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I am a farmer's wife,runner and a mother of two boys. I help my husband with our farming business. I did my first marathon in October 2010 and loved every minute of it. I'm now looking to do my 4th marathon in Little Rock, AR

Saturday, October 22, 2011

IMT Des Moines Marathon Recap

Got up at 2.30 to go to the bathroom than laid back down, but wasn't able to go back to sleep.  I was planning to get up around 5.00, but ended up getting up at 4.30  I just  couldn't  go back to sleep.   We  all wanted to get there early so we didn't get to stressed  out about getting where we needed to be and getting our potty stops in before race.

Me getting ready to leave home
My signature pose

 Earlier in the week I mentioned to Dan that I was hoping to start with him, because our pace was about the same.  Of course being a man he was not going to get there as early as us girls.   I kept looking for him, but I wasn't having any luck seeing him.  My blood pressure was  starting to rising.  I kept thinking I cant believe I'm going to have to run this marathon by myself.  SHIT.   I better start getting ready mentally.   We all headed on out to the starting line.  Most of us  had planned on starting at the 10.30 pace.  Blood Pressure is way out of whack by now.  It was about  10 minutes before the start and I hear someone yelling at us girls.  Bless his heart it's Dan and his college friend who  is running the marathon too.  Thank you God.   At that moment I could feel my blood pressure starting to go  back down. 

Mile 1-3   The gun went off and we all started  running or you could say walked to the start line.   The first 3 miles were pretty flat.  We all were just talking away and I didn't really realize that we had gone 3 miles already.

Mile 4-8  OK,  This is where the hills come in to play on this marathon.  It's pretty much  up and down from  4 to 8 miles.   I got through them, but it was really taking a toil on my  hammies and my right buttocks right in the center of my butt checks.   I was so happy to get those 4 miles done.  So was my Buttocks  and Hammies.

Mile 9-15  This is Polk Blvd and their is always alot of people on this street cheering you on.  I love these 6 miles of the marathon. At mile 10, I hear some girls behind me say to this guy, " Are you that guy".  He said "Yes I'm that guy.  I thought for a second could that be  Jim from over @  50 after 40 running behind me. It was just  a thought, because Jim wouldn't be behind  me he would be almost done with the marathon by now. This guy's name was Dirk and he to had just ran the Kansas City Marathon on Saturday and was doing the IMT Des Moines Marathon on Sunday.  This was his 10th Marathon this year and he still had one more to do.  It was so nice to visit with him.   I love meeting new people when I run a race.  At around mile 12 we got to run around the Drake Stadium, which we call the Blue Mile.  It is so cool running around that track.   I felt like a Track Star.  

I'm a Track Star

Mile 16-20  I was starting to feel tired and my butt and hammy were really tight. The guys  stopped to go to t he bathroom and I stretched out my buttocks and hammies.   Boy, that felt good.    I took a Power bar gel at 18 miles.  I started running again  and all of a sudden I thought I was going to throw up.  I stepped off to the side and bent over, thinking  Holy Shit this isn't good.  The lady that was behind me came over and offered me a Gu, I told her I think that's why I'm not feeling so great at the moment.  So I decide no more gel for me.   I tried to take Gatorade but that doesn't agree with me either.   So , I mainly stuck with water.   This is the part of the marathon I know it gets kind of lonely.  Their is not a lot of spectators around Waterworks Park.  Around mile 19 some guy  who was running behind me said "You are doing good Penny, keep it up.  Than a few minutes later, like an after thought he says "I'm not looking at your butt".   I yelled back and said, " That why my name is on my butt honey, so you can call me by name. We got to to mile 20 and I told Dan and Jason to go ahead I needed to take a walk break.

Dan, Jason and Me at Water Works Park
Mile 21-26.2  From here on out I was doing a run/walk.   I was feeling really tired, but I didn't dare take anything for fear I would up chuck.   I just kept getting water at the water stops.  My running partner from last year was suppose to meet me at mile 22 and run the rest of the way with me.  She didn't show because her knees were killing her after she got done with  the half.  I had told her earlier in the week  if  her knees were hurting not to meet  me.  I could do those last miles by myself . I was kind of bummed when I hit 22, and no Tree.   But I totally understood why she wasn't there.  I could finish this marathon on my own.  YAHOO. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other.  At mile 25, I heard someone say 'You are almost done Penny"  I turned around and it was Dirk, coming up behind me again.  We talked alittle and than I needed another walk break.  It's a weird feeling when you know God is looking out for you.  That is just what I needed to get me to that DARN finish line.   Mile 26, I see my running partner shaking some cowbells, she came out and gave me a hug and I started to shed a tear.  I was just so  DARN  happy that I was almost to the finish line. 

