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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

3 years ago I threw my name in the Twin Cities lottery for the 10 mile event. I heard it was hard to get in and didn't think I would. Well, I got in. My first thought was: "Crap. Now I have to learn how to run 10 miles." My longest run at that point was 6. I ran it and loved it.

After several HMs I ran my first 26.2 and immediately knew I wanted to do it again.

My name got drawn in the lottery again in 2012 and my time improved by a huge 7 minutes. It was a great race.

Twin Cities Marathon will always be special to me because it is in my backyard. I run these streets every week. I know the majority of the route. I have been a spectator since I was little. My dad still has one of the posters I made when I was 8. "Go Dad! Go!" in crooked, purple letters.

All of that history builds up to this Sunday when I get to run 26.2. I am so ready! Even though training hasn't been as pretty as I'd like. I am still ready. There isn't anything I can do about that now. I am going to smile and enjoy this sucker!!!

On 9/14 I participated in a chip timed 400 person training run. It was supposed to be my second 20 miler. (The first never happened.) My plan was to go race pace, push myself, and then recover/taper until marathon day. My goal was 3:00.

The first 10 were great. I felt good. I didn't feel like I was going too fast. My Garmin was telling me that my mile splits were nearly spot on. And then I mentally crashed.

I walked at the 10 mile water stop to take a GU. It didn't sit well with me. This was not good. I slowed my pace and said aloud, "Well, I guess I'm not going to negative split this one." And I think that once I said that to myself, my body followed suit. The next few miles jumped to 9:10s and 9:30s. I started to worry about my lack of nutrition because one GU in 15+ miles is not enough, but I physically couldn't stomach it.

I was taking more powerade than normal to get some calories, but then I was getting a side cramp. The wheels were falling off! I went to an ugly head space and couldn't get out. I started walking. I ran a little. I walked some more. The last 2 miles were horrendous. A few friends cheered me in at the finish and I gave them 2 big thumbs down and said, "I am not running a marathon."
20 miler:
1st 10 in 1:29:15 at an 8:56 pace
2nd 10 in 1:38:13 at a 10:01 pace
total: 3:09:17 at 9:28 pace
My race goal is to be around 9:10s. (My first marathon was 9:20s) So, fail here, right?


I woke up the next day and felt amazing. Not a bit sore. Not even tired. And so proud that I ran 20 freaking miles. Who cares how long it took me?! I didn't meet my time goal. I didn't negative split. I walked when I knew I could have run. I mentally threw in the towel. I had a nutrition failure.

I refuse to let that one run shape my training. I have worked hard and that run made me stronger. Tough runs are good teachers.

I called my Irongirl and asked if she wanted to go for a bike ride during my kid's nap. She was shocked that I wasn't sore. She said, "Well, that means that your legs have the fitness." Yes! I love that! My legs have the fitness. New mantra!!

Those legs have muscle and are ready for a marathon. And that 20 miler taught me a lot. I am starting TOO FAST! Even if I don't feel it. I am. My last few races prove it.

Luckily I had another race to figure this out. The following Saturday was a free 13K chip timed event. Free! Hosted by lululemon! Totally worth getting a babysitter for.

I went with my sister and a friend. I needed more than 8 miles so I warmed up, nice and slow, and then ran a tough 8 mile tempo run, then run back and find them. Goal was 10ish miles. And I did it!!

My first mile was 9:20 and then I gradually picked up the pace. I pushed myself and was rewarded. 8 miles at 8:17 average pace!! Then I got a "mat instead of a medal!" Yes, totally FREE! I love you lulu. Jogged back, found my sister and ran her in. Then we did yoga in the park and got cupcakes from a food truck. amazing!

I'm still coasting on that positive energy. I feel good. I may not get that sub 4 and that's OK. You know I'll put some positive spin on why I didn't. And, hey! Maybe I will get it and how awesome would that be?!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RUNNER4LIFE08 10/4/2013 2:15PM


Good Luck for this weekend! I know you are going to be emoticon !

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    This sounds like a total win in my book, it's the tough runs that make PR's! I can't wait to read all about your success this weekend!

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CARADAWN 10/3/2013 8:40AM

    Great attitude! I truly believe that running a marathon is more mental than physical, assuming you have trained which you definitely have. I can't wait to hear your wonderful race report emoticon emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 10/2/2013 9:07AM

  Amazing story and I LOVE your attitude. In fact, it may just be contagious, I'm feeling better after just reading your blog. How can I push myself today? I can't wait to hear about this weekend's race - you're gonna be amazing! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 10/2/2013 9:04AM

    You're totally ready! I remember for my first marathon, my training went really well and the marathon did NOT. Since I had no practice about what to do when things went wrong, I had a really tough time. Fortunately, for subsequent marathons, I had to deal with bad things happening during training, which made the marathons MUCH easier!


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JOYFULSPIRIT920 10/2/2013 8:05AM

    Fantastic. You sound mentally ready, which as you know is the real battle.
I struggle with the mental game too... not just in running but in life.
I love your positive attitude.
I'll be cheering you on come race day!!

You got this!

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MBTEPP 10/1/2013 10:57PM


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MAGGIE805 10/1/2013 10:05PM

    You are going to be amazing!!! Good luck!

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GRANDMAPATTYV 10/1/2013 10:00PM

    You've Got This One!!

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ROXYZMOM 10/1/2013 8:59PM

    You are so awesome! You are ready - I am so excited for you!!

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WORTHEYMOM 10/1/2013 8:39PM

    amazing woman! congrats! Feeling amazing afterwards is the best!

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TWINZMOM7 10/1/2013 7:34PM

  You are awesome and this is a great post! I'm running my first marathon on the 12 th and now I'm even more excited! Thank you.

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HLTHYRNRMOM 10/1/2013 6:17PM

    You ROCK, love the attitude!

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CRYSBROWN1 10/1/2013 6:13PM

    You are in a GREAT space mentally for this marathon! Keep up that positive vibe and trust your training, you are going to do wonderfully!

Best of luck!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/1/2013 5:17PM

    I love this post! I love even more that you're able to see ALL of the positive!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/1/2013 4:54PM

    Well done--gotta love the chance to run a race free AND get something at the end! I am sure you will do great, can't wait to read about it!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 10/1/2013 4:35PM

    I Love the positives!!!!!!!!! And girl....... your legs!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so fit!!! Oh jealous of your free run and mat! Ill be cheering for you on race day friend!!! emoticon

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PMRUNNER 10/1/2013 4:29PM

    You will do great! The best marathon advice I have heard is start slow and taper off.

Also, I think it helps mentally to have your goal be to complete the race, not complete it in under a certain time. As you found with your 20 miler - "I just raced a 20 miler - woo hoo!" versus "I just raced a 20 miler and I am so dissappointed that I didn't make my goal time".

Good luck!

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AMSTERDAMAND125 10/1/2013 4:20PM

    I loved this post! I know you will have an amazing race!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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