Thursday, April 21, 2011

2011 Boston Race Report–Part 2

If you care for the full story, see part one HERE. We left off as I was approaching the half-way mark.

Here’s when it starts getting good.

Some people thought this was me, but it wasn’t. (thanks for the picture Jill!)

buttpicture

I got to Wellesley and those girls are no  joke. You can hear them screaming from about a mile away. I saw someone with a sign that said, “Kiss me, I’m kind of gay!” so I went for it. This woman grabbed my face and yanked me towards her so hard I farted. She planted a big slimy lipstick kiss on my lips. No tongue, though.

I hit the half in 1:57. Saw Ken, the kids, my Uncle Gary and my Aunt Lizzy. So excited!! Gary and Lizzy have lived in Boston for years. They ran the marathon back in 1979, so it holds a special place for them too. Only they were bandits. Shhhh.

Right before this picture was taken I lifted up that man’s kilt and got a ball-full. I mean eye-full

P1090624---Copy_thumb4

 

P1090625---Copy_thumb

 

P1090626---Copy_thumb

 

P1090627---Copy_thumb

P1090629---Copy_thumb

After the halfway mark I plodded on feeling okay. I knew the Newton hills were going to hit at 17 miles, so I mentally prepared for that. I also knew my pace which had been sub 9:00 min/miles up to that point was going to suffer. I was a good girl and walked through every aid station. My doc and sport’s physiologist told me that taking walk breaks was going to keep me safe in this race. The aid stations were seriously not even a mile apart, so it was easy to do.

Once I hit the hills, I still felt okay and powered up them pretty well. I didn't think they were too big of a deal except that they were so late in the race when you’re already kind of pooped. After Heartbreak Hill,(about 20.5 miles in) I was ready to be done. I was tired and everything hurt (except my hip!). It was a real low point. I kept telling myself that I had to welcome the pain and embrace the low points because they would fade into something else soon. At mile 21 I saw the gang again. Only this time I burst into tears. I was so mentally fatigued and overcome with emotion about being that close to the end. Plus, I just wanted a damn beer! Or that Tarzan man from mile one.

Here’s the perfect time to tell you that I don’t recommend running a marathon with as little training as I had. You all know I ran my ass off in the water, I biked, I swam, I did yoga. This race would have been completely impossible without those things. However, the best way to train for a marathon is actually to put in the miles and long runs. That’s the part I couldn’t do. And I felt it. A lot. I had to pull out every stop in the mental department on this one. There were times when I was even trying to completely dissociate from my body and just fly along. I kept my pace pretty consistent. But it never once occurred to me I wouldn’t or couldn’t finish. Not for a second.

So, when I saw my family again after mile 20 I just broke down. Only for a moment. All I can say was that I was overcome by emotion. 10K to go and I would finish this thing.

P1090630_thumb

I headed towards the finish. My stomach was cramping. My hamstrings were screaming at me and my feet burned (that’s a new one). Mile 22 I knew I had to get something out. Queue poop story. I found a medic tent with on single potty along the course right in the midst of the crowd. I went in, realized my underwear was slightly soiled. Don’t get grossed out, it was only a squirt. And nothing like this chick. I do have standards, you know. (stolen from skinnyrunner’s blog).

pooppicture

The whole stinking reason I wore underwear, which I never do, so I could have a bit of a buffer. I decided right then I was taking off these undies and throwing them away. Unfortunately, this meant taking off my entire skirt, which I did. At the very exact moment I had my skirt off, naked from the waist down, some dude comes barreling on into the potty. I forgot to lock the door. He had a moment of “WTF??”, apologized and slammed the door. I was too tired to care. But I am pretty sure he had a post marathon story for his buddies that night, “Yeah, guys I finally got my PR, but the highlight of my day was at mile 22 when…”

By this time  I know there was no way in hell I was breaking four hours. I kept up the pace, though. I wanted to be done so badly I can’t even tell you. Just one foot in front of the other. You are strong, capable, committed.

When I got close to the Citgo sign signaling only 1 mile to go, I was almost delirious. I reached down to adjust the dangling bracelet on my arm that says, “We R 4 Cribby. Strength.” I wear this bracelet for my son Sam’s teacher, 47, who has been in the ICU since February with a deadly bacterial infection that has already taken his arm and shoulder. I fingered the bracelet and knew that me running a few more miles was NOTHING, NOTHING compared to what Mr. Cribby goes through every day. I stopped my internal whining and kicked it in to the finish.

