Race report:Philly marathon — first 1/2
Well, the day started off fine. I got up before 6 and had some breakfast and was picked up at 6:15 to head to Philly. I stood in line for the port-a-pottys and then made my way to the start. I should have planned on a bit more time between eating & the start, and more free time before the start, but I didn’t!
The start was in waves and I could hardly make it up to my corral. I made it there but we waited for about 1/2 hour to start. Standing in the corral, I felt good. I didn’t feel pregnant and I thought it was going to be a good day. Finally, we were able to start! Me and my many layers were warm and ready! About 2 minutes into the race, so this is by Four Seasons and the fountain, I had a HORRIBLE side stitch. I had to stop and walk, it was debilitating.
This was the theme for the rest of the race. I don’t think that I ran for more than 2 minutes at a time. I was in good spirits and having a good time out there, and there were alot of walkers. I took lots of pictures. My parents saw me around mile 5 and walked with me for about 10 minutes and I just kept on going. I was going to wait to decide how far I would go until the 1/2 way point.
I made a deal with myself that if I had these side stitches (both sides of my stomach took turns and there was never a time that I was pain free) that I would not bother continuing to the second half. But if there was any chance that I could run, that I would trudge on. Also, around mile 8 I just thought maybe I could walk the whole thing and be fine.
Around mile 11 is when I decided that I would call it a day after 13.1 It was disappointing, but when I did the calculations, I’d be out there for over 6 hours, and my side stitches were relentless. It did not even feel good walking. Overall, I stayed in high spirits, but I am a bit disappointed that I couldn’t run at all, and really, that I didn’t finish 26.2. I definitely could have done it, but it just wasn’t the same walking it. I wanted to give the baby a medal 🙁 I feel like I listened to my body and that was what I was supposed to do – but I wish that I could have ignored my body and keep on trucking!! Surely I would have done that if a baby was not on board. But I probably wouldn’t have these side cramps everywhere if I was running sans child.
On the live results, it says I finished 3:15:15 and it is confused because it thinks I finished the marathon, with a super pace of 7:26. BQ! BQ! BQ! Nope, that’s how long it took me to finish the half – so times that by 2 and it would have taken me 6:30 or longer to do the full. I’m kind of glad I didn’t do it so that that time isn’t on my record!! But deep down I’m a bit bummed. 🙁
I looked up Laurel and she did great! Congrats to everyone else out there and I hope it was a great day!