I’m a marathoner!! Yay! But, oh my, what an experience. My first marathon was not what I expected. I almost did not run, especially with my husband nagging me not too. I wanted to but it was ultimately a morning decision made by me if it was nay or yay.
Let’s go back to Saturday morning. I woke up early and had to go to the bathroom right away, like really right away. Sorry for TMI but I had the squirts. I had a headache and my tummy hurt too. I think it was from the sushi I had the night before, or it was from what my kiddos had earlier in the week, but their symptoms were more puking. Either way, I felt horrible. I didn’t feel like doing anything really, but Saturday’s highlight was getting out to go to the expo to pick up my bib. I went with the kiddos and we were pretty much in and out. Here’s a pic from the Expo:
Sunday morning came and I felt better. No headache, but still had the diarrhea. I decided I wanted to go no matter what and try my best and finish. Let’s just say I’m so happy I didn’t poop in my shorts during the race lol. When I got home, after eating some post race food, I still had diarrhea though. Everything was pretty much back to normal on Monday. But back to the race recap…
We left the house around 5:30 am and I had a slice of toast before we left and a Mamma Chia Strawberry Banana pouch in the car. I was feeling fine. We parked in the Smart Park garage on Yamhill and 10th. We headed towards the start area and found corral H where I saw Porta Potties and a long line so I went in line to do my business. My awesome support, my hubby and kiddos walked with me to my corral. Here’s a pic with my lil guy:
The race started at 7 am and we got to my corral around 6:35 am. It was cold with the wind. My Garmin said it was 50F with 87% humidity. It was actually great running weather. The waiting part is when it’s cold. Below is a pic of corral or wave D.
After the singing of the Star Spangled Banner, the wheelchair racers were off, followed by the elites. The pic below was taken at 7:04 am which is when we moved to the start line. According to the runpix results analysis, my start delay was 6 min 43 sec.Below are pics I took during the race:
Once we were off, I felt good. Here’s a pic going through the Chinese Gate.
There was a lot of great entertainment along the course. Lots of steel bands and other percussionists. Loved hearing the drums while running.
There was also many cheer squads. There was so much great support and encouragement along the way by spectators and volunteers as well! I loved how our names were on our bibs. It was always awesome when someone said my name to encourage me!
I was surprised to see bubbles and thought that was pretty cool.
This is close to the split point where marathoners continued to the right and half marathoners to the left.
Gotta love the signs and people who dress up!So I felt pretty good for the first half but after that around mile 15ish I just wasn’t feeling it. My pace slowed. The gradual climb towards the bridge was getting to me. I was thirsty. I should’ve used two Simple Hydration Bottles like during one of my 20 milers. But I thought with all the aid stations I would be fine. I should’ve know better. Oh wells. Then I was thinking this is my first marathon and knowing what I went through the day before, I decided to walk the difficult hill right before St. John’s Bridge. I walked the whole thing lol.
A nice pic of St. John’s Bridge.Once I started running again, I couldn’t pick up my normal pace. My energy was gone or something. I was just going slower. So I walked numerous times throughout the rest of the race.
Heading towards the Broadway Bridge which was around mile 24. The end was near.
Below is the Finish Line and Finisher’s area where we got our medal, rose, coin, pendant, and recovery jacket.
There was so much food/drinks at the end and I didn’t take pics of everything:
The medal, pendant, and coin.Woohoo! 26.2 miles done! It was a rough one! I didn’t expect to walk as much as I did. It was a tough course with some big hills. I’m just so happy to have finished, especially with still a good time. I beat Oprah! 🙂 I used a total of four Gu, which I took every five miles or so and had my Simple Hydration Bottle filled with Nuun. I’m kicking myself for not bringing two bottles because I think I was dehydrated. But now I can say I’m a marathoner!! I’m ready to sign up for my next one. Any suggestions?