Tuesday, December 14, 2010
My sister was my awesome cheerleader AND photographer during the marathon! :) Here's the day in pictures:
Inside the nice warm Holiday Inn at the start - I got to use a REAL bathroom, and then pin on my number in comfort.
Here we are just walking past the start to get lined up according to estimated finish time - no official corrals, but they had signs being held so it was easy to identify with the right crowd.
I kinda bounced around, semi stretched...
Then my sweet hubby came over and started giving me a shoulder massage - best starting line wait EVER!
AND WE'RE OFF! Walking at first...
That dude closest - w/ the blue hat and red shirt - we met the night before at the pasta dinner and this was his first. He finished ahead of me (like most people in this race hahahaha), succeeding in his number one goal - NOT TO GET SWEPT OFF THE COURSE. :) Also the very colorful lady w/ the pink hat, purple hair, blue shirt, etc. - that's CLOVERR1 of course!
You should be able to see me - white top black knee tights - across the pond in the park where the race started. I'm just trying to stay calm and slow down - not head out too fast, ya know! :)
A bit after mile 5 here I am coming up on the best cheerleaders EVER! I was feeling SO GOOD around here :)
Here they are - sister and hubby!
(Hubby and I say You're the Biscuits to each other - it started as a misheard "You're the BESTEST!")
After this is where the soul sucking sections of the race happened. HAHAHA. And I come crumbling into the cheerleader station again, a bit after mile marker 23, I give DH I big hug - I was gesturing and they thought I was saying I was cold and sister was going to offer me her fleece, I was like, NO! I NEED A HUG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They encouraged me and I headed off to finish this thing. I could hear them calling after me here:
Then they headed to the finish line and my sister got some pictures of me coming into the finish! Trying to smile through the pain:
OH and if you can see a couple in red shirts back on the road behind me, those are the sweepers running a 6 hour pace - there were finish times beyond 6 hours so they didn't TOTALLY shut down after that, but officially they said the clock was going to stay up only till 6:05 - Also dude in the orange shirt tried to pass me sometime around 1 mile left to go and I was like NO WAY, and sped up and didn't let him catch me! SO thanks to orange shirt dude!
Striding to the finish trying to get the best possible time!
FINISHED! (post massage, post some food - haha)
Stretching some stuff out -- hahaha
THANK YOU SISSIMO FOR THE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
I'm copying what I've posted a couple other places now, with some embellishments, so forgive me if you look there, too. HAHAHA :D
1. Finish. DO NOT GET SWEPT OFF THE COURSE!
2. PR - which means better than 5:55 (course supposedly closed at 6:05 - although there are some official times beyond that listed - the cutoff at mile 20 was 4:35 (for perspective I hit that point at 4:30 I think)
3. 5:40 - 13mm pace
I'm copy-pasting some stuff from what I just posted on dailymile as a RR -
tired Rocket City Marathon 26.43 mi 05:57:35 13:31 pace
Yeah I'm putting Mr. G's distance up there, but we all know the course really measured 26.2 if I didn't do any wide wandering. My time is only 2 min worse than last year's first, so not too bad for me but I was definitely hoping to improve my performance by quite a bit.
I got a "blister" on my achilles at some point early'ish on, while running on the most soul sucking part of the course - 5 miles down this road against the wind. The most boring stretch for sure, and the wind was just driving against us the whole time. I think the forecast called for 10mph winds. I just wanted to get off that section so bad.
Once I got off of it (mile 15 abouts) I retied that shoe tighter so that it would hopefully not rub against that spot anymore. Felt tight but better. Then a little while later I tightened the right shoe cause I felt lopsided. After a while that got on my nerves so right shoe got slightly loosened.
I had some serious mental issues this race - it may have stemmed from physical but the only physical part I was really feeling DURING the race was tight and tired hips, tired legs. After the finish I got to realize some more specific pains that didn't dissipate quickly that I will need to address. So at some point I said - BODY! BRAIN IS IN CHARGE HERE. Brain you tell the body what to do - right now, we're RUNNING. LET'S GO.
So if we look at Mr. G's "moving stats" --
Moving Time: 05:54:20
Elapsed Time: 06:08:34 (from not stopping Mr.G post race, just hitting the lap button at the finish)
Avg Speed: 4.3 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 4.5 mph
Avg Pace: 13:51 min/mi
Avg Moving Pace: 13:19 min/mi
(I didn't stop Mr. G but I DID hit the lap button at the finish, so I knew how much time to subtract. But if we look at MOVING pace - the pace isn't as bad (goal time 13mm) and the moving time is actually a PR. But alas, I didn't cross the finish until 5:57+ which is not. I stopped to stretch a couple times, I stopped and hugged my husband a bit afte rmile marker 23 because I was hurting so bad then and mentally crazytown - I needed it.
So I definitely cannot pretend I would have finished the last bit as "quickly" as I did had I not taken the time to do those things. Some splits:
1 00:12:53 1.03 12:30
2 00:12:54 1.01 12:46
3 00:12:50 1.02 12:33
4 00:12:53 1.00 12:52
5 00:12:40 1.02 12:27
6 00:12:52 1.01 12:43
7 00:12:46 1.00 12:46
8 00:13:04 1.01 12:53
9 00:12:54 1.00 12:51
10 00:13:06 1.01 12:57
11 00:13:00 1.00 12:57
12 00:13:01 1.00 13:01
13 00:13:07 1.00 13:05
14 00:14:24 1.01 14:18
15 00:13:25 1.01 13:16
16 00:15:00 1.00 15:04
17 00:13:52 1.01 13:47
18 00:14:30 1.01 14:20
19 00:14:20 1.01 14:13
20 00:14:25 1.00 14:28
21 00:15:07 1.01 15:00
22 00:15:13 1.01 15:03
23 00:14:18 1.00 14:15
24 00:14:46 1.02 14:32
25 00:13:42 1.00 13:42
26 00:13:40 1.00 13:37
27 00:02:43 0.22 12:14
I can see now that I definitely still started out way too fast - I kinda didn't think it was that bad because I was manually taking my lap times and my time between mile markers was close to 13mm, but if we look at the PACE because apparently I added some distance between some of those, I was booking it even more ahead of pace than I thought. (thoughts on this? If you have a pace goal do you try to look at avg lap pace more? Or total time duration between mile markers?)
