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I had been wrestling with myself. You see, there were two very evenly divided sides: The intelligent, careful crew who said not to run the marathon-- and me, wanting to run the marathon I'd been signed up for most of 2007-- even if I had planned it as a training run.<br><br>
I had noticed my ITB hurt more driving and at work than running. I started carrying a floor cushion to stand on all day. My knee felt better and the pain did not return. I took it extremely easy on workouts. By this morning, there was no pain for anything. I decided to do it. I had really planned on the 10 mile but as I found my excitement growing it was obvious it was growing for one reason: returning to the lovely Chickamauga marathon that I adore so much.<br><br>
I did not sleep last night. My wonderful SO, after realizing I had stayed up all night long, offered to drive me there to make sure I was safe. (He had not slept either, but he has a much higher tolerance for that than I do. I tend to fall asleep anywhere and anytime if I have underslept.) He also took me for a pancake breakfast to get some carbs in me.<br><br>
I get to the race-- Chip timing! An awesome looking tech t-shirt! The price increase this last year was worth it.<br><br>
I line up. I talk to a couple girls who are running their first marathons. The race starts.<br><br>
Half a mile in, I see one of the girls I had spoken with earlier, Jennifer. I start talking to her. It appears we run similar paces, and she'd been having ITBS issues as well. We decide to run together-- and we did.<br><br>
Early on, someone said I looked familiar, and asked if I ran the race last year. Then he said, "Yeah, I saw your video on YouTube!" Score one, online fame! (Weird thing is, this is not anywhere close to the first time I've been recognized from online-- or even recognized from online by someone who watched/read something I did without me ever knowing of their existence.<br><br>
It was great-- Jen's family was watching and she introduced us-- and they cheered for me too! Wow! Support crew! She also let me have some of the water she was carrying when there was no aid station in sight and I was very thirsty.<br><br>
After mile 19, Jennifer started needing to walk a lot. I had a lot left in me at mile 20 (though again, at mile 13-15 it didn't seem like it; just like last year-- mental for me!) She told me to go ahead, but I decided to stay with her. I was having way more fun enjoying her first marathon with her than I would have been pushing for some arbitrary goal on a training run no less. My goal is Tybee... why sacrifice fun? Plus, I thought it was helping her a lot to have me running with her and that just thrilled me to bits. I love helping people-- and really thought she deserved it as she was incredibly nice the whole time... plus she pushed me in the miles I tend to go too slow in-- the earlier miles. I love running with someone, and decided it was the best move.<br><br>
I'm pretty sure I could have finished in under 4:50... dead positive I could have finished under 5.... but instead I finished in <b>5:05:34</b>. And I think I was prouder at that point, and turning around and seeing how happy Jen was (though she didn't meet her sub-5 goal, she did finish her first marathon and I remember how awesome that feels.) It was an incredible marathon... better than I could have imagined.... And hell, I still beat last years time by 4 minutes. A PR is a PR... we'll see what exactly I have in me come February when the real test is going on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I'm anticipating good things.<br><br>
Oh, and no knee pain at all. I feel great!!! (Okay, just a little tense/sore in the muscles but not too bad, especially considering my long runs have been way lacking this time around... guess the biking has done a good job catching some of the slack... and we can't ignore the mental aspect of it. It's just easier once you've done it once.) Still, my ITB doesn't hurt in the slightest and didn't through the race. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Oh, I'll post pics when I have them. Jen's family took some and she's gonna email them to me.<br><br>
(She did such a great job, I hope she got some good ones of her first marathon! I know my pics of mine mean a lot to me)
 

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Great report! Congrats on PR! Glad you are were able to make it through without pain and able to be there for someone else <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Did Nate stay for the race?<br><br>
Sorry...I really forgot you were running!<br><br>
CONGRATS ON THE PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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GREAT RR Heather, i was not dissappointed by you. actually glad you still kept this as a training run, even if it was a long one and a shitload of VRAA points, wench <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
you probably made Jen's day and made a much more enjoyable experience for her too. did you get her # to call her to see on her DOMS tomorrow? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/evil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Evil or Very Mad">
 

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Way to go Quix! Very nice of you to pace a newbie. And great vraa points; team mate!<br><br>
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Great report, great race and that's very cool of you to stay with your new friend.<br><br>
Glad you also PR'ed and are feeling good too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Great race report QN!! You rocked it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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I guess I was surprised that you ran the race. I guess I don't know you very well!<br><br>
Congrats on a PR and a compassionate one at that!
 

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Oh, I have a tendency to ask for advice and then do what I want anyways. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"><br><br>
It just works out for me too darn often (like this time) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Good Job <b>QN</b>! Way to stick it out.<br><br>
Oh, and congratulations on cashing in on your internet fame <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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That's really cool that you hung around with the newbie marathoner and helped her get through it okay. And I'm sure glad the ITBS wasn't a problem.<br><br>
Congrats QN on your race and your PR!
 

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Thanks. I'm sure she would have done great even without me there-- part of it was just exciting for me, and I had a feeling it made it a little easier for her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Probably worked out well for both of us
 

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awesome job on your "training run" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I think I carried your IT pain for ya so that you could help your friend.
 

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I was wondering if you were going for the full or the 10 ( I read your thread, but had no good advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> )... glad you made it well and even made somebody else's first a great experience. Congrats!
 
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