My marathon story is a simple one!!! 26.2 miles and a cupcake at the end!!!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

I have been sitting here trying to formulate a great story about my first marathon but there really isn't a great story...just a simple one....I trained, I respected the distance and I passed the test and I made some great friends along the way!!!

The weekend started when I picked Janey and Mary up for the expo on Saturday morning!!! We were meeting everyone else at the expo or at dinner later in the evening. Denise had texted that she was there early to see Steve Mackel of the Sole Runners team speak on ChiRunning...that is Mary's running group so seeing their familiar logo along the course was really helpful (but I'm getting ahead of myself) www.solerunners.net/ !!! We met up, had lunch and then ventured over to the expo where we found Suzanne and her kids!!! After getting my bib # 666 (yes 666), my T-shirt (in medium, they were out of small and extra small by that time) and my goodie bag, I was ready to hit the expo and pick up my last minute supplies (26.2 temporary tattoo, 5 Clif gels and a Pure Fit bar) and see what kind of free stuff I could snag!!! There was very little free stuff this year compared to last year but I did manage to get a free hat from Pure Fit for being a loyal customer!!! www.purefit.com They are my favorite bar for long runs!!! After walking the expo, we meet Jasmine and her husband Rick and chatted for a bit!!! They are an awesome couple!!! It was almost 3:30 by then and Denise and I went to check into our hotel...we would drive over and then walk back to gauge how long it would take us in the morning to get back to the starting line...it only took 15 minutes at a leisurely pace so we figured 25-30 minutes would be sufficient in the morning with the crowd!!! The room was great....with a full kitchen and free internet access!!!

By the time we got back to the expo it was almost time for dinner so we walked the few blocks to George's Greek Cafe for our carbo-load dinner...some might think this is a strange choice but I wanted to stick to food that I was familiar with and since I don't eat white pasta, I figured Greek would be a good healthy choice!!! www.georgesgreekcafe.com I had the falafel sandwich with lentil soup!!! It was amazing and sooo filling but not heavy!!! I now regret not getting baklava but nuts and butter pre-race might not have been a good Idea!!!

Missing from the pictures are the great boyfriends and spouses that were taking pictures (thanks to Mario, Bob, Bill, Kerry and Geoff)

After dinner we said our goodbye and well wishes and made plans to look for each other in the morning!!! Most of us were starting in Wave 4-5 so finding each other might not be so bad!!! We walked back to the hotel and started to prep our stuff for the morning!!! I still wasn't sure what I would be wearing, that would be decided in the morning depending on the weather....I had many options so I wasn't worried I just wanted to be prepared!!! I was also running with a lot more stuff than I was used to....fueling was a big source of stress for me during training...I didn't want to make any mistakes with my fueling and hydration so I planned on carrying lots of stuff!!! I had 5 packets of Clif gel + 4 Hammer gels in my flask (which I didn't use), 1 Pure Fit bar (cut in 6 pieces), a baggies with a mixture of HEED, whey protein, glutamine and salt, and my 4 bottles filled with NUUN...I also carried a 32 oz water bottle in my hand which I had filled at various water stations along the way!!! I also had some hard candy, Extra sugar fee gum and some extra salt packets!!!

I was in bed by 10 and asleep very soon after... I wanted to be up by 5 and out of the room by 6:15!!! Everything seemed to be going as planned!!! We got up on time, went down to the hotel lobby where they had a free breakfast lied out for us....fruit, cereal, bagels, muffins, coffee and juice...we grabbed some coffee, fruit and bagel/english muffin and heading back to get ready...you could feel the energy in the air!!! It was electric!!! I really wasn't nervous, just excited and ready to get started!!! We finished getting ready, after some last minute clothing changes...turns out no need for long sleeves, gloves or even a jacket!!! It was going to be a glorious day to run!!! We were out of the room and on the road by 6:15!!! By that time the bike tour had already started and we had to dodge cyclist to get to the starting line!!! We found baggage check, stowed our stuff and headed to our corral!!! We found Janey, Suzanne, and Tammy!!! and then Mary and Patty found us!!! We hugged and wished each other luck!!! We all had different race strategies so it was likely we would not see each other until after the race!!! Since Suzanne and I ran San Francisco and Disneyland so well together we had planned on starting the race together and staying together as long as we could but knowing we were each running our own race and may separate into the race!!! We were together for most of the first 16 miles!!!

