September 22 was the first day of Fall. It also was the first day of Fall Marathon season so I started it out right and ran a marathon for Autism.
The alarm sounded at 4:45 am so that I could start to get some protein bars and fluids in my system. My goal was to be out of the house by 5:30 so that I could be done before Xmas. So at 5:25am I laced up my shoes, geared up in all of my hotness (Pics will be shown later) and got ready for a SOLO marathon. Just me, the damn hilly route that I mapped out like an idiot and the support of Friends and Family that helped me Raise over $2000.00 in one week for this event! Yep, over $2000.00 for #Autism research.
The first 6-7 miles the sun was not up, it was brisk.. I thought I head a Bear – but that was probably one of the 12 deer I came face to face with along my way. Memo to Hunters – yeah that’s a tough sport… I could have carried deer home with me as they wanted to play… okay I digress.. At Mile 4-5 I had my first Hilly climb and my first thought of hmmmm Should I have went this way? I played frogger with some cars that were late for work – but I was geared up in fluorescents and a LED light so I was visible to them. BE SMART people – wear reflective gear and lighting if starting at 5:30am (Uncle H tip).
As I ran down Rt 82 in Macedonia this would be the really last flat part of my day. DOH!!!!! I tuned onto Chaffee and it started to roll a bit. When I got to mile 9-10 on Valley View I hit a BIG hill – Long and a decent grade and I swore at myself. However I was running fine – Just taking it easy – listening to music. I started getting communication from my Pit Crew at Mile 12 (Kelly, Callan and Riley) were going to meet me a few times for on course support. This was great timing as the road I picked next was like a frigging roller coaster. By Mile 13.1 I needed my pit crew to reload on Gatorade and a Banana. See.
Awe – they even made signs… here are them a bit bigger!
These really made my day – turns out they had been working on them all week!
By Mile 15-17 I was in that area of wow – still have a ways to go but I dont feel bad. The hills kept rolling and I knew once I got back to Old Rt 8 – it was down and around the town of Hudson to Home. I was still making decent time and ahead of schedule so when my Calves locked up at Mile 20 – I called in the PIT STOP! I stretched out and they met me at Mile 21. This broke up the run and I really never hit a wall outside of Calf pain.
As they drove away from me and headed home I knew I had about 5 miles left – however my Calves were hurting bad – so I was doing more of a run/walk method to get through it. I passed Chipolte at Mile 23 and wanted some food!! turned on the home stretch and headed home.
Mile 25-26 was a Giant Hill – I knew it was there – so I walked it. Got to the top and had .75 till home ( the Pit crew gave me a bit of gatorade at the top and I was ready to go) I stripped off my phone, water packs and ran with just my brain – something I should never do …
But the last mile of this was so rewarding. I was running 26.2 by myself, no Medal ( so I thought ) no T-shirt, no crowd support outside of family – but what I did have is my own community of support. Raising $2000+ in a week, Good lucks, texts, emails, tweets and FB posts all week – a smiling family -and a very Happy little guy that Daddy was going to win a Race (about time).
I arrived home and stopped my Garmin.
I set a New PR and finished First Overall and in my Age group – Running alone works like that…
But this Picture is My Favorite – Riley made me my Medal – Cal was Happy – and I did what I could to help support researching the main reason I train. I had just ran a Marathon by myself – for all those affected – Every dollar counts and I thank you all for the support!