We know you have all been eagerly anticipating our recap of the Louisiana Marathon. Not! But without further ado we give our Louisiana Marathon experience…
Teal: I was really not nervous about this race at all. I knew exactly what I was going to run and how to do it. Beth and I had talked a little bit about White Rock and how much adrenaline we had at the beginning and we definitely went out too fast. I figured since I was there and generally run around a 9:30ish pace that I would focus on that and Beth would stay with me to not go out too fast. That is pretty much exactly what we did. We hung within 10 seconds of this for the majority of our miles together. I just kept a constant watch on my Garmin, which really helps pass time, in case you are looking for ways to do that. I did get a little nervous because at about half a mile in the women next to us took a huge spill and actually slid down the road. It was nuts, she got up fast and kept running but it was huge. I know I am a huge weenie because I might have cried and stopped. Props to her! I looked down at the road at this point and saw just how bad it was. Large holes and rivets everywhere. I made sure to keep an eye out from here on.
Beth: The main thing I remember in these first few miles was starting my runkeeper and no music starting. Then when I did get music started it was SO LOUD. So lots of messing with that then putting my phone in my flipbelt and then thinking about all the energy I just wasted doing all of that. Then there was the lady who fell and all I could do was cringe inside as I saw her body kind of slide on the concrete. From there on out I understood why occasionally other runners were pointing at the ground when there were rough areas of the road.
Teal: This part takes you closer to the LSU campus which was probably the nicest part of the race. We kept a steady pace here and really not much else could be said for me. I really thought that we would see these trees in the pictures for the race that look like that have legs, but we didn’t. Boooo on that!
Beth: At some point early on I thought that a good game plan would be take this one 5k at a time. Then I turned my thoughts to when will we see our husbands? I hope Teal likes the sign! Just gotta make it another 5K to 6.2. You got this!
Teal: We saw the boys right around here, I believe at Mile 7 and I got to see the sign Beth made me. She threw in my love of Mark Salling and it gave me a good burst of energy in this part. Mile 7 is a really good place for me to need people because it is about here that I get a little bored and the feeling of being tired usually sets in for me around here. Example – at Dallas Marathon this year I actually stopped and stood. Something over an hour for me is a mental block. Also my feet are burning here. The stupid roads were harder or something. Yep, harder roads is totally possible in my runner mind!
Beth: Husband! YAH! I’m sure he appreciated me throwing my GU trash at him. It was in these miles that we were running a curvy path which kind of annoyed me because I was having a hard time seeing ahead to attempt to run the tangents. As mile 9 was approaching I was starting to get sad that my time with Teal was almost over. I think it was also somewhere at the end of this section we saw a man near a water stop telling everyone, “the finish is just up ahead over the hill!” He was holding a sign that said “Course Liar,” I think we both got a good laugh out of that. Plus I saw the “liar” part and read it as LiAR since we are LiAR!! Haha
Teal: At nine I knew I only had about a mile and a half left with Beth and I actually started to get kind of anxious for her. Right about 10 she said, “ok, if I am going to pretend like I started my race now, I can do 16.” In my mind I was like OH Lord, that is still a lot of miles. I was super excited about my 3 left. No worries! At 10.5 we saw our mark to split. I just grabbed Beth’s hand and just said “you got this” and we split. I stopped here to take a picture of her leaving and to tweet about the split. I figured that would have been the first update anyone got from us about where we were and there really wasn’t any tracking so I went with that! I am glad I stopped because that pain that was in my feet stopped with just that minute or so stop and the rest was pretty much a breeze. Well except for the fact that the last 2ish miles of this race are probably the hardest. There is a huge hill up the bridge and then the road in to finish is definitely rolling. I kept thinking, this will suck big time for the marathon people. You remember that lady I told you about at .5 into the race? I actually crossed the finish line with her. I stopped her and told her how crazy I thought her fall was, and yep she was COVERED in blood. It had dripped down her leg and was a mixture of wet and dry. It was gross (aren’t you glad I told you that). I was impressed and love runners for that!
Beth: With the half and marathon split just .5 into this section I was sad, but I had made it through 15k and on my way to a 20k! When Teal grabbed my hand I just wanted to yell “Noooooooooo!!!” I got a little choked up, but managed to start breathing normally again and not hyperventilate and cry all at the same time. That would have been some uuuuugly crying fo sure. I could see the 4:10 pacer ahead of me and I pressed on! Made it through the 20k…keep on truckin’! Wonder if Teal’s done now? Did she see my other sign? Hope she liked it! Wonder when I’ll see them again?
Teal: The guys meet me at the finish line and we literally b-lined it out of there. We had planned to get over to about 16-17 to see Beth. When we got there I knew she was still doing fine because we had come up on the 4:20 pacer and she was still a head of it. I hoped that she saw my sign at 17 since we missed her and we just hung around and cheered. I think I would have been so bored.
