Tuesday, October 21, 2014
2 days post and barely any signs left that I just ran my first marathon! So glad I made a plan and stuck to it! Trusting yourself and your training is so key in success! One thing I can say for sure is 26.2 is humbling! My plan to run 3 minutes and walk 1 took me to the end of the marathon in 5:03.51.
Miles 1-12 1/2 I was with my friend Sara, she had promised me the day before she was sticking with me. So we ran/walked, weaved in and out of people, got separated a few times only to reconnect very quickly. Water stops were the hardest because of the sheer number of people trying to negotiate them. When you are running with 18 thousand people it is sometimes hard to navigate as a pair, but we managed, always keep our sights on one another. We also talked when we could most mostly just took it all in!
It was probably mile 5 when I knew I wasn't going to make it 26 miles without having to make use of one of the 1000's of facilities lined along the course. So far in my journey I've never had to stop during a race, but this was not going to be the same. Finally at mile 9 I told Sara I was going to have to make a pit stop. She said she would just jog and I could catch up. I waited in line and a kind gentleman let me go ahead of him as I watched her get further and further away until out of sight. I think he pitied me a little. I did my business as quickly as possible and jetted off to catch up and had no problem, just had to skip a walk break.
At mile 11 I told Sara to go and finish strong, I stayed pretty close to her an finally there were signs for the marathoners to go straight and the half runners to turn left. I could see Sara running towards the finish and I was alone to finish my journey. Pretty sure this sucked a little life out of me, but I refocused and kept forging ahead. I had a goal of finishing this thing in 5 hours, but admittedly said a little more was ok. I had broken it down in a few different ways. I needed to stick to the 3:1 run:walk ratio, needed to finish at least 5.25 miles each hour, needed to be running at at least 10:39 pace for each mile. So I focused on these things. Occasionally I'd check my Nike watch for my pace.
When I crossed over the 13.1 I was at 2 hrs and 30 minutes, I felt really good about my time and it was very shortly after that I saw one of my running mates and knew that I would soon pass her which I had been planning on doing, but hadn't seen her since before the race started. I passed her soon after and figured she would pass me back at my walk break, but she never did. In mile 15 I even ran backwards for a minute looking to see if she was anywhere to be found. Nowhere!
When I crossed over the 16.3 timer I was not doing as well. I tried to refocus, ate some beans drank some Gatorade. I had taken an extra walk break somewhere in there. I was having trouble at times hearing the timer tell me when to walk and when to run. I appreciated the bands and the crowds for sure, but needed my ears. At some point I chose to keep my fingers on the Gymboss during loud areas to feel for the vibration.
I crossed over the 20 mile marker and my time was looking better, but I was waiting on the 21 mile marker so I could tell if I was where I needed to be, my legs were so tired and walking hurt and running I felt so fatigued and my legs were kinda wobbly feeling plus the lack of oxygen to my brain made it impossible to figure out if I was where I needed to be. During mile 23 I was passing two young guys and they were struggling. We had a brief conversation which ended with me telling them to follow me and just do the run/walk with me. I never looked back to check on them just kept focusing on one foot in front of the other!
Just before mile 24(I think) I was passing a father and daughter and he was telling her they were only 4 hrs 28 minutes in and could totally finish in time. I switched my watch to time elapsed and decided to forego my intervals and just run, I made it a whopping 1/2 mile before I gave up on the idea of running all the way and I turned my intervals back on to 2.25:1. LOL
At the 25 mile marker my Nike watch said 25:27, I was frustrated, but I had noticed that the numbers were not matching up. It was about that time I think I passed the beer station, yes, people were passing out cups of beer, I passed on that one!! Mile 25 seemed to flyby although my legs were screaming at it and the blister I started feeling at mile 6 was killing me. Then someone yelled out, you're almost there, only one more turn! I ran and ran and ran and finally I could see the finish. I've never been happier to see a finish line, EVER! I crossed and walked through the corral, my legs riveting with pain, I got my medal, water, banana, a goodie bag and called Sara, saw all the messages on my phone from everyone following my progress. I cried like a baby and said never again!
When is the next one?? Oh yeah, there will be another one!! Oh and those two young boys were seen in several of my marathon picture not far behind me, I guess they did walk/run and the two turds passed me just before the finish line! Great job turds! Proud of ya, whoever you are!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Nothing more can be done, no more tweaking, no more worrying. Just rest, hydrate, trust the training!! Pray! I'm terrified and excited!!
Monday, September 29, 2014
It was surely a beautiful start to a beautiful Adams County Half Marathon. A cool crisp morning and the air was so fresh! I was somewhat nervous doing this whole 4:1 thing, uncertain if I could keep up with the speedy ladies on the run parts and especially make it to the end of the 13.1. I spoke with one of the girls friday and she said I could totally keep up and if I needed to I could go on ahead. I laughed that off! After all, the're speedy!
After a while though and some intentional running part of the walk breaks to catch up the power hill at mile 6.5 came and the speedys slowed, well we all did, it was a huge hill! After we got to about 7.5 miles or so, maybe even 8, I started to pull away from the pack a little. At a water station I stopped and walked backwards urging one of the girls who had also broken away some to come keep me company. She didn't really respond so I turned and headed back out.
I no longer felt the need to do 4:1 and didn't have my timer on me anyway, so I would walk at the water stations and take back off, I made cracks to the volunteers and the Amish neighbors about putting all the hills out there and took advantage of downhills. I started using people to keep me moving, one at a time, I think I ended up passing 24 because at some point someone told me I was 99th.
I saw a sign that said mile 12 and I got really excited, only to be turned to run down about a 1/4 mile road to turn back and have to run back up it, but I continued running because I knew that 12 mile marker was right there at the end of the road! When I passed it I got even more excited! I could feel myself speeding up, my legs light and airy, never have I experience this during a half, but all of the miles added up must be making a difference! To my dismay, and the dismay of my PR I walked for about 10-15 seconds after I passed the 13 mile marker! It may not have hurt my time because I did sprint to the finish!
I finished 4 seconds slower than my PR at Little Miami which was completely flat! My time and the girls I paced with:
I'll take it!!
Friday, August 29, 2014
I won't lie, I am a bit nervous to be setting out at 7am to do 16 miles! I am super
thankful for a great support system and all of the girls that plan to come out and
pound the pavement with me! The first 10 miles will be a hilly loop back to the start where we will bring a 2nd group of people, have potty breaks as needed and head out to do a 6 mile out and back. I am providing bananas, bagels and water, we are all going to deserve a snack after this crazy business! Woot woot! Wish me luck! Next week will be a HUGE challenge, just me and my training partner and 18 miles! Wow! This full really is going to happen!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I remember reading an article in Runner's World about recovery runs a while back. I went for a 13.1 mile run with friends and went out the next evening to try for a couple of slow miles to see how it felt. Oh my it was painfully slow and all I could muster was 2 miles. The article read that doing this was equivalent to doing the 13 miles the day before and ya know what, I believe it!
I hung up the idea of recovery runs for a while, but have been doing them for the past several weeks and it's crazy how much easier they have gotten! I actually ran 12 Saturday, 3.22 5k race on Sunday and did 4.31 miles yesterday and I feel amazing!! I am getting stronger and more confident! Not going to push it though, I have 6 hilly miles planned for Wednesday so taking a break from running today and gonna get some zumba in!
Run, walk, get fit Sparkers!!
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