The RACE REPORT!
Time the hotel alarm was set for: 4:45 am
Time I woke up: 1:02 am
Time I got up: 3:13 am
Line up for start: 6:00 am
Total number of runners: 20,000
Time the gun went off: 7:00 am
Time lapsed before we even moved one inch forward: 10 minutes
Time lapsed before crossing the STARTING line: 17 minutes
How I felt when I started running: not great. my back and legs were achy. great timing.
Who I was running for:
First time I thought “there is no freaking way I’m going to finish this race”: mile 1
How far off pace I was by mile seven: 15 minutes
Why I was so off pace: Not sure. The first few miles were so congested it was hard to actually run. I can also say, in hindsight, I was just too conservative. I could have picked it up but I was holding back big time.
Steepest hills on the course: between miles 6 and 10
Lowest moment: Mile 10 1/2
Why it was my lowest moment: so tired, so far to go, dizzy
Moment when my mood brightened: seeing my mom, brother and sister waiting for me at the mile 12 marker
Secret weapon: my sister Liesel who jumped in and ran with me from mile 12 to mile 17 and completely turned the race around for me.
Point at which I knew I was going to finish the marathon: mile 15
When I felt most like a rock star: When my brother jumped into the race at mile 17 to videotape me while running backwards in front of me.
What I ate along the way: 1 chocolate GU, 4 packets of Luna Moons, 6 mini Luna bars, handful of pretzels, 2 orange quarter, 1/2 banana
What I drank: cups of water and gatorade every 2 miles
How many times I stopped to pee: 0
Most surreal: the miles between 18 and 23 sort of ticked away as if I was in some auto-pilot mode… the part of the race I’d anticipated to be the worst was just not that bad
Best idea: putting my name on my race shirt. Hearing “Looking strong Emilie!” just never got old.
Time I had hoped to cross the finish line: 5:30
Where I was at 5:30: about mile 25 1/2
How I felt during the last 1/2 mile: like every molecule in my body was firing, every hair on my body was standing up straight, and all I could hear were screams and cowbells ringing. It was everything I could ever have hoped it would be.
Actual finish time: 5:38
How I feel about that: I’ll take it, but there is lots of room for improvement
What was waiting for me at the finish line: A San Francisco fireman with my Tiffany necklace in a little blue box:
My mom, Liesel , Chris, aunt Ellen and uncle Dickie, flowers, a box of tissues (Liesel), a finishers shirt, and piles of food.
Luckiest person in the world: me
How proud was my mommy:
How many blisters I had on my feet: 0 (but I checked)
How much money was raised by this race for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: $14 Million
How I felt right after: like this
How I feel today: fantastic
Will I run another marathon? Yep. But it won’t top this one.