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I'm really lazy, so I've just cut and pasted this from my blog. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
For those of you who don't know me, "Big Boy" = DS1 (18 y.o. college freshman) and "little boy" = DS2 (15 y.o. HS sophomore). This was my first marathon.<br><br>
We headed up towards Ashland, Wisc., on Friday after picking up little boy from school. After deciding on the scenic route, I drove forEVER, and we ended up in the vicinity of our destination about 4:30pm. However, there was some roadwork on Hwy 2. My most favorite kind of roadwork, where there's only a single lane and the highway guy with a walkie-talkie lets 10 cars go at a time. Coming from the west, there were at least 5 miles of cars backed up. We waited a long time to continue on east.<br><br>
After arriving at the cabin, we met up with my mom and Big Boy (!) who had driven up from Milwaukee, and headed to Ashland to pick up our packets and scout out some dinner. We stayed in Iron River, Wisc., which is where the start of the race was (this was a point-to-point marathon, meaning that you just run 26.2 miles from the start to the finish, no looping back or running in big circles). So the long drive to Ashland kept reinforcing how freaking long the marathon was going to be. We got our packets, scored a $6 pair of running shorts for little boy at the expo, and waited forever for pizza. Back to the cabin (25 miles!) and forced ourselves to sleep.<br><br>
It was a beautiful day for a race. Cold, at first (27 degrees!), but beautiful. The race information was really insistent that there was no possibility of spectating at the start of the marathon (no parking, blah blah blah). We headed back to Ashland so little boy and I could catch our respective buses to the start of the half and the full. Our plan was to have SO, Big Boy and my mom watch little boy's half marathon race and then loop back to catch me first around mile 16.<br><br>
The bus ride to the start seemed really long. I sat next to a 60 y.o. woman who was running her 91st (!) marathon. She'd only started running at age 40. She was shooting for a 4:30 to qualify for Boston (I found out later that she missed it by 3 minutes). Her advice was to have fun and not take it too seriously. Sadly, I did not take that advice.<br><br>
It was still pretty cold waiting for the start. It seemed like no one wanted to relinquish their warm clothes and put them in the drop bag trucks. Hundreds of people were huddling in small groups, listening to the race director talk about the trail conditions. Yes, this was a "trail" marathon, of the easiest variety. No hills, no altitude, no mud, no ice, just ~25 miles of fairly well-packed gravel trail reclaimed from an old railroad track. Of 673 people who started the marathon, only 6 did not finish. As we waited at the starting line, someone came along offering garbage bags, one of which I gladly took. I ran the first three miles wearing that thing.<br><br>
My plan, such as it was, was to aim for running between 8:30 and 8:45 mpm. That pace had felt really easy the past couple of weeks and McMillan said I should be able to run that pace. I was also going to run the first mile really easy and not waste a lot of energy jockeying for position. I had my hand-held, strap-on water bottle filled with powerade and a supply of clif shot bloks with me. I figured I was as ready as I was ever going to be.<br><br>
Suddenly, we were running. I started my watch & my forerunner as I crossed the timing mat. There were some spectators on the hill watching the start, despite the warnings that no cars and/or spectators were going to be allowed up there. This annoyed me a little.<br><br>
The first mile seemed to take a long time, and it did, 9:52. Hmm... I wondered if it was marked slightly wrong, because I didn't feel that slow. My forerunner was having a hard time maintaining a signal through the trees (which were beautiful, when I noticed them), so I couldn't gauge my pace well at first. The next several miles just seemed to go by without me noticing them. I don't really remember anything until about mile 8, except that I was just about at the right pace and I felt good. A couple of people ran with me for awhile, telling me that I was setting a good pace. Ok, fine. Thanks.<br><br>
At mile 10, I seemed to be on target with my pacing and I still felt fine. The sun was out intermittently and the temperature was in the high 40s. Just perfect weather for me. At the aid station at mile 12.7, I stopped and a volunteer filled my bottle with water and I switched to shot bloks. I passed the half marathon mark at 1:56 and some seconds. I was looking forward to seeing my family, who I thought would turn up first either at mile 16 or mile 20.<br><br>
