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Little Rock Marathon

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Before the race

Here I am the next day in race shirt with the big medal. The disco ball in the center actually spins!

Wish I was one of those people that gives a good mile by mile description of a race, but I'm not.

I will say I really enjoyed the Little Rock Marathon. I managed a big PR, Finish time of 4:44:07, 24 minutes faster than my last PR. My goal time was 4:45, so I am really happy.

Age Group Place 21 or 90

So now for the Galloway thing. People who use the Galloway run/walk method always need to talk of ratios and all. I ran with my Gymboss set on 1:15/ 30 seconds. This race was smaller than the once I'd raced before, but easily as congested in the beginning. There were corrals, but no wave start. So I had target times for the first mile and did not take walk breaks until my pace was above the target pace. I'm guessing at about 1/2 a mile. I will also admit to dropping the occasional walk break when I was talking to someone. I also lost a few walk breaks on the steep downhill. I don't find I need to add any going up hill. I turned off the Gymboss in the last two miles. Added them as needed going up the hill in mile 25, ran without breaks for mile 26

It will be my last "easy" PR. I've learned a few mental things about the marathon distance. You have to come committed to a plan that you believe will work. In the beginning it means holding your pace down.

For me, I need to be prepared for the group slow down in the last 6 miles. Everyone is tired, even if you have done the pacing right. Water stations take on a whole different feel from the first half. In the first half you are efficient, grab that water pinch that cup drink and go. In the second half everyone around you is stopping. There is water, gu, maybe oranges, bananas, and pretzels. You are tired, you see everyone around you stopping, Your mind is on slow. For me that thing of seeing everyone else coming to a stop was hard. I needed to be ready to take control and remind myself that I had a goal that I could achieve.

I did splurge and purchased course adjusted pace bands from
Not sure how exactly I followed them. It did help remind me to take the first 2 miles as warm up. It kept me from charging up or slowing down too much on the one long hill. It kept me focused on a single mile goal at the end of the race. I think it also solidified my commitment to a particular goal--- after all I'd spent 10 whole dollars on those bands.

Officially this race was a no headphone race. I read the rule the morning of the race and I do follow rules. Lots of people were out on the course with headphones. I think you were pretty safe if you did the half. The full had more of the course with only a lane or so closed to traffic and you can space out between the headphones and the fatigue.

There was really good energy on the course. Also the early start meant that you started seeing the walkers when I got to about mile 15---so the crowd seemed to thin less than in some of my bigger races.

Reasons to run the race. They have an early start which --- 2 hours which gives you an 8 hour official course limit, although it's my impression they kept the finish line open late. They even have 8 hour, 7:30, 7:00. 6:30 and 6:00 pace groups.

The Big N Bodacious Post Race is free with your entry. It starts at 4, pork or chicken BBQ sandwiches,pasta, salad, coleslaw, potato salad, chips and salsa, brownies and beverages---I had a white wine and then a margarita. Live music. As I sat there sipping my margaritaI thought it would be fun to be dancing with my husband. Of course he was in St. Louis, so I did not actually test that desire.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PIXIEMOM13 3/8/2012 3:50PM

    That is one HONKING big medal.

Congrats on the race and PR.

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ABSOLUTZER0 3/8/2012 3:05PM

    Hey! Glad you enjoy LR! It was quite a race. I wish we would've been able to meet. Congrats on the PR!

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JUNEPA 3/6/2012 10:51PM

    well planned and run race
way to go !!

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GERBALMAMMA 3/6/2012 10:22PM

    You are awesome!

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MAGGIE101857 3/6/2012 10:05PM

    emoticon You did it! emoticon So proud of you - great time once again!!! emoticon Love the giant medal!!!!!

So glad to hear you had a fun time!!!

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JTAYLOR2011 3/6/2012 9:11PM

    Thanks for the great race report and a HUGE congrats for a job well done! Yay!

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RUNNERKDB 3/6/2012 7:37PM

    I ran Little Rock too! Congrats! emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 3/6/2012 6:41PM

    WTG Trill!
You are such a great inspiration to me!
Thanks for posting the blog and photos!

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ROBYNLN 3/6/2012 5:10PM

    emoticon Great race report. You are an inspiration! emoticon

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JASMINELOU 3/6/2012 4:49PM

    Woo Hoo!

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MIRAGE727 3/6/2012 4:43PM

    Congratulations on your PR, Cindy. Nice bling! Yum! I enjoyed your report!

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    Way to go on a PR and wow, the bling is enough to get me wanting to do this one, disco ball and all!

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SARAHJ19 3/6/2012 3:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon awesome!! Love the medal!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 3/6/2012 2:20PM

    Great race! Running the first few miles in warm up mode is so key. I think that is my biggest complaint about the "Donna" pace group -- it was race pace from the start. I won't do that again.

Your comments about the last 6 miles were interesting. I think I mostly withdraw into myself in those last miles as I tire. I'm definitely not taking to anyone except myself.

You should go for 4:30. You can so do it!
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HEALTHY_JR 3/6/2012 1:14PM

    Yay Trillium! Congrats on another PR! What's in store next?

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YOGAANDBIKE 3/6/2012 1:03PM

    Wow! emoticon

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KKINNEA 3/6/2012 12:01PM

    That medal is an exercise in itself - whew! Great job on your race and PR - I'm aiming to shave off time into that direction myself!

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NATPLUMMER 3/6/2012 11:35AM

You are fabulous!!
Thanks for the last 6 mile slow down warning, in case I ever run a marathon.
I think the pace bands were a good idea. If they got you to start out slow, then they did a great job.
An 8 hour pace group....maybe I could do this marathon ;-)
BBQ pork sandwiches....I'm totally there :-)

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GREYLOCKES1 3/6/2012 11:23AM

    Great report Cindy. Glad you were able to do so well, looks like the weather was good for a marathon. Love teh medal. May have to look at that for next year. Was the one for the half as big?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/6/2012 11:14AM

    Great race report! That's interesting they have an early start for slower runners/walkers.

Congratulations on your PR...that's a great time! Sounds like you did a great job sticking to your plan.

Love the HUGE medal!!!

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  emoticon on the huge PR, and an awesomely huge medal to go with it! Love it!! emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 3/6/2012 11:13AM

    That is by far the coolest medal I have ever seen. It probably felt pretty heavy on your neck, especially after 26.2 miles, but I love how big it is.

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PURPLEALLY 3/6/2012 10:53AM

    Nice report! Should look into it for next year except I would have liked this years medal.

Congrats on your pr!!!

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LYNNANN43 3/6/2012 10:52AM

    You may not think you're good at a play descriptions, but WHAT A GREAT BLOG!

I've never tried 1:15/:30 intervals before. I've really stuck with 4/1. My MS has not been kind with my running. I'm going to switch my May Pgh HM bib to my son. Maybe the 1:15/30 intervals would help.

As usual, you are one of my biggest inspirations! CONGRATS on the PR!!!!
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JEM0622 3/6/2012 10:50AM

    Nice report! That is a honkin' big medal! LOL.

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LAURIE5658 3/6/2012 10:42AM

    Cindy, what an incredible PR!!! I seriously cannot wait to run with you at AF and I am very sure I will learn so much from you on that day. THANK YOU for writing this blog and sharing your Little Rock experience.


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