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Wait a minute...IEatHills4Meals and I made a pact that we weren't going to write a RR. I see she has reneged. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> So I guess I better write something.<br><br>
I drove to Jen's house Friday night. Batmomm and Jen had picked up my race packet earlier...THANK YOU GIRLS!!! Jen is the sweetest person in the world. And her DH and 3 boys were great! She made a homemade carb dinner for me, a complete 5-course meal. It was sooo yummy. I got to sleep in a wonderful bed with goose down pillows and blanket. And since I didn't pack properly, she even let me borrow her running shorts. For some reason, I just didn't feel like wearing a running skirt this time. I told her that if she is not careful, I'm going to keep coming back...lol!<br><br>
On Saturday morning, Jen and I drove to Batmomm's house to pick up IEatHills4Meals. I was expecting to see her in her running skirt, but she decided not to wear one either...we laughed. (At the Marine Corps Marathon 2 weeks ago, to our surprise we wore the exact same outfit.)<br><br>
Jen, IEatHills4Meals, and I had a great time hanging out before the race. But soon it was time for Jen to report to her volunteer place and for IEH4M and I too brave the cold outside. IEH4M said, "Let's run a bit to warm up!" I'm like, "WTF" But we did. It was great. Didn't feel bad at all...until we turned around back to the start line. It was freakin' cold with that head wind! Then we looked for Michael and Batmomm everywhere and couldn't find them. We tried to huddle with the other runners to stay warm. And surprisingly it was nice and warm.<br><br>
We were off at 8 a.m! IEH4M and I weren't as nervous as 2 weeks ago. My ONLY goal was to have fun. I didn't care about my time and I just wanted to take it easy. I had just done this 2 weeks ago, so I didn't want to injure myself. And for me, having fun is spending 4 or 5 hours with IEH4M!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
IEH4M tells me her secret that she wants to PR. So I immediately abandon my plans of just taking it easy and I start to seriously monitor my Garmin all the time. (BTW, I was going to do the Gallowalk method, but I ditched that idea as soon as IEH4M told me what she really wanted to do.)<br><br>
My goal now was to do a 10:30 pace. We were doing so great, even running at a 10:25 pace. And then IEH4M's foot suddenly hurt like he11 at 4.5 miles. I was so worried about her. She said she thought her foot was broke. I didn't know what to do. I immediately switched gears again to not caring about the time. I stood by her for about 3 minutes. We saw Batmomm and her team pass. And just like that, IEH4M slapped her shoe back on and started running for Batmomm...lol.<br><br>
OK, switch gears again...IEH4M is pi$$ed that she is behind her goal. I have never seen such determination in all my life. This woman should be in the military or something, because she does not know the meaning of "quit."<br><br>
We quickly catch up to 11:00 pace and even just under. We are sailing right along. IEH4M is in constant pain, but sometimes the pain is worse than others.<br><br>
I liked this one shirt that said...26.2 miles--Running for those who can't--To inspire those who won't. He was really cute and had great calves...so I told him! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> His running partner said, "Hey, what about mine?" I said, (and to quote someone famous--Willa) "Your calves are dead sexy."<br><br>
Then we met Jim and Larry, 2 marathon maniacs. Jim has run 591 marathons and Larry has run 390, with 83 marathons this year!!!! (If my memory serves me right.) To say it was an honor to meet them is an understatement. I was just in total awe. And they both looked sooooo great! Very strong, very hot!<br><br>
I was having the best time. I was with my sis, chatting with people along the way, and then Batmomm catches up to us and we chatted with her. For me, this was perfect. There is nothing better than hanging out with runners!<br><br>
Around 14-15 miles, IEH4M is really hurting and also gets a side stitch. This is the point where I become the biggest jerk in the world and a bold-faced liar. My Garmin said 2 hours 34 minutes and all of a sudden I'm worried about my time, even though I swore up and down I wasn't going to worry about it for this marathon. I was feeling so good and I knew I could run 12 miles in 2 hours and I wanted to finish at 4 1/2 hours. It was now or never...if I waited too long, it would be too late. So I did what I told myself I would NOT do and I left IEH4M and in her condition.<br><br>
I was a fool to think I would enjoy the second part of my race. As soon as I left her, my guilt made me miserable. I worried about IEatHills4Meals the entire time. And when I picked up my pace, I wasn't comfortable anyway. My feet started hurting at mile 16, just like it did at MCM. I pushed it as hard as I could. I was miserable. I forgot my race ritual of taking motrin beforehand, so I had a general achiness everywhere, especially my hips and calves.<br><br>
I saw sexy calves again. He was slowing down, but I knew he would finish. He asked me where my running partner was. I told him I was a jerk and left her. Then I asked him where his running partner was and he said his running partner left him. And so I said, "Oh good, I'm not the only jerk."<br><br>
I made it through the bridge in good shape and some hills too, but there was a big one at 24 or 25, can't remember. And it did me in. I walked. I saw Jen. I gave her a hug. She told me it was down hill the rest of the way. That gave me the boost I needed to keep going.<br><br>
I ran as fast as I possibly could even though I knew I wasn't going to make my goal when I had walked up that hill. I came in at 4:35. Was it really worth it to come in a few minutes faster...not really. The best part was the people...friends, volunteers, experienced marathoners, and runners running their first marathon. They were all inspirational.
 

