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Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 18.00 Month: 69.00 Year: 604.50
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Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
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marathon week! yes....

so far the weather looks cold but clear. i can deal with a chilly start much better than a snowy race...especially because i will be hanging out at home for as long as possible. i only live a few blocks away from the start line, so if all goes as planned i will have heat and a private bathroom on race day. and considering devine's porta-potty issues, this is probably for the best.

not much to say about my run today. uneventful. pretty slow. perfect track meet weather. probably should have done 8. i put in extra hours at work instead. cautious.

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i finally found a faster gear today and was able to get in a nice pre-race workout. kept it very simple.

1 hour run with 2 x 10 min. @ 6:30 pace; 7:30 pace in between. just wanted to do some pace sharpening and remind my legs that race-day turnover needs to be much better than my running as of late. i felt really good - minor shin pain still but i am keeping the ice on it and i don't think it will be a least i hope!  easy for the rest of the week.

8.16 miles total / 60:00 / 7:21 average

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major shin pain this morning. COULD have run, but it was, i came, ice ice, massage, etc. why now? 

i will go out again later to assess. maybe it was the shoes? i have been having trouble with it for a couple of weeks, but now it feels...not right. ohhhhhhhh man. hoping for the best.

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i have been running sporadically since yesterday, in very short segments...too pathetic to log any real mileage. i am just trying to stay loose without further aggravating my leg. it's annoying to me that i have made it to this point and NOW it decides to start acting up. life can be funny sometimes. but i really think it will be OK - because i am taking care of it as much as possible, and because i am probably being overly-sensitive to it since it's right before the race.

i got the worst part of marathoning (imo) overwith today - packet pick-up. for some reason this is something i always just want to avoid. it stresses me out and i hate doing it. for one, it gets my nerves going for no reason, so in my mind i have a negative association with race expos. also, the crowds of runners/vendors/volunteers just about gives me an annurism. no, i am not high-strung...except at race expos. all the vendors trying to get you to try their magic potion engery drinks, over-priced souvenir running gear, crazy healing cream people trying to rub their secret formula on your legs, etc, etc. the boston expo almost killed me last year. but today i went right went it opened, and slipped in and out without too much damage.  

race t-shirt comment: SL has always been good at providing shirt sizes that are reasonable - the small is actually small, not adult-large-male-small. (+2)  the color is black. not my thing.(-1)

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my countdown clock currently reads 18 hours 39 min. and 50 seconds until race time. so excited!

small-segemt wuss running still. shin has not improved, nor has it worsened.

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Race: Salt Lake City Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:04:04, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 1
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OK, FINALLY race report time.

splits: 6:32, 6:40, 6:41, 6:37, 6:55, 7:10 (this was my downfall), 7:14, 7:07, 7:25, 6:59, 7:00, 7:08, 7:14 (half -1:31:XX), 6:58, 6:44, 6:56, 7:02, 6:55, 6:58, 7:04, 7:12, 7:01, 7:05, and 23:18 for the last 3.2 - i stopped getting splits - too much effort :)

split assessment: as you can see, i fell off pace (6:40) after mile 5, never to recover. for some reason i got trapped in a 7:00-7:15 gear. at first i was OK with it.  i purposefully slowed down a bit after coming out of the park because i was worried i had gone out too hard. i backed off for a few miles and then when i tried to get back into 6:40 gear, i could not. i averaged 7:01 for the race. the pace and my final time are my biggest frustrations right now. i was going for a 2:55, but seeing as i crossed the half at 1:31, i really didn't give myself a chance for that. i was worried about my shin, and just burning out in general...but if i would have stayed at 6:40 pace i think i could have held on enough at the end to pull off a faster time. learning!

so now for the actual race:

to start off, i am very lucky. shin pain was pretty bad yesterday morning morning. in fact, i was seriously questioning if i should take the risk and try and run through the pain. but honestly, nothing was going to keep me out of that race, so i decided to go for it and see what would happen. 

starting line: every part of me felt ready to run, minus the shin. i felt a dull pain with each left footfall for the first half mile or so, then i got distracted trying to figure out my placing in the race, and it went away altogether, never to return for the rest of the race. like i said, i am very lucky. either i found a way to numb myself to the pain, or my shin just decided to cooperate for me. i was half planning to cross the finish line with a fractured tibia, so i am very happy that everything held together. 

there was a problem with figuring out my position in the race - the full and half marathoners are running along the same route. i see many, many females ahead of me. FULL OR HALF? i don't know, i can't see their bibs. so i will just have to wait until the split to asses. the first split comes when the marathoners take a little detour through sugar house park. i see the half marathoners coming the opposite direction. mary ann is in first and is looking strong. (aside: another SOLID performance by mary ann. congrats to her!) ok, so we go through sugar house park and i count four women in front of me. but some could have already left the park so there is no guarantee that i am actually in fifth. a good estimate though, so i feel better. we merge back onto the course with the half...confusion again. the final split takes the half to the right and the full to the left. almost took a wrong turn here. the sign was huge. with giant arrows.but somehow i found myself confused. ?!?

