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Marine Corps Marathon Race Recap

by Allie on November 3, 2012 · 75 comments

in Marathon Training,Race Recaps,Running

My first race recap post! Are you ready?

Time: 4:34:19

Overall: 10,352 out of 23,529 (top 50%!!)

Females: 3,370 out of 10,004

Age group (20-24): 290 out of 711

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Having never run a race before (not even spectated!), I had absolutely NO idea what to expect. It was like my first day of school. I was completely clueless. I felt like a fish outta water. Where do I pin my bib? What’s the proper etiquette for water stations?

Though you can read all about race day online and in books/magazines, there’s nothing quite like the real deal.

Goals

For a first time marathoner, my goal was simply to get my tush to the finish line.

Of course, deep down, I had ballpark time goals too. I wanted to finish under 5 hours. Ideally, I wanted to beat my parents’ time (4:45 ish I think?). If all went well, I wanted to come in around 4 hours and 30 minutes, a reasonable and attainable goal given my regular running pace.

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Wakey Wakey!

The alarm went off at 3:50 AM and I went through my usual pre-run routine. 2 cups of coffee. Pumpkin French toast (using waffles and cinnamon raisin bread) stuffed with sunflower seed butter and banana slices. Elaborate, yes, but it was what I had been eating for breakfast before my runs all month long.

We needed to be out of the door by 5:15 AM, so I packed a Clif Bar and some almonds to eat in the car and before the start. I hadn’t practiced with Clif Bars before runs, but I knew it probably wouldn’t be a problem.

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My stomach has come a long way! One reason I hadn’t raced before was because a) they’re so stinkin’ early and b) my stomach used to be super sensitive and I couldn’t eat anything within 3-4 hours of running. I’ve trained my stomach this past year and I can now handle running with quite a bit of food in there. Wahoo!

Note: I did not successfully use the loo before leaving the house. The one thing I was most nervous about. Rats!

I was a nervous wreck waiting for the metro…

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The walk from the metro station to the start line was omgSOlong. Peter kept telling me to look at it as a warm up. Isn’t that was miles 1-3 are for?!

At this point, it was hard distinguishing hunger from nerves, so I just kept munching on my Cliff Bar until 30 min. before the start.

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Pre-Race

I perked up as the sun started to rise and felt a lot better after I got all my race gear strapped on and ready to go.

Things they don’t tell you #1:Practice peeing in the woods! I went once on the way from the metro and again while running along the course (I KNOW I KNOW, but everyone was doing it…? For real.). No shame. Okay, a little.

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At this point, I started to get super emotional. I was even tearing up a little. I think it was a combination of nerves and finally setting out to accomplish something for which I had trained so hard. It didn’t help that I had a slow, sappy song playing on my iPod.

I got into the line rather late because the guy in front of me in the porta potty got lucky (jealous!) and took forever. I was in the way back of the crowd and didn’t cross the start line until 20+ minutes after the gun went off.

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Ready, Set, Go!

I didn’t have a hard time keeping my pace relatively slow because I was listening to a slow song and it was pretty congested for the first couple miles. I had to do quite a bit of swerving because there were people going fairly slowly (and some walking).

In fact, I did quite a bit of swerving throughout the entire race. I kept getting stuck behind people, which made it hard to settle in and get into a groove.

Things they don’t tell you #2: When you’re 5′ 2″, you end up getting nearly socked in the jaw 800 times by the elbows of the people in front of you!

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Fuel Me Up Buttercup!

I took in my first Gu at mile 6, before I thought I needed it. <–key! The strawberry banana flavor is the bomb! I wanted to bathe in it. I gravitate towards the chocolate flavors because I am a chocoholic, but straw-nana is my new favorite.

This was gel #1. By gel #4 I was so sick of sweet/sugar (and I have the biggest sweet tooth ever).

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Things they don’t tell you #3 (actually they did, but I didn’t listen): Figure out what they’re serving at the race and practice eating/drinking it on the run.

Mile 2: Gatorade (definitely didn’t practice that one…oops)

Mile 6: Gel #1

Mile 11.5: Gel #2

Mile 14.5: Gel #3

Mile 18: 2 Gu Chomps (first time ever trying those…oops again…loved them more than Gels!)