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Alemma - You are one of the sweetest people I have met here. You are awesome and you left out that you went back. You are also one of the people I want to be when I grow up! You had a great race and your RR is incredible. What a wonderful friend you are!
 

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ALEMMA..you are so sweet and NOT A JERK!! You did great....and I know TY understands!! I did the same thing at my half last spring...my friend needed a potty break and there was a line and so I kept going..feeling miserable, guilty and def not having as much fun....but we are not jerks..it is just so easy to get caught up on time. You worked hard for these last 2 marathons and deserved to be able to run the best race you could..TY understands!<br><br>
{{HUGS}} You did wonderful and I am so proud of you two marathon manaics....INCREDIBLE!! you are AWESOME!!!
 

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Oh Alemma! You are not a jerk. I'm sure that Ty is happy that you ran the best race you could. You girls will have many times to run together. ((((Alemma))))
 

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Alemma! Great job on your race! You are such a sweetheart! I knew you seemed that way before I met you at MCM, but it just keeps being confirmed. Regardless of any guilt you felt, you showed what a true friend is by helping Ty along. You're an incredibly strong runner - a 4:34 two weeks after a marathon PR...that close to a PR again!! Great job - congratulations - you MANIAC YOU!!! LOL!!!
 

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OH ALemma..you are so not a jerk!! Reverse the roles..would have wanted Ty to stay behind or encouraged her to move ahead?? ya..thought so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
WTG on a great race...enjoyed the RR alot. Congratulations <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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Alemma- first, you are the nicest, kindest, sweetest person ever! My kids and DH love you and were sad that you couldn't stay longer. Second- you are not a jerk. Ty would have felt horrible if you stayed with her. Third- you are a beautiful runner- relaxed and very elegant. You had a smile on your face when I saw you on that hill and you were more concerned about Ty than anything else. After the race you were so cold you had blue lips and were concentrating more on Ty and Batmomm than yourself. You are so well trained and in amazing shape- you looked like you completed a slow 10k- not a marathon.
 

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Alemma..... You couldn't be a jerk if you tried sweetie. You don't have a mean bone in your body. A competitive bone that wants to get a PR? Sure, and who among us doesn't? You have the most loving, sweet, and gentle spirit..... truly a selfless person. Ty would have been disappointed if you had not gone ahead. She loves you and would never want to hold you back, right??? Wouldn't you have wanted the same for Ty if the situation were reversed? Congratulations on a great race and for giving it your all in the 2nd half. As you know, you are my hero and inspiration. Love you!!!<br>
xxxx oooo
 

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<span style="font-size:x-large;">Alemma, I totally understand and respect how you feel, babe, but</span><br><br><span style="font-size:300%;">I WOULD HAVE BEEN THE MOST FUCKING PISSED BITCH YOU'VE EVER MET IN YOUR LIFE IF YOU HAD STAYED WITH ME.</span><br><br>
You need to understand that it wouldn't have made sense. You know me damn well to know that I was being totally honest.<br>
You resisted way too long in my opinion. You ran forever off and on and out and back trying to get me meds. You ran back to give me a hug!!! OMG, girl!!!! How can you call yourself a jerk???? You were not running your race and I couldn't stand that.<br>
If I needed you to stay with me, I would have told you. But I would have never forgiven myself to see you backing off so much. I could barely stand seeing myself falling back that pace when you and I could have kept that 10:20/10:30, which you saw and you know what I am talking about.<br>
We have an unspoken code of conduct that doesn't require pompons and froufrous. You know I am straight forward and when I say you are selfless, I know what the hell I am talking about.<br>
You were absolutely fantastic all the way and I won't accept your guilt, because it doesn't make sense.<br>
Even my DH and Batmomm's DH commented how amazing you were to even consider to run at my pace, since you are a fking machine!!!<br>
I am VERY VERY VERY proud and happy to be your twin sister <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
And I need you to feel well about this because if you don't, I won't either, just like twins, right? See? I am selfish.<br><br><span style="font-size:300%;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">I LOVE YOU. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING, INCLUDING FOR LEAVING WHEN I ASKED YOU TO</span>.</span>
 

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You rocked Alemma. And you know Ty wouldn't have wanted you to stay anyway. Yep everything everyone already said. Good job!
 

