Sunday, October 5, 2008

What can you do in 4 hours and 14 minutes?

Four hours and 14 minutes is a good amount of time. I was contemplating what could be done in that amount of time yesterday morning. This is what I came up with.

I could:
-take a decent-sized nap
-watch two sessions of conference and a little mo-tab
-drive to St. George, with a bathroom stop
-be on a date, start to finish
-watch Anne of Green Gables and then be partially through Anne of Avonlea
-hike up and down the 'Y' 5-6 times
-drive to the airport, catch a plane, and land in Seattle
-study
-clean every room in my apartment, top to bottom
-start and finish two color clients
-watch 18 episodes of either Friends or The Office

Let me tell you what I did in four hours and 14 minutes yesterday morning.

I:
-drank five or so cups of gatorade
-choked down two packets of goo
-visited with a friend, while we both tried to catch our breath between sentences
-made two bathroom stops
-had my legs rubbed down twice with icy hot
-listened to most of the songs on my shuffle
-listened to some songs and a couple of episodes of The Office on my sister's ipod
-experienced the worst inner-thigh chafing
-had suicidal thoughts
-checked out a thousand or so sets of toned legs
-and CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AT THE END OF MY FIRST MARATHON--26.2 MILES!!!

I DID IT! Let me just tell you, that 6500 participants ran the entire thing in the pouring down rain!

No one told me that I would need to pack my Nike galoshes, a rain coat, a hat, and hand warmers. No one told me that goo tasted so disgusting. No one told me that this marathon would include a wet t-shirt contest (so I wore white, and it was completely see-through five minutes into the run). No one told me that 60 year old men would have nicer legs than me. No one told me I was going to be running this thing with 5 individuals over the age of 80, and 39 under the age of 14. No one told me that I would walk like I was 85 after I was through. No one told me that I would get sick twice during the run and have to book it to the bathroom. No one told me that the last .2 miles would be the longest. And, most importantly, NO ONE TOLD ME IT WOULD ALL BE WORTH IT!!!!

It was worth it to have a tummy ache for the remainder of the day. It was worth it to be dripping wet for four hours and 14 minutes. It was worth it to train for hours each week. It was worth the money. It was worth it to wake up at 4 o'clock on a Saturday morning. It was worth it to cross that line and receive a medal!

I think I found a new love! I am looking forward to training for my next one. First I need to be able to regain the use of my legs, but then I am off.

My brother-in-law, James, and I enjoyed the experience! Luckily, there was a picture of him crossing the finish line. He completed the run in three hours and 55 minutes. There wasn't a shot taken of me crossing the line, so I am posting a picture that was taken an hour and a half after the race was through.

15 comments:

lindsay lark said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can't believe I was down there watching the race and didn't see you! Glad to hear you're already contemplating a second- that's a good sign this early after a race. Hope you're taking it easy and treating yourself- you sure deserve it!

Jill said...

You AMAZE me rach! Great Job!

Carly and Todd said...

I think I would have chosen the 18 episodes of The Office!!!

WAY TO GO...you are amazing!! Yeah, I really am pretty sure I will never run a marathon-- I will just imagine the sense of accomplishment you are feeling though and just live through you!

Rob and Juliann said...

WOW RACH, YOU ROCK! I'm not even aiming that high. Perhaps a half...someday.

Di said...

You go Rach!

Da Denninghoff's said...

I'm so proud of You Rachel! That is something that I always wanted to do. Hopefully someday soon. Wow, what a rush you must have felt!

Dana said...

Wow! I am sooooooo impressed! Nice job!

Kaela Cusack said...

Wahoooooooooo! Good girl :) I still wouldn't be caught dead doing that...

iyouandme said...

Rachel! You're amazing! I definitely would have opted the nap, going to seattle, or watch 18 episodes of The office.

Runner's high.

Will said...

Wow, you're quite the stud muffinette! That's a pretty good time too.

The Dunns said...

That is so awesome!!!!! I've done two half marathons and that was plenty for me. That is quite an accomplishment you should be proud of yourself for sure!!!

Lindsey & Josh said...

Congrats, Rach!! You inspired me! :) I want to see more pictures though- did you take any more?!

Brooke said...

You are awesome girl!! Way to go... for me, the thought of running a marathon sounds worse than labor. :)

T.J. Probst said...

That is insane, but soooo cool at the same time!

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