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3:55:57 and REDEMPTION

Race post will come. Most likely on Tuesday, but I just wanted to update and thank you all from the bottom on my heart. This race was MY day, and I just had to believe in myself! I looked like this the entire race.


Mind you, I have no idea who the guy is next to me. I was just BEAMING the entire race. I’m sure people thought I was some cuckoo. This was around mile 7ish.


and mile 24 I looked the SAME exact way. I was SO incredibly happy, and if you would please notice, you will see that yes, my hair is PERFECTLY in place. :)

Everything was perfect. I knew the route, and the miles kept ticking by, faster and faster. I am just so ridiculously happy, I think I might even be glowing.

I cannot believe how perfect it went. Best. Race. Ever.


My brother, who I totally didn’t expect to be there, rode his bike from his house after he missed me running past, and caught up with me the and rode with me the last mile and a half.



I am just SO happy. SO incredibly happy. Redemption is mine and marathon, maybe, there is a little spot for you in my heart too. :)

Can’t wait to write up the full recap, and yes, I tweeted during the race so I would remember things. My final time was 3:55:57. A 33 minute PR from the race from hell we will title as the San Diego Crap festival.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all those who were out cheering, supporting and loving all us runners today. A special thanks to my one man pack mule, Billy aka LA Runner, my friend Ryan, my cousin Olie and my little baby brother Koo. <3.

I DID IT! and I did it RIGHT this time!


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  • Reply Holly

    You rock the house, sista! Way to go!!!

    October 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm
  • Reply Joy

    Kick@$$ time, Danica!! And best of all, the awesome fun you looked like you were having :D :D

    October 11, 2009 at 11:52 pm
  • Reply Susan

    What an exceptionally perfect run! Congratulations to you! I am awed and inspired. You’ve got to write in-depth about your running/tweeting technique. I can’t imagine how you did that! Bask in the glow, girl! You did it and you did it with style and grace! What-A-Woman!

    October 12, 2009 at 4:58 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Great job girl! You rocked it!

    October 12, 2009 at 5:22 am
  • Reply jamie

    Wow you are amazing! All I can say! Great job!!!!!!! I got your tweets all the way through. You held strong!

    October 12, 2009 at 5:53 am
  • Reply Kirbey

    What a great time! Congrats!!

    October 12, 2009 at 6:32 am
  • Reply Jenny from Lucky in Love

    You’re awesome Danica! So proud of you :)

    October 12, 2009 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Ally

    YAY!! That’s awesome. So glad you had such a great race. Can’t wait to read the recap.

    October 12, 2009 at 6:51 am
  • Reply oz runner

    awesome job Danica! way to go….wow, a 33 minute improvement…you should be proud of yourself!

    October 12, 2009 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Blacklabsandlilly

    Congrats!!!! I’ll be running my first full marathon in April, and hope I keep my smile through the entire race like you did!!

    October 12, 2009 at 7:07 am
  • Reply Saph

    That is so awesome! Congrats. I’ve really enjoyed reading your running (and life) adventures. Can’t wait to read the recap. Congrats again.

    October 12, 2009 at 7:15 am
  • Reply KatieA.

    I couldn’t believe you were tweeting the whole time! It was great to follow you that way! Just awesome girly! Great job!

    October 12, 2009 at 7:41 am
  • Reply dynasti



    October 12, 2009 at 7:46 am
  • Reply Jess

    Congrats Danica!!!! Can’t wait for your full report!

    October 12, 2009 at 8:17 am
  • Reply jeff

    nicely done! i was having fun following along via twitter. hey, just think how much faster you’d have gone if you didn’t tweet. ;) but then again, we’d all have missed out on that fun.


