Sunday, June 6, 2010

Run a Marathon: Check.

Well, I can officially cross running a marathon off my list! Yipee! I think it has always been on my list but I think I had planned on tackling it later in life. However, this past January I received an invitation from my friend Jen to run the Newport Marathon with her. So I bumped the goal up to number one and now I can officially say I'm a "marathoner". Or can I? Do I have to run two marathons to be qualified for that title? I won't bore you with all the details (since my blog seems to have a reoccurring theme of food, running, and summer...). I'm just going to touch on the highlights of the event.

First, we had AMAZING weather! Considering Oregon has had one of the wettest springs on record and that it has rained nearly ever day the past month - it truly was a miracle that we woke to clear blue skies yesterday morning. And a double miracle that we had sunshine for a race that took place on the Oregon Coast. It's times like this that I KNOW the Lord loves me!

I can draw several analogies between running a marathon and life...but I'll spare you. I will say that I have a true understanding of the power of the mind. In January I was uncertain that I would be able to tackle 26.2 miles. However, the more I trained and the longer distances I ran, I was able to convince myself my goal wasn't too lofty...and was actually obtainable. I spent the whole week last week reminding myself that I was going to do great...and check me out, I did!

I've also come to realize the strength of human companionship. Jen and I ran nearly every long run together during our training. Over time I became more and more dependent on her company during our runs. I was amazed at how difficult it was to tackle the long runs alone when we couldn't run together during training. I can honestly say that I would not have done as well as I did running the marathon yesterday if Jen was not by my side. She truly made the marathon fun (I don't think they're supposed to be as fun as I had) and kept me distracted from the miles we were conquering. I really felt like the race was done in a blink of an eye. Wyatt teased me and said that he felt like he was interrupting us whenever he met-up with us along the course.

Which brings me to another important point. Wyatt is awesome! I love that man! I know he could probably list a thousand things he'd rather be doing on a sunny Saturday then spend his time following Jen and me along our marathon playing the role of official J&B photographer, official J&B pit crew, and official J&B cheer leading squad. But he did it anyway because that's the way he rolls... And roll he did. He skated (on his longboard) 10-miles in order to snap some pictures of us! Now that is dedication!

Lastly I want to say how amazed I am at how GREAT I feel. Sure my legs feel sore but I would say aside from that I don't feel like I ran 26.2 miles yesterday. And that is how I felt the entire time during the race - great. I honestly felt like I could keep going the entire time, I never hit a wall and I never felt like I needed to stop. Several people at church commented that they would probably be at home in bed if they had just run a marathon. I'm not saying this to brag. I just think that goes to show what practice, practice, practice can do! I've spent the last six months dedicating my time to running (more so than I usually would). I spent all last week preparing myself for the race - went to bed early, loaded up on carbohydrates, drank plenty of water, mentally prepared myself, etc. I even prayed and told the Lord that I had done everything I possibly could to prepare myself for this event and I asked him to make up the difference. And I know He did! I think that I feel as great as I do because I worked hard to achieve this goal. I think when you put hard work into anything you will encounter great results.

My goal was to finish the race in 4-hours and 20-minutes. We came in just shy of that at 4-hours and 19-minutes (and 21-seconds). That comes out to a 10-minute mile pace. I am happy with those results! It was a good pace where I never feel like I was overextending myself. Part of me wonders if we could've gone a tad bit faster. But then I think we probably wouldn't have been able to chat the entire time...and that would've been boring running in silence. I guess that is what marathon number two is for...running faster to shave off some time.

Yeah, I'm happy I ran a marathon. It was a wonderful experience! And I must say, I've truly enjoyed gorging myself with food and knowing that it is okay because I burned x-thousand calories running. The perks of running...
(PS - I just want to announce that all though I did run 26.2 miles yesterday Jen was the star of the show! She encountered a foot injury (among other life-challenging events) in April which kept her off her feet for two weeks. When she finally could start running again she had to grit her teeth to get through the painful runs. Running with her yesterday I would have NEVER guessed she had any foot issues! She is a tough cookie!)

PPS - I made two delectable treats this weekend for our Young Women Cake Auction (the fund raiser for Girls Camp). I made a Neapolitan Cake and Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes with Mint Cream. Both from my fav food blog - Smitten Kitchen. I thought the cake was delish but Wyatt gave me a hard time because it didn't meet the traditional definition of "cake". However, the souffle cupcakes were fantastic. As I've mentioned before on my blog...I'm not into cake. And these tasty treats didn't share the same consistency of cake. They weren't made with flour so they were dense and CHOCOLATLY. YUM!!!



14 comments:

Collette said...

way to go! I am constantly amazed at people who can run marathons. A little 5k had me scared! The cakes look delish.

Jeanna said...

I was near tears reading this post. I started run/walking again. And I know what I feel like when after 3 miles.....and I know the lessons I learn from pushing myself and doing what I had told myself for years I could not do.....now, times that by 26.2?

Congratulations B!!!!!

And, next time we see you, I'll be asking YOU what you're making for dessert.

Dale said...

Dude, marathons are awesome!! Actually, it's the people who run marathons that are awesome!! Congratulations on beating your goal too. Just be glad you didn't have to sprint at the end in order to get your goal!

mom/Janet said...

Good job!!! You make it sound so fun and easy. I won't get sucked into that, though. I'll just keep admiring dedicated paople like you.

Bridget said...

You are a rock star! What a great accomplishment! I am very proud of you. I had no idea that you were training for this. No wonder you went for a run on that freeking cold day in Boston! Ha ha.

Phoebe said...

Way to go! And you made it to the ward party that night-truly impressive.
David is still a bit sad about losing the bid on your cake. Maybe next year:)

Lizzy Lambson said...

Brittany, I am so proud of you! And so impressed. What an incredible accomplishment--seriously. You make me want to run in, like, 5 months. So congratulations! I loved reading this about the whole experience--it really is inspiring. Way to go!!!!!!

Jen said...

We are amazing. Wyatt rocks. What a great team we make! Let' do it again soon! I am HOOKED! Love the photos. Can't wait for my CD! Thanks for saying YES. You got me over that finish line, I would have quit a long time ago if it weren't for YOU! Let's run soon!

Becky Despain said...

This is just awesome and inspiring! I am so impressed with not only the running but what you gained out of it too (I see a YW lesson in your future :) ). You truly are awesome Brittany! Great job to both of you and Wyatt too!

Team Carroll said...

Awesome job! I'm so proud of you! Boy, those cakes look beautiful too! How talented you are! (speaking of that bathing suit too). :)

M said...

I am so impressed by marathoners! Thanks for the shoutout on my blog (even though if I were you I'd be rolling my eyes...) My favorite part of your post, though, was that you admit you run so you can gorge yourself on delicious food. Me too! Maybe if I could muster up the willpower to run more, I'd actually be able to eat more. Now that's not a bad idea, actually. Congrats!

Josette said...

you are the bomb diggity. i knew you could do it and it doesn't surprise me one bit that it was a total breeze for you. you should come here and run this 100 mile thingy they have here that charlotte's tiny pediatrician runs. way to go brit!!

Mel said...

Run a marathon and then go bake? Whaaat? You are amazing! :) You rock.

Abbie said...

Wow! That is so awesome! It's so true the analogies to life you can make with a marathon. And amen to the power of companionship while running. When I ran the Deseret News Marathon (almost 10 years ago!) I spent at least an hour running and chatting with some random guy but seriously, I don't think I would have made it without him.

Makes me want to go out and start training for one. Sadly I couldn't run for 3 weeks after mine even though I trained really well. I think some people's bodies are able to take the stress better than others.