Hmmm, where to begin on this one? I’m sure you probably know that I went into this race feeling a bit unprepared due to injury, cutting back my training, and that freak foot issue that came up a week before the race. Still, I thought I had a chance. Game on marathon!
I’ll take you back to Saturday night – the pre-race pasta dinner. We were racing the clock to get to packet pickup before it ended, and to the pre-race pasta dinner we had signed up for. Wouldn’t you know it – it stared down pouring rain right when we arrived at the dinner with only 30 mins until it ended! NBD but the event was outside at a covered shelter at the park. We all huddled into the middle tables and luckily only got a little rained on – and a lot rained on when went back to our cars. Dinner was delicious and my belly was full of pasta!
All of that pasta made me super tired and we just chilled out at the hotel until lights out around 10 pm. Wake up time was 4:30am – even though the race started at 7am, they advised us to get to the park early because some of the parking lots were flooded. They were not kidding. We also followed the instructions to bring along a flashlight because we got to walk to the start area under the starry sky, with glow sticks giving us a clue where we needed to go. We were actually super EARLY for the race, which was great (and so unusual for us!) because we didn’t stress about the parking situation like last year. Here’s a picture of the parking lot which looks like the beach! Those ripples are the flood water!
The race was actually chilly feeling at the start – around 66 degrees. It was a bit spooky looking though because it was really windy. Not ideal, but really not too bad considering all of the rain the night before! At 7am the gun went off and we were racing!!
The goal was to keep the pace from going faster than 8:40 for the 10 miles, with 8:47 being the target. For the first 13 miles we were right on pace. I remember even seeing 8:43 average overall pace until around mile 17. Right around then my pace just kept getting slower. I cringed each time the miles clicked off and soon the mile split started with a “9”. Dang it. This was not going to happen. By mile 19 I would not see another pace with an “8” at the start, until the “sprint” at the finish.
We shifted the original plan of finishing in 3:52 to something a little more in line – sub 4 hours. No problem! Or was it?
Alan (my pacer, with 3 miles left): “You have to get each mile under 10 mins to get sub 4. You can do this!”
Me: “urugjalrlejs” (or something else unrecognizable)
It came down to the last mile. Gotta get sub 10 min mile. Huh. Why does it feel like I’m running with cement blocks on my feet? Come on body, you can do this. As you can see, this race did not have the magic of negative splits like last week!!
As I “sprinted” to the finish line, I hit the mat, stopped my watch, and for once it was the exact same time as my official results… 4:00:00. DANG IT!!!!!!! Well doesn’t that just stink.
After all was said and done, I wasn’t really bummed about my race. I mean, it sucks I didn’t get my goal – or either one of my goals!! – but still, another marathon has been completed. I got the medal to prove it I just struggle with longer distances, at that pace. Go figure. Thanks to Alan, as always, for being my awesome pacer. I’m glad he puts up with the “cranky running Lisa”. PS, we are celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary tomorrow!
We got some nice race swag – a bag, socks, hat and long sleeve shirt. And interestingly – they took a ton of pictures, so hopefully something from the race will look good. In fact, each person was required to pick up their own bib/timing chip and they took our picture holding the bib at pickup. That was a measure for keeping people from cheating on qualifying for Boston and running with someone else’s bib. BQ’ing is a serious thing!
Q: What is your favorite item from a race?
Q: Have you ever missed a goal time by just seconds? What was the time/distance?
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