It was a beautiful run throughout the cornfields of Findlay, Ohio. There were long roads with old barns, pumpkin patches and horses lining our way on the double looped trail. I started off with my sugar a bit high and I took 15 grams of carbs every hour after the first hour. I didn’t go through a drastic rise or drop in my sugars after the race so I was very happy with how well controlled they were! I was pacing very well for the first half and I didn’t even notice it go by! Cait met me at the five mile and told me I was on pace and then met me at the 12 mile and ran with me to the 14th. I am very thankful that Cait was there during this time. It was a very mentally tough part of the run for me. There were only 304 people who did the run and only 100 ended up doing the full marathon. As a result, there were times on the run where I was totally alone on long roads just looking at the distance and realizing how far it was and how much farther I had to go. Cait stuck by me and helped me to pace faster. It was difficult to know how well I was doing because I didn’t have anyone I was running against or competing with until she met me at the 12th. After that, she met halfway between my 19th and 20th mile. She ended up running 10 miles all together which I thought was pretty impressive, considering that she is overcoming a foot injury. I started to feel a shooting pain in my left hip at my 19th mile and it became difficult to put a lot of weight on it. All together though, it was a very successful run! I am excited to take on other runs throughout the year and continue to blog about running and life with type 1 diabetes. Jon and Mom met me at the end and we had a celebration lunch in Findlay! Afterwards, we went shopping at a little country store and picked out pumpkins to take home. I couldn’t walk very well, but I took it slow and kept moving so that I wouldn’t get stiff. I suggest that if any of you can, you should take a trip out there and enjoy the beautiful running trails at the Findlay Reservoir.
Mary Ellen Grady, the nurse who has been a great support system and phenominal diabetic instructor to me, sent this note along about where the donation money from the Findlay Race is going:
“Diabetes Assistance Initiative”. This money will be used to serve our low income diabetes patients who are in need of education, insulin, blood glucose strips and oral medications.
Any donation is greatly appreciated.
We truly appreciate your donations and we look forward to more races and more funding for the Diabetes Assistance Intitiative in the future!!
I can't wait to post pictures of the race and tell you all about it! Im recovering now-more later!
The Findlay Red, White & Blue 26.2 Marathon!
Expo/Packet Pick Up
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Time: 10:00a – 8:00p
Location: Findlay Family YMCA
300 E. Lincoln Street
Findlay, OH 45840
(419) 422. 4424
2012 Race Day Itinerary
Sunday, October 7, 2012
6:30a – Packet pick up is available at the Registration
7:10a – Report to DJ area for opening announcements
7:15a – Welcoming announcements by our DJ Rich Fowler
7:18a – Pre-race Prayer by Will Welsh
7:20a – Present Arms by the Findlay Police Department
National Anthem by Anna Bodart
7:23a – Final / Good luck announcements
7:25a – Follow Findlay Police Department to the start line
7:27a - Find pacer if needed
Pacer Times: 3:30:00
7:30a – Race starts!!
Runner Food Menu:
Coffee – Sponsored by Tim Hortons
Doughnuts – Sponsored by Tim Hortons
Pizza – Sponsored by Stevi B’s
Runner Food – Must have bib on to receive food or drinks.
Vanlue Music Boosters will be in the lodge selling food and drinks for spectators.
Stretching and Massaging
Trenton Chiropractic will have a booth available for runners at
no cost, before and after the race.
In addition to having medical staff at each water station, there
will be a shelter house in the parking lot dedicated to runners who need medical attention, before, during, or after the race.
Record 2:53:59 by David Giammar on 10/2/11
All participants must complete the course in six (6) hours.
Water Station 1 & 4 (Mile 1.9 & 8.5)– Water, Powerade,
Water Station 2 & 5 (Mile 4.3 & 10.9– Water,
Powerade, Fruit (1/2 oranges & bananas)
Water Station 3 & 6 (Mile 7.0 & 12.2)– Water,
Powerade, Gel packs (Tri-berry & Mandarin Orange GU)
Water Station 7 (At lodge) - Water,
...is the time when you should be getting in 30 to 60 minute walks and your long miles of running are done. It is a time to rebuild and prepare. I am so excited that race day is almost here! My wondeful sister is coming in from Chicago and she will be meeting me at various mile markers throughout the race. My Mom and brother are driving down in the morning and after the race, I'll be having dinner with friends to celebrate!
The time is almost here!
I can’t believe that in five days I’ll be running another 26.2 mile race! I have been studying for a statistics midterm that I have this evening so I haven’t had too much time to think about it in the past few days. I am so excited! Based on my pace time, I will probably run the marathon in about 5 hours. This is not necessarily my best time but I am going to push hard to make it in 5 hours or under. The love and support I have received from my friends and family throughout this journey has been amazing. I want to take this moment to thank these people, individually.
My Mom, for always cooking me healthy meals so that it makes everything a lot easier, for the nights she has sat in the hospital with me, for flying out to England when I had my health scare, for refusing to let me sulk. My Dad, for continuing to be my coach in every aspect of my life. Mere, Ray, Nate & Britt for being siblings I am proud of and that I look up to. My brother Jon, for being there during all the highs and lows of my diagnosis, my training, and during many other important stages of my life. For Jill, for telling I am someone she looks up to. For Cait, for her constant help with my website, training, and counseling. For all of my friends- especially Megan, JT, Ryan, Laren, Jessie and Kyle. To my Aunt Shelly, who constantly sends me love and support. To my Uncle Frank, who is always telling everyone about me and my racing :) Grandma Cook, for showing me how strong a woman can truly be and how young at heart she can always remain. To Adelaide for being the most loyal friend I’ve ever known.
To everyone who donated to the Lakewood Hospital Donation and have supported the cause!
You have all made a huge impact on my life, and I am so fortunate to have you all by my side.
I like to tell you about my friends because I surround myself with good people who inspire me, and I am proud of them as well.
I would like to introduce you to Ryan. Ryan and I met in high school when he moved to Ohio from Tennessee. He has lived all over the place, but mainly in the south.
Ryan was in the Navy and stationed in Pearl Harbor. He went through some tough training, but I always knew he would be alright. When we were in high school, he would work multiple jobs and he would always still be willing to pick up shifts and put in more hours. I’m sure the Navy loved him. He doesn’t have the ability to do less than he’s capable. We’ve talked a lot about the running he used to do and all the other physical training that was part of his life during that time. He would always run harder to beat the person in front of him. He would always push the limits of himself to do the best he could. I don’t suggest this to anyone, but he even went through PT with appendicitis because he didn’t know what else to do but to work through the pain. Obviously he shouldn’t have, but I can’t say I was surprised when he told me he did. He has overcome both mental and physical barriers on many occasions throughout his experience in the Navy, and that is commendable.
Ryan used to surf a lot when he lived in Hawaii. That is a very difficult sport as well. He would get knocked down by a wave and get right back out there. I’m sure that isn’t easy to handle, getting pushed down by a wave and getting the wind knocked out of you- and then facing it again the next time around. You’ve got to be someone who likes a challenge in order to do that. You’ve got to be someone who isn’t afraid to fall. You’ve got to be someone who knows that it’s all worth it in the end. I suppose that is how he saw his time in the Navy as well.
Ryan inspires me to push the limits and to constantly challenge myself. I am lucky to have people like him in my life that motivate me everyday.