|Judah Running the race|
The week of the marathon I took it easy. Monday I ran 4 miles on my own in the morning - around a 9:15 pace - Tuesday I ran 4.4 miles with Mike & Angela, Wednesday was a cold gross day and I ran 4 miles after work on the dread-mill, Thursday I ran 2.2 miles of trails on my lunch break. Friday I did not run, I walked my dog, Saturday I did not run, I want on a 2ish mile hike with my Mom & my dog... So by Saturday I felt pretty rested. I tried to have more carbs, but I was a little lazy on it... I just tried to eat somewhat normal and add rice and noodles to everything, I also had sandwiches at work no wraps... and tried to have some sort of bread for breakfast. I headed up to the race Saturday around 11am with Mike & Angela, Judah had drill, so he was already in Wisconsin planning on driving over to the hotel as soon as he was released. We headed over to the New Glarus Brewery to tour & sample beers - then to a local bar to get our free beer with the coupon that we had gotten at the brewery. It was fun, nice town, good beer - REALLY good beer actually.... After that we headed to the expo. It was not all that impressive - but we got what we needed to get, and I was able to pick up Judah's Bib and shirt with out the form that I was supposed to fill out and had not because I had not known about it. We walked around the capital building looking for some other runners from out group - finally found one of them and planned to meet later for dinner.
We stayed 2.2 miles out of town at the Clarian, Somehow Judah and I ended up with the smallest room I have ever had and Mike and Angela had a huge room with a couch, and whole sink/stove in it.... We ended up having dinner at my sisters hotel, a best western - it was good, I got something with shrimp (risky I know) chicken and Alfredo sauce. After that we headed back to the hotel and went to the hot tub, got our race clothes all set up and that was about it. I was woken up at 5:30 by our very noisy coffee machine that my husband had started - it was impossible to sleep after that, so I got up to deal with the late check out issue. I would not recommend the hotel. Mike had called them about late check out and the person on the phone said that it would most
likely be totally fine, but to check to be sure when we arrived. When we arrived they said that they could not approve it till the morning, and to just ask in the morning any time and it would be fine. In the morning we called the front desk only to have the tell us that we had to wait till 7am to ask a certain manager/house keeping - however the night before I has scheduled a 7am shuttle to down town - SO they knew that we would not be there the night before at 7am, and still said we could ask in the morning. it was really stupid. They eventually said we could share one room for late check out, so we hauled all our stuff over to Mike and Angelas huge room and we all had to shower there after the race - however AFTER the race the guy said that late check out was no problem at all, but since we had already turned out key in (so I though) and moved everything, it was too late for us, so we had to all use the same room anyway... Also the lady that morning had said that the whole hotel was booked, when we left at 2:30 or so, the parking lot was pretty much empty. Very lame. Also lame that later I found the room key in my wallet.
|Finished - OUCH & yay|
I wanted to walk up that final hill so bad, but people were watching, and the finish line was so close. I ordered my legs to keep going, and to go faster. They did keep going, but they seemed to rebel on the faster command and I almost fell flat on my face - after that I was happy with just keeping going. And I did - I reached the finish line at a decent pace and got my plastic reflector warming thing and some water. I knew Judah was not far behind me so I waited for him, he came in at 3:49 and we headed to the food together. They had sandwiches and chips and beer. I gave Judah my beer - I could barley hold the Monster Muscle drink I had in my check bag with out dropping it I was so cold and shivering so hard.
Everyone else from our group finished well all things considered. I'm just so happy that finally I was not weak (not too weak anyway) I pushed through the pain and exhaustion more than I ever have - I still cannot