Mile 20: Gel #4

Mile 22: Jelly Belly Sport Beans (first time ever trying those…oops again)

Mile 24 Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkin. I didn’t really need the donut and definitely didn’t practice eating donuts on the run, but I figured why not?

Luckily, I had zero stomach problems. A little ache after gel #1, but that was expected.

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26.2 Miles (err 26.77 miles!)

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the race passed by really quickly for me. I kept having to remind myself to run in the moment! Once I hit mile 20, I tried to FOCUS on the run and my surroundings because I knew it was going to be over soon.

The miles ticked by a lot faster than in my training runs. I always hear about the last 6 miles being miserable and requiring a lot of mental strength to get through, but that wasn’t the case for me. I expected to hit the wall and want to die, but I actually started picking up the pace at mile 17 and sprinted the last 4 miles.

Things they don’t tell you #4: Practice running on smashed water cups, banana peels and orange rinds.

Okay, seriously? Banana peels?! Who’s bright idea was that?! I was terrified I was gonna faceplant and get trampled…like in The Lion King!

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Miles 1-8:

I tried to take it a little slower in the beginning because I wanted to avoid having to waddle the last few miles. I ended up having to weave around people (who were either running super slow or walking), which made it hard to conserve energy and settle in.

It didn’t help that at one point, I was literally 4 inches away from stepping on roadkill. I jumped and screamed “OH MY GAH”…so embarrassing!

Miles 8-12:

I finally settled in and got comfy. I started singing out loud and a lady cheering on the sidelines said to me “Sing it, girl, you sing it!!” Bahaha!

And this is when Sandy started to work against us. Fierce winds! I was overjoyed that it wasn’t raining, so I embraced the wind and hoped it would work in our favor later.

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Miles 12-16:

Pain in my buttocks started. I had to dig deep to take my mind off my derriere.

I stopped to use the loo when I found one with no line. I did not get lucky. Blerg!! Stopping for a few minutes actually made the pain in my butt go away completely…for a few miles.

I saw my parents at mile 17 and got a boost from that.

Miles 17-20:

I was flying! All the sugar I consumed kicked in and I was rockin’ it.

Running among the monuments was exhilarating and I started to pick up the pace. Probably 1:00 min/mile on average faster than I had been running.

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Miles 20-22:

The pain in my butt (literally) came back. This time it was accompanied with a dull pain in my knee. Nothing serious, but not pleasant and it made zoning out difficult.

At mile 21, I was alternating “owww” and “effffff.” I missed a water station somewhere here and I remember thinking I was so thirsty! I stopped at a table where spectators set up food/drinks and all they had was Coke. I was so thirsty, I grabbed a cup of the HFCS and chugged it. Definitely didn’t practice that one either.

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Miles 22-23:

Mile 22 was new territory for me since my longest training run was 22 miles. This is when I started giving it my ALL. As in, I started SPRINTING. That’s what it felt like at least. Fortunately, I managed to maintain my pace all the way until the finish (and not get burned out). Hey, it’s a race right?

I remember thinking…

1) The faster I run, the sooner I’ll be done and the sooner my butt can get some relief

2) I NEED TO BEAT OPRAH!!

Oprah ran MCM in 1994 and finished in 4:29. I made it my mission to beat her. It wasn’t so much HER that pushed me, but the thought of coming in/around 4 hours and 30 minutes.

I was passing people left and right. At this point so many people were walking and I was busting my ass trying to beat Oprah.

At one point I looked down at my Garmin and saw a 7:52 avg pace. Whoa nelly!

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Mile 24-26.2:

SPRINT SPRINT SPRINT.

OW OW OW. EFF EFF EFF. You can do this, Allie. You can do anything for 10 minutes.

The more my butt hurt, the faster I ran. I even tried to sprint up the notorious SUPER steep up hill right near the finish.

…and then I saw the finish line and realized I was about to become a marathoner. It was so surreal.