P1090631_thumb

P1090633_thumb

The “Cribby bracelet”

P1090634_thumb 

Final time: 4:08. Average pace: 9:28.

Not my best showing, but I’ll take it.

Final words on Boston. Tough course. Best fans. Intense. Invigorating. Exhausting. Chance of a lifetime.

There aren’t too many times in life when you can really reach around and pat yourself on the back and know you did something really hard. Something that you weren’t sure you could do. Something that other people maybe thought you couldn’t or shouldn’t do. It’s a quickly passing moment when you let yourself believe you are capable of anything. You are on top of the world.

I checked email that night and saw an unexpected message from my doctor at the Boulder Center for Sport’s Medicine:

matt_thumb1

That night we had a celebration at my cousin’s:

P1090636_thumb1

And, it doesn’t hurt to come home to this. Still not sure who put that on my garage. Was it you?

P1090659_thumb7

From my mom and dad…

P1090660_thumb5

Don’t let nothing stop you! And if you have to throw away your underwear at mile 22, for god’s sake, lock the door.

SUAR

121 comments:

  1. Awesome, glad part 2 arrived. Love that you found time to put on a peep show during the marathon. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great race recap! I actually teared up a little. You are a testament to the strength we should all hope for.

    ReplyDelete
  3. So so so AWESOME. YOU are awesome. YOU DID IT!! Hip stress fracture, be damned, you did it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Freakin' awesome! I'm super impressed that you did that on a shoestring, and smartly-inspiring stuff!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Sounds like such a wonderful experience - bad and good . . . certainly one that you will remember - forever. And you popped out another child while in boston - nice.
    Nice potty break! Yup - that guy will have quite the story!

    ReplyDelete
  6. great race recap! the little part about the cribby bracelet at the end made me choke up! you did an amazing job on monday- dont even have to say that you should be proud of yourself because i KNOW YOU ARE! seeing that citgo sign is the best part, isnt it? As soon as i saw it i thought- ah! they told me that when i see this sign that i am almost done! YES!!!! I can't believe it is all over! i still cant walk well and im still on cloud 9. pretty soon the depresssion will set in though haha

    ReplyDelete
  7. I was crying during the end of your recap. Congratulations!

    ReplyDelete
  8. You are an inspriation and am happy to have met you when you held the running clinic at the LAC in Longmont.

    My son also had Cribby about six or so years ago. Great guy. Reading that teared me up.

    Can't wait to hear what is in store for your 'next' chapter.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Awesome race report... I was so overcome with emotions (although no squirting).

    Great job! I can only dream of a 4:08... and I am not even injured.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What an amazing inspiration you are to us all! Thank you for sharing your experience and even though some of us won't ever qualify for the Boston Marathon, you still brought us there through your words! You are the greatest and thank you again!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am so so excited for you and proud....you toughed it out despite the challenges you faced in training. You proved that a marathon is just as much a mental race as it is a physical one! CONGRATS!!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Congrats on making in through the race - your mental toughness is admirable. I'll think of you the next time I find myself wimping out in a race. I'll also remember to lock the door...

    ReplyDelete
  13. Awesome. Even with an up and down second half, you still rocked it. Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  14. thanks for the laugh and tears. Can't wait till I run my first.

    ReplyDelete
  15. You did so amazing regardless of your time out of training for injury (and time out of race for undressing). Congratulations on a job well done!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Laughing and crying as I read your post.

    Way to go Beth. You are really super. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  17. The porta-potty experience was pure SUAR--way to put your own stamp on the race!

    I've already said it, but I am SO impressed that you could pull out that time with so little training. Amazing work!

    ReplyDelete
  18. This was awesome. I have a similar port-a-potty experience from Marine Corps last year that also included tossing away underwear.

    Great recap, I'm an instant fan!

