Marathon #2 Recap!

Prior to the race, I treated myself to a manicure, which never happens. Each color was a visual reminder during taper week of what I wanted to accomplish during each 6 mile set. 

Yellow: be in control

Red: be powerful

Orange: be fierce

Blue: be strong

Pink: be happy

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Pre-race Ritual:

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Outfit: Skirt Sports for the W-I-N!!!

  • 768 Miles
  • 9 Races
  • 7 Months of Training
  • 3 Pairs of Shoes
  • 2 Personal Records
  • 1 Outstanding Running Coach
  • 9 months in the making…
  • …and it all comes down to one start line.

Goal = not blow like a champagne cork!

Over Labor Day weekend, I did a number on my left knee and messed it up badly while playing frisbee (I know – pathetic). I couldn’t run for a week and had to be a little easy with the intensity and runs. Between my chiropractor and athletic traiber friend, who did the Graston Technique on me – which is absolutely wonderful and I highly recommend it, I was able to tape up and get to the start line.

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This picture was taken right before my headphones broke and the race started…

Jennie and I carpooled to the start line. This race was a point-to-point run along the lakefront. It was downhill and beautiful. A few minutes before the race started, my headphones completely broke. I bumped into friends and no one had an extra pair 😦 Surprisingly enough, I wasn’t upset or panicking. I did many long runs this training cycle without music; so, this would be just another run without it. I ran the first 12 miles listening to the pitter-patter of feet on the pavement — it was soothing, calming and relaxing!

I saw my mom at many of the mile markers in the beginning. My boyfriend met me at mile 12 and I ran up to him and gave him the biggest hug. It was very special having two of my favorites there watching me race. I’d see my mom, and a few miles later I’d see him; which was totally not planned but, that definitely kept me going!

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My friend Heather and her daughter, Miranda, met me along the course and snapped this picture. It was awesome seeing them and hearing them yell my name.

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Mile 19.5

After about mile 20, it went downhill. My pace started dropping and the intensity of everything hit me. I was getting sore and my legs felt like dead weights. I kept telling myself my key words and changed up the music, but nothing seemed to help. I was able to pick it up at about mile 23 when I saw my friends and they snapped this picture…

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Jenny met me towards the finish line and ran me in. My goal pace/finishing time went out the window at about mile 20-21. I just couldn’t maintain it anymore. I settled for my second goal, and only missed it by 2 minutes :/

Just about to cross that finish line…

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The race was truly special for many reasons. I felt I got revenge out there. I was truly joyful and happy the entire 26.2 miles.Gosh, I cannot wait to train for #3 and #4 next year.

Marathon #2 – I set a new personal best by shaving 19 minutes off and finishing in 4:52. I cannot wait to continue training with my coach and see where he takes me and what we accomplish. I want to eventually hit a 4:10-20 marathon time! I know it will take lots of patience and time, but I’ll get there. One foot in front of the other.

Marathon #2 is the books!

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Stats:

1494 of 2663

Gender place: 676 of 1347

Age Group: 106 of 210marathon-5

 

 

 

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