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I missed Oprah by 5 stinkin’ minutes. Womp womp. I definitely could’ve run 5 minutes faster. I wasted time at water stations and getting stuck behind walkers. Since it was my first race, I didn’t want to focus on pace too much and just get to the finish line.

I’ll take this as a sign that I ran a good race and I’ll know what to do next time. Yes, next time! I’m already thinking of my next marathon. To be honest, I was thinking of my next one before I even started MCM, but I wanted to finish first before I said it out loud. I definitely need a break from training though, which has been hard on my body. I need to gain some weight back and then maybe in several months to a year from now I can think of training for another one (Thank you in advance for keeping your comments about my weight to yourself. I’ve lost weight while training. I’m trying hard to gain it back. In lieu of comments, which won’t actually help me but put on the pounds, you can bake me some cookies!).

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The 20 minutes after crossing the finish line was a blur. I wanted to line up to take my finisher photo with the memorial…I needed water/food, but there was none…I couldn’t find anybody…my butt hurt! Finally, Kat Lobes and her mom spotted me and we walked a loooong way to the finish festival.

Post-race sweet potato/regular fries from Ray’s Hell Burger. Salt!

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Mission Accomplished

I was VERY hesitant to register for this race because I feared the unknown. What if I can’t finish? What if training is too difficult? Could I really run a marathon?!

(It’s fun to look back and read my race announcement post)

This may sound strange, but I didn’t really consider myself a runner (and still don’t to some degree). I don’t know much about running besides that I really enjoy it. I don’t do structured running workouts. Before last week, I had never run a race. In years past, my shin splints had me taking months off at a time. I didn’t sign up for races or even do short fun runs because I wasn’t confident I could finish.

I’m not saying you need to do the above to be a runner (not at all!), but in my mind, I just never thought of myself as one. I’ve learned a lot the past few months throughout training. A lot about myself, the sport of running, and overcoming challenges.

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I put my mind to something, I set a goal, I accomplished it

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…and it feels damn good.

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{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life November 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

LOVED this recap, Allie! So proud of you and excited that you are considering another race :D But like you said…YES, you deserve some rest and recuperation so soak up this good feeling for as long as you can!!!

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2 Allie November 3, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Thanks for all your support (and inspiration!), Krissy! On Monday, I thought of you running 4 miles the day after you ran Baltimore and laughed so hard I cried :)

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3 Katie Heddleston November 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Congratulations! I love that your first race was a marathon – wow girl! And your post race pictures are so cute – I love the wave when you’re crossing the finishing line!!

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4 Maria November 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Congrats on a fantastic first race (and marathon at that!). I really don’t know much about running at all, but I suppose that having energy at the end means you must have done something right in your training/prep :)

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5 Mai November 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Loved your recap! My half marathon is in a month and I’m feeling really unprepared, but reading this post gave me a boost of confidence–I think I can push it this last month of training.

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6 Allie November 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

You can do it! It’s true what they say…the actual race is much easier than your training runs.

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7 Kim November 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I loved this recap!!! So inspiring! Congrats on your finish – you did amazing!!

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8 Melissa November 3, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Congratulations Allie!! You did such an amazing job!! Thanks for sharing your journey with us all! :)

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9 Lindsay November 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Allie, I don’t know if you have noticed this but it looks like you have lost a lot of weight. Are you concerned about the weight loss? You look very skinny and I am just concerned about your well being. Congrats on completing the Marathon.

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10 Andrea November 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Allie mentioned in the post that she’s aware of her weight loss and said she would appreciate if there was no backlash about it. You could have read her post more carefully before writing such a personal comment…just sayin’.

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11 Lindsay November 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Yes. I read the post. I know that I have struggled with an eating disorder and I have said that I was going to gain the weight back but in my head, I could not even imagine doing that. So, I needed people to keep on reminding me that I needed to gain weight. So as long as this is an open forum, I will try and support Allie in health!

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12 Andrea November 3, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I’m sure your heart is in the right place. Nonetheless, it still seems odd to me that you commented on her weight when she specifically thanked readers in advance for keeping comments about her weight loss to themselves, which I understood as her communicating that she did want readers to comment on this particular issue. However, this is a public forum, and obviously you’re free to write whatever you please.