    ReplyDelete
  19. *sniff sniff* just a fantastic story from start to finish. well told. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience. and I love the idea of embracing the pain because it will fade into something better. (Definitely going to use that during my marathon.)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Well done Beth! Following all that you've been through over the last year I am truly happy for you. You are the definition of 'never give up'. Keep on inspiring and making us laugh.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Baaaaahahaahha love the underwear story! We've all pooped a little on a run...no shame!

    I'm so happy you got to run this race and finish it! You were up against a lot! Now you just get to focus on whatevers next.....

    ReplyDelete
  22. This is really amazing. As a new runner, one of my worst fears it getting injured.. To know that you had the strength and commitment to come back from such a debilitating injury is nothing less than amazing. You are such and amazing person and an inspiration. I think I'll love some miles today in your honor.

    ReplyDelete
  23. What an awesome description of strength, commitment and courage! You are awe inspiring! I just began the Couch to 5K in hopes that it will teach me to run. I would love to face a marathon some day...

    Make it a great day!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Loved your race recap, love the way you tell your story! Sure felt the emotion and was so very excited for you! Thanks for taking us along!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Amazing! Such an inspiring recap, even if you did stage the mile 22 moment just for us!

    ReplyDelete
  26. so awesome...SO AWESOME!!! i have to say, this is the first blog post (by you, or anyone else) i've ever read that's made me cry. and dang, i started crying way back at the picture of you hugging your family at the 10K mark--that was back at freakin part 1! thanks for putting your incredible experience into words.

    ps i have NEVER seen anyone's leg shat upon in such a manner. YEESH. good for you for wearing the undies barrier.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great Post! I was tearing up the whole way through.

    I have am running in my first half of 2011this Sat with an injured foot. I will be thinking of this post when I feel like I cannot go anymore.

    Thanks for the reminder to lock the bathroom door!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Way to go Beth!!! What an inspiring Boston story. You're amazing girl! Thanks for sharing :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. WHY did I read this at work? Tears in my eyes! Great race recap! You are amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I've been following your journey (I think I stumbled across your blog around the time of you hip fracture) and this had me in tears... Congrats Beth!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Way to go. You truly area an example of strength.

    ReplyDelete
  32. What an incredible race. I teared up reading it... you're a SHAMAZING (the shit and amazing)!!!! The only thing that makes me sad is that the guy who saw your goods never even paid up... WTF?! You can't go around showing the goods to strangers without a little compensation.

    ReplyDelete
  33. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME race recap - this had me choked up the entire time! CONGRATULATIONS, you are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  34. simply... you inspire me! thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Loved the recaps and so happy your family was able to see you at multiple places on the course, that had to really help keep you going. So proud of you and how far you've come with everything. Congrats, congrats, congrats!!!!!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Congrats! Loved the recaps too. I hope to get to Boston someday and will remember your story...and lock the damn door!

    ReplyDelete
  37. Congrats! What an amazing journey! I loved your recaps. Very entertaining!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Way to go, Beth! What a story. You should write a book! Seriously. I will be thinking of you as I slog my way through my second half marathon in May (feeling very undertrained right now). Can't wait to keep reading about your upcoming adventures...what's next??!
    ps. I will be sure to lock the bathroom door...
    -Dawn

    ReplyDelete
  39. Awww, I love your recap(s) :) I especially loved this, "There aren’t too many times in life when you can really reach around and pat yourself on the back and know you did something really hard. Something that you weren’t sure you could do. Something that other people maybe thought you couldn’t or shouldn’t do. It’s a quickly passing moment when you let yourself believe you are capable of anything. You are on top of the world.", which is exactly how I felt when I finished my first marathon in January. Excellent way to put it! You totally rocked it!!

    ReplyDelete
  40. I'm laughing and crying at the same time :)Your strength through adversity is amazing! Thanks for sharing the highs and lows - it's so inspiring and encouraging to a new 44 year old runner like me. And all the best to Mr. Cribby.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Way to go. You dug down deep. I had no doubt you could do it.
    Didn't feel like it took 4-E V E R to get to that Finish Line once you saw it turning onto Boylston?! Def. the longest part of the race for me.
    Hey girl! AWESOME JOB!

    ReplyDelete
  42. Fabulous race report! You are amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Congrats Beth!
    You are an amazingly strong woman! Your strength and perseverance inspire all of us on a daily basis. Thanks for being who you are, keeping it real and making me smile everyday!

