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My Second Marathon: Race Report

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hi Spark Friends!!!!

I DID IT!!!!! I beat my PR from my first marathon last year!!!! YAY!!!!!

I ended up staying the night before in a close hotel, so I didn't have to drive an hour from my family's cabin before the race. There were a bunch of my running group friends running in the full marathon, half marathon, and 10K, so we all met up the night before at a YUMMY Italian restaurant. My usual running buddy was unsure about her status, due to an injury recently, but she didn't have any issues with her previous injury!!!
I started out strong, but started fading fast around mile 15.... I even had some GI issues, that forced me to use the porta-potties (twice... I have never even used one once during a race before) and walk/run the last 3-4 miles. But, I am SO glad that it is over!!!!!
The course is flat and out and back on a beautiful peninsula with views of the East Arm of the Grand Traverse Bay for most of the race. We lucked out with great weather.... it was low 60's and sunny, though most of the course is (thankfully) shaded.
Here are my splits:
Mile 1- 9:16 min/mile
2- 8:43
3- 8:53
4- 8:38
5- 8:38
6- 8:49
7- 8:52
8- 8:48
9- 9:02
10- 8:52
11- 8:55
12- 8:53
13- 9:12
14- 8:59
15- 9:13
16- 9:20
17- 9:23
18- 9:37
19- 10:04
20- 9:34
21- 9:40
22- 9:47
23- 10:44
24- 11:00
25- 11:06
26- 11:00
0.2- 9:58

Whew, that was tiring to write out!!!! My first half split time was 1:57:19, and my second half was 2:15:16...... I was SO excited to think that I could reach my sub-4 hour goal at the half way point, but it wasn't to be, I guess.
I am not sure about doing more marathons, at this point!!!! I have 2 black toe nails, and one toe nail that might have a blister under the nail... I am not sure, but there is a white area below my second toe nail with some swelling, but the nail is not bloody/purple, but it hurts!!!!

I am getting back to trying to lose weight now that I am done with marathon training!!!! I am doing the SASS yourself Slim program, starting with the 5 day Fast Forward plan today. I have exactly 2 months until my next race (unless I sign up for more in between) which is a Warrior Dash, and I want to be closer to my goal weight by then!!!!
I have tried multiple times to upload a couple of pictures from my race, but they aren't uploading.... bah!!!!
I also should write up a race report about my 25 K race that was on the 12th, that went MUCH better, I might stick with that distance as my "longest" run in the future... and do more half marathons.... I don't even know what my PR for a half marathon is, but I am sure that I can beat it!!!!!!

Have a good day... and Happy Memorial Day!!!!
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  • no profile photo CD8066537
    3216 days ago
    You should feel very accomplished being able to run that far, not once but twice. You are amazing.
    3246 days ago
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    3248 days ago
    Great job!
    3248 days ago
    So cool! What a great time! You are my hero. It sounds like a great way to have started out a summer in Michigan. :)

    Bolder Boulder 10K was fun, but challenging due to the altitude. My lungs were burning by the end. But I finished under 1 hr. so I'm happy. I'm still toying with trying a full next spring. We'll see. Sort of a bucket list item, I think. I do love the HM distance and am becoming less competitive so that I enjoy the experience. I'll still challenge myself to beat my PR now and then, but more often just enjoy the run and the energy connected to the race as opposed to just out for a long run on my own.

    I'll be watching to see how the SASS program is going.
    3248 days ago
    Wow, congratulations!
    3249 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4929386
    AMAZING time!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Just sending you masive congratulations cause it sounds like you did great!

    I withdrew from my marathon as I had doubts about my shins and really had been slack with my training. Still there will always be another one!

    As for the toes. I get blisters under my toenails too quite often after long runs. It's pretty sore but I find bursting with a sterilised needle/pin helsp ease the pressure and then it will be more like a bruised toenail and probably fall off eventually. The joys of marathon running eh?

    Anyway well done. Good Luck with recovery and your slimming plan.
    Take care
    Laura x

    3249 days ago
  • no profile photo HEEEYBOOBOO
    Great job on beating your PR! And for completing a marathon because hello - that is no small feat!

    I just finished the Warrior Dash - so much fun! It definitely requires a different kind of strength than a marathon just because of the obstacles but it's also waaaaay shorter. It'll probably be PIE for you.


    Rest well!!
    3250 days ago
    I think you did awesome! Your "fading fast" was still a better pace than I can keep up for a 5K! All of your training and dedication really, really pay off. I'm sorry that your feet took such a hit, though. Did the same thing happen last year? A friend of mine did the Disney marathon and says she has no desire to do another one... all because of losing toenails. It sounds like the 25Ks and HMs are a perfect fit for you, though!
    3251 days ago
    Wow, this is awesome, Im very happy for you, and I bet it's a great feeling! The toes sound awfully painful, I hope a few days of rest helps. Congrats!
    3251 days ago
    Congratulations!!! You should be very proud!!!!
    3251 days ago
  • LADYBUG1107
    Congratulations! That is a great time.
    3251 days ago
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