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13 Clare @ Fitting It All In November 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Congrats Allie!!
I lost weight during training too – but it’s back and I’m stronger and look better!
You’re amazing!

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14 Katie Lee November 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Congrats!!! Your recap was amazing! It made me that much more excited for my half marathon:) (and I super happy to know that the real thing is easier than long practice runs!! Ha!) it looks like it was an amazing experience and your pictures are adorable! I am so happy that you were able to accomplish this amazing goal and it’s been great getting to follow your journey:)

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15 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thanks, Katie Lee!! When’s your half?

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16 Theresa November 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Congrats! What an accomplishment! I lost a lot of weight training for my marathon too- however, I love taking the post-marathon recovery time to gain back muscle! I tried Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp on a whim (http://www.tinareale.com/best-body-bootcamp/) (through PB Finger’s blog recommendation), and I am loving it! It’s definitely a whole different training beast than a marathon but it’s a blast! Maybe give that a shot while your resting up for number 2? :)

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17 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:35 am

Thanks, Theresa! I kept up with strength training throughout training, but I think running canceled out my efforts. Hopefully, running less/shorter distances will help.

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18 Amanda November 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

What a fantastic recap! So much personality and so much fun to read. This is why I miss your blogging regularly. You’re a great writer and I felt like I was with you on your journey. To your health and future marathons Allie!

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19 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

Thanks, Amanda! Glad you enjoyed reading :)

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20 Rebecca @ Runner with an Appetite November 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Congrats! What a great first race; so impressive that it was your first! Enjoy the feeing of being a marathoner and maybe the marathon bug will get you to do a few more!

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21 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:33 am

Thanks, Rebecca! I can’t wait to run another one. So much fun.

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22 andrea November 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

you are amazing girl!!! i love running and run 7-8 or so daily, but have never “raced” … i am going to be doing a half this winter, not the full yet, but you are such an inspiration:)

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23 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

7-8 a day?! That’s awesome. Which half are you thinking about? You don’t even have to train with that daily mileage.

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24 andrea November 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm

i live in vegas so the rock and roll half :) its at night though so a bit different…and i’m a treadmill GIRL- so gotta get in some long ones outside this month- i did 9.5 last week- so hopefully i will be ok!! :)

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25 Allie November 4, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I’ve wanted to run that race for SOOOO long! Mainly because it’s at night…hate waking up early :) . Also, Vegas is one of my faves! You’ve still got a month…you’ll be just fine.

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26 andrea November 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

yes!!! i will let you know how it goes and next year you can come out for it!! you are amazing and can’t wait to see what you do next!! xxxox

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27 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 4, 2012 at 7:54 am

Congrats Allie!!! I loved reading this recap. :D

Haha I love that you sang out loud to yourself while running – that’s totally something I would do too. I would probably load up my iPod with 80′s power ballads and rock out to them the whole time lol.

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28 Mari November 4, 2012 at 8:52 am

Congrats! You are definitely an inspiration! I would live to run a marathon one day, but like you we’re, I’m scared it will be too hard/I won’t be able to do it. You’ve definitely give me confidence that I can now!

I’m curious: you said you used to struggle with shin splints. That happens to me sometimes too and it’s so frustrating! What did you do to get rid of them and prevent them from happening again?

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29 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

A lot of it was slooooowly increasing my mileage and not running on back-to-back days. You can read more about it in this post http://www.livelaugheat.com/2011/12/07/shin-splints-begone/.

And strength training!! And being careful running up/downhill.

Also, I started wearing compression sleeves/socks, which I think helped a lot. http://www.livelaugheat.com/workout-gear/

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30 steph@stephsbitebybite November 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

Congrats Allie! I ran my first marathon a year ago and it was such an incredible experience. This was such a great recap! I had a random question for you though, how were you able to slim down your legs so much? They look incredible!!

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31 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:28 am

Haha thanks. My mom will love you for that comment because I definitely inherited her legs. I do quite a bit of strength training, but I think it’s running that did it.

