Monday, October 13, 2008

Chicago Marathon


It's over.

Hallefuckinglujah.

You would think I would have learned my lesson the first time around. NOPE. Contrary to what I said in THIS post....I'm really quite slow.

My original goal was to break 5 hours.

HA!

My alternate goal was to improve last year's time of 5:19:andsomeoddseconds.

HA!

By mile 20 my new goal was to simply finish the damn thing.

And I did.

In 5:25:05.

Slow.

Very slow.

Am I disappointed? Not in the least.

Chicago was a fantastic marathon. And we had a fantastic time. The number of people in that city just blew my mind away. It really was quite amazing. And very inspiring.

And the best part? They were serving free beer at the finish line. DUDE. How's that for incentive to finish?......

And now T is trying to convince me that a mini Triathlon is the "thing" to do. Where the hell did I get these friends. Seriously. She needs help. I can barely walk....it hasn't even been 24 hours since the marathon....the pain is still very fresh in my mind.....and she's trying to talk me into this shit. And let me tell you.....she's relentless. She's like that nagging wife that won't give up an argument until she wins.....

.......shut up Papa Smurf......

I still don't know. But I'm sure she'll continue to hen peck me into submission.

For now, I've decided to give the full marathons a rest for awhile. We're planning on doing the Bay Shore 1/2 marathon in April. Papa Smurf is even considering joining us in training. That will be kinda neat. Training with the hubby. I think the 1/2 is the way to go. Training will be far less grueling. And the actual race will be much more enjoyable and much less painful.

Here's some pictures from the weekend....

Friday: We arrived in Chicago around 4pm and headed over to the Expo to register. Then headed to Dick's Last Resort for dinner. That place is really a good time. If you've never been you should go if you get the chance.


The 5 runners: B, L, T, W, and ME






Saturday we wandered down the Magnificent Mile and did some shopping. I finally made my first American Girl purchase. I've resisted the urge long enough. It was time. Smurfette's birthday is coming up in December and I figured since I was there I may as well save on shipping by purchasing a little early. She is going to be SO excited!





Sunday morning before the race....



At the starting corral....the upside down hamstring stretch view.....

The starting corral was divided into A, B, C, D, and "open." The "open" corral was waaaaaaaayyyyy behind all the cool elite athletes. "Open" translated into "those who are so slow they're really not "running" a marathon but would like to be humored into believing they are." It took us nearly 20 minutes after the official start to get from here.......

.....to here......

Just to put that into perspective for you.....by the time we actually made it to the Start line the elite runners were probably already 5 miles into the marathon.

T and I lost B early on in the race because by mile 3 she was vomiting on the side of the road. She had taken an antibiotic before the race for a sinus/throat ailment and it wasn't agreeing with her. It took her a while to shake it off.

The next 2 photos were taken around the 10K marker.

Absolutely loved running through this part of Chicago with the old Brownstone style homes. There were people outside their homes with hoses squirting all the runners down.

Had to get a picture of all the trampled water

and Gatorade cups....

The next 2 photos were taken around the 25K marker....we're still not looking too shabby. But you'll notice that I didn't get another photo until the finish line because we were hitting the wall somewhere around the 18 - 20 mile mark. The heat was unbearable and it was 10 degrees cooler than last year's marathon. I couldn't imagine trying to get through it with 90 degree heat.

If you look waaaay off in the distance you can see the finish line. There truly is NOTHING like finally seeing that finish line after running 26.2 miles in the sun and heat. It was a wonderful moment!

T and I after we met up with the rest of the clan after the race.

W in the middle finished with a personal best of 3:57.....WOW!

Me and Papa Smurf

I finished the marathon with my first ever running battle wound. This is my 2nd marathon and I've never gotten a blister from running. Can you believe it?

But...

Because of the heat and sun there were hoses everywhere....home and business owners had hoses held up for the participants to run through to cool off. There were fire hydrants opened up every couple miles or so. We hit EVERY single one of them. It was hot. It felt good. The problem was that by the time we finished we were soaked from head to toe. I was running with squishy and sloshy running shoes. My feet were pruney and rubbing in places they normally wouldn't.

I apologize in advance for the following photo...but I really just can't help myself. Check out my first blister ever (yes, my FIRST) on the inside of my big toe...it's about the size of a quarter and wraps around under my toe. I'm really quite proud of it. Please don't pay attention to the nasty old paint job....It's obviously been awhile since I've painted the toes.

