Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Rest of the Story--A Fictional Race Report

It was race day and "Marley" and her friend Sarge Captain woke up bright and early at the crack o'dawn. Nobody got much sleep that night because Marley's unruly children decided to be little vampires and keep the entire house up. Captain's hubby, woke up at 3AM to the sounds of two little boys jammin' to the music of Kidz Bop. Needless to say the day started off with bleary eyes.

Marley was uncharacteristically calm as they set out to get to the race start. During the drive she joked and laughed. She knew she could get to the finish and that is all that mattered. She even joked about the fact that she didn't do most of her OCD pre-race rituals. Even that didn't freak her out. Life was still good and in a couple of hours it would all be over.

As they girls were dropped off at the start, they were informed that the start was 1.2 miles up the road. Somehow, the were a few minutes behind schedule and they would have to run to get to the starting line on time. About a half mile into running for the start, Marley stopped and said...eff this. I am not running a mile before a half marathon. Eventually they pulled up to the starting area. It wasn't 5 minutes later that the crowd started moving. They were literally in the back back back of the pack. The gun had gone off about 7 minutes prior to them starting to move.

Mile 1 was pretty uneventful and Marley and Captain ran close together. Knowing that she did not train at all appropriately for such an event, Marley slowed the pace down a bit. Captain took off and Marley plugged into her iPod. Music was going to be the medicine to get her to the finish. At mile 2 the walk breaks started. Mile 3 she was already hurting. This was unexpected because 3 miles is a nice distance for her. The problem was her whole body cramped up and it was difficult for her to keep moving.

She continued with her run/walk routine through most of the race. At one point she could not remember how she got from mile 3 to mile 9....it was a blur. She could not even estimate the ratio of running and walking. By mile 11, she was toast. She ran for a few blocks then walked. Marley borrowed an awesome mantra from Cyndi that helped her through a good portion of the race. Push the mind the body will follow. What a great line, however as the race got tougher and the course got much hotter, the mantra changed to WHO GIVES A SHIT??!! Afterall, she didn't exist as far as this race was concerned and risking an injury was not worth it.

One of the major factors was the heat. All the weather reports claimed that race day would have a cooler racing conditions. That was not the case....in fact it got so hot during the full marathon that officials were contemplating canceling the race. The heat and humidity sucked. Funny because the night before was so cold we all needed jackets.

Long story short.....she finished. Just under the time limit at that....a hair under 3 hours. Eh...not too shabby for an out of shape runner that didn't train.

What did Marley learn from this experience?
  • Training is absolutely necessary for half marathons
  • She learned about muscle groups she never knew she had....oh the soreness
  • Running a major race requires more than a few hours of sleep
  • Running in heat really really sucks
  • Running under your own name is much better (although Marley did earn a cool new nickname)
  • She is one stubborn chick to finish that race all things considered

~~~~The End~~~~

Back to reality....

I would like to wish all the current and future dads out there a Happy Father's Day! Chubby Hubby you are one fine baby daddy!!!

27 comments:

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Yay!! Good job. :-)

mommie2lea said...

Give "Marley" a big congrats from me for finishing despite all the things staked against her!

RunToFinish said...

a finish is a finish is a finish and damn if "marley" isn't stronger better and ready to tackle the world for doing something so many can not

Al's CL Reviews said...

Great job!

Marlene said...

Well congrats to Marley. Sounds like a tough race.

lindsay said...

congrats to 'marley'! i hope she gets some good training in before her next half so she doesn't have all the cramps and crappy feelings!

teacherwoman said...

Congrats to "Marley". How fuN!

Shannon said...

Way to go Marley!

MCM Mama said...

Way to go Marley! Great job on the race.

Carolina John said...

hahaha, great story. glad you stuck it out until the end. you're mantra's are right on, carly. good job. and try training harder next time!

AKA Alice said...

hahahaha about "who gives a shit." Awesome mantra!

Congrats Marley! You did it. You are one tough cookie (now have a cookie!)

Lily on the Road said...

Good job "Marley" errr Carly!!

Missy said...

Nice job Marley! The daYum heat is zapping me too, big time.

D10 said...

Congrats to Marley for finishing. At least now she knows where she is and what she needs to do for martahon training.

Diana said...

Big congrats on getting it done. The hot, humid summer weather is definitely starting to kick in hard!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Congrats to Marley and the Captain :) I'd bet there will be many more HM's to follow!

Cyndi said...

Way to go for keeping with it to the end! As has been said, a finish is a finish - you committed, you toed the line and you finished! Awesome!

runrockstarrun said...

Way to go for keeping with it to the end! As has been said, a finish is a finish - you committed, you toed the line and you finished! Awesome!

Heather said...

Way to go Marley! It was HOT out there.

raulgonemobile said...

Nice job on the finish! Yeah, when I read you were doing a HM, I said "did I miss something?".. Guess not. :) Way to stick it out.. major props for that!

Jess said...

Great job "Marley"!

Tammy said...

Yay!! for a happy ending.

That Marley is one tough chic!

X-Country2 said...

Yeesh, that Marley is tough!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Way to tough it out despite horrendous conditions, Marley!

And that ain't no fiction!

The Lazy Triathlete said...

Some times you can learn a lot from "fictional" stories.

aron said...

congrats to marley!!!! :)

Megsie said...

Yay for you! Very proud to know you--you are one stubborn chick! Oh, and ow.