Holly, great job. The heat and the last minute changes sound tough but you handled them well. I would go nuts without mile markers. You did a nice job in your training and dealt with a few bumps. You deserve to be proud. Great finish line photo. I hope you are still smiling!
What nice treat to see Cindy, too. She was going to run again?!?
Great race and report! The photos were a very nice addition. You held up well in that heat. I wonder if the combination of the heat and the excitement of the race drove up your HR? I'm glad you did better in Dayton than my Sooner women!
Nice job, Holly! A very nice report and description and the pics were nice. You look great at the finish!!! Smiling away. Congrats!! Marathoner!!
Well done Holly! You were so well prepared for this, and took the unexpected changes in stride. Hitting your goal pace and even splits without mile markers is quite a feat. Congratulations!
Congratulations, Holly! Super first marathon. I can't imagine running 26.2 miles with no mile markers. None at all? What's up with that?
Love the photos. You looked terrific at the finish and your daughter is an absolute doll!
Now, enjoy the rest and recovery. Treat yourself to another massage in the next week or so (from hubby or other). The best part of marathoning is the R&R, imo.
You did a GREAT job on your first marathon Holly. Heck, if this had been your 5th or your 10th marathon, that would have been great! I can only dream of having such a good marathon time if/when I do one!
So, now that you've had an afternoon/evening to rest . . . . what do you have your sights set on for your next marathon????
"I kept thinking, "Breger got a 4:15 in the heat - if he can do it, so can you!" Thanks for the push..."
Hey, I'm glad I could help! But really you did it yourself. And way to go with beating your DS after 26 miles. Wow!
Holly, wow, what a great job you did and you looked awesome at the finish line. Great time for your 1st, 10th or even your 100th marathon, I too could only hope to come somewhere close to that if I ever get the nerve to run a full marathon. Now that it's official, you are a full fledged marathoner.. how does it feel? I'm sure it feels great. You deserve all the congrat's and pat's on the back you get, you did a great job and earned it. Now rest up.
great race and greta report, holly! and what a beautiful smile after all those miles. what fun that you met a boomer, and that you could still beat your son on the home stretch!
Especially given the course change, lack of mile markers, heat, and HRM issues, you did a remarkable job of staying on pace for your first marathon! Congratulations on a great race, and a well-done RR. I hope you frame your finish line photo: It's a great shot, and should serve as a wonderful reminder of how well you did in your first marathon.