The BAD: Crazy traffic getting into the expo, nothing spectacular (and no chocolate milk!) at the expo, poor sleep at the hotel, more crazy traffic getting to the start, and a humongous CROWD at the start. We usually have had time to enjoy the band and hang out for awhile but this year I did not even use a port-a-pot. Just jammed my way into the corral with about 15 minutes to spare.
The GOOD: Fireworks at the start, fabulous entertainment and spectators as always, superb weather, I did not walk and I did not cry.
Here are the splits:
10K @ 56.02
13.1 miles @ 1:58.54
20 miles @ 3:03.33
Finish Line @ 4:01.59
|The old dog paw sign from San Diego! Makes spotting my peeps real easy!|
My finishing time was exactly where I expected it to be. I have never been so worked up about a race before. I know how hard I have worked for my 3 sub-four hour finishes and I knew that mentally I was not up for the beating this year. I also put a lot of thought into the message I am sending to my daughters. They really struggle with putting undue pressure on themselves to perform in school and sports. I swear I do not know where they got that from! Jerry? I realized before the race that I was talking nonstop about whether I could go under 4 hours. I was being negative and incredibly hard on myself. This is not the pattern I want to set up for my girls. They both sort of gave it to me on Saturday with a verbal scolding. I took their words to heart and incredibly felt the four-hour monkey melt away during the race. With every mile I became more determined to have a great day and stay positive. I knew from the splits that I was a couple of minutes off pace and made a cognizant decision to not give a rat's behind (as my momma would say!) and just stay the course. Instead I focused on not walking and not crying. I don't care how many marathons a person does - it hurts like HECK and there is NOTHING easy about it. I may never get to Boston but I am okay with that too. Truth be told if I did qualify I would have to make the difficult decision of whether or not it would be worth the money to sign up and take the family there. I can think of a lot of other places we would like to go. Not to mention that this morning there are a lot of sad runner faces who got shut out of Boston registration. Not me though, I'm still smiling!
The results summary is really great this year. It indicates that during the last six miles I passed a total of 255 people and only 10 people passed me! I really really love that!
|Quick bottle exchange at mile 20!|
|Just after mile 26. Happy moms make happy kids!|
|Marathon #10 complete! They still love me!|