Friday, February 20, 2009

Well, I finally ran an under four hour marathon! I've only been trying since 2001 and finally completed that goal on Feb 15th 2009. Now, I'm going to warn you because this is going to end up sounding like an acceptance speech because I'm going to thank so many people, but honestly, I REALLY could not have done it alone.

First of all, getting my butt in gear a few months ago was hard. I had to really stick with some tough runs on the weekdays and long runs on the weekends. In past years, I hadn't really pushed myself during the week like I should have and I think that helped this year. Beth, Martin, and Kathy were able to run most long runs with me while Dustin was out to sea and their constant enthusiasm and encouragement were what pulled me through 17, 18, 19, and 20 mile runs. That, and the fact that I had to run fast to keep up with their speedy legs so I woulnd't get lost!

Beth and I started to get excited about "dressing up" for the marathon in the weeks leading up to it. We went shopping a few times to find the perfect outfits. We finally found some shirts and proceeded to form our complete outfit around that with necklaces, hair bows for our pigtails, hats, high socks with pink and red hearts on them, letters to spell out our names, who we were running for and that "cancer sux." Then, we couldn't pass up the bright pink skirt we found on the sale rack (even though we already planned to wear our white skirts). Hmmmmmm, who could possibly where this? I know! Dustin! He was out to sea and he couldn't argue with us, so I bought it!

I really have no idea how I found such a supportive husband, but I truly am thankful for him. He honestly will do anything to make me happy and seeing him in that skirt kept a smile on my face from the first time I convinced him to put it on and run around the house, to that finish line photo! He was wearing his shirt he wore last year that said, "Dustin in Pink" on the front and "For Gramma" on the back. This year, the addition in white letters on the pink skirt was "SKIRT-NOT MY IDEA" He sure got a lot of attention for his ensemble, but deep down, he really loved it. It was hilarious to see him keep pulling the skirt up because it was falling down cause he's so skinny.

We saw so many people we knew that morning from past running groups and from the Hammerhead Triathlon Club. We were even on the local news with guess who getting all the talk time......yes, Dustin. He did talk about his grandma and it was very sweet.

For some reason, as we started the race and passed Tim and Donna, we were running kind of quick over the JTB bridge (maybe it was cause the weather looked like it was going to dump rain on us, but never even drizzled the whole day). When we got to mile 5, we were averaging under 8 minute miles-way too fast. We saw my parents at the entrance to the beach and then we saw them again and again and again....they were everywhere, they just kept hopping in their car and driving up, getting out, cheering, and repeating that! I really have no idea how I got such supportive parents as well, because all it took was one plea to them to wear our shark hats and they sported them all day!

We ran 2.5 miles on the sandy beach and we were SO glad to get that part over with. Beth, Dustin, and Catherine and I ducked behind two guys at the end of the beach to try to draft off of them and Dustin tried to block the wind from slowing me down (awwww, sweet!) I was still feeling great until about mile 11 (warning-yuckiness ahead), when I puked in my mouth! I tried to not let anyone know I was starting to feel bad and just kept running, but slowed down a bit.

Kathy Hunken was out on the course on her bike here and there, running around picking up our stuff we threw at her and refilling water bottles and cheering her butt off. She biked and ran a lot of miles that day and we are so thankful for her! We expect a lot out of her since she's a fellow St. Louisan who we met here. JC was also out there in a few places cheering us on, motivating me to keep smiling cause that's what I always tell her as she's running her 5 minute miles!

We saw so many other people on the sidelines and they really helped us along. We were slowing down, but still keeping a decent pace. Aaron Shady passed us, Millie Tanner passed us, Roberta Coltman passed us.....all great runners, but still, mentally having all these people start to pass us and my quads not wanting to stay with them was very challenging. I would have loved to keep up with those three, but couldn't. I was forced to walk a few times, but inside my head, was the voice of Kellie Smirnoff, saying "YOUARESOGONNABREAKFOURHOURSYOUCANDOIT!!!!" in her quick enthusiastic chant she had for me right before we started. Dustin and Beth were also trying to help with words of encouragement. Catherine was hanging on with us in a silent determination (this was her first marathon and she was kicking butt staying with us almost the whole time).