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32 Alyse November 4, 2012 at 9:28 am

I’m so happy for you! I’ve been following your training and all that baking(!) on twitter and I know you put everything into it. I’m glad people pretty much stayed off your back as well because nearly everyone loses during marathon training, it’s just part of it. And it never ceases to amaze me that you can sing while you run! I’ve never even tried talking.

I run my first half Sunday and I’m crazy nervous. And terribly worried there will be no poo beforehand! Glad that didn’t effect your run.

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33 Allie November 4, 2012 at 10:26 am

You’re gonna rock it! Don’t be a nervous wreck like me :) . I think accepting the possibility of it not happening will make it more likely to happen ha! Good luck next Sunday.

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34 Krista November 4, 2012 at 10:34 am

Awesome accomplishment, Allie!!!

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35 chelcie @ chelcie's food files November 4, 2012 at 10:54 am

congrats on the marathon! that is so amazing that your first race EVER was a marathon..seriously blows my mind I don’t know how you did it! you should be so proud of yourself! way to go!

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36 Kelly November 4, 2012 at 11:23 am

Congrats Allie!! I wish I had enough lung power to belt out songs whenever I run haha I love reading about your run recaps, makes me want to run every single time!

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37 Anita November 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

That is so exciting. Congratulations. Like you, I always considered myself a recreational runner. My goal is to run a half marathon at some point in the near future and possibly work myself up to a marathon! I can’t even imagine the feeling you get once you have crossed the finish line after all the training and hard work involved.

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38 Mabelle @ Dance, Love, Dine November 4, 2012 at 12:31 pm

OMG! CONGRATS AGAIN! That is so awesome and your parents must be so proud of you. Must definitely be cool to look back at when you first set the goal all the way to seeing it happen and accomplishing it! :)
ps: love sweet potato fries!

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39 Brooke (beingvivacious.blogspot.com) November 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Congratulations! This was a really great post to read. Enjoy the excitement of it!!

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40 Mary November 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Congratulations!! So happy that your first race went so well! You rocked it :-)

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41 Tracy November 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Congrats Allie!! You deserve it!

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42 glidingcalm November 4, 2012 at 5:40 pm

YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! sounds like such an amazing experience, and I’m so glad you had such a great race!! Congrrrrrrrrrrrrats!

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43 Lisa November 4, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Congrats! Loved reading this post! :)

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44 Aleksandra November 4, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Congrats again! This is so inspirational because I’ve been reading your blog so long. Wish we’d been able to make meeting up work. Maybe one day! :)

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45 Lauren November 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Congratulations allie! You obviously did such a great job training for it–injury free and an awesome finish time! Your next marathon can be chicago 2013 so i can see you mmk? ive missed reading your blog!

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46 Steph @321delish November 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Congrats girl!! What an awesome accomplishment! So, when you signing up for marathon #2?? ;-)

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47 patty November 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

I just teared up reading this! Congrats! Gives me – a nonrunner – lots of hope! Couch 2 5k here I come!

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48 Sara November 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

What an awesome post. I loved reading your breakdown of the race by mile. This makes me really excited for my first marathon in February. Congrats girl!

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49 Ashley @ LibteryBelles November 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for a while but this is my first time commenting. Just wanted to say congratulations and you should feel super proud!

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50 Amanda @fridaylovesong.net November 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Congrats!! Quite the accomplishment!

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51 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian November 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Congratulations Allie on your FIRST marathon! So exciting! I have been loving your recaps of MCM – I plan on running it next year as my first marathon as well and you’ve gotten me really psyched up!

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52 Jane November 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Congrats on the marathon, you did awesome!!! I <3 your blog, thanks for the update!

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53 Rebecca November 5, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Congrats on the marathon! Its so inspiring to see people accomplish this. Quick question, what did a day of your meals look like? I’m in training right now and am struggling with balancing food, when to fuel/refuel before and after runs, and i get crazy cravings sometimes. Did this happen at all with you? I’ve been working on a diet plan that fulfills my nutrient needs and keeps the cravings for foods that will hurt my training away. Thanks!