Wow...this is getting long and I need to get to work....will continue later.....
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    Now I have to go check out the rest of the story! Greek food does seem like a good choice pre-race, you were smart to pass on the baklava!
    4105 days ago
    lovely blog - I think Greek food was the perfect choice as Greek is my favorite (any Med food really) I think I may have gone for the baklava myself, but that may be EXACTLY the reason I'm hovering above my goal weight while training. emoticon

    I need to read part II cuz I'm waiting for the cupcake part! LOL
    4107 days ago
    Jackie, I love reading your race blogs!
    4109 days ago
    Great report (so far!). I'm so blown away by your energy and enthusiasm! Congratulations on meeting this challenge and becoming a marathoner!! I wish I could have seen you guys at the end - the pictures are awesome!!! Good luck training for Las Vegas (that should be a fun one, too)!

    4110 days ago
    666 - that cracks me up. I looked and then looked again =)
    4110 days ago
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    Loved reading this so far!!!!!
    4110 days ago
    I had no idea you carried so much stuff with you! How did that feel? We had quite a few conversations about what to carry, how to carry it, etc. And I thought I was the Girl Scout (taking anything I might possibly need!!). I've really started paring down now that I've got so many races under my belt... my camera and water are the 2 things I can't be without hahaha!

    4110 days ago
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    Great blog Jackie! Weren't those cupcakes the best. So sorry I didn't get to meet you at the Expo. My boyrfriend's training had us running late...hence why my neighbor's call me an Ironman widow, hahaha. I'm so happy you enjoyed your first marathon! What's next on your racing agenda? Let the running addiction begin :)

    I hope to actually meet you and other California Dreamin' Sparks soon. 'Til then, keep in touch! Keep up the great work :)

    P.S. I love PureFit bars too!!! Jay and I have a relationship with the vendor cause we're always buying boxes from him at Expos, hahahaha.

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    Comment edited on: 10/15/2009 9:00:37 PM
    Can't wait to read the rest even tho I was there for some of it. I knew you would ace the race. I never doubted your hard earned preparation.
    4110 days ago
    Congrats Jackie! This is an amazing accomplishment and I know how hard you worked for it!
    4110 days ago
    Your so much nicer to your readers than I am! At least we got to make it to mile 16 with you. First I stop at the starting line, and now I've made it to mile 11...tee hee...can't WAIT to read the rest of your memories!!!
    4110 days ago
    Wasn't the weather perfect? I love your picture - I got an e-mail last night and in most of them I look like I'm in pain, even though I felt good. Then there's the ones where I'm making a totally weird face while drinking or eating something at the end! I'm looking forward to the rest of your blog!!
    4110 days ago
    Oh no, I actually came to read it now quickly and now I have to wait for more!!! I can't wait...
    4110 days ago
    Great story, and since you put up that FANTASTIC finishing photo at the front, I don't have to worry and wonder if you made it emoticon

    You look so victorious Jackie - I love that pic. And next time I run a marathon, I will dance my way across that finish line - who cares what people think!?!

    Is it tomorrow yet???
    4110 days ago
    I AGREE WITH AUNTIE65!! Stopping just as it's getting good -- jerk. ;) HAHAHA But seriously, how did you carry all that stuff??? Do you have an extra big pouch for your amphipod belt or what? :D I plan to carry quite a bit with me to be extra prepared, although I might have extra help since it's likely to be pretty cold...
    4110 days ago
    Sounds like a great time so far. Can't wait to read more! Love the photos!
    4110 days ago
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    Can't wait for the next part(s)!

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    4110 days ago
    great blog and pics, can't wait to read about the rest of your marathon.
    4110 days ago
    You left us hanging at mile 16! NO FAIR! LOL! Sounds great so far, I am anxiously awaiting the finish!
    4110 days ago
  • JEM0622
    Enjoyed the story so far! Great blog! Loved the pics! ~Julie
    4110 days ago
    Congratulations!! I can't wait to hear the rest of the story!!! I hope to be telling my story in January when I run my first full!!

    4110 days ago
  • LADYDI2049
    Girl, I am so proud of you. You have been an inspiration to me since the first day I met you. You are awsome! emoticon

    4110 days ago
    That is so awesome that your hotel had breakfast for you gals!

    I am so glad you and Suzanne were able to stay together!
    4110 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    That is just not right stopping just as the race got started!!!! Sounds like so much pre-race fun.... can't WAIT to hear how the rest of the story goes :)

    You are amazing Jackie - so excited for you!!
    4110 days ago
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    SUSPENSE ;-D! I love reading your story Jackie...can't wait to read the rest. Love ya' bunches!!!!
    4110 days ago
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