Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Marathon Tidbits and Details

So, here's the nitty gritty deets of my first marathon!

Friday night I was SUPER nervous. I just didn't know what to expect.  Prior to my marathon, the most I had run was 20 miles. It was a horrible experience. I seriously thought how can I run 26.2, when I could barely run 20? I was terrified. 
 But, my blogging/running friend, Elizabeth, saved the day. She was running her first marathon on Saturday too!! She and I texted all evening, she was a HUGE help in calming my nerves! Thank you, sweet girl! You need to read her recap, she did AWESOME at her first marathon, and I can't wait to run a marathon with her!

And then another friend, Carie, made this adorable sign for me!
 That made me so happy! Thank you so much, Carie! You have no idea how much that meant to me. She said her girls were carrying the sign around the house cheering for me! We have plans to run a marathon together someday too!

Friday night, after picking up my packet, we went out to Abuelo's, a Mexican restaurant.
I was hoping this wouldn't effect my race, and it probably wasn't the smartest thing I've ever done! But I have never had stomach troubles when I run, so I figured I would be okay, and I was.

 I've always heard never try anything new before your race...but I broke that rule. Before I left Saturday morning, I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I usually only have a banana before a race, but I knew a banana alone wouldn't get me through 26 miles! I think that's another reason why my 20 miler went so bad, because I hadn't fueled properly beforehand! I'm very glad I ate that sandwich, and I really believe it helped!

  Starting at mile 5, and every 5 miles after that, I would take GU Energy Gels. I carried 4 of these with me in my SpiBelt. Love them!

I didn't carry any water with me because I knew there were plenty of water/powerade stops. I drank at most of them. Towards the end I was grabbing both a cup of water and powerade. I was thirsty!! 

  After the race we met with some friends in the area and had lunch together. For some reason, I was not hungry at all, and could hardly eat anything! I thought I would be ravenous, but I wasn't. When we got home that evening, my honey did get me some ice cream. I always have room for ice cream! ;)

My family was so wonderful and supportive of me. My lovely twinnie would send me texts as I was running, just encouraging and praying for me. Every time I would get a text from her was the EXACT moment I needed to be encouraged. Of course I didn't reply, but I would hear my text alert go off on my phone, look at my arm and read it, and be SO encouraged! Thank you, Annie!!

When I had finished, I read a facebook message from my precious Dad. Of course I started crying again. I think I cried pretty much all day long! I love my family!!

Saturday evening and Sunday I was VERY sore. I was walking slow and it was very difficult standing and sitting! Jeremy was such a huge help! I don't know what I would've done without him!
 Of course wearing these shoes for 10 hours on Sunday probably didn't help my soreness!
What can I say, I love my heels (yes, even though they make me over 6'!), and they went perfectly with my outfit, so I had to! :)

 Thank you all, my faithful readers, who I now call friends, for your support, love and encouragement! Thank you to my sweet friends for the little things you did and said that kept me going. Thank you to my wonderful family for your support and for sharing in my excitement. Thank you to the love of my life, Jeremy. This wouldn't have been nearly as fun without you! And thanks to God for running beside me every step of the way. 

 And one last picture... I finally get to put this sticker on my car!!




 



 
katie

59 comments:

  1. WOOO Hoooo for the sticker!!!!!!! Only a runner can appreciate putting that sticker on!

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    1. That's right! Seems like I've been waiting forever to do that!

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  2. I googled "funny marathon signs" and found one that said something like, "Pain now, beer later", "Pain now, glory later", "Pain now, nap later", etc. So I thought I'd make one just for you and your love of ice cream! :) And I am SO glad to hear that your wonderful husband got you some MUCH DESERVED ice cream! I cried when I read your Dad's message to you on facebook! I am SO proud of you lady! :) Thank you for answering my questions! But I have one more for ya! What SpiBelt do you have? Do you like it? I was thinking about getting something to hold some GU's during my training, but the SpiBelt website has different types of belts. You inspire me! And you look GORGEOUS in the photo with your car sticker! I am so excited for my marathon in September! :)

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    1. You're so creative, I loved it!! My Spibelt is like this, just the original one.
      http://www.spibelt.com/products/spibelt/the-original-spibelt
      I really like it, I put all 4 of my GU's in it, and it didn't bounce or anything while I was wearing it. Definitely get one!
      Thank you so much, girlie! I'm so excited for your marathon too!!

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  3. I was most excited about putting my marathon magnet on my jeep too!!!! Beautiful picture of you!

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    1. I was so excited to put it on there! Thank you, Teresa!

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  4. Congratulations!! And I'm amazed you could wear those heels after ;)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Actually the heels kind of stretched my calves, and didn't feel too bad at all!

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  5. I can't eat after running a marathon either. I have to force myself. The time that I ate half a grilled chicken breast and half a baked potato (both plain, not a thing on them) in the restaurant at my hotel was the time that I recovered the best and the fastest. I think that was my 3rd marathon. You'd think that I'd learn but the last 2 times, I just couldn't do it. I usually have a long drive home and will start to get that light headed feeling and a headache so I know that I HAVE to eat. I have found that fast food fries actually go down pretty easy and taste good. It's the only time I ever eat them but, of course, will never tell any of my friends!!!

