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Final Time & Place (A/G/O)
09:54 / mile
Place (A/G/O)

Marathon P.R.
This was one tough race.  I was done with it before it even started…really done with it by mile 6-7, considered quitting at the half around mile 10-11, got a second wind after that, then went right back down the tubes again.  For starters, I couldn’t get into the start corral, was forced to stand in swampy, muddy grass, took 4 miles to reach my pace group…just not a good start.

I was advised to go out slow & was given a race strategy to follow that I was trying like crazy to abide by because I totally respect & trust the elite runner friend who gave it to me (& like I had a choice not to go slow in this stupid race…it was heel clipping, people dodging for 4 miles along with a 6 minute delay for being forced to the back of the corral with the walkers) My marathon splits are always 25 min @ the 5k, 60 min @ 7 miles, 1:57 @ the half, 3:05 at the 20…then I proceed to always bomb the last 6.2 & lose all my banked time…so I decided to heed the advice & run more even splits & not bank in hopes that I’d have the stamina to run negative or close splits in the end. (I needed a 9:09 or less for a sub 4:00 finish). For goodness sakes, this isn’t even a fast pace, it should be totally doable. I think it’s because I don’t act or feel my age [44.5] that I don’t feel it’s fast, but of course, by Boston standards, it must be?

1 09:00 (trying to get out of the pack & master the uphill start)

2 08:39 (hauling ass trying to find the 4:00 pace group)
3 08:42 (still hauling ass; still can’t see them)
4 09:11 (ah ha, found em!)
5 08:50 (finally got to them)
6 09:13 (pace group is moving kinda alow)
7 08:51 (finding my pace again, left the group)
8 08:56 (starting to feel heavy legs)
9 09:07 (starting to have right calf pain)
10 08:59 (thinking I might just turn with the 1/2 people & screw it)
11 09:15 (resolved to give up; gel pack from mile 7 never set in)
12 08:48 (high-fived a priest & felt like this was a sign from God, didn’t turn off)
13 08:44 (got a second wind, thinking I can do this afterall)
14 09:16 (heavy legs, throbbing calf, wishing I’d gone for the half)
15 09:55 (now in tears, can’t feel legs, calf really hurting)
16 10:15 (realizing it’s all over now)
17 09:57 (the medical tent is appealing & maybe I can get a ride)
18 09:53 (no, dammit, I trained so hard for this; even if I have to crawl…)
19 10:17 (starting to take walk breaks, legs so heavy)
20 10:42 (stopped to stretch the calf & pulled it more, stabbing pain now)
21 10:24 (my mind is beating me up)
22 11:27 (more walking now)
23 11:33 (more of the same)
24 11:34 (watching my overall pace pass 9:30; knowing there isn’t even going to be a PR)
25 11:33 (run, walk, run, walk)
26 10:43 (got some motivation from a stranger to stop walking & run with her)
27 10:27 (limped to the finish, defeated, cold, hurting & totally pissed)

Split10K:  0:56:03
Half:  1:59:07
Split 30K (18.6 miles):  2:55:24

3 thoughts on “CLEVELAND MARATHON 2011

  1. I had read this before on DM – but still had to chuckle at your per mile comments. I just wanted to encourage you to not look so much at the overall time, although I know it was important for you for Boston – but moreso to look at your placings!! Those are super impressive!!! I hope you (nor I) ever start acting or feeling our age!! Love ya!!

  2. Thanks Michael. This race definitely took its' toll on me; but I guess it's called "the marathon" for a reason! I always thought they would get easier after having a few under my belt…not so much. Each one is different and you never know how you are going to feel or what issues you'll run into. I wish you all the best with your running! Love your blog BTW!!

  3. Love your inner monologue (it's not too dissimilar than what I go through just getting out of bed). Kudos to you for going through and finishing, not taking the half. Even if you do regret it.

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