    October 12, 2009 at 8:27 am
  • Reply Lara

    Excellent race! I love that you had a smile on your face the ENTIRE way!!! Beautiful spirit, way to go!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Maggie @ It Is Everlasting

    You are amazing!!! xoxoxoxo

    October 12, 2009 at 9:05 am
  • Reply Tara

    I can’t say this enough times, but you freaking owned that course! HUGE CONGRATS kooho!!!! xoxox

    October 12, 2009 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Kerrie @ mom vs marathon

    Way to go! Very inspiring!

    October 12, 2009 at 9:37 am
  • Reply Kristen

    Congratulations…you are awesome! What a fantastic time!

    October 12, 2009 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Tall Mom on the Run

    Congrats! Great time and even more great to know that you got your redemption with a smile on your face.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:32 am
  • Reply x-country2

    AWESOME! Can’t wait for the full report.

    October 12, 2009 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Keri

    What a great time and most of all, you had a great time!

    October 12, 2009 at 11:02 am
  • Reply jeri

    I was totally following along w/your tweets and was SO IMPRESSED with the ass kicking you gave LB. Can’t wait for the full report. That’s what you should look like when racing/running…like you’re having a BLAST!

    October 12, 2009 at 11:03 am
  • Reply stuart

    Awesome job, looking forward to the report!

    October 12, 2009 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Felice


    SO happy for you! Congratulations!!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Congrats!!!! You make it look so easy!

    October 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Natalia

    Congrats! That is such a great improvement! I’m so glad you gave 26.2 another chance : )

    October 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Punk Rock Runner

    How fun was this day? It was a blast running with you for the first mile and your “shout-out” at mile 12 (your mile 14) re-energized me. So happy for you!!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply kate

    YAYAYAYAY!!!! You look absolutely radiant in all the photos – CONGRATS!!!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    Congratulations on your PR! And for having cute hair the entire 26.2!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Brown Eyed Girl

    AWESOME!!! How exciting! I can’t believe how amazing you did and you looked great doing it! And smiling the whole way??? That’s incredible! We all knew you could do it! Can NOT wait to read your full report!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Jill Will Run

    Congratulations! I had a lot of fun following along as you twittered and ran an amazing race!

    October 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Librarian on the Run

    Congrats! So glad to hear that you had such a great experience this time!

    October 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Yasmin

    Danica, you are inspirational! I am running my first marathon in March, and seeing results like this just warms my heart.

    Congratulations on a fantastic finish!

    October 12, 2009 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply Erin

    Danica, I found your blog via Twitter and I’ve loved following along so far! Congrats on your marathon!! I ran my first 10K today and am in such awe of you marathoners. Glad you had such a good time!! :)

    October 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Lori

    What an amazing race! Great that you were able to have fun and run FAST. Nice job, girl!

    October 12, 2009 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Marci

    Congratulations!! You totally rocked that marathon, and I’m so happy for you!! Can’t wait for the full report!

    October 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm
  • Reply B.o.B.

    Congrats girl! Can’t wait for your recap. :)

    October 12, 2009 at 5:54 pm
  • Reply Erin

    Congrats on such a great run can’t wait to read a detailed recap. Hopefully one day when I finally run a marathon I beam the whole way too!

    October 12, 2009 at 7:23 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    You ROCKED It girl!!! I’m soooooo proud of you! I can not wait to read the full report and of course maybe get to see you in december! You nailed it, looked cute & prD… what more could you have asked for? :) xoxoxo

    October 12, 2009 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Dane

    Great stuff! Happy you had such a wonderful day.

    October 12, 2009 at 11:57 pm
  • Reply Alex

    Your awesome! Way to go!!

    October 13, 2009 at 6:39 am
  • Reply Betsy

    Congratulations! I love how happy you are in those pictures.

    October 13, 2009 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Amanda

    Heck yeah, way to go!! That’s an awesoe PR and you look so cute with your big grin. Nice job!

    October 17, 2009 at 9:04 am
  • Reply Glenn Jones

    Now that I’ve finished my race report, I’m grabbing a cup of coffee and sitting in the easy chair to read a real *race* report!

    October 17, 2009 at 9:30 am
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