    ReplyDelete
  44. GREAT job!! Too funny about that guy waking in on you.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Never doubted for a second that you'd finish. Great job, you panty-less wonder!

    ReplyDelete
  46. You're making me all verklempt! Great job!!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Amazing job!! I'm glad your hip did well the whole time. :)

    ReplyDelete
  48. Laughter and tears . . . good for you! =)

    ReplyDelete
  49. Fabulous. Yay for The Hip cooperating! :D You're pretty much my hero.

    ReplyDelete
  50. So glad you accomplished your goal - I"m definitely tearing up especially your comments on Mr.Cribby (my son is in 7th at WVMS). Congrats again - love your blog!

    jessicah

    ReplyDelete
  51. I have tears in my eyes b/c of this post. Thank You so much for showing us that nothing is impossible. I know you tackle this with humor but it was hard for you and yet you did it. You pushed and pushed (even just a little more than necessary) and you did it.

    I am so proud of you and proud to say that SUAR is a friend.

    Thank You.

    ReplyDelete
  52. LOVE your recap, esp about running for Cribby. how inspiring is that!

    ReplyDelete
  53. great recap and proof that determination and a positive attitude really do make a difference. oh, and always wear underwear just in case.

    ReplyDelete
  54. Congrats! (And ew. Could not ever crap down my leg. Hilarious about the skirt incident)

    ReplyDelete
  55. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA woah, let me catch my breath!

    Great job. Love that you keep it real and tell the truth. I had the same type of "shit" moment over the weekend at my race. http://mattheworavec.blogspot.com/?zx=9b8471da03c7253a

    That being said, pretty proud of you for your comeback from injury and perseverance to get this done.

    Great job, glad you enjoyed it, had a lesbian experience, and shit yourself all in one day. Can't say I have experienced that... well I am waiting on my lesbian experience still!

    ReplyDelete
  56. crazy thing is, I think I would have finished with that time with TRAINING> Thats how awesome you are beth. Congrats again!

    ReplyDelete
  57. You just keep inspiring me! Thanks for sharing this awesome race re-cap. Congratulations -- so, so happy for you!!

    ReplyDelete
  58. Simply amazing and absolutely awesome.

    Loved that you got a kiss and lost your undies too... way to get the full experience!

    ReplyDelete
  59. Okay, I come to your blog to laugh...not cry! You got me all verklempt today! Great job! And thanks for the port-a-potty story. That's the SUAR I'm used to!

    ReplyDelete
  60. You did amazing Beth!! Great job! Your story is so inspiring!

    ReplyDelete
  61. so inspirational. i have a feeling that the peep show at mile 22 helped that guy get through his race. it's got to a least take the pain away for a mile or so...

    ReplyDelete
  62. Fantastic story! And only YOU could have a porta potty story like that one!!

    ReplyDelete
  63. I hope this doesn't sound creepy, but knowing that you did this - THIS - means that maybe I can do what I set out to do as well. I'm only running a 5K, but I AM running and that's something that I've never done before this year (unless I was being chased by something big AND scary).

    Just wanted you to know that you inspire runners big AND small (or s-l-o-w as the case may be...). Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Fantastic race. You have a lot to be proud of (not the least of which is finishing with just one small squirt). Enjoy the memories...you've earned them!

    ReplyDelete
  65. Oh Beth, what a journey and experience! I have been so sappy reading these reports, and my eyes are glistening again.

    Thanks for a few good laughs along the way (of course!) and congratulations!!!

    ReplyDelete
  66. Awesome. You rocked it! Thanks for the great recap. And congratulations!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  67. Congratulations!!!! This was only my 3rd marathon but it was the hardest one I have ever done! You did great!

    ReplyDelete
  68. Great recap! You are a determined runner. It is amazing what a person is capable of if only they try.

    Enjoy basking in your latest accomplishment! and buying some sweet new underwear.

    ReplyDelete
  69. Awesome report and even better race! Congratulations on a terrific effort. Love the pics too.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Nice job!! I threw out my underwear once during an endurance cycle when I finally found out the hard way why you go commando in cycling pants.

    You rock!! SO proud of you!

    ReplyDelete
  71. I enjoyed every word of this recap!! The Mile 22 shart story is hilarious--poop and running go together.