As we went past mile 20 where the Hammerhead Water stop was, it was so great to see familiar faces, but I was faking smiles, that is for sure. Then, we saw all our old Team in Training friends and ran by to give them all fives (again, fake smiles!)

Then, we saw our peeps from the new running store, Jacksonville Running Company. I begged Jo to run with me for a short time. Josh refilled water bottles with gatorade for us which we really needed cause there was some gross drink out on the course that wasn't good. They ran along with us telling me I could do it in under four hours, but I was majorly questioning myself by that time. I told Jo that it was my quads tightening up, that they'd never done that before and it sucked! She started massaging them AS we ran! It was hilarious but it felt good!

I could NOT let all these people who helped me down and run even a second over four hours. Dustin suggested that I put my headphones in and that helped, the Fort Minor song, 50% Pain pumped me up a lot and Maroon 5, It's getting harder and harder to breathe was coming true! I had to take the headphones out when I saw Alicia and her three kids alongside the street! I couldn't believe she brought them out there to cheer and I so needed that then. I put the headphones back on to hear, "Move, Bitch, get out the way, get out the way bitch, get out the way" which is a funny song anyway, but when your husband is just ahead of you in a skirt, it becomes hilarious! Again, faking a smile to myself and telling myself that I could do this. Dustin and Beth kept encouraging me and there were so many people out there on the course the last 6 miles, but I don't remember very much and I don't remember what anyone said to me.

I just kept thinking that I couldn't be opening up the door to our party later that day and telling people that I didn't meet my goal. I wanted to have champagne in my hand celebrating! Somehow, we pushed through the last few miles on JTB and then we saw Kathy running back to get us over the bridge and it was so great to see her! As we turned onto San Pablo road, we could see the finish and I still wasn't sure we would make it! Dustin, Beth and I got closer and closer, saw my parents on the sidelines cheering and we held hands to cross the finish line in 3:58:15! Thank goodness! After crying and hugging them, there were so many others, Lisa and Samantha, and Martin at the finish to hug. I truly could not have done it without Dustin and Beth pulling me along at the finish, so thanks guys! I think the first thing I said was, "That sucked!" But, man, was it worth it to come in under 4 hours. Now I can be done with marathons.....maybe, unless they start with a 2.4 miles swim and 112 mile bike. :)

I also got so many good luck emails, phone calls (the best was right before we were falling asleep on Sat night, Jeff and Kendra called to wish us luck!), texts, and so many congratulatory emails, phone calls, texts, and facebook comments that I felt VERY loved and supported that day! It was great to have my parents there to share it and it was great to have good friends at the party afterwards. We were also celebrating that the Hammerheads made it to 3000 run miles in February thanks to the marathon and half marathon. We were "racing" 59 other clubs around the nation and we won, thanks to our efforts to enter everyone's miles in when we came home from the marathon. It was a very successful day.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Kellie said...

AWESOMEWRITEUPANGIEYOUROCK!!! I loved living he marathon with you. You write so well! It was a really special marathon for you to finish under 4 hours (i.e. reach your goal). I am proud of you and hope you do another one even if it does not have a 2.4 mile swim and 112 mile bike in front of it :)

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Dr Gbojoro for bring back my girl, I am Mr. Harrison, I lost my girl to my boss in my office about three months ago. though i don't believed much in spell casting i decided to give this great man a chance after hearing lot about him from friends and reading more testimonies to his credit, believe me just only four days of knowing him' my girl came back crying and apologizing asking me to forgive her. Presently we are living happily for more help in issues relating to this please don't hesitate to reach him on this email address: gbojorotemple@yahoo.com
Mr Harrison from Demark

1:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear gbojoro ,

You are so great for all the wrongs that you made right in my life. There
was an enemy that treated me like absolute garbage and had no respect
for me. That person took advantage of me, lied, cheated, and stole.
You took all that was done and made the enemy suffer in the ways that
affect them most.

