The Pain is Soo Worth it–> Country Music Marathon!

And so I finished it! The most amazing experience. I completed the Rock and Roll Country Music Marathon in Nashville Tennessee on April 25th 2009. The entire ride home, and let me tell you it was a lonnng ass ride, I relived the experience in my life and if there’s any chance that I’ll be around next year I’m going back and running the half.

On race day we were awake at 4:45 am and we were flocking in with all of the 31,ooo other racers by 5:45am as we headed to the start. There were people everywhere it was so big. The excitement rang in the air as racers stretched and prepared for the race. I was so nervous I thought I was going to vomit and I had butterflies in my stomach three miles after the start.

When the race did start we were so far back that it took forty five minutes for us to cross the start because it was insanely packed and they only were letting a few thousand go at a time.

After the start of the race I was loving it. The spectator’s were awesome. The bands were okay and I was loving the entire vibe of the whole thing. When we ran over bridges that lead to the highway all of the cars below were honking at us and I was loving it.

At mile 14 though there were some difficulties and I started freaking out. At the split almost everyone went on the 1/2 marathon route and well that was kind of sad. I didn’t want everyone to leave and I didn’t want to take that route with only two other people at the time. So, I took the split and said a silent goodbye to everyone else as I continued on the journey,

As I said before mile 14 wasn’t a good one and this is what happened. As I was going down the hill right after the split, both of my legs completely cramped up and it was so bad I fell and was flopping around like a fish out of water. It was slightly embarassing but my thoughts only were I have to continue I can’t stop.

I would like to also note the fact that the weather was a high of 87 degrees and the entire race felt like 97 degrees.

So as it turns out when I went down it was very first to a first aid tent. I hobbled on over to them and they tried to fix me up. In my upsetness I freaked out and had an anxiety attack because there was no way I came all this way to not finish this race. I sucked it up, calmed down, wiped the tears away, felt better, and got on a way.

I was going to walk my way to that finish and I was determined to do it in under 7 hours. (the marathon time limit).

Never would I have believed you could walk a mile in less than fifteen minutes, but I surprised myself and I walked my way through the next 11 miles. The cramps were always there but I kept them at bay. I also made a whole butt load of friends because at this point it got kind of boring and i had a race to finish, i might as well entertain myself.

At mile 18 I ran into my cousin B which waas very surprising because I almost power walked right past him because he was stooped over and I didn’t see that it was him till he said my name. He didn’t look to good so I persuaded him to keep up with me and I made him walk fast!

We took off and I took ahold of the situation. I made him keep and told them that if we stopped in any way we were not going to make it and I think he started believing it because he definitely kept up. The last few miles were the worst. It was a stupid loop around a lake that took forever and was unbearable. When we reached mile twenty-five I felt worse and worse and I really was thinking o my gosh, all many more feet is it to the finish?!?

As we turned the last bend to the finish, my sister who had been waiting for us for some time came running up and she started screaming to run run run! At this point I couldn’t stop smiling and there were tears I won’t lie as I went the last few hundred feet to the finish. One of the best times of my life. I’ve got to do it later.

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And there I am with my cousin B, as my sister cheers us to victory. We might have come in over 6 hours for the finish but for me I feel sooo dang good. I’ve accomplished something only 1% of the population as the guts to do. And I did it with cramping legs and 87 degree weather.

I can’t stop reliving this day in my head as I’m back at school going through my last week of classes. Because I had such a great time, I’ll be participating in more races in the future. I’m loving the marathon!

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Only a few more days Away. Spring Break!

Its crunch time and I’m even more excited then ever.

Spring break starts Sunday and I have soo much to do. So many things to prepare and so much packing.

The great thing is that my friend has convinced me to buy scrapbooking stuff before our outdoor adventure so that when we get back we’ll be ready to go. We just have to get the pictures developed!!!!

I haven’t made a serious scrapbook in a VERY long time and I can’t wait to scrapbook about my trip. Especially because its going to be tons and tons of fun for the out door adventurer in me.

On a lighter note I had my first triathlon training class last night and it was not all that I had hoped, it was even better! Unfortunately there were not 19 other very hott boys and me, there were actually more girls than boys, but learning about triathloning is really really interesting and it is motivating me to want to make it the 140.6 or 70.3 miles of a triathlon.

140.6- Iron Man

70.3- 1/2 Iron Man

This I feel, is going to be quite a feet away so I’ve got some years before that. Can’t wait though. and I thought I would be satisfied with the marathon. Pfff.

I’ve got a long run tomorrow so I have to prepare for that. Can’t wait for up and coming events!! 🙂

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PT Test Completed!!! Moving on to the Security Investigation.

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On Thursday, I met a cheif at the local navy office for my PT test. This is not the guy who has been working with me since the beginning, he was just there to administor the test, so we set up a meet time. On Wednesday night there was a serious monsoon outside. Wind speeds were high, trees were knocked down, and there were some serious power outages. When I woke up early the next morning, I wasn’t sure what was going to happen because I seriously did not want to run outside. That would have probably been horrible seeming as when I walked outside in the morning I couldn’t walk in a straight line because the winds were so bad.

When I got to the naval recruiting office, he told me that since the winds were so bad we were going to have to go a gym and I would run on the treadmill. I agreed with him and we went up on the hill to a gym that he works out in. I did 46 sit ups, waited two minutes, did 16 pushups, waited 2 more minutes, and then I waited 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes I got on the treadmill and he said there would be a 1% incline because the treadmill pulls you.

