Sunday, April 26, 2009

Kentucky Derby Marathon race report

Forgot to take a picture of me with my medal at the race, with me in my disgusting, stinky clothes.... so this is what you get..... Not even sure where to start......

Out of the 8 marathons I have now run, this was the toughest one. Between the brutal heat, which got up to 85, the hills that I wasn't expecting with wind blowing in our faces, and being sick, I am just happy I crossed the finish line. It may have been 23 minutes slower then I wanted, but it was a finish and I will take it. I am going to spare you the boring details, because I am sure you can guess what kind of a race I had with all of the crap that was thrown at me. I will just share a few statistics.... For the Half marathon (mini) 9397 finished... the full had 1067 runners finish. I finished 386Th overall, 102ND out of the females, and I finished 16Th in my age group.
This picture is of me at mile 22..... This is right before we went over the 3rd street bridge, when we came back over we were almost at mile 25, which is where I stopped to pose for a photo with my two cute little girlie's. The 3rd Picture is of my nasty toe. I can't figure out why, but my right foot gets the brunt of the pounding. I lost the three middle toe nails on that foot from my marathon in Feb and so what you see painted pink, is just the hard stuff under. The middle toe took the pounding yesterday.... Ouch.......
The last picture is from my hotel room window. That is the 3rd street bridge, which we ran on... it was super windy running across this baby. If you look close you can still see people running when I took this picture.

I of course forgot to put sunscreen on, so I am toasted. I am a little sore today, but not bad at all. I think that is because I walked so much. The last 6 miles were hell, and everyone was walking more then once a mile. I drank so much water and Gatorade. I wanted to be sure I stayed hydrated, and I did. By mile 20 I had to pee again, so I knew I was staying hydrated. I heard siren after siren after siren and I knew it was other runners that couldn't make it to the finish line, and I was determined to cross the finish line and still be standing. I was, and my chip was 4:23:30..... A little slower then I wanted, but I will take it.

34 comments:

Horsley News said...

I was thinking about you all day on Saturday. I'm so amazed at what you can do. I just don't know how you do all the training and running. I love you so much and wish I was there to give you a big hug.
love
MOM

Melanie said...

Awww, so sweet of your mom! That's awesome. Congrats on your 8th marathon! Sounds like you ran it well and glad you stayed hydrated despite the heat. Awesome run!

Kelli said...

Great job. Being a new runner, your an inspiration to have ran sick. I thought about you all week. I dont know that I could have done that! also thanks for actually saying how much you walked. I never knew runners walked and would have felt really bad down the road if I had. So thanks again for more info than you really want to share which helps me learn along my journey

kristen said...

Great pics - especially the one with your girls. Great job on finishing in such dismal conditions - p.s. I would kill for a 4:23 finish so I'm impressed as hell!!

Kristi said...

Janice you rock!!! I seriously look up to you so much. I am so glad that you were safe, and didn't get sick. Congratulations!!

Kim said...

Congrats!
85 is brutal-great job on breaking through so many obsticles.
A well deserved medal.

Missy said...

I heard it was hot around these here parts! Hey, 4:23 is nothing to sneeze at, take it and be proud. Hell, it's more than what 99% of the population did this weekend!

My word verification - tannin - should be burnin, I'm fried too:(

Mark Berry said...

Congratulations - it sounds like a great race given the conditions. I admire that you could step aside for a picture with the kids - I don't think I'd be able to get the wheels going again after 25 miles if I tried that!

utmomof 5 said...

I was thinking of you this weekend wondering how it was going. 4:23 is way amazing if you ask me!!

Mandy said...

Good JOB!!!

YOu are so amazing and such an inspiration!

Becca said...

Way to go! The temp sounds brutal and I'm just glad that you made it to the starting line...let alone the finish line! Way to go! Did my friend Amber get a hold of you about Wasatch Back?

Rookie on the Run said...

That sounds like a tough one... really tough! You can definitely be proud you finished. :)

Your girls are adorable!

Mindy said...

I'm so proud of you!! Even though the time wasn't what you wanted, it is still an amazing time, especially under the circumstances! Yay!!

Carly said...

Nice job!!! Those conditions sounded brutal.

Stacey said...

Great job! Congrats on finishing #8!!!!

Diana said...

congrats on the finish and the time! The scenery looks great and cute with the girls!

joyRuN said...

That's a great time!

Congrats on finishing through those tough conditions :)

Denise said...

Congrats!! You did really well! Sorry about the tootsie.

Deb said...

Wow, those conditions sound brutal! Heat like that and running do not mix well for me. Big congrats on finishing your 8th marathon!!

Marlene said...

Congratulations! You made it througha really tough race. That bridge looks brutal. I can imagine how tough it was in the wind! And I think I would drop dead running a marathon in that heat!

Your toes look like mine, except I don't even bother with the nail polish anymore. :{

Bethany said...

With everything you were up against, you did GREAT! Way to Go Girl!

D10 said...

A 4:23 is great. The heat was crazy this weekend. Glad you were able to stay nice and hydrated. Nice pictures.

Chic Runner said...

holy cow it was hot! hope the sunburn goes away soon and the toe heals quickly. congrats on getting through a TOUGH race. :)

RunnerMom said...

Wow, it all sounds so familiar.... Except the great finish time and the wind. We had some wind, but it was welcome since it cooled us off. Of course, we were not crossing large bridges!

I'm so excited for you to come to Memphis!

I'm glad to know there are some good marathons and some not-so-good marathons. You just have to work with what you get that day.

Your next one will be much better!

The Hurst Family said...

All that matters is that you finish. You're awesome. Love Rae

Courtney said...

Good job, you should be proud of yourself.

RunToFinish said...

man that is some heat, way to play it smart and be safe. You did it!!!!

Cheetah Girl said...

I was thinking about your marathon when I was running my 10K in the heat! We had 85 degree weather too and it was miserable... I had to walk too, which seems a little wimpy compared to yours lol. Good job though & Congrats!!! :)

Dean Schuster said...

Excellent job! It was certainly mega hot on Saturday. One pace group leader collapsed at the finish!

- Dean
www.zerotoboston.com

Julie said...

Great job on the finish! Sounds like everyone who did a marathon on Sunday had brutal weather conditions.

aron said...

CONGRATS on another marathon finish!!! love the pics with the girls :)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

YIPPEE you did it!! That time seems pretty great to me. Great work staying hydrated, I never thought about the sirens for all the people who are not as wise.

FYI you won my Pretty in Pink giveaway, yes you who said that you never win. Email me your address:

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Fair Weather Runner said...

WOW, amazing job! You look great for having just run a marathon in those pictures.

The Happy Runner said...

Congratulations! The race sounds like it was tough and you pushed through and did it!!! Way to go!!!