|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|
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.