I hobbled on over to the podiatry tent shortly after taking this picture and felt like a big baby for complaining about my little old blister when I took a look at the feet on the woman on the cot next to me. Holy Hell! Her feet were encased in 2 gigantic blisters. She was in a lot of pain. It took everything in me not to whip out my camera and grab a shot of those bad boys. She won't be wearing shoes for quite some time.

And that's it.

The end.

It's officially over (read with dramatic sigh of relief).

The 1/2 marathon is in April. I have 6 months. My goal: I'm going to finish the 1/2 in 2 hrs 10 mins.

=)

22 comments:

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Woman, you rock. Big time.

Now the fact that you started way at the back? Take that 20 min off your finishing time and you beat last year's time! (I'm such a geek I actually did the math - 26.2 miles in 325 minutes = 12.4 minutes/mile. I'd say that's pretty damn good!)

Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Seriously, you are so awesome. I was tracking your progress on the site and was cheering for you from here! Congratulations on finishing!! I can't imagine the feeling - really, it's an impressive accomplishment.

I love the *idea* of running a marathon, just not the actual running part.

Rozzbin said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I WALKED a HALF marathon a few years ago and thought I was a studdette. I can't even imagine running a full marathon.

Mama Zen said...

Congratulations!

I'm in awe. Absolute awe.

Mama Smurf said...

Thanks guys!

Colleen - LOL...I wish that's how it worked but unfortunately they don't start your own personal time until you actually cross the start line. You have a chip strapped to your shoe lace that registers when you've officially crossed the start and that's when your own personal timer starts.

But thanks anyway for trying to make me feel better!

=)

Kori said...

Oh, God, all these perky congratulations type people are killing me. Really. I had to stop and have a smoke break about halfway through your post, I was that tired. In all seriousness, though, congratualtions-you really DO rock, I love the photos, your ambition is a constant source of admiration to me, and all of the really helps allay my disgust that you acutally bought something American Girl. :) :) I have never bee nto Chicago-it is actually quite beautiful, isn't it?

Mama Smurf said...

Um...yeah...about that....



At the risk of tarnishing my stellar reputation I feel it necessary to share with you that 30 minutes after completing the marathon T and I were both lighting up.



You can't possibly imagine (or maybe you can) the amount of disdainful looks and comments we endured from fellow marathon participants and general spectators.



Pathetic....



I know....

Brooke said...

Yeah!! Good job girlfriend! You did great!! I am thinking about doing the 3 mile run here.. not quite as impressive.

Kelly said...

T I am soooooo flipping proud of you!! Wish we could of been there to support all of y'all!!!!

Dana said...

way to go!! you serioulsy rock girl!! I give you so much credit and applause for what you did! congrats!

Dana said...

way to go!! you serioulsy rock girl!! I give you so much credit and applause for what you did! congrats!

The Cabrelli's said...

Absolutely amazing!!! I could NEVER run a marathon. You should be so proud of you and your blister. I hope you know where to go for lots and lots of clothes and accessories for that AG purchase :-)

LittlePaintedPolkaDots said...

You really do rock. You are amazing. Way to go girl!

Kristin H. said...

I am so, so proud of you. That is an amazing accomplishment. I imagine that 1/2 marathon will be a piece of cake after this. You go girl!

McMommy said...

YAY!!!!!!! Congrats!!! That is something to be proud of! Also, I loved how you were taking pics as you were running. Major points for that!!

Leslie said...

mama smurf, I'm in awe. You are so totally awesome! Congrats! I love what Kate said, I love the idea too, just not the actual running part. lol! I can't even imagine running, taking pictures, and still looking good, as you did. Way to go!!

jodieboedie said...

Dude - you have no idea how in awe I am. I can't IMAGINE doing a marathon . . . and SMILING at the end!!! No matter how much pain it was and how crappy the training, it HAD to feel good to finish it . . . what an accomplishment!

And free beer . . . now THAT'S incentive to get to the end!

Breanne said...

Wow - that is awesome. Makes me want to go run..almost. I used to run but now I am so out of shape. looks ike a great time. Love the pics.

Domestic Accident said...

Holy freakin' cow. That is awesome. No way that I could exercise for 5 1/2 hrs, no matter how slow. You go, girl.

Traci said...

Congrats, congrats. Thanks for a great time in Chicago and sticking it out with me the whole 26.2 miles besides 5 months of training. But, ME pushy?? I'm just thinking of your physical and pychological well being!

TRI anyone???? hint HINT!!

Ashley said...

Wow! You go girl!!! Congratulations!!! Mine is a little over a month away! Wish there was free beer at the finish line. Aw heck - free or not I'll bring my own for that moment. Can't wait!!

April said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!