First thank you to everyone for the well wishes and then checking in to see if I survived…a race report 6 days late still counts for something right??? Since this wasn’t a fantastic or a bad day for me, I just haven’t figured out how to recap in a way that won’t bore you to tears. I’d say the biggest problem is that I ran this race for Kim’s birthday, not because this was a race that I was just dying to do…so while I enjoyed it my heart wasn’t in it to push all out, which is how I feel I should perform in races.
Mentally I decided I was running 2 10 milers and a 10K. This worked fabulously for the first 10 miles, where I just looked at the strip and glided along feeling great. The second 10 miler I turned on the music and tried to zone out as I would during a training run. Unfortunately when I hit that 10K, I just didn’t have the umph left that I would hope for…maybe next time I’ll focus on running 26.2 miles because that seems more logical.
Uhh so I usually wear 2 long sleeve shirts when it’s 50 degrees…the start was 30 degrees…you might imagine that I thought I was going to die. So as people were shedding their clothes, I was picking them up! During the 20 minutes it took to get to the start I put on a second pair of gloves, a stocking cap and a scarf…I wanted to pick up a jacket but people were really starting to look at me like a freak.
I easily maintained a comfortable 9:47 pace until mile 20. My hamstrings were so tight I had to stretch cause I couldn’t fully use my leg…so I did. Then I walked a minute…then I looked at my watch and started calculating if I could PR. After I decided I couldn’t well let’s be honest I just thought all right no need to push myself any more. :) So I set about a walk run, which is totally not my best way to do long distance, but hey it got me to the finish line in 4:30.
So folks my first marathon 5 years ago is still my best at 4:17. I have to admit, since I was unable to run for most of the summer and didn’t get to increase my mileage as desired for this marathon I felt like it was pretty respectable. I felt good at the end, was able to walk three or four miles that day and did an 8 miler today (6 days later) so I guess life is just dandy.
I have been asked by a couple people to run ING Miami…and I don’t know for sure what I will do. I would like to run a couple of 1/2 marathons next year to work on speed and then a full again in the fall. I would also LOVE to do another RELAY!! Anyone interested in the Sunset 2 Sunrise relay???
The racing Elvis’s (Elvi?), the Scar costume from Lion King (BEST FREAKING SHOW), pre-race in my fun new running shirt (I will totally be buying more of these they are so funny), post-race with my new super star bling and the three of us after a nice meal to end our stay in Vegas.
I am grateful to be back in warm Miami
I am grateful I had a nice comforting run today
I am grateful my husband said I looked skinny!
I am grateful I went to the store for green smoothie ingredients
I am grateful I found a coupon for rice milk