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54 megan November 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

i think you look beautiful and strong. people have a hard time accepting change..you obviously are not malnourished ( you wouldnt be able to run 26.2 on nothin!) ive been a long time reader, and i love love reading your posts. very inspirational and most of all. you.are.real :)

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55 EmonMaimon November 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

OH MY GOD. CONGRATS AGAIN ALLIE!

Can you tell how excited I am with all the caps lock?
Heee.

If I was there, I would cheer for you until my voice is completely gone for the next few days!
I think I might need to start re-read your blog post from the very first post like I did before just to get my motivation to start running again!

Congrats again Allie! :D

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56 Julia November 6, 2012 at 12:17 am

CONGRATS! you go, girl.

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57 Rachael November 6, 2012 at 1:58 am

CONGRATS, ALLIE! You rocked it! I ran my first half marathon the same day. Would love to see a summary of your training program since I, too, am prone to injury but still dream of completing a 26.2…

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58 Allie November 6, 2012 at 11:33 am
59 Dana November 6, 2012 at 10:52 am

Congratulations on finishing! Loved your recap :) You should feel very accomplished.

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60 elizabeth November 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I think it’s adorable that both your parents ran this marathon years ago and now here you are a Marine Corps Marathon FINISHER! Don’t worry you’ll get Oprah next time. ;) And the weight thing, it happens, it takes time with new athletic ventures to find your happy body. Don’t sweat it, enjoy life and keep smiling!!

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61 Robyn November 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

I have been reading your blog for the past year or so and I love it. I especially loved this post. For obvious reasons, of course :) , and for personal reasons, too. I was quite emotional reading the part about you not considering yourself a runner. For years, I told myself I could not run. My father was obsessed with running (he once held the Guinness World Record for most consecutive weekly marathons…74!). But I have always resisted running as a result of him pressuring me to run while growing up. My father passed away 14 years ago from cancer while I was in college and about a few years ago, I took a running class (one of those at a local running shoe store). Turns out, I could run! And enjoyed it! It was a major mental breakthrough for me. I now enjoy running, although I don’t do it regularly. Deep down, I dream about running a marathon one day…for my dad. I think if I ever do, your blog will have had something to do with that. You are an inspiration. Thank you and please keep doing what you do!

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62 Allie November 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hi Robyn!

Your comment absolutely made my day. You WILL run a marathon one day…soon. Maybe I’ll be right there with you crossing the finish line (wanna?)! He’s an inspiration to us all.

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63 Janet November 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Congrats!

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64 Laura November 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

yay allie! way to go! are you done with blogging? i miss your more frequent updates! what are you up to post-marathon?

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65 Allie November 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hi Laura!

I’m really not sure. I took a social media break for a couple weeks while on a trip and it was quite nice. Probably won’t be updating frequently though.

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66 Annette @FitnessPerks November 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

YAY! Nice work. Way to GET after your goal!

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67 esther December 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

HI ALLIE….. Congratulation on the marathon STRONG GIRL ;) . I really miss your almost daily post.
i just fell kinda sad ;(

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68 Allie December 5, 2012 at 9:44 am

Hi Esther! Don’t be sad! I’m hoping I get the urge to blog again after a break. We’ll see.

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69 Elliot December 2, 2012 at 11:46 am

Hi Allie – Congrats! Just wondering – are you stopping the blog? Not posting anymore?

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70 Allie December 5, 2012 at 9:41 am

Hi Elliot!

I’m not really sure. I hope to post at least a little, but not sure when. I probably won’t be stopping the blog completely, but most likely won’t be blogging every day.

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71 Alyson @ AlysonBoyd.com December 5, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I’m WAY late but nonetheless.. huge congrats!!

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72 Lyric December 6, 2012 at 10:05 pm

GREAT JOB! That would have been horrible if you stepped on roadkill!

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73 Cait December 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

congrats! miss your blog posts!

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74 Hillary December 14, 2012 at 12:02 am

Allie – miss your posts, girl! How are you? What have you been up to!? Still running lots? Working!? I wanna Allie life update. Hope all is well.

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75 jun December 16, 2012 at 3:42 am

well done! must’ve had taken you a great deal of determination to complete the marathon. notwithstanding the pre-training time and effort spent. enjoyed learning about your marathon journey!

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