I did it!! I am officially a marathoner!
I'm so far behind on race recaps but I wanted to get my thoughts out now before I forgot them. I was sooo nervous in the corral waiting for the race to start. Because of my injury, I honestly had no idea if I would even make it to mile 1. And so when I got mile 1.5 (with a stop at the 1 miler marker for a picture of course) I realized that I really needed to start my run/walk intervals because everyone said to slow down at the beginning. But I was feeling that good that I could easily have kept going. I had no pain in the beginning! I had a few twinges in my calf start at about mile 2.5. It was really only the first few steps of my run intervals so I was playing around with which foot to start with and then it went away in a few miles. And that was the end of the leg pain for the whole race!!
I got a huge blister on my left pinky toe at mile 19. I stopped twice during mile 19 & 20 (to see what it was & then at the medical tent to put a bandaid on it). Putting tight compression socks back on sweaty legs takes FOREVER!! So the blister hurt for a few miles and then I felt it pop. Yes, that killed but then the pain went to something manageable.
I don't think I really ever hit the wall. Yes, miles 19 & 20 were tough due to the pain and I was wondering how I was going to do 7 more miles like that. But then it went away. At mile 20, I dropped to 1:1 intervals since that was farther than I had ever gone but I never hit that mental point where I didn't think I could do it. I'm not sure if it was because I wasn't going that fast or hard. Or maybe it was because I had had a mental wall for the past week wondering about if I was going to be able to run at all due to the injury so that the last few miles weren't tough. I mean, I DEFINITELY got tired. After WWOS, I was wondering if the we were ever going to get to the Studios. But it wasn't nearly as horrible as I thought it was going to be.
Except for during the blister part, I didn't take any extra walk breaks that weren't planned (the walk intervals, picture stops, and water stops, oh and one bathroom break). So I was proud of that.
I never got bored either. I think it's because I'm used to the long runs by myself on the boring stretch of street where I live. So even though Osceola Parkway was a long stretch of nothing, I was completely entertained by the other runners. And I was also checking my Facebook and Twitter a bunch too. The comments on my page were sooo motivating! And I loved the crowd support, especially towards the end from the Studios on (I definitely took advantage of some spectators that were passing out pretzels--just what I needed!!!)
My finishing time was 5:31:19. I was only 7 minutes off my pre-injury goal. And even though I had said that my only goal was to finish, I kinda got mad at myself because I was so close! If I hadn't fought with getting my compression socks on, I just might have made it! Oh, and the almost 50 picture stops affected my time too.
I was feeling so good after the race. No leg pain or soreness. The only thing that was bugging me was my feet--I wanted my shoes off immediately and luckily I had told my hubby to bring flip flops. Everyone kept trying to help me around but I didn't need it (including getting down to the ground to take the socks off and then standing up again). But yesterday afternoon was a different story. I didn't have much muscle pain but my joints hurt--both knees, both ankles and then both Achilles hurt. And I had a weird bruising sensation all of the top of my body. Still can't figure that one out (but it's gone today). As for the pain today, my muscles are a little more sore but nothing terrible. My right ankle is the only thing still really bothering me. It hurts quite a bit! Its the same one that was hurting before the race, so a doctors apt might be necessary--agh.
People keep asking me if I'd do another marathon and the answer is yes! But probably only if it's a Disney marathon. I need the stimulation of the parks and the characters and entertainment and people dressed in costume. I don't think I could handle a regular marathon without all of that to keep me occupied. As for Dopey or Goofy, I don't think my body could handle the training or the races so that's out. But one day I will do another Disney marathon!! I had a blast!!