i reach the half in 1:31:08. dang. if there is any chance for my 2:55, it is going to have to be a huge negative split. i do speed up after the halfway point, however, and i hold that speed for the rest of the race (well, mile 25.5). now i am going 6:58 - 7:05s. the stretch along van winkle seemed extra long this year, but it was when i was feeling my strongest so it wasn't too harsh. at one point along van winkle i passed a guy wearing white cutoff jean shorts and no shirt. that is quite the marathon outfit. he was moving at a good speed though, so i guess it works for him.

i was still feeling strong through mile 20, hitting the mile marker at 2:19:28. so all i have to do is close with a 40:30 10K and i can still break three hours (2:55 is lost at this point). i was feeling strong, and thought maybe i could do it. but why would i think that? i can't even run a 40:00 10K in a 10K, so why in a marathon? i don't know i was just hoping for the best at this point.

at one point between miles 21 and 22, i pass blonde lady, who seems to be cramping up. so now i think...ok, i am in 4th? i don't know, because people along the course have told me 6th, 5th and 4th. who is right?!?! guess i will find out at the finish line.

i head into liberty park, still feeling OK (not great, but my pace hasn't faltered). at this point there are marathoners, half marathoners and 5K runners (cooling down) all over the park. more confusion. mile 23 comes at the exit of the park. 5K to go. i think i have enough left, and still no trouble with my shin, although i am feeling my quads start to tighten up. the stretch along state street was brutal. i kept my pace, but i was sure digging deep. it seemed to go on forever and ever.

then, a bit of a mental break. i think it was somewhere close to mile 24 that i saw one of the funniest things i have ever seen in a race. all along the course there were different bands playing their tunes for the runners. it was fun to hear all the different styles of music throughout the race...jazz, bluegrass, classic rock, drums, etc. but mile 24 was just funny. it was one lady, dressed in black, playing a flute. flute!!?!? she was a talented musician and her flute-playing was very nice, but honestly, this is one of the most grueling miles of the race and our motivational music was one little flute. OK, it's really not that funny, but i was laughing so hard inside. maybe it was just my way of taking my mind of the race and my tightening legs.

mile 25 - quads are getting tighter, my head is getting fuzzy, and my pace is going sour. i think i  slowed to about 8:00 for maybe 600 to 800M, then i caught up to this crazy shirtless beanie boy who had passed me at mile 21. at the time he was moving at about 6:40 pace, high-fiving spectators, thanking all the policeman, shouting to other runners. he was quite enthusiastic. but when i caught up to him he was not doing well at all. he said he was completely drained; had nothing left. i told him i felt the same, and we decided to push each other or neither of us would have a strong finish. he sped up and i drafted. then we ran even for a bit, then he drafted. we caught a guy who was all cramped up and had slowed to a walk. beanie boy hollered at him to get moving, and told him to run with us. so the three of us ran together toward the union pacific building...we are so close! cramped man keeps grunting, sighing, growling, etc. he is really hurting. beanie boy keeps shouting crazy things like "i'm going to boston baby" and "keep moving, don't give up" he was quite loud, and i think the shouting was mostly for him, but it helped keep all three of us moving.

we hit the turn and that is when i see james. he runs with me for a bit. i ask him how his race went. he tells me to concentrate. i tell him i want to take my mind of everything that is going on, and that he should talk to me...about anything at this point, i don't care! so he does. then he tells me to take the corner and its only 200M. then he splits to the sidewalk so i could run through the finishing chute. 

 i crossed the line in 3:04:04. disappointed at the time, but very happy with my overall race. i felt strong all the way to 25.5, my shin and my leg were in one piece and not hurting at all, and i wasn't feeling extremely sore or queasy. i also thought i had taken 4th. my family said i was 5th or 6th. !!! they are funny. they were trying to count all the females, but since there was an over-abundance of half marathoners, i think they lost track somewhere.

so, i can look at this race in two ways:

1 (the bad): i didn't get my 2:55, and it wasn't a PR performance. i took 4th when i was going for 3rd. i finished at a 7:01 average pace when i was planning on 6:40. pathetic.

2 (the good): i feel good about my overall performance, my shin miraculously felt fine, i closed the race stronger than i had expected, and i felt like i ran a solid race; i just shouldn't have slowed to a 7:00 pace because it made it almost impossible for me to break that pace. if i just would have stuck with 6:40s i think i could have kept that pace much easier than slowing down and then trying to speed up again.

obviously, i can't expect every race to be a PR, but it is a little disappointing to set a goal and not reach it. ogden is in 4 weeks. hopefully i can recover quickly and be ready. 

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