What a gorgeous, scenic marathon! Definitely, this marathon takes the number 1 spot in my list for beautiful marathons.
Have you ever ran on clouds? If you have ever had the experience to run at high elevation and surrounded by mountains, you probably have seen what I experienced this last Saturday. As we descended down the canyon in Azusa, California, the paths were clean, the mountains looked pristine, and then as your eyes looked down the mountain, you could see all the fluffy gray and white clouds. It was a run of dreams! I have never had a chance to go to Peru, but I have seen some of the beautiful pictures of mountains and clouds leaving the top of the mountains exposed, as I was running down the mountain, I was thinking that probably that is what Peru looks like. I loved every moment running down that canyon. If I had had a camera, I would have taken a gazillion pictures.
Running wise--I did AMAZING considering that I did not train for the marathon distance. I actually came into the marathon with 2 training runs, both of them 5 milers. However, I have been attending crossfit religiously and teaching my Zumba class. I finished in 3:46:26, not too shabby for not having trained. However, I did feel my lack of training up every hill. I typically do not walk up the hills when I train, but the lack of training meant walking every single hill.
25 things that went through my head during the race and after:
1. After getting off the bus--It is so pretty up here.
2. As everyone around was complaining of the cold--it is so warm compared to back home.
3. Getting ready to start--crap, I am going to run 26.2 miles. I really should have trained.
4. The first bit of the race--they said it was downhill, this looks like uphill to me.
5. Oh crap! It is downhill. Hold on knee!
6. Hey, I am running on clouds!
7. Wow, 13 miles done! I feel great!
8. 14 miles...I am tired. I should have signed up for the 1/2. I REALLY should have trained.
9. I am hungry. Why don't they have real food on this aid stations--steak, steak sounds really good right now, or a taco. Yes, I could go for a taco!
10. All the hills are coming, I can get a break and walk soon.
11. Gosh, I am getting passed on all these hills. I should have trained more.
12. This water bottle is getting heavy. I am throwing it out at mile 20.
13. Mile 20 marker! I am almost done! 1 more hour of running and I will be done.
14. Ok, if I run a 9 minute pace, I can be done in 54 minutes.
15. Passing the Azusa Crossfit--gosh, I wish I was lifting right now.
16. Mile 25 marker--I only have 10 minutes left, even if I walk a little.
17. I can't walk on the last mile. I must keep running, even if it is at slow pace.
18. Isela pick up the pace, this is not running, you are barely moving.
19. This mile is taking F-O-R-E-V-E-R!
20. I did it! I finished! I finished and I didn't cry and I didn't vomit and I did it!
21. I wish they had chairs for us to sit on. After sitting on the ground for a bit--how in hell am I going to get off the floor?
22. After finding my friend and finding a chair to sit on--I really want to cry now. My legs can't stop shaking, my entire body is in shock and is shaking. I think I am having hypothermia. Thankfully, my friend had already picked up his dropbag and gave me his sweater to wear.
23. Where is my hubby? Oh, wait, there he is! He looks sore just like me.
24. We can go to the hotel now...wait, we must walk like 2 miles to the car...shuffle along.
25. Hey, look! We did it! We ran a marathon today!
Thank you Revel series marathon directors, volunteers, and everyone who took a part in this amazing event. Revel Series puts together some awesome events. They take care of the runners, before the race at the expo, and during the race with their outstanding aid stations, and then after the race with the extras--real food, plenty of food, cool washclothes, massages, shirts that actually fit and little printed cards with the chip times printed. And of course, cool looking medals that you want to display :).