictures, and that girl had an awesome costume!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Robyn said...

I am beyond impressed. I don't run. I jog. And my jog is more of a hopping walk. And I tend to nearly die after about 3 miles of hop walking. So I am impressed. Very impressed. Way to go!

archives said...

so wonderful, amanda! im sooo proud and happy for you!!!! really, like i mentioned before, this is something im just not capable of. my hat is off to you, lady!!! hope you're relaxing today and feeling well :)

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

Great job! Very impressive!!! You honestly don't look different without make up to me. Your skin seems wonderful. That Big Mac costume seems like it would be really hard to run in!

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

i am so proud of you! you are such an amazing lady.

Shallow Mallow said...

Congrats! Brilliant :)

Celeste said...

Congratulations on finishing! That is seriously amazing!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! This is quite an accomplishment and a great example to set for your little guy, who seems quite impressed with your medal.

Melanie said...

Amazing! You should be so proud of yourself. All of that training and dedication paid off and you accomplished what you set out to do. Truly inspiring!

Snappy-Q said...

Oh wow! That is an awesome finishing time! You should definitely be proud of yourself! I am also glad to hear that it was a good race and that you enjoyed it. Sometimes I miss racing... but mostly I am happy to just run for the fun/fitness of it now.
Again, way to go!

Between Laundry Days said...

I know I'm late to this party, but YAY YOU! I'm so proud and impressed!

Kristin, Golden Hearts Loves Vintage said...

wowwy! congratulations! so proud of you.