    These are fabulous pics and truly illustrate how much this being able to run this race menat to you! Your story is amazing and I will keep Sam's teacher in my prayers.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Congrats on your BOSTON FINISH! That was a huge feat and I love that you had fun with it! So inspiring!!

    ReplyDelete
  73. Beth, thank you so much for taking us on this wild ride with you! We hung on every word you posted. You made us laugh, cry, grossed out, and also feel so proud!

    ReplyDelete
  74. I seriously have tears in my eyes from reading your post! I LOVED reading your race recap! You are such an inspiration and I am sooo sooo happy for you that you made it to the finish! Yay, yay, yay!!

    ReplyDelete
  75. I can't believe how well you did considering your training. I'm impressed! You're one tough chick!

    ReplyDelete
  76. ahhhh this made me cry. no surprise, I cried monday following you online when I saw you did finish and with a great time. I LOVE your recap. honest and funny and I thank you for sharing all this with us. you did GREAT Beth, you really did.

    ReplyDelete
  77. I knew you could do it!! You put everything you had into it! You're an inspiration to many! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  78. You are a true inspiration. There isn't a whole lot more to say...

    Great run, great recap, great woman. You are IT. :)

    ReplyDelete
  79. Great post(s). Congrats. Your doc is right, marathon runner through and through.

    I was checking up on your times and just couldn't believe your pace with a freaking hip fracture. You truly are Dean K! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  80. SO hardcore Beth!!! Like everyone said, you're a total inspiration! Thanks for posting these recaps...I was practically aching for them haha!!! You're at full recovery now! The last thing you needed was the boost of confidence that FINISHING the Boston Marathon got you ;) Keep runnin!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  81. Congrats mrs boston marathoner! i knew you could do it! well, whats next? :)

    ReplyDelete
  82. Way to go!!! What a moving recap of your race. Thank you for sharing it with us. You did it!!

    ReplyDelete
  83. Awesome...well done! You're amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  84. WTG I'm all teary with the bracelet story.

    ReplyDelete
  85. LOVED THIS. I was going to say something to the effect of "I can't believe you crossed the finish line sans panties" and then I remembered I didn't either. But I didn't start with any haha!

    congrats on an amazing race. you wanted this SO BAD. and i'm so glad that you got it. i am bummed i didn't meet you but that just means i should travel to your neck of the woods

    ReplyDelete
  86. You are SUCH an inspiration Beth. I can't put it to words. Reading this made me cry. It also made me want to jump up and run some more today, which of course would be stupid since it's the middle of the night here and I already did my run this morning. It also was a firm reminder that you don't get better without hard work and drive. I'll be thinking of you every time I do my long runs and remind myself that you don't just run marathons without putting in the miles ahead of time.

    ReplyDelete
  87. Way to go Beth. You put your heart and soul into coming out of this injury and doing something that you have wanted for so long! That takes guts (and big balls) and I am super proud of you!

    The underwear story is priceless. OMG, but I wouldn't have cared either.

    I LOVE that skirt. Where did you get it?

    ReplyDelete
  88. Awesome race! Plenty of reasons to get choked up. What lovely flowers your parents left for you, how sweet of them.

    Sending good thoughts to Mr. Cribby and his family.

    Complete change of pace - since you are in fab shape as demonstrated by your race and vacation photos maybe you should "flaunt it" with cute clothes from runningdivas.com (no I have nothing to do w/ them, just saw an ad and went to their site and saw how in shape their models were, which made me think of SUAR - because I sure don't look like that!)

    ReplyDelete
  89. Great job! You should reach around and pat yourself on the back for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  90. Great job! Is it bad that I got really excited when I read cue the poop music...lol

    ReplyDelete
  91. You did SOOOO amazing!! Congrats on such a wonderful day with memories you'll **NEVER** forget. :)

    ReplyDelete
  92. A race report with lesbian action, you know how to give 'em what keeps 'em coming back!

    Seriously though, I subscribed via email and was cheering you on the ENTIRE way. I was so pumped that you were able to keep such a pace. Honestly, I don't think that your pace falloff was THAT bad not even taking your lack of longer runs into account. I know of a number of people who got smacked by the hills far worse. I'd say you right killed it!!!

