After passing mile 20 at the faster end of my goal range (2:05:37, when my goal had been 2:05:35-2:05:55), I could see Raquel up ahead and worked to pull her in, which I did shortly after mile 20. I ran with her for a short time, and she was very positive and encouraging, but then I got separated from her at the mile 21 aid station and wasn't able to quite pull back up with her. I heard Lindsey cheering from her bike beside us, I grabbed all of the water and ice I could, I laser focused on the task ahead: 5 miles at 6:20 pace or faster was the objective.
|With Raquel post-race|
Things were going south, and although I still think Lemon Drop barely deserves to be called a hill, it didn't help my falling apart situation - although whether I was running on flat ground, uphill, or downhill at that point didn't seem to matter. I kept pressing on, telling myself it could still turn around. When mile 23 came in 6:45 and I felt like the tank was completely empty, I think I knew I'd lost my chances at the standard. I didn't let myself think about it, but just continued to tell myself to get in as fast as I could.
|Why were there so many photographers|
in mile 25 anyway?!
|Eyes on the prize|
|"Just make it in!"|
|My fatigue lean|
I was also blessed with having my parents waiting for me by the finish chute. They were excited to be there and happy to see me doing something I love. I was mostly positive and upbeat post-race, although I shed a few tears when I called my husband. It's still hard to reconcile, but what it comes down to is that it is difficult to be unhappy with a 2:47 marathon, but given the 2:45 standard it's difficult to be satisfied with one.
|I perked up pretty quickly post-finish|
|Susan ran 2:52 in her 50's! #goals|
|Jason ran 2:33!|
|My mom thought she looked angry here, but|
Grandma's restaurant is behind us
|My expression in this one pretty much sums|
it all up, hah
We found the Grandma's Marathon coverage video on YouTube. I can be seen
My coach's Grandma's recap is here (I am mentioned as "SI"). I also enjoyed this article on Salty Running about Grandma's, and this blog post re-cap. My fast friend Jessi was interviewed by a Kansas City new station after netting her OTQ at Grandma's (I pop up in a photo that was shown).
The story continues here...