Here goes 24 hours later (really enjoyed the nice fall weather in St. George Sunday am, but I was told we were all a part of history, since it hadn't rained for the marathon in 25 years, a day to remember for sure):
1: 8:00 (sad to not find my friend Kim, lost each other with a potty break before race start). Wore a plastic bag over my head, a Target one to be exact, bandana-style!
2: 7:38 No problem.
3-4: Too dark and crowded to see mile marker three so cumulative time 14:57 (maybe even split of 7:29)
5-6: Still dark and crowded: 14:36 (7:18s). Too fast but felt easy so I thought maybe I can do this, should have eased back I guess for some steam at the finish.
7: Oooops 7:06. Was this way down hill? ....cause I felt so good.
8: Bigger ooops. Slowed on purpose on Veyo a bit too slow 9:01.
9: 8:09. Finding it hard to get a pace here, but thinking I hope this is uphill still. Just couldn't tell with the wind and rain.
10: 8:11. Am I just running out of steam or what. I really am thinking magic might happen at mile 15 like in the past.
11: 8:33. Well the magic better happen quick cause I am not liking the effort not showing on the clock.
12: 8:05. Okay better.
13: 7:56. I'll take that.
13.1 1:43:10. Double that makes 3:26:20. I am thinking this is good cause I always do better here on the second half.......wishful thinking.... here comes the headwinds even stronger...Dear Mother Nature: Are you having fun today?
14: 7:19. Where did that come from? But feeling more positive now.
15-16: 14:31 (7:15s) Getting pretty hopeful cause I sure love mile 15. Forgot to hit my watch this time as I cheered other runners to try to get them to chase the darn 3:20 balloons. Wondering where my friend/training partner is? Probably a mile ahead.
17: 7:33 No big deal but beginning to feel tightness in the hip where my sciatica had been acting up. Try to exercise my foot to change the way I was landing. Foot very stiff and arch and toes are in pain. But I forced them to move to help my stride.
18-19: 15:49 (7:55s, if even) Losing energy quick. Lactic acid coming on thick. Brain becoming more and more drained, like working three night shifts in a row kind of feeling. Wish I could have slept the last few weeks. Didn't see mile 18 going up that ridiculously placed hill, but glad it was behind me and not in front of me when wondering where it was.
20: 8:04. Whatever!!! Hello body we are going downhill. YOU like downhill. Body's response: Save energy, must save energy, going to meltdown soon. Post partum friend Melanie rubs shoulders with me. Go chase the 3:20 balloon I told her. Last year she ran 3:11 but this year she had a baby July 29th. So she was in front of me why is she now coming up to me? I must have missed passing her. I cheer her on as she wizzes by. So long speedy friend.
21: 7:09. That was the last of my strength. It was my brains way of trying to get my body to act ALIVE already. Body's response: bad move, now I am going to meltdown in 4, 3, 2, 1 miles (that equals the 25.2 mile marker).
22: 8:24. What am I a yo-yo? I think I am coming in and out of consciousness or my songs all have different tempos. Somehow "another one bites the dust" does not seem appropriate right now, because I am about to "bite the dust". But I see another friend Dr. Scott Mumford. He had time enough to tell me he hit a wall at 18 and was barely hanging on. I told him it was pretty tough and away I went.
23: 7:52. Now that's better body, brain start working together already.
24: 8:04. It is still downhill but I am beginning to feel like I am going in slow motion. Liked all the spectators though. They were good to still come out in the rain.
25: 8:39. Diagnol street dragged on for me. Knew I was going to lose it soon during that mile. Hello brain. Are you there? I mean are we trying finish strong or not? Brain's response. Sorry, signing out. Zero mental ability. Smoke inhalation. Vision getting blurry. See all the people passing us? You are in a pathetic state. Body: if you say so.
25.2: 1:20. That has to be off looking at my watch now. No way was I running that fast. Perhaps mile 25 I pushed my split button too late. I don't know if I really saw mile 25 now.
26.2: 9:21. The finish looked like a great place to be it was just that I couldn't really pull out the strength to get there. I was like running in place or something. I think I will go back to not wearing my iPod. I am not sure it helps my concentration in a race. Crossing the finish line was bless-ed. Two army guys held me up: Am I in heaven? (just kidding). That's when my vision turned wavy and they walked me to the tent. I was glad I didn't pass out. I felt very cold, so the blanket felt great. Oh, about 20 seconds after me at the finish I was in shock to see my friend Kim. Like where were you? We were running together the whole time practically. The same half split etc.. I am sure way different in between. But there she was. Like a true training partner. And guess what? Good old chip timing placed her 8 seconds in front of me but we were #114 and #115 for women out of 2180. We were happy together. That was a cool way to enjoy the whole experience of SGMs history making day of rain.