Beth: Here, I didn’t let myself think halfway done because let’s be honest the hard stuff hasn’t even started yet! And in this stretch of the race I was able to do a better job of running the tangents which is also a fun game of keep your mind occupied. A dude passed me with a Dallas Marathon shirt on under his marathon maniac tank. I made some comment to him about the weather being nicer for this marathon, talked to him for a minute and eventually wished him well and told him I didn’t want to slow him down any longer. But that was fun to see as well as all of the Dallas Running Club shirts on the course. Coming into this race I had a rough game plan of taking fuel every 5 miles, which is not actually something I’ve ever done in training or any other race. Normally I just go by feel, but I definitely get bursts of energy throughout races and was hoping that plan would just keep me on the burst the majority of the time. Well, pretty early on I knew this plan wasn’t going to work, but what sucked was I was HONGRY before I even hit 10 miles. I burped at some point around then and realized I could not feed myself much more GU or I might vomit.
Beth: This was where I saw my sign! I had still been wondering when I would see Teal and the guys again and she had mentioned where the boys were to put a sign she had made, so I was on the lookout for all those things. Then I saw it -
and I proceeded to tear up and have to not hyperventilate again. Just what I needed! I loved it! Right after the sign was a spectator heavy area and I heard lots of “still smiling! Great job!” And I just thought yep, because I just saw my sign from Teal! Just up ahead was the 20 mile marker for coming back and I was excited to see a little girl with a container on one side of the road and who I assumed to be her dad on the other side of the road with a container full of sliced oranges. Food! I took one and was so excited that there would be another one waiting for me at mile 20. The majority of this stretch was lonely. There were times I’d look ahead and I was pretty much alone on a random street in a neighborhood. I’d also at this point lost sight of the 4:10 pacer. But I did find another person passing out orange slices, took one and I got a five from this like two year old boy who was out cheering with his mom and siblings. As I grabbed my orange slice at mile 20 I started to think, I really need to see my peeps. I don’t want to see my peeps! I wanted to see them for the motivation and energy, but I didn’t want to see them because I’d started to get hot, my hips were starting to ache and I just wanted to be done. I saw them! Loved the cheers! Threw my arm sleeves at Brent and kept going. Then I stopped. Ahhh! I was wearing my I Run This Body shirt from Mile Posts so I kept saying to myself, your shirt doesn’t say I Walk This Body! Let’s goooo! I let my mind get to me.
Teal: That last part of the race is out and back and there are not many cheerers. We hung around and as soon as we saw Beth at 20, I knew it would be a good idea to see her one more time at finish. We booked it to 24 and got one more chance to see her. She was still kicking ass and still a head of the 4:20 pacer! The boys and I booked it again back to the finish. I was so nervous for her and kept watching the clock. 4:11 was the time on the clock at that point and I am pretty sure at this point I texted her one more cheer because I figured there was no way she didn’t have it!
Beth: Struggle city. I don’t walk in races! I can’t do the run/walk thing! I’ve run a complete marathon without walking why am I walking? I text messaged Teal and told her I’d been walking. I saw them again at 24, ugh, and I was walking! After the last seeing of my peeps I told myself, just run this! It doesn’t have to be fast just get it done. I was dreading the end with still an overpass incline and the rolling hills. When I was at the rolling hills part a man behind me said “THIS is the worst hill of the race!” True story, mister! But I ran it then all of a sudden bam! Done! And somehow I managed to look like this in my finisher photo -
In all honesty, I am disappointed in my performance somewhat at this race, but then I think, my training really did have quite a few hiccups in it so maybe I should be really impressed considering? It is a PR which was probably my C goal for this race. I just don’t walk in races (and every time I say that I feel the need to reaffirm that I’m not dissing you if you do, I just personally don’t do well with the run/walk combo). Ultimately though I did run a marathon and completed it. It got hard, but I didn’t just all out give up. This also just reaffirmed to me that I’m not done with the marathon distance – we shall meet again! :)
Teal: I am pretty impressed by this race. And I am sorry if this offends anyone but Baton Rouge is not a pretty city. The race literally took you through the best parts of the city and showcased the good. Thank you for that! The organization was awesome and everyone was so friendly. The art design was amazing and Beth and I used every chance we had to snag pictures of what they had done. I seriously think of all the races we have done this has my favorite design! I do not regret for one second not running the full. I know I enjoyed cheering on Beth more than I would have enjoyed running it and even the accomplishment of running it, cheering her on was my purpose for that last part and I think that made it all fitting. I ran a pretty decent race for myself and was proud of that. Also, I am so in love with this race’s design, if you have seen my foot you know I have a think for feet with trees on them!
Beth: My running partner is better than your running partner!! Haha, ok, not entirely, but so much YES at the same time. Or maybe what I really mean by that is I am 100% lucky to have a friend first and running partner second in Teal. I know she’s proud of me for completing this race even when I’m not 100% proud of it, but at the same time I’m proud of her for being brave, for being vunerable with y’all about not running the marathon, for putting out there the why for everyone to read when I don’t think a lot of people would and for that being a strong runner who takes care of herself! It’s moments like these where I see why our local frunners wondered if we were not just running partners but partners in real life. HAHA Yes, to everything Teal said above. The Louisiana Marathon is a great example of a local race doing things right!
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