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<span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Disney was supposed to be a fun training run for Umstead50. Suddenly I found myself healthy with a chance to break my 4:50s curse. My last 3 marathons were hard experiences, when I dealt with injuries and a lot of pain, finishing in 4:54, 4:52 and 4:55.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I almost had to drop it b/c I couldn’t afford the trip, but Michael, Batmomm’s RP, made it all possible giving me a ride on Friday and letting me split the room with him.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Saturday morning we watched the giant HM start and got totally pumped. We were ready. At the Expo, we grabbed pace bands, which I decided to wear for the first time. I had a goal of 4:45, and a secret one of 4:40. I went with the 4:40 band, a little apprehensive because of the heat predictions for marathon day and because I hadn't tapered either (did a 24 followed by a 12.5 the weekend before the race).</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I didn’t get much sleep but didn’t feel tired. I wanted that race really bad.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Race morning was very humid and already warm even before daylight came out. Batmomm, Michael and our other friends were in different corrals. So I started by myself. At that point, I was surprisingly calm, introspective and hopeful. That was going to be my race.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">National anthem, fireworks and I went off. It was still dark and I couldn’t see crap on my pace band. Mile one, my Garmin said 11:00. Oh great. I barely started and knew I was already behind. Oh wait, better catching up then starting out too fast. Relax, Ty… Humidity was ridiculous and I was already dripping sweat. Not good. Note to self: work on hydration. A LOT.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">My left hamstring/hip (with bursitis background) felt really tight and didn’t loosen up for the first 5 miles. I remembered Suds (originalsuds) who usually says: I refuse to get injured.</span></span> <span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I decided it wasn’t going to stop me, it wasn’t going to happen. I had 800mg of Ibuprofen (just in case…) and they went right in after the first gel. I got comfortable quickly and that gave me a boost of confidence.</span></span> <span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">For some reason, I felt much more focused than usual.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">For the first few miles, I couldn’t read the pace band. Yup, I’m aging and the numbers were too tiny…But I adjusted and found that I was around 1min30sec behind pace. I tried not to speed since I still had a long way to go to close that gap.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Several parts of the course were very narrow and the crowd made it hard to keep the pace. I had to do a lot of side and grass running. It was working well.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">The Disney course wasn’t as “magic” as a lot of people may think, but I already knew that from reviews and still enjoyed seeing the characters and that incredible amount of Disney employees and lots of spectators cheering us on along the way.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Around 11 miles in, Batmomm showed up, but told me to do my thing because she was just not feeling it. She was smiling and looking great as usual.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I saw a lot of Brazilians and it felt good to exchange some encouragement in Portuguese (I miss home). One Brazilian guy passed me and I caught up with him at mile 15. He was going down. I asked him what he was shooting for. 4:30 but he had no clue anymore. I told him he was behind but I was still working on 4:40 if he wanted to pick it up a bit. He was excited and sort of “woke up” from his hell. First marathon, longest run 15 miles. Ouch. Well, stick with me and suck it up because it will hurt for both of us. LOL</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I was a little worried about my pace, 2 minutes behind now, but I really wanted to make sure I would hit the hot part of the day well hydrated. The plan was going really well, gels exactly where I wanted them. The Brazilian guy stopped for Tylenol and suddenly I am at mile 18 with a 1 minute gap or less. It was getting hotter, but I was feeling stronger and slightly faster.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">When I hit mile 19, I smiled. I was ready to start my race. 40 some seconds behind pace. It was Ty against her pace band. Speaking of band, mile 20 was waiting for me with a live band singing a song that I like a lot (of course don’t know the name or who sings it… yeah, that’s me). I was ready to rock. The gap was closing… 30 seconds maybe… I can’t remember exactly, but it was just getting better.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">The sun came out right there. Argh!!! Ty, just get this thing done, would ya! I popped my caffeine chewables around mile 21, pushed a little more…I crossed paths at the out-and-back with the Brazilian dude and he was still going. That was the last time I saw him.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I can’t remember where (I think it was right there), but I realized that I was 1 minuted AHEAD of pace then. Hey, I am beating the band! What now? Push it smart, I tought. Lil’ more gel here… some extra caffeine there and I was bouncing off my running skirt.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Then a huge quad cramp on mile 25. FFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!!!! Noooooooo!!!!! Nope, nope, nope, not now, not now, keep going, not now… OMG it hurt…</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Somebody yelled: It will stop hurting soon!!! (I must have had a pretty look on my face).</span></span> <span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I passed another Brazilian guy, who heard me cussing and yelled: go Brazilian chick, you’re about to make it.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 26 came and I felt like a kid rolling in sugar. So friggin high that I couldn’t believe… My running skirt was soaked and falling down my butt. I was smiling so much that my cheeks hurt (not the butt cheeks <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">). They had this super cool kids choir singing JUST FOR ME right there <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">. I thanked them, made the turn and made the stretch to the finish line smiling like never before and trying to hold my skirt up to escape the naked shot at the finish line.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">I couldn’t stop smiling, and a volunteer came to help me with my out-of-control shaking legs…It was kinda funny. Oh, did I mention it was hot and humid? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">It felt really good.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Calibri;"><span style="font-size:medium;">Chip time: 4:38:56, a 13:58 PR since MCM in October. I like it a lot. The 4:50s curse was broken.</span></span>
 