I DID IT. I finished my second Marathon.  Not as good as last year, but I'll take it. 

Finishing Time: 5:17

Rachele,Me, Dan,Vickie our cheerleader, Jason and Tree
 After I got done with the marathon, I needed to make a couple of stops before I headed on home.  I didn't know when I would make it back to Des Monies, being in the field and all.   My son called and asked me to bring supper home.  I stopped at McDonald's and got him and hubby something for supper.  I get home and bring all my stuff into the house.  I than hurried and changed my clothes so I could take the guys some food.  I get to Parker and give him his supper early and than I head on over to hubby and give him his supper.   I should of known that, that my work was not done for the day yet.   Hubby says I need you to help with somethings, I said OK.   We need to move the grain cart and a pickup.  Got that done, so I left to go home and do chores before it got dark.  I hate doing the chores in the dark.   I was almost done doing chores and my phone rings, hubby says when you get done with chores  we need to move more stuff, because they were almost done with that field.  If you don't know how moving things work, it could take 15 minutes or it could take hours.   SHIT I'M WEARING DOWN.   I  didn't get back home till 7 pm.  My hubby could tell I was wearing down.  He jokingly said "Now you need to check those late beans, which is 10 miles from where we live.    It took me a few minutes to process what he was saying, I was so Darn tired.  I said you are joking aren't you. He just smiles at me and tells me to go on home and get to bed.  I told him I was so tired I might not even take a bath.

I finally got home and got my bath taken.   I still need to get his lunch fixed for the next day, plus get my own lunch ready for Monday.   I think I finally got to bed around 8.30.   I had a great time doing this marathon.  I love just being around all of those runners.

Sorry, I took so long in get out this recap.   We have literally been in the field day and night, since the weather here has been so nice.


  1. Congrats on your race you did it!!!

  2. Rockstar!!! Rocking the marathon and the farming!

  3. AWESOME JOB PENNY!!! Glad you enjoyed it ... I did too! Too many gels on top of Gatorade can mess with my stomach a little too, glad you didn't hurl! And then chores AFTER A MARATHON!!! You are da woman! Great job ... now get those crops in! Ha!

  4. Holy cow, Penny! Great job on the race and you amaze me that you did all that other stuff after the race. You are made of stronger stuff than me...WAY stronger!!! I can't imagine doing anything but falling into a glass of wine, a piece of pizza and then bed after a marathon!

  5. love the outfit! I am AMAZED by your race recap! You ROCK!!! I would wanna go lay down and not get up for hours....and hours! LOL! You are an inspiration!!!

  6. Congrats Penny! I can't imagine doing all those chores afterwards! You are amazing!

  7. Congratulations Penny! You're amazing!

  8. i keep thinking I shoudl come run this since D's family is there...maybe if you do it again next year I'll convince myself so I can meet you too!!

    Love the butt name, but so sorry about the stomach. I can't take GU because it does make me sick....hope you find something for your next race. Beyond that congrats on another finish!!!!

  9. congratulations! love all the pics...love the running and smiling ones!!! really fantastic! GU is a no non for me. did you try EFS liquid shots?

  10. Great job, Penny!!

    And you're amazing...all that stuff AFTER a marathon?? All I wanted to do was sit on the couch and be waited on. :) You are STRONG for sure! (No way am I letting my husband read this race report!!)

  11. WOW Penny you are like Superwoman.. Run a Marathon by day Farm by night. Congrats on your finish!

  12. Woo hoo! Congratulations on another great marathon!!! Glad you had such a good time and finished strong!

  13. CONGRATS PENNY! i am so proud of you for committing to this marathon and conquering it! you did awesome and persevered through a lot! great job!

  14. Congrats for the marathon, yes you are a track star!

  15. Congratulations!! I was cracking up over the guy not looking at your butt.

  16. Awesome! Awesome! Amazing race - you are such an inspiration! Congratulations on a great race! Love your pictures too!

  17. Congratulations on finishing your second full!!! I love your outfit.

  18. Congrats on your marathon! You should be so proud! And I love your outfit! Especially your name on your rear end! Good one!


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