…. by a whole 2 minutes! Hah. Sadness. To say I was disappointed would be a major understatement. I am so frustrated. I ended up alternating the entire time between feeling completely nauseous and intense stomach cramping. Needless to say, I feel like I spent more time in the portapotty lines than in the actual race.
The first few miles were pretty good-all sub 10 min, but I knew from the very beginning that I just felt…off. Eventually it came to fruition around mile 6 when the stomach cramping came in. I think the cramping can be attributed to that time of the month, but I have NO IDEA where the nausea came from. I was only able to down a gel around mile 7, after that I knew it would upset my stomach so I didn’t have any more. Plus, it felt like the Cytomax offered along the course made my symptoms worse, so I only stuck to small sips of water now and then.
I guess I should be grateful that I did better than last year, but in reality, I’m just frustrated because I know I could have done A LOT better. The entire marathon I was absolutely miserable, but was still able to crank out another sub 10 miler at mile 25, which just proved to me that had I not had those issues I would have been so much faster. It’s funny, between mile 13 and 14 I passed my condo complex. My unit faces out to the street, so I looked up longingly at my sliding glass door. If I had had my keys on me and didn’t have people waiting for me on the route, there is a high probability that I might have just quit then. When I was running, I of course thought about how I would never put myself through this again, but as soon as I finished I knew I’d be running again. I’m the type of person that knows what I can achieve, and until I do, I won’t be happy. Plus, I HAVE to beat Oprah. I love Oprah, don’t get me wrong. But I think I should be able to beat her. And once I beat Oprah, I’m going after Diddy. Heh.
Anyways, I finished with a time of 4:57:35, hyperventilated along the route countless times and welled up like a baby at the end. I’m glad I finished though, for sure. The only issue I have now is a tight IT band from the 2 miles running up the 163. I wish they could reroute the course because I had super pains in both hips, plus the leg after those miles, just like last year.
And besides the fact that the rubbing between my thighs probably could have started a small fire, I’m happy to report that the Body Glide I tried out provided only minimal discomfort. Success!
I’ve already started researching my next marathon. I’ll definitely be doing a lot of halfs, including America’s Finest City in August and the Nike Women’s Half in SF in October. I’m looking to the Long Beach marathon as a possibility, but that’s one week before the SF half so we’ll see. As Dori says in Finding Nemo, just keep swimming, just keep swimming…