Pre- Marathon - Fri goal - low 52ish - going for the PR - 8:43 avg pace or anything sub 8:45
During the Marathon - Mile 15.5 - going for the BQ - 8:35
During the Marathon - Mile 24.5-26 - hang on for the PR - sub 8:45
On Tues.of marathon week, the low was still predicted to be 40, and I told Chad I was going for a BQ (Boston Qualifying) race. Let me tell you, I was "feeling it!" Most of the time, when I get this feeling, my goal is met, IF the weather cooperates. Well, if you've been reading lately, you know the weather did indeed change to the warmer side. After consulting with Chad (my hubby), and getting some SUPER feedback from blog world, and local friends, I decided to go for a PR (sub 8:45 avg) race.
(if you missed the earlier debate, Wed., when the predicted weather changed to mid 70s for my last hour of running, I considered not racing this one and looking for another race within 2 wks)
With the low of 50 and a quick warm up, I definitely decided against the faster BQ race (8:35 avg). I had not vocalized or written about the BQ attempt to anyone but Chad.
Jen and I headed down to Baton Rouge Fri am. We had a quick "chatty" trip. We stopped in Mandeville for lunch at the Olive Garden and then zoomed on to Baton Rouge. We took a ride around most of the course, went to dinner, the expo, and then we went to bed early. Smooth sailing and ready for a PR race. Woo Hoo! I was actually so excited about the race, that I was worried that I may not be able to sleep. I went right to sleep and rested well. Everything on track for a great day. We were able to park within a 1/2 mile of the start. We waited in the car for a while, and then we walked to check our bag, potty line, quick chats with other runners, and we're ready to start. Jen and I wished each other good luck and a good day, and we're off.
I had this in a nice, readable format and blogspot randomly messed it up. I decided to leave it, as is, because it's really how I ran on Sat. I was all over the place with pace, I couldn't get on a pace and maintain it. I was constantly too fast, or too slow.
|slower than planned||1.||9:12|
|faster than planned||2.||8:43|
|a little slow, but I'm ok - 5|
|perfect -||6. 8:40|
oops too fast, slow it down -
|good, that's better -||8. ||8:47|
|crap, too fast again |
|good, I feel good||10.||8:38|
|ditto - 11||8:38|
|ditto - 12||8:39|
| ditto - 13||8:40|
|too fast, man I can't believe how good I feel, slow it down||14.||8:20|
|at 15.5 I decided I'm feeling GREAT, I'm going for the BQ||15. 8:31|
|too fast for PR or BQ, slow down Ginny||16.||8:21|
|a little fast, but I'm good||17.||8:29|
|man I feel great, I'm at 18 and I feel great, this is NEW to ME||18.||8:21|
|slow down, this is my day||19.||8:18|
|your doing it!|| 20. ||8:30|
|ok, that one was slow but that's ok|
|slow again, but I'm still ok - get on pace!||22.||8:38|
I can't believe you ran a 9 + mile, get on pace, you can do this
|RUN, FINISH THIS, you still have the PR, go for the PR|
| you can still PR, RUN, GO, FINISH THIS||25.||9:34|
|holding on, trying not to slow any more, still hoping I can PR,|
|you missed the BQ, you missed the PR, and you ran LONG||3:09.6||0.36||8:49|
Prior to the race, I had looked at the map and knew the course had many turns in it. I had to run the tangents really well to have a good race. However, in addition to the turns, the course also has a lot curves as the road meanders around "The Lakes:, near the LSU campus. Until late in the race, I stayed at +.06 which, excited me. I'm guessing that I zoned out a little on the tangents when the stress of my slowing pace elevated. As you can see, I ended up with and extra .15 on the day. Bye Bye PR!
After the race, immediately my feet and legs felt like they would cramp at any second. I made it over to the water and powerade and started refueling. I wasn't in the mood, but I decided to eat some jambalaya (LA rice, etc). I knew it would be salty and hoped it would help. A few minutes later, I was going to for more water. I stepped up on a curb, and just like that, my leg was stuck, with my heel in the "UP" position. I could NOT move. It took a while, I bent over, and rubbed my leg, and finally I was able to lower my heel to the ground. It's now, Tues. morning and my left calf feels much better. It's still sore, but fading. I took and ice bath Sat. night. On Sunday, I rested most of the morning with a nap at 9:30 am, yes I said a nap at 9:30 (much deserved). Sunday afternoon, I met Kelly and we walked for a little over and hour. When I finished walking my calf was totally loose and feeling good. By the time I made the drive home, tight and sore again. I took an epsom bath. I do not know much about Epsom baths, but some people swear by them, so I tried it.
If you have studied, or have experience with Epsom baths, please educate me.
Not sure if it helped, but the soaking in the warm water felt good either way. Monday am, I went to a yoga class - same thing - totally loosened up, and then later sore and tight again. Monday night, I walked on the treadmill for just over 30 minutes and it felt fine.
It has, exactly, ONE week to be healed. ha ha
The Good Stuff!
**8:43 avg. - which is a PR pace for me. (for 26.35)
**I felt really good all the way up until mile 23. Usually I start feeling bad anywhere from 16, to 18, but definitely by mile 20. This is huge progress! Excited!
**Had the last hour been in the 60s, instead of the 70s, I KNOW I could have "held on".
**usually when I "fall off the pace" - it's a much larger "fall off" than the decline on Sat.
**2nd in age group
**I loved the Baton Rouge Beach Marathon - it's a great course, scenic, well organized. It has a few minor rollers, but most of you would call it flat.
**I was expecting the humidity to be much worse, but the gentle breeze helped.
**Jen ran a PR race! Woo Hoo!
The Bad Stuff
**ran a little too fast some of those miles - BAD (critical race day mistake)
**tangents late in the race - FOCUS
(IMO - this would be the only down side of this race. it's a technical course, if you want to run 26.2, you will need to zone in, and run the tangents, really well)
So with a couple of days to think and reflect, yes, in some ways I'm happy with it. I see some new break-through positives about this race. I tend to focus on the positives, BUT ....
I worked way too hard, and I'm in much better shape than 3:49, so I will be totally honest here and say....
It's eating me!
and Jenn is right...
this is why I will keep training,
I will keep racing,
I will keep looking forward because
I'm NOT done yet
I can go faster
I WILL GO FASTER!