But you can see the struggle in some of those later miles - and then look how my pace gets progressively faster as I head to the finish -that is PURE MIND OVER BODY.
My conclusion is that A) I need more miles and better training for one, and B) I need to hold on to the mental toughness I was able to summon at the end of this race. Hurting during a 5K is one thing, because it doesn't last for very long overall time. Hurting during a marathon is whole other beast.
My inside of my ankle on the left foot is very sore (the tendon coming up from the ankle bone?), also that achilles area (Guess what NO BLISTER - but it burned like a hot spot, now it's super tender to the touch, etc.), and apparently the PF was NOT a figment of taper madness.
That's the main damage that I'm still feeling today. Everything else is soreness that I can tell will be gone soon - I'm gonna rest a couple days, do lots of XT at the gym until I feel ready to run again. the bike and the rowing machine will be my best friends! :) And some ST - upper body only at first.
Thank you everyone for all of your support! I know what I need to do now to not just finish this thing. I hit more longer runs this cycle than last year, but if I look back to after marathon last year I was unable to exercise for 3 weeks or so - I definitely couldn't run and I didn't have a gym membership so I couldn't think of any cardio I could do without access to a bike or a pool or anything. When I started back running I started sooo tiny and didn't build up quickly enough I think, actually. Then I was rowing all the time and prepping for the regatta - still running 3x a week minimum, but I wasn't counting weekly miles at all and once I got past my Spring regatta and started running more I couldn't figure out why it seemed so hard to hit X mileage total per week until I looked at how much I was running during rowing season.
Not a lot. AT ALL. Like 10-15 a week max. Although I had more longer runs this cycle, my midweek mileage was not as consistent at building. My LR's were overbalancing my weekly running. I didn't follow a plan and it showed. Then the rolled ankle and then the PF toward the end... yeah. Honestly - when I was assessing my training (outside of the LR's) I was scared I was going to get swept off the course. Although I feel my potential is a lot better, my training didn't support a better performance. Maybe if I hadn't had the feet/ankle issues it would have been a bit better (maybe closer to my goal of 5:40 or at least a PR) but not sure.
All I know is I definitely need to not get down on myself about my speed - what I DO need to do is run more miles - in a CONSISTENT way. Only then will I really get to see what my potential can be.
Thursday, December 09, 2010
And I took it off of work.
DH comes back tonight. :) Marathon Expo, packet pickup, etc. tomorrow.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
My hubby defended his dissertation!!!!!!!!!!
MAJOR LIFE STRESS that has been lingering for years that he's been working on this GONE!
HALLELUJAH! I AM SO PROUD OF HIM!
Now he can relax and be supportive of me at my marathon without being sad or stressed on the inside. And I can focus solely on my RACE NOW! WOOT!
2 days before the big one!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ran a mile indoor on a track tonight, felt good. :)
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I usually only count inbetween days actually (like not today, not the day of the event) so I have 3 days between now and the Marathon! EEK!
I'm feeling a little better - stressors are still there but they don't seem as bad??? I guess that's the miracle that prayer and friend support can lend to you. :) THANK YOU FRIENDS!
So I'm thinking tonight a short run - 2 miles max, maybe a mile Thursday, and BAM marathon Saturday. I don't want my legs to get stagnant feeling. I also don't want them to be so tightly wound for action and unused to controlling themselves that they try speeding away from me at the beginning of the marathon. So although I have a fear of hurting myself before race day, I'm going to try to run and just be smart and listen to my body. I know it's irrational for me to think I'm gonna take a few steps and wreck my race. Sure it's possible. But is it likely? NO WAY. So stop being fearful, Dana! Don't be unreasonable, but LIVE LIFE!
I don't think I blogged about it, but my run Sunday was not so successful. I cut it short, although it was going well at the point that I decided to cut it short I just wasn't feeling it anymore.
it was scheduled 8 miles, I ran 6, I think 6 miles is the last Long Run on some beginner marathon plans so I didn't feel like I was doing anything stupid. In fact I congratulated myself on being very smart about it.
But earlier in the run I was trying to throw in a virtual 5K that my RWOL forum was running. After the first 2K I was feeling my breathing was odd, and my times were slower than my effort felt, so I decided doing the virtual 5K was completely unneccessary and back to my usual LR pace. But then I felt weird.
My legs just didn't feel like they were moving normally at ALL. I'm pretty sure my left leg was avoiding stepping on my heel, even though I wasn't experiencing heel pain. It's like that fear of running was being manifested in my leg subconsciously. I was like - RELAX LEG. You didn't hurt when we were running faster and you weren't acting crazy so WHAT'S YOUR DEAL. It may have been the camber in the road bugging me, but marathon day I won't be running off to the side anyway. When I could force my leg/foot to relax I felt fine.
It was just AWKWARD. haha. Also the breathing thing - I was a bit wheezy when I first slowed from my "5K effort" - I technically have asthma and it only ever is noticeable sometimes in winter when I go between heated areas and cold areas. I so rarely have to deal with any symptoms that when my last inhaler ran out I never bothered getting another one.
Well, last night I stopped at the pharmacy and picked one up JUST IN CASE. I definitely do not want to be unprepared for anything!
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