I saw my SO in the distance at mile 16, then my mom (bright orange vest!), then my boys. I said hi, they said hi. I said, "Wow, this is a really long way!" I heard laughter as I continued on. About then is when I noticed that my right hip was feeling kind of stiff. little boy ran about a mile with me, then turned back. He'd said, "Mom, you look fabulous! No, really!" Oh shoot! I'd totally forgotten to ask him how his race went!<br><br>
I was trying to pick up the pace, but my forerunner seemed to have forgotten that we were racing, and had no idea where we were or how fast I was going. I knew I was going slower, though.<br><br>
I next saw the fam again around mile 21. By then, both hips were hurting. At this point, I was pretty confident that I could finish, but any thoughts of a speedy time were out the window. Big Boy (wearing jeans and a leather jacket) and little boy jumped in to run with me. little boy told me all about his race (1:24! 1st in AG! course record!) and Big Boy & I chatted in Russian. Strangely enough, by this time, I could only grunt in English, but still converse in Russian. Weird. Because SO and my mom couldn't find the very next spectator point, the boys ended up running almost 4 miles with me. They were completely sweet. Even though I was running so slowly, they kept encouraging me to try and pick off the next runner ahead of me. More of little boy telling me that I looked so much better than some of the other runners they'd seen go by. I think we picked off 4 or 5, several of whom were walking by this time. little boy also dashed off to get my bottle filled with powerade.<br><br>
SO and mom were at the next spectator point and the boys peeled off to head to the finish. And so began the freaking longest couple of miles I'd run in a long time. I ran mile 22 in 10:45 and I wouldn't have another sub-10 mile for the rest of the way. It just hurt too much. This was different from my 15 mile total-bonk run from a couple of weeks ago. On that run, I just had zero energy and I was running 12+ minute miles and I just wanted to sit down and cry or nap or something. The last five miles of the marathon just hurt. My hips were just killing me. Mile 24 took me 10:50, my slowest mile.<br><br>
Then, somehow I sped up a little bit. The trail ended and I was on city streets. There were more spectators, and I managed to high five the little kids and say thank you to the traffic-control people. I did just about start crying when a guy told me, "Only 7 more blocks!" ARGH! I didn't think I could go 7 more <i>steps</i>, let alone 7 more blocks. It just seemed impossible. Just before the turn to the last stretch before the finish line (I think this was just at mile 26), little boy comes jogging up and says, "You can do it, Mom! Come on, Mama, just around the corner!" Ok, then I did start to cry and I think I babbled something about how I absolutely could NOT do it and that I was going to quit right now. (Poor kid, now I'll have to pay for therapy.)<br><br>
I did somehow manage to turn the corner and started a feeble sort of kick when I saw FINISH ahead of me (mile 26 was the fastest since mile 21). I heard them call my name and I saw SO and mom and Big Boy and little boy and I saw the mat and then someone was taking off my chip and asking me if I was ok. Then I got a space blanket and someone gave me a medal and my mom was there and I said, "That sucked. I am never doing this again."<br><br><b>Chip time - 4:03:11.</b><br><br>
Then there were donuts. And water. And powerade. And yogurt. And texting my buddies while laying down on the floor. And 10 oh-so-short minutes of massage. More donuts. And my finisher's shirt. And a slow walk to the Army-Navy surplus store for some sweatpants for little boy and me. And pretzels. And beer. Then there was the awards ceremony and little boy got a train whistle and lots of applause. We ordered pizza and drove it ~25 miles back to the cabin. I stood in the lake for 10 minutes and it was cold. We had a fire, it was nice, but the wood was too wet.<br><br>
little boy was asleep by 7:30. I followed about 45 minutes later. The next morning, we were the first ones up. We headed to the sauna, then packed up the cars and headed down the road to the diner for breakfast. We'll see Big Boy again at Thanksgiving.<br><br>
Will I do it again? I don't know yet. But the woman on the bus was right, I should have not taken it so seriously and concentrated on having fun. There's a 25K in April that I ran this year and know is fun. We'll see about that for next year. There's also a 50K option.
 