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... and just like MCM, it had a nice and long highway concrete strech at mile 19/20... is that a rule? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Congratulations on breaking that curse. Yup, the course was quite crowded aand narrow at several points. I forgot to mention that in my report. Maybe I should go back and add it in. I finished in 4:52, starting out a bit faster than that pace though, so you probabl passed me somewhere in the Animal Kingdom.<br><br>
Once again, glad you banished that curse.<br><br>
Paul
 

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Thank you fatmantrying, jensparks, Fer and Paul. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I needed that really bad.<br><br>
Paul, I am going to read your RR now. I see you did the Goofy. I'm talking to DH about that option for next year <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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These are my Garmin splits, specially posted for JohnnyB (my favorite Badass and statistics geek <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> )<br><br>
M1 - 11:05<br>
M2 - 10:47<br>
M3 - 10:40<br>
M4 - 10:43<br>
M5 - 10:47<br>
M6 - 10:45<br>
M7 - 10:40<br>
M8 - 10:25<br>
M9 - 10:23<br>
M10- 10:19<br>
M11- 10:26<br>
M12 - 10:21<br>
M13 - 10:13<br>
M14 - 10:21<br>
M15 - 10:26<br>
M16 - 10:36<br>
M17 - 10:43<br>
M18 - 10:28<br>
M19 - 10:34<br>
M20 - 10:22<br>
M21 - 10:35<br>
M22 - 10:18<br>
M23 - 10:16<br>
M24 - 10:19<br>
M25 - 10:10<br>
M26 - 10:35 (see the leg cramping here? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> )<br>
.58 - 5:32 (avg 9:28 )
 

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Woohoo!! What an exciting read. Congrats on meeting and surpassing your goal!<br><br>
Barb
 

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Hey everyone! See that girl up there...she's my friend and I'm honored to be hers and I am proud proud proud. <3 ya girlfriend!
 

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WOW!!!!!! You did it TY!!!! Congrats on an incredible race and your PR. You can NEVER say you're slow ever, ever, ever.
 

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Tks Andi girl!<br>
KY, you're silly <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> thank you<br>
Tks Barb!<br>
Jen...lol... you're cute. I know my time is slow for a lot of runners, but I do feel it was a big achievement for me. Of course I finished thinking that I could have pushed a little more, but since I had never "raced" a marathon, I was afraid of bonking...but I felt it was a good effort and the time was faster what I expected in the heat.
 

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Ty - hey twin sis! Awesome awesome awesome report and race. Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!! Your splits were perfect. You ran a smart race girlfriend! I can't wait to see you in 4 short days!!!
 

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Lady badass, you laid down the gauntlet on Mickey and didn't take <b>any</b> of his shit! Good for you. You mentally owned that race from the start. Sometimes being on your own gives you the focus you need. I'm so proud of you. Nothing like PR-ing by 15 minutes!!! You rocked and rolled babe!<br>
Glad you enjoyed some of the sights and sounds from home along the way.<br><br><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"> Lookout Umstead, the <span style="font-size:300%;"><span style="color:#0000FF;">Ty</span></span> is coming.........<br><br>
Congrats hottie!<br><br>
~johnny<br><br>
p.s. HOLY SHIT!! I just looked at your splits. That is some expert race management. Those fast miles on the last 10K show that you ain't no beginner....most people are falling apart about then.
 

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Ty, what can I say that hasn't already been said?<br>
You did awesome and you really showed us the true warrior inside you. I can only wish for the type of drive and dedication that you showed-not only in the race, but everything that you do. You've overcome injuries and issues that would have sidelined most people. I admire your drive!<img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br>
Congratulations on a job well done!
 

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TY--great job!!! Loved the report! you rocked Disney!!! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 
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