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I will keep mine pretty short since Mortimer got the majority of it right on! Marine Corp was my first marathon ever in 2005 and I fell i love with the race. I, however, knew nothing of running and especially not anything about marathoning! Needless to say, it was a horrible race for me (5:45)! This year, I went back with something to prove and I feel that despite missing my time goal (sub 4:00) I am very proud of myself!<br><br>
Brian dropped me at Mile 15 and I really tried to stay strong. I didn't want him worrying about me for the next 11 miles, afterall. The second he was out of sight though, I burst into tears. My legs felt fine, muscles good, pace was perfect. nutrition was spot on. But, a BLISTER was gonna end my revenge on the Marine Corp course. I filled out some papers and signed my name and they taped up my foot. "You're good to go, Ma'am." said the Marine. Two steps and I could tell there was no way. The blister was mucho deep and the pain was really shooting through my foot. So, I sat back down and just cried--I mean, ugly face cried! I was so disappointed. Then, this skinny girl comes and sits down and says, :ugh! I do not feel like running anymore.....they said the bus will pick us up in about ten minutes." I looked at her, bewildered. How can you "just not feel like running anymore"?? I was going to be lumped in with HER?? Like HELL! I gave her one more look, tied my shoes up and took off. I hit the next 2 miles at 8:00/mile (waaaaaay faster than I was supposed to.) and the two after that at about 8:30/mile. I was keeping my eyes peeled for Brian and in a lot of ways he was pulling me along. I had 15-17 minutes to make up and I was determined. (not sure cause I had stopped my watch)<br>
Finally, I saw him in Crystal City on the turn around and he looked great! (faker!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> ) So, I knew I had to keep pushing... In a lot of ways, I feel guilty that Brian didn't hit sub 4:00. I know that together,we would have done it. BUt, in the same way his energy was pulling me forward, his worry over me was pulling him back. From there I never looked back, never stopped and barely took any fuel. Finally at mile 23 or so, I took 4 different 30 second walk breaks. As soon as the beautiful 25 mile sign came into view, though, I knew I was home free! I sprinted to the finish in tears because I was so proud of myself. I really, truly believed at mile 15 that I was done but at 4:13:22, I crossed the line---- a PR by 30:30. Nope, I didn't beat four hours, but I did prove a few things to myself. Brian and I have a long future ahead of us and I know that these experiences we share together and the pain we watch each other overcome helps us to view each other as we should-- imperfect, yes, but perfect for each other!
 

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Surprising how the body has more than one reserve tank, huh? But if you knew about them you might not try as hard. I admire your tenacity. Nice race both of you. Your next one will be sub 4.
 

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Great race! That blister sounds awful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad">
 

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That's my girl. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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OMG!!!! THAT'S a love story... You caught me post-race off-guarded and made me cry at work... I felt your pain reading your RR, girlie girl!!!!! You're both warriors and deserved this fantastic outcome... YOU TOUGH LADY!!!!Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!
 

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Wow! Just wow! I don't know what to say. That's very impressive and very inspiring. Isn't it great to be out there on a beautiful day with all of those people and get to find out what you're really made of? You will look back on this and think to yourself that this was one of your best days. And, I'm glad that you guys were there to do it together. Congratulations! I'm proud to have shared the same course with you guys that day. You all have such great stories of determination and persiverance.
 

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This is one of the best marathon stories I have ever read! I love how that girl and Brian motivated you in such different ways. The connection between the two of you is so evident and inspiring.<br><br>
You were iron to keep going with that blister -- did the pain ever subside?<br><br>
You do realize that "technically" you were running less than 4 hours, right? Of course that doesn't count, but you know you can do it again.
 

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Congrats on a huge PR!!!!
 

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Wow! Your story will be my inspiration the next time I marathon and feel it's getting tough. Way to finish!! Congratulations!
 

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Becca, damn you made me cry! WTG and comeback. You are one toughie. Now off to read your sweetie's report.<br><br>
Barb
 

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Fabulous! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> You are one tough runner!!
 

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What a great story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
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