    Congrats again, Beth. I knew you could do it. KNEW IT.

    ReplyDelete
  93. wow, that picture of the poop is...just....wow!! I dont know that I could keep running with that on my leg, but hey, I guess that is dedication!?!

    Congrats on running Boston! You are a Bad ass MFer!

    ReplyDelete
  94. Great post and wonderful inspiration. I got to go grab a kleenex for my misty eyes. You did it, Beth! And you had support from all around the world. Congrats!

    ReplyDelete
  95. Pure awesomeness Beth! Congratulations! I am truly very happy for you....it's been one hell of a journey. You're a real inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  96. I love the naked incident! I think you did such an awesome job! So much of the marathon is mental : )

    ReplyDelete
  97. I've been following your journey for awhile but thought I should come out of lurker mode to congratulate you!! Great job!! And I will definitely take your advice to lock the port-a-potty!! Congratulations again...coming back from an injury to rock Boston is quite an accomplishment!!

    ReplyDelete
  98. Congrats again girl. I never doubted you for one second.

    ReplyDelete
  99. You are so big time when you have a sports psychologist. That pic of #32 is gnarly. Continue? Really?

    Your daughter looks thrilled.

    Speaking of daughters, mine will be in Boulder next week visiting CU.

    ReplyDelete
  100. I enjoyed reading your race recap. Congratulations!!!

    ReplyDelete
  101. Great race report. Welcome to the Boston Club.

    ReplyDelete
  102. I cried through most of this (emotional much?)
    I love reading your blog, it makes me change my thinking when I read stuff like this and I can tell myself "you can do this, just get off your ass" essentially? SHUT UP AND RUN, except this applies to every aspect of my life... so I need to shut up and just get it done already! Thanks for being an inspiration!
    Congratulations on running a great race!

    ReplyDelete
  103. You are awesome! Way to go!
    I was running too, and I saw you early in the race and said hi! I was so thrilled to actually meet you in person. You are an inspiration!
    Your journey to Boston is a testament to your strength and determination. You are one tough chick! Rock on, Beth!

    ReplyDelete
  104. You are auh-maz-zing and such a badass lady!!!! You conquered so much in your training and then rocked Boston.

    Congrats!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  105. Congratulations on powering through it! YOU ARE AWESOME! Love that your doctor sent you a congratulatory e-mail - too sweet...

    ReplyDelete
  106. Thank you for such an inspirational story! You ROCK and did an awesome job! From someone that started out running saying I have no desire to complete a Marathon . . . that is all I think about . . . and will be running Chicago in October and signed up for the Goofy Challenge in January! I am hooked and love reading your blog for inspriation! Thank you and JOB WELL DONE!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  107. BEST Boston recap I've read, you are incredible. Not only does cross training pay off, but having a KICK ASS attitude and determination pays off. I watched in awe as your splits showed up live, never doubting you, but seriously amazed by what you accomplished in Boston. I hope you're still wearing that smile, beautifully :)

    Congrats, girl!

    ReplyDelete
  108. Congrats! You did an awesome job, especially after all you had to go through to get there! :)

    ReplyDelete
  109. I followed you on runner tracking - but that just gave numbers - You describe what a lot of us feel during runs. Who needs underwear anyway? I lost gloves once in a porta-potty and then the weather turned frigid. You have inspired me - of course, I need 4:00 to qualify for Boston - and you did it on a bad day. Way to go girl!!

    ReplyDelete
  110. What a great recap! I totally laughed out loud when you said you farted!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  111. Beth, well done on a fine result and a fantastic report as always. I fear there is some guy telling stories of how he "met this chick and mile 22 then they got it on in the porta-potty, and look, I have her undies to prove it!" Or is that me fantasizing again ....

    ReplyDelete
  112. seriously - do you make this stuff up?! LOL - wow what a story ;)

    But really - CONGRATS you ran an AMAZING time for coming off of such a big injury and on little running training.

    It was so nice meeting you for a few minutes too and I can't believe we didn't get a pic! BOO.

    ReplyDelete
  113. I'm so late, but so inspired!

    Congratulations!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

    ReplyDelete
  114. Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It's on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same page layout and design.
    Great choice of colors!

    my web site sbobet

    ReplyDelete