Monday, April 12, 2010

Quick update from a Marathon finisher!

I plan on writing a much bigger, longer post with pics and perhaps some video. But here's the quick cliff notes version I posted on my dailymile page:


I COMPLETED THE MARATHON!!! Wow, what a race. I did amazing the first half (went too fast though), PRing by a couple minutes, but around mile 15 I started declining quickly. It was wayyy hotter than I had trained in which kept making me feel like I was going to vomit. And I wasn't prepared for all the hills in Clayton and U city. By mile 20 my entire body from my feet to my shoulders were cramped, but I was determined to finish even if I had to crawl across the finish.

Because Go! has a 13:44 per mile time cutoff, I had to move to the sidewalks at mile 20 and take a detour off the course at one point (because of not being able to get on FP parkway), but I have to give huge props to the race director that coached me back to the finish line. He was so supportive and met up with me at least 6 different times on the course. Right before I finished he pulled up in his van and told me he was really happy that I stuck it out.

I crossed the finish line with a great group of people waiting for me. I don't know how she did it, but my mom managed to talk the crew into keeping up the finish line and saving out a medal for me.

Even though I didn't finish when I wanted to or how I wanted to, I still finished. Do I wish the race had gone better? Of course. But am I still proud of what I accomplished? Absolutely.

10 comments:

Jennelle said...

CONGRATS, Teresa! That is so awesome that your mom convinced them to keep up the finish line and save you a medal. Great job!

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

That's awesome Teresa! I'm so proud of you. You totally rock.

Jen said...

SO. EFFING. PROUD.
You are such a rockstar! Congrats!

Kristal said...

So freaking proud of you Teresa. Chad kept saying last night what a testament it is to your determination that you stuck it out and finished. He's proud of you too. ;)

Julia said...

congrats, girl!! you rocked it and are a marathoner now!!

BrennanAnnie said...

I know I have already said it but you amaze me. Tough race but you never gave up. Great job out there. Can't wait to hear how the next one goes.

Kristen said...

girl you are amazing! Just finishing the marathon is a HUGE feat! Good for you!

mxq said...

i love that your mom did that! what an awesome memory of such an incredible accomplishment.

-PQ

mrs.leah.maria said...

Oh my gosh Teresa, what perseverance! You amaze me. Well done!

Maria said...

Congratulations Teresa! You should be incredibly proud of yourself!!!