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    1. I knew I had to eat something afterwards, but I sure didn't feel like it either. I don't think I've had fries in YEARS! I'm afraid if I do, I'll get a craving that'll never go away! Lol! Hilarious that you wouldn't ever tell your friends!

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  6. That is so awesome! Congrats!
    So inspiring!

    i love how supportive everyone was-your dad's facebook post was so sweet and texts throughout...wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Martha!! I don't think I could've made it without everyone's support, it was awesome!

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  7. Your so cute with your heels and your sticker;) I always end up in heels post race too:)

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    1. Thanks, Hanna! Lol, why do we do that to ourselves??

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  8. Oh i love this post. The sign, your dad's Facebook message (!!! adorable !!!), and the decal!! You're awesome Katie congrats!

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  9. The sticker is the best part! lol. I remember when I was training for my half, and I was so envious every time I saw a 13.1 sticker. Now that I have it, I feel like it's nothing and I'm so envious of the 26.2 stickers! Now THOSE are warriors! (you're included in that now...)

    I am never hungry when I run either! I ran the Texas Independence Relay in March and I had 3 legs to run. I wasn't hungry all weekend. I knew I had to fuel, but I literally choked food down only because I knew I needed it. Running not only curbs my appetite, but it almost goes in the opposite direction!

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    1. Haha! I SO know what you mean though, I felt the same way. I was so excited about my 13.1 sticker at first, but then started feeling like I really needed that 26.2! But 13.1 is still a huge accomplishment that most people never reach either!
      I've found that when I run smaller distances, I'm hungry after. But any long runs, and I just don't want to eat! Maybe I should do long runs more often, it would help get this extra weight off! ;)

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  10. I'm starting to train for my first marathon next month so this was great for me to read! The mileage is daunting but I'm glad you had so much support!

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    1. That's awesome, Lauren! I found as I got more into it, the mileage isn't as daunting anymore. Right now it seems like a LOT, but once you start doing it, it won't seem that way. (That's how it was for me anyway!)

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  11. First off, LOVE the sign and ur dads message and texts u got at just the right moments during the race! :) second of all... We are so much alike it's funny! I think we could be twins! ;) you are a MARATHONER my friend! :) congratulations again! :)

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    1. Hey, maybe you are my long lost twin! (Well, triplet- since I have a twin!)
      Aughhhh!!! I can't believe I'm a marathoner! I keep telling myself that, but it still hasn't hit me! Lol! Thank you, Z! xoxo

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  12. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I'm so incredibly proud of you, Katie! This recap was perfect and really showed how much amazing support you had. I almost teared up reading your Dad's text. So sweet!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gina! My support really was amazing!

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  13. Congrats on your first marathon!! My hats off to you. Every time I finish a half marathon, I wonder how in the world you marathoners do that all over again!! :)

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    1. Lol! Thank you! I remember when I used to wonder the same thing!

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  14. Great job, Katie.....SOOOOOO proud of you! And I remember how great it felt to put that sticker on my car........as the quote says "Always earned, never given". You earned it!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Bill!! Love that quote, it's so true!

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  15. Congratulations! Love your sticker pic, very cute! I have turned into quite the rule breaker on race eve from eating and wearing outfits I've never worn before. Just call us rebels! Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! I also forgot to mention that I had never worn my skirt before ever! Rebels indeed. ;)

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  16. Congrats!! Loved the sweet fb post from your dad!

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  17. I totally have the marathon 26.2 sticker too. Such a right of passage. You sound like you had an amazing crew behind you. Makes running so much better!

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    1. Yes, it sure is! My support was so amazing, couldn't have done it without them!

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  18. That message from your Dad is so, so sweet!!!
    I couldn't have done this marathon without you girl!! Thanks so much for everything- and I can't wait until we run a marathon together!

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  19. That was the sweetest message from your dad! I rock a 13.1 and a 26.2 on my car. :) AND I LOVE your outfit....super cute and sassy.:)

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Love that you rock both of the stickers!! :)

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  20. Wow the message from your dad is so so so sweet! I'm so proud of you! Congrats on now being a MARATHONER! I too may have to put a 26.2 on my car when that day comes :)

    p.s. always room for ice cream. ALWAYS.

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    1. Thank you, Beka! And you know I agree with ya about the ice cream! ;)

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  21. Congrats on your race! I've only got 11 days left until mine. ELEVEN!!!! Super nervous. I do a PB and J on race morning too, has never failed me =) I cant wait to put that sticker on my car too =)

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    1. Thanks, Anna! I can't wait to hear about your race. You'll do amazing!!

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  22. Cute picture with the sticker, and you look fabulous in it! You rocked your first marathon! You're such an inspiration, and what a sweet message from your dad!

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  23. I can't believe you walked around wearing heels the next day! You are a total rock star (and so adorable, too). Congrats on becoming a marathoner and a great race. :)

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    1. Haha! I can't believe it either! They gave my calves a nice stretch, so they weren't too bad! Thank you, Clarinda! :)

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  24. Congratulations on your first marathon!!! That is the sweetest message from your dad. :)

    Oh, and I would have some MAJOR problems if I ate that as my pre-race dinner...it wouldn't be pretty! Ha!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen! I'm really lucky that dinner didn't bother me. I know I took a huge chance with that!

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  25. Nice sticker :) It's a great one to have finally earned!

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