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seriously babe, I think Ty would've hit you if you stayed. You had to run for your life at that point!! LOL<br><br>
Do you know what the topic of conversation was later? "omg did you see Alemma's calves?" "holy crap I know" "well no wonder she could fly like that" "I saw her heading toward the finish, looked away for a second and she was already done!" "that girl is jacked!" "I could smack her and steal them" "she doesn't have an ounce of fat to cover them"<br><br>
These comments came from Carl, Kurt, Ty, me and 3 of the girls I ran with.<br><br>
You are never a jerk your heart is too beautiful! Thank you again for my first M gift pack!!
 

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It was that <b>Fuc#ing Lee Bridge</b> concrete bridge... with a headwind... UGH... that's always the worst part of the course!<br><br>
Way to perservere!<br><br>
Oh... and you weren't a Jerk... I had a friend from KR who I ran most of <b>Wineglass</b> with last year. I was fading at around 15, so he ran ahead. I wouldn't have had it any other way. His company was good while it lasted, and we both finished on our own pace. I'm sure <b>IEH4M</b> wanted you to carry on!<br><br>
I'm glad you and IEH4M and batmomm all finished. Too Cool!
 

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I just got back from DD#1's dance class to see such sweet comments. <span><b>Thank you everybody.</b></span> You definitely made me feel better.<br><br>
But, I just wanted to make one clarification. I wasn't holding back. I wasn't even shooting for a 10:30 pace for the beginning. I told Ty that I was going to go slower than that and walk after each mile. She's the one that pushed me...lol...pusher! But looking back at it now, I can say Ty was spot on about the pace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
I've done 2 Ms starting out way too fast and I seriously bonked one and finished feeling terrible for the other. I've also done 2 Ms the right way and Richmond was the right way. And if it wasn't for Ty, I would've done it the wrong way again. (THANK YOU TY!!!!!!!!!!!!) And I still think I should've gone slower in the beginning because I was completely drained towards the end. A good kind of drain, but drain nonetheless. Jen saw me walking...lol! So believe me, I gave it all I got using the best strategy as possible.<br><br>
The best advice I can give to anyone is to go slowwwwwwww in the beginning. If you are feeling great, then you've done your job and you can go for it after the half-way point or even around the 18-mile mark. I have found for me that if I start too fast in the beginning, my muscles will not last the entire 26.2 miles. And when my muscles have had it, there's no turning back...no way to recover...it's over.
 

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Alemma, good advice on going slow in the beginning and great race report! Also, you and the RMADs seem like a very close group; I dig it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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LOL...batmomm...that's too funny.<br><br>
With those comments, you'd think I could BQ...NOT! I'm 45 minutes too slow...dam good-for nothin calves...lol! <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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Alemma baby, if you are a jerk, then I must be a...well never mind, lets not focus on that.<br><br>
You are such an inspiration. I hope I can be half the runner and friend you are. Congratulations beautiful.
 

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<b>Mykemp1971, Nettie, Chosha, sb, Willa, Fer, Tony, MP, Jen, KyKy, KitKat, Ty, Johnny</b>, and <b>Batmomm</b> - Thank you so much for your encouragement. You are all sooooo great.<br><br><b>Nettie</b> - I love your goal of running in all 50 states! I do feel very close to all the RMs and RDs. Joining them is one of the best things I've ever done.
 

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ALEMMA - YOU ARE SO NOT A JERK!!! OMG you are AMAZING!!!! Way to go on being such an inspiration and WONDERFUL FRIEND!!! You know, if you had stayed with TY you probably would have had a DNF b/c she would have KILLED YOU!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Once again, GREAT JOB!!!
 

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Great race, Alemma! I know how you feel about leaving Ty. I lost my running partner at mile 23 of the VT marathon and I still feel bad about it. Ty seems OK with it so I think you shouldn't worry about it - easier said than done, I Know!<br><br>
Congratulations on a wonderful marathon!
 
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