I started out fine, and I’m in training for a marathon, by the way, so this should have been a piece of cake. Well ten minutes in I was definitely feeling it. It was actually pretty hard to breath because there was a pull connected to the gym and the humidity was making it really hard to suck in air. I can verify this with the fact that when I was done I was completely soaked with sweat and I’m barely a sweater. (so this excuse is legit). Needless to say I made it the mile and a half, and in plenty of time, but it sucked.

Afterwards we went back to the office, I signed like 6 more papers (This is usual for processing in the navy) and then I realized that I’m pretty much finished with my application. They have already sent out reference lists to my previous employers. Pretty soon they will be calling people for the background check. The good thing is, no matter what I do, I will need a background check regardless because as a forensic scientist you pretty much need a background check wherever you go. This is a good thing. Its just that this waiting… Stinks.

I hate waiting. This period of waiting couldn’t possibly make me more unhappy. The waiting stresses me out. Decide if you want me and tell me. Gosh.

Now that I’m done with that little rant, I’ll get back to the waiting. I’ll keep you updated of course.

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–Marathon Training Thoughts–

Yesterday, at the end of week 5, I compleed 10 miles. And yes I had the biggest grin on my face during the last lap, but I also say this with exhaustion. I have never run 10 consecutive miles, and after finishing I realized why. Because running that long causes great amounts of pain. When I came back I soaked in a bubble bath for a very very long time. Then I went straight back to bed because I couldn’t function. I didn’t want to do anything last night but my friends convinced me that a bowling night was a must. So I woke up and left around 9pm. After the bowling was over, in which I won woo!, I came back an d crawled straight back into bed.

The marathon training program is actually going great, I’ve completed everything so far, but it is definitely taking a great tool on my body physcially. Since I have had two foot surgeries, a bunion removal from each foot, I have alot of feet problems. Since removing a bunion is one of the most painful surgeries and I had two of them in the 10th grade, you can imagine my problems. They definitely break your bones in different places and reset them with pins. The recovery is long and enduring.

When I get done running such long periods of time, my feet scream, swear, and yell at me. They hate it, but I am relentless. I will run this marathon and I will succeed. It is on my To-Do List and if I don’t do it now, I might never. Sooo, the pain will endure and I will stick to the program.

One question I do have for all of you marathon runner’s out there, is how much weight on average do you lose when you train to and run a marathon? I’m definitely not doing this as as a weight loss program or anything but I am curious???

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Nashville Tennessee Rock & Roll Country Music Marathon

music-marathonAll moves point to GO. This all started my freshman year without my even knowing it. My next door neighbor in the dorms who has turned out to be my best college friend started talking about the rock and roll music marathon back then. Now, four years later I’ve taken it a step further. She is a hard core runner. In high school she was a cross country all star. Although she has been trained to run and has been running since she was little, she has never ran a marathon.

In high school I was a hard core swimmer. I did no running and didn’t particularly enjoy it. After her talking for the past four years about this marathon I took it upon myself to start looking it up. She told me they had one in Virgina Beach so I looked it up online. Unfortunately the Rock and Roll marathon at VA beach is only a half marathon. bummer. What I did find though, is that they offer the Rock & Roll music marathon across the U.S. in other major cities. After looking through the entire list, we came to the conclusion that the marathon in Nashville Tennessee was our best bet. Unlike the others this one includes country. (Wonder why? :O)

I have no real experience running and now I’m going to take on a marathon?!?!?!? This week was the first week I started training for the marathon. It won’t be run until April 25th so I have time but I have to stay strictly to the program. wow.

Progress Reports will be given for the future.

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Triathlon Training

Since I’m on this crazy marathon/ athletic kick, I definately went the distance today. This was my last time signing up for classes… senior year final semester and I really wanted ballroom dancing. I’m thinking yes, I’m a senior, I’m going to be able to get into that class and it will be alot of fun.

I get on this morning and look, there were only 15 available spots and they were all filled before the seniors even were available to sign up. The honors students and athletes get first dibs so there goes my oppurnity… o well.

I’m going through the physical fitness classes (which my school has many of) and I see one that says triathlon training. REally? I’ve always wanted to train for something like that. I swam in high school. There were 20 availabe spots for this and 12 were already filled.

Without hesitating I said F it and signed in. My only hope (and possibly one of the reasons that I easily got in to the class) is people who are athletic are probably going to want to do something like this right… and hopefully alot of guys will want to do it right??? So wouldn’t that mean that I might possibly show up on the first day to 19 really hott atheltic guys and none other than me. Good thinking right. I know you all will laugh when I report that there were 19 girls instead.

O well, I just hope that I’m in enough shape that at least I won’t get too far behind. Its pretty exciting though I must say.

I can’t get this Running Feeling… off my mind!

I’ve really been thinking that something, such as running a marathon is what I want to do in the future. I really want to train and just push myself to complete a marathon. It’s one of those things that is definitely on the bucket list (things to do before you die.) and I think its time to get out there and try.

My best bet is one of the many Rock and Roll marathons that they offer across the U.S. I’m definitely thinking something like San Diego CA since its on the other side of the U.S. and I’ve been meaning to make it to CA anyway. I want to prove to myself that I am able to do something like this. Plus, think about it, how can you not be motivated to finish? They have a rock band playing at every mile, sometimes they have more than one, to the entire end of the race. How awesome is that? And how can you not be pumped to compete and finish. FYI there is also a rock concert that night as well. What’s better than running a marathon and then getting wasted after. haha. Probably a terrible idea but okay.

This is just the thing for me. I want to do it and I’m going to get out there and do it!

Mark my words, by the year 2009 I am going to have finished a marthon and in a reasonable amount of time. In fact, I just might make it my New Years Resolution.