Their love life went to absolute nothing, there confidence went down to
nothing, and every relationship in their life turned to total
darkness and misery. Every time this person would try and mend one of
their relationships they would hit a brick wall. You brought them
down to their knees and have them begging for mercy and they got just
what they deserved!!!His email is gbojorotemple@yahoo.com


Thank you so much gbojoro for bring justice to my life.
Sincerely,
Peter 
Las Vegas, Nevada

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

• Hello to people that want to be Great,
Note: This Spell casting do not have any effect on any one, But just to get your problem solve ok.
Get your problem solve in gbojoro oracle temple / shrine …You can get the
bellow problems solve here.
1. Get your scam money back
2. Bring back lost lover, even if lost for a long time
3. Remove bad spells from homes, business & customer attraction etc.
4. Get promotion you have desired for a long time at work or in your career.
5. Read all your problems before you even mention them to him
6. Remove the black spot that keeps on taking your money away
7. Find out why you are not progressing in life and the solution
8. Eliminate in family fights
9. Ensure excellent school grades even for children with mental disabilities
10. Stop your marriage or relationship from breaking apart
11. I destroy and can send back the Nicolas if requested
12. We heal barrenness in women and disturbing menstruation
13. Get you marriage to the lover of your choice
14. Guarantee you win the troubling court cases & divorce no matter how what stage
15. Ensure success in work and business
16. Mental illness & bewitched
17. Can’t sleep at night or walking at night
18. Recover stolen property and whereabouts of people that hurt you.
19. Bring supernatural luck into
20. Extreme protection for those doing dangerous jobs like security guards, Bank
manager, cash transporters, etc. gbojorotemple@yahoo.com
READ UP CAREFULLY AND GET YOUR PROBLEM SOLVE: contact ok gbojorotemple@yahoo.com Dr Gbojoro

1:33 AM  
Blogger Vicky Ben said...

Am Vicky Ben from Canada. I never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to Africa in may this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is DR.ogogorotemple@yahoo.com he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back one’s gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .I’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 4years. I really loved him, but his family was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told Dr Ogogoro what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 8 days when i returned to USA, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is ogogorotemple@yahoo.com

2:51 AM  
Blogger Davis Cindy said...

Hello everybody, my names is Cindy Davis Am from Canada i want to give thanks and honor to Dr.ATILA for the great work he did for me, he brought my lover within 24 hours which i never taught it will ever come through in my life, but this great man Dr. ATILA proved to me that powers can do wonders, i got his contact from a friend in the USA who he helped, this friend of mine told me that this man is great but i felt as hmm are you sure? cause i hardly believe those kind of things,so she told me not to worry that when i contact him,atilahealinghome@yahoo.com that he is guaranteeing me 100% that my lover will come back that if it does not work that she will be the one to give me back my money, to show her sincerity to me, she gave me her car that if it does not work that and she did not pay me the money that i spent that she i should collect her car and she gave me all the documents, i was so so surprised she was very serious about it so that was how i contacted him and i told him what i want he just told me that everything will be done within 24 hours so with the assurance my friend gave me i was having confident, so in the next 24 hours that he told me i just heard a knock on my door i never knew it was mark, so that was how i opened the door the first thing he did was to go on his knees, he started begging me to forgive him that he is very sorry for everything, i was really surprised and was also happy, so that was how i forgive him and now we are living together happily than ever before, and am using the media to invite my friends on my wedding which will coming up on 30/10/2013, am very happy thanks be to Lucy who gave me his contact and honor be onto Great DR. ATILA who helped a lot, if you need his help or you want to thank him for me you can contact him through atilahealinghome@yahoo.com or cell number +2348169457829

1:36 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home