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Great race report! It sounded so nice to have your family run with you for those few miles and to have something to take your mind off the pain. Have you had hip issues in the past?<br><br>
Great job on your finish. Your time amazes me!
 

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

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<b>Sage</b> amazing, just amazing what the human body is capable off even when your brain tries to tell you it is not. what a super report!! You so rock!!! Monster congrats!!!
 

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Great job <b>Sage</b>! You really ran tough...sorry about your hips bugging you.<br><br>
Say congratulations to DS2 for all of us as well. He gets his running talent from his mom!
 

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Very cool <b>Sage!</b> I know what an emotional uplift it is to have family at a marathon, it definately helped me. Oh and youll do another marathon. Sure it sucked and you were hurting but youll get back out there and run another <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Again great job and a great report. Little boy should be very proud of his accomplishments too! You defiantely got a rockin' family!
 

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Well <b>Sage</b> I certainly hope you do it again! It sounds like you did really well - it also sounds like you ran smart. Every marathon is a little different, but they all leave you with a good sense of accomplishment...<br><br>
Your little son ran an awesome race too! Sounds like you had a great support crew.
 

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A little bit. Everything tends to go haywire when I get injured. I think the walking into the desk 2 weeks ago aggravated my knee (that I smashed last Dec cuz I fell down on the ice not once, but twice) and a sort of cascade effect happened.<br><br>
So, be aware, when you get old, things fall apart! <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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Sage - what a great report! Thank you - I appreciate more than you can know hearing about the overcoming of trials. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I love that you could still converse in Russian!!!<br><br>
You rock, woman!!! Well done!
 

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Sage,<br><br>
Way to go! Excellent details on the RR, and it must have been GREAT to have the support of your family there!<br><br>
Though the "conversing in Russian" thing cracked me up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Way to go <b>Sage</b> and <b>LittleBoySage</b>!!!<br><br>
4:03 for a first mary?!?! WOW. I've done 3 and not gotten to that point yet. (secret dream goal of mine later this year if I get to run a Nov/Dec marathon). In my first marathon, my shoes died (I wasn't good about logging miles and they wore out) and my feet started to hurt at about 18 or so. I limped for about a week after, but did my next marathon just over 4 months later.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">Conga-Rats on a stellar debut marathon!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang"> Way to rock!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Excellent job, <b>Sage</b>! I hope I can have that much perseverance and gumption at my first huge race.
 

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Wow, <b>Sage</b>! Awesome. Really. What a race -- and a fantastic report, as well. Congrats to "little boy" too! Family support is so wonderful. You are a lucky and strong and marathoning woman!
 

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Sage:<br><br>
Major congratulations on a really gutsy race. That was really just an awe-inspiring race and thank you for sharing it. You have persevered and came out with a great time.<br><br>
Major props to your DS as well. That is *awesome* endurnace for a HS runner. Most of the HS runners I know barely have the wheels to handle 3.1. He has a great deal of talent and discipline to be running an HM. Please pass along my congrats to him. Oh, and let him know that he has set the bar high for spring track and 2 more years of XC!<br><br>
Major congratulations to both of you and thanks for sharing your report.
 

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Wow, <b>Sage</b> - I didn't even come close to your time in my first marathon. Just barely over 4 hours is darn impressive in my book for a firstie, and you were battling hip issues to boot (very gutsy effort getting through that time frame.)<br><br>
Trust me, you will come back for more - there was a time when I considered that my first one would be my only one, but now I've got number two on the horizon early next year. The desire does come back.<br><br>
And many kudos to your DS on his AG record run - that is something that both of you should be extremely proud of for many many years to come.<br><br>
Congratulations to you both, or maybe I should say Поздравляю вас! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Thank you for letting us into the mind of a great runner. That report was awesome. I thoroughly enjoyed it.<br><br>
Congratulations on your great Marathon Debut, <b><span style="color:#808000;">Sage</span></b>. They call it that because you are destined to do it again...<br><br>
Congratulations on raising runners. And mostly, Congratulations on having a fine family.<br><br><b>Little boy</b>: Awesome speed! Wonderful job!
 

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Impressive <b>Sage</b>. And, great stuff with <b>Little Boy</b>.
 
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