|There I am. Looking wobbly. Ready to cry. Running a 7:31 pace for 13.1 miles.|
Fast forward to race morning. 5...4...3...2...1 Boom! Jesse Stevick (8, now 9, time winner) took off out of the gate and a guy I didn't know at the time (Corey Nunlist) stuck by his side. I thought "You've gotta try to hang with them." We ran the first 5K in 17:49.
|The start. Photo by South Sound Running|
I have since met Corey Nunlist and I like the guy a lot, but when he stopped running and started walking around mile five I was thinking "What the hell were you doing pushing it with Jesse? And why was I trying to keep up with you guys!?" He had no business running up there and I had no business getting caught up in that. I realized then and there that I had made a big mistake going out too fast. I was a little irritated, but just kept telling myself to relax.
I saw Phil Jasperson (5 time Capital City Marathon winner) out on the course around mile 7 and he said to me "You look good, but be patient. This course loves patience." He was right, but that wasn't something I had thought about from the start. I tell you what! It's amazing how much time you can lose at the end of a marathon by going 10-15 seconds per mile over your goal pace in the beginning.
|Realizing I was running a minute slower than my GP. Photo by South Sound Running.|
By mile 20 I knew I had blown it. Every water station I came to I would stop and drink water and walk. I saw my fiance' around mile 22 and gave her a kiss and said "I blew it! I'm going to finish, but I messed up!" It was a mental boost to see her. She said "It's ok! I think you're doing great." and I kept going.
|Mile 26. Photo by South Sound Running|
I finished 6 minutes slower than my goal time and over 7 minutes behind Jesse in second place in 02:41
|The finish. Photo by South Sound Running|
A big thank you to my sponsors and teams: Seven Hills Running Shop. Clifbar. Feetures! & Guerilla Running.
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Team Clifbar Cap
Feetures! Compression Socks
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante
Garmin FR 220
Pearl Izumi Team 7 Hills Singlet
Pearl Izumi Ultra Split Shorts