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  1. Holy crap — congratulations! I am a pretty sedentary person and briefly toyed with the idea of training for a marathon about two years ago, until I got pregnant with my daughter — that idea sort of flew out the window. But you are totally inspiring me, and I am so, so glad for you to have done this… Yay, you!I may try and come to the reading on Friday… I’m down in OC.

  2. I don’t even need to read the second half to tell you this: you’re totally my hero. Screw being an astronaut-princess-unicorn-tamer- I want to be pamie when I grow up.

  3. Kelli

    This post made me understand my father a bit better; he’s a marathon runner. Glad you got halfway, can’t wait to read the rest!

  4. Laura

    Wow. What an inspirational post. I felt like I had accomplished something healthy today because I got a small blizzard from Dairy Queen instead of a medium. You make me want to get up and go running. If you knew me, you would know what an accomplishment that is. Can’t wait to hear the rest and CONGRATULATIONS on the first 12 miles!

  5. My heroe… seriously.This, so far, has become my favorite post. Ever. I feel like I can actually see you running and thinking… and I love it because you can express them in a very raw and real way that I can totaly relate to most of them … and I don’t know why, but whenever I picture the duck… it’s purple.Hope you post the rest soon! Kudos on you running the marathon!

  6. ok, my last comment has faulty grammar and structure because I was on the phone and am half asleep, sooo I have to adress the corrections… hehheroe with no e, thank you.and the “them” I refer to when I say I love how you can express “them”, is your thoughts.

  7. This is fun to read – thanks for posting. I’m aiming to run my first half marathon in late January, so your account is both comforting and scaring me. What I’m wondering is how you can remember what you were thinking at each mile. Whenever I do any lengthy exercise (like backpacking) I get a Sheryl Crow or Black Eyed Peas song stuck in my head, and all cogent thought is done for until there’s a pizza in front of me again.Good luck with your new book!

  8. Dagmar

    Congratulations! This is so cool. I started reading the “The Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer” as well but then opted for chocolate instead. Because of your marathon post I’m trying to remember where I put the book, so I can get started again… Kudos!

  9. Faye

    Wow, you’re very brave.My sister is running a half marathon next month and I bought her the book. I’m sending her these posts as inspiration but she’s scared they’ll make her scared!You definetly seem to have made a great choice for venue though. Sound beautiful. If you get the marathon fever you should come and run London, its the most amazing thing in the world, people cheering every single step of the way, and it doesnt matter how late you finish!

  10. Liz

    So … I’m not sure if I’m inspired or freaked out for my first marathon in October. Either way, good read!

  11. juliette

    You rule, Pamie. Wonderful post. Also glad at least SOMEONE is getting out to Maui every now and then. :D

  12. This is very inspiring. You really have a way with words, I guess that’s why you are a writer.Thanks for the book recommendation, I may buy it. So far I’m only up to running 1.75 miles, so reading about someone who started from not being able to run a mile, who now runs significantly more, gives me hope that I can do it to.Thanks pamie, and wow.Kudos to you.

  13. Congratulations. I’m a runner training for my first half so I’m a familiar with what goes through your head when running. I know that a full half of running is mental. I know what it’s like to run at the back of the pack and to run at a pace that most people can walk. I’m in awe. Way to go.

  14. Goosie

    Wow, muy bien! And to think I was all upset yesterday because I had to park my car far away at work.Vamos Pamie!

  15. clifftorres

    Wow. Not only is it amazing that you ran this marathon, but the recap is incredible.I’ve always thought about doing a marathon but I really don’t think I can finish. I have been running about 6-9 miles a week but a marathon just scares the crap out of me.

  16. Hillary

    Congratulations! I’m running my first marathon in October and a friend turned me on to your blog. hhen I started running two years ago, I would get discouraged when 70 year old women passed me, but now I’m at peace with my pace….It’s fun to read about another first timer’s experience!

  17. Way to go, Pamie!Two years ago I trained for a half marathon and injured both ankles in the process (let this be a lesson to you, kids – good shoes are VERY important). Funny thing is, when I did the 10 mile portion of my training, at Mile 7 I started singing in my head. Then I wrote part of a song in my head that was going to be really, really good. Until I realized it was way too similar to Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me, both in tune and subject. Maybe Mile 7 is the Musical Mile.FWIW, a good friend of mine has run several Portland marathons and had barely trained before any of them. She’s finished each one and though she’s more athletic than I am, she’s not exceptionally athletic. So it is possible.I think I’d like to try a half marathon again and just worry about finishing. Thank you for the inspiration, Pamie!BTW, I’m planning to be at Friday’s reading, if things go as planned. *crosses fingers*

  18. Sharon

    Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. Like the others have said so far, it’s very inspiring to read. I’m working towards my first 10k run in 2007, so it’s great to hear about others who are doing similar things. Looking forward to the next installment.

  19. Pamie! I’m proud of you!! I’ve done 3 marathons, and reading your post makes me want to get up & start training for the next. my avg time is right at 6hrs, so im feeling your pain with watching all those crazy ducks & tribal guys passing you up. :) Marathoning for us mortals (not those crazies who can finish in like 3hrs) is definitely an enlightening thing…you realize you are capable of so much more than you ever thought.Congratulations!!!

  20. You’re taking us along for the ride… step by agonizing step.The mental roadblocks are often harder to overcome than the mountains you climb, aren’t they? But it’s overcoming both that gives us all credit to be proud.Good work!

  21. Linda

    I think it’s funny that you only allow comments on entries where you know people will laud and congratulate you. The one about your allergies (Oh, poor Pamie! Isn’t she so brave?), this one (Wow, Pamie! You’re my hero!), and especially the one where you posted the email you received from someone who called you a crappy writer (Of course not, Pamie! Sure, you write mediocre chick-lit novels, but you’re still the bestest writer EVER!). For the most part, I rather enjoy your website (or I wouldn’t be here), but come on. It’s so transparent.

  22. Anonymous

    Congratufreaklinlations!I bitch and moan about the number of times I go up and down the office stairs every day, so I now sit in awe of you.

  23. pamie

    Linda, you’re absolutely right. I do it on entries where I know I’ll get a lot of email, because I try to write everyone back who takes the time to send me something, so on a post that will generate more mail than usual, I let it be more public.Also, I like it when people say nice things about me. I’m glad you enjoy the website, transparent-ness and all.

  24. clifftorres

    Pamie you rock in all your transparntness!oh um why don’t they allow ipods? WTF is up with that? Music gets me pumped and can usually keep me going.

  25. pamie

    Because most of the race is on the highway, next to traffic, I think it’s a danger to be wearing headphones. They didn’t stop anyone, as far as I know. I think it’s just for insurance/safety reasons.

  26. You are awesome! I laughed so hard all the way through your marathon recap because this is SOOOO me. I think we’re pretty much the same pace and it was so refreshing to finally read someone else’s story and know I’m not the only one. I wrote a recap of my 20 miler and while it wasn’t as funny as yours, I do remember just wanting to sit down and call a cab.I’m running Chicago in less than three weeks and I’ll get through it knowing that you did too.You are my new hero!

  27. I’m posting this long after your wrote it, so I don’t know if you will see this. However, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon last week (along with 4 cousins and an uncle) and remembering your recap kept me going over those long last miles. Thanks!

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