- Man that marathon was hard. That was the worst I've felt at the end of a race since my first one I think. I fell apart way early- mile 21 ish- and was really miserable the last few miles. Running with Zach and Aron and seeing Maritza and Tara - that's what kept me going.
- I was reeeeally sore after. Worse than previous races for sure. This spring, in Boston, I walked the freakin Freedom Trail the day after the race, and I went for a short run later in the week with Maritza and Petra. This was the total opposite.
- Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement fellow bloggers!
- Extra special thank you to Maritza and Tara for cheering us on in Sacramento. That was wonderful and had a very positive impact on my race. Thanks for the ride to the airport too!!
- Check out Zach's awesome race report, and these other race reports from CIM: Aron, Billy, Leslie, Julianne. They all tell a great story. Congrats to everyone who ran this weekend!
WHAT WENT WRONG?
- For a brief moment after the race, I was really disappointed. I really thought I could run 3:35... I don't think that was an unreasonable goal. Clearly, it just wasn't my day.
- I think Zach's being sick took a bigger toll on my race than I thought it would. I was just so grateful to actually be running the race, together no less, that I didn't stop to think how the stress and lack of sleep would affect my performance. In retrospect, I should have revised my goal and maybe just tried to run 3:40.
- Plus, I was that sick only a week ago.
- In completely predictable fashion, Zach is already planning his next marathon.
- As everyone excitedly looks for another fast marathon at which they hope to improve their PR, I'm feeling verrrrry over it. I hate to say it, but the marathon is losing its magic a little bit for me. After doing 7 of them, it's just not quite the same feeling anymore. And I don't know if I can put forth that kind of effort again. I guess it comes down to the question of Why do we run marathons? I don't know why, and I think that means I should take a break.
- Oh, I don't mean a break from running marathons. I mean a break from running FAST marathons. I am only running slow marathons from now on. :) Seriously though, I have avoided running scenic, interesting, challenging courses because I just want to run fast. No more!
- I want to run London in 2010.
- I'm actually a little glad I didn't requalify for Boston, because that would mean I have to start training right away. Instead, I'm not running a spring marathon for the first time in 4 years.
- I want to do some shorter running events this spring, 5ks and 10ks. I rarely run those distances and I have a pretty soft 10k PR. I want to be that person who just races on a whim!
- We might take a vacation somewhere other than Boston, since we had budgeted for the trip and already bought plane tickets. I'm thinking somewhere beach-y.
- I'd like to do it again someday though. Maybe with Zach. :)
- I kind of breezed over it in my race report, and maybe I should have made a bigger announcement. I AM GOING TO COMPLETE AN IRONMAN TRIATHLON IN ARIZONA IN NOVEMBER 2009. Well, I'm going to try.
- In what will become a long series of understatements, let me say- I have a lot of work to do.
- I'm doing other triathlons this summer: A sprint in June, an Olympic in July, a Half Ironman (Lake Stevens 70.3) in August, and then the Ironman in November.
- I will probably devote six months to specific race training, and I will probably get some level of coaching. Until then, I am just going to try to develop a strong base in biking and swimming.
- In an effort to avoid the post-marathon blues, here's some happy thoughts and some self-back-patting.
- Lots of good stuff going on in life to be grateful for. For one, I looooove the holidays and am going to immerse myself in singing carols, baking cookies, watching Christmas movies, looking at twinkling lights, writing Christmas cards, and generally making merry.
- For the first time in my marathon career I didn't gain weight during training. In fact, I lost weight! Before race day, I was down about 6 lbs and was down 2 more lbs after the race. I'm sure that was dehydration or something, but overall I'm safely in my healthy range. Hoorah! My goal is to not gain weight, or only gain 1-2 lbs, during the holiday season.
- I can't believe I have run 7 marathons. It was kind of neat to tell people that when I found myself chatting with random runners at the airport, at the race start, etc. It's a lot of marathons considering I'm only 28! And they've all been pretty fast, averaging 3:46. In fact, three of them are with 15 seconds of 3:45. Here's my marathon resume with links to the race reports:
#1 Nike Women's Marathon- October 2005- 3:55:11
#2 Avenue of the Giants Marathon- May 2006- 3:45:14
#3 California International Marathon- December 2006- 3:39:22
#4 Boston Marathon- April 2007- 3:55: 18
#5 California International Marathon- December 2007- 3:36:47
#6 Boston Marathon- April 2008- 3:44:56
#7 California International Marathon- December 2008- 3:45:00
MORE TO COME
Since I am not going to be training for anything specific for a while, my blog will probably be pretty random for a while. So bear with me! :) Thanks for putting up with it so far.
Checking into the hotel on Saturday, Zach feeling horrible.
Expo- I went by myself, but it wasn't anything special. I met Aron and her husband there. :)
A picture Aron's family took during the race. It was cold and foggy like that the whole way.
Race shirt and finisher's medal
Me and my marathoner husband :)