Nancy: HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY!! Hope it was fun! And Congrats to Katie, WOW!! What concert?
Lisa: nice that you can tell the difference with all that cross-training. The hill repeats will really foster the strength training. I can feel the difference in my running since running more mountain trails after moving back to northern AZ from flat northern MN.
Erica: you amaze me with all that energy even with what your body is throwing at you! Hope body finds balance, that does not sound good. Have you experience them before? Fingers crossed that it doesn't mess up HM race.
May 5th, Shiprock Marathon RR:
Road marathon running is stupid!
But I FINISHED. Start temp around 48 degrees, finish temp about 80 degrees!! FULL SUN, head on breeze which kept me cool for about 10 miles. Then it was just HOT!! Even the pavement was HOT! OUCH OUCH!!
First 20 miles, aid stations are 2 miles apart, with water and Gatorade or Tailwind, some had orange slices. But after mile 10, there were orange slices, bananas, pretzels, gummy bears, and a couple had watermelons. After mile 20, aid stations are 1 mile apart. So I didn't carry any water. That is the most difference between road races and mountain trails races.
My goal is to finish. Second goal: to finish around 4.5 hrs. Hydrate while walking through A.S.
I wore a light windbreaker till mile 10, then a white short sleeve tech shirt, running skirt, a watch (garmin has become too unreliable), a small waist packet with couple of gels, salt tabs, clif bar.
Decided to stay behind the 4:30 pacer and hoped to get in front of him as we near the finish.
By mile 10, my right hip area started feeling achy/tight. Been dealing with that for a couple of months now. Not sure if it's an I.T. band issue (since I never had it before). It just gets annoying. So at each aid stations, I did some slow stretches, then run again. After couple of miles, it would start bothering me again. But I kept stretching and running. I overheard the pacer that he was about 3-4 minutes ahead so I thought I would have some leeway there while I stretched at aid stations, and catch him again.
My brother volunteered by riding on his road bike. He found me around mile 16 and wished me luck. My cousin waited for me at mile 20 when we turn north towards town after running west to east. I knew I would need some cheering after mile 20. There were some spectators all along the course. My cousin took some awesome photos!
I felt okay despite the hip/thigh annoyance. I ate half of gel at mile 6, and mile 14. At mile 22, I ate another half and asked for water at the aid station. But they have me clear Gatorade instead which I chugged down before realizing it wasn't water!! OMG!! that's a no-no ....... I told them and they apologized but I knew I might have tummy issues.
And I did..... at mile 22.5. I got nauseous, dizzy, and felt like I was gonna puke a couple of times. I wish I did, I probably would have felt better. I saw the 4:30 pacer disappear in the distance, ugh!! It wouldn't do any good to get upset or mad. What's done is done and I need to direct my energy on finishing the best I could. I ended up walking and barely jogging till mile 23. I tried drinking water to 'dilute' my tummy at mile 23 aid station and jog/walked most of mile 24.
Ok, I just need to suck it up. Had a couple of sips of water and I focused on a runner ahead of me. I noticed one female runner who had passed me around mile 18, and she looked to be in my age group. She was walking a lot by mile 22. I passed her at mile 25, and just willed myself to pick up my pace and get a strong finish. I set my sight on a young blond pony-tailed runner who I used as a pacer. Her husband helped run her in the last 1/2 mile which helped me a lot too.
My cousin and brother met me at the finish. I went straight to the massage tent and put my name on the list (but I ended up not going back). I had a niece running the HM so my cousin and brother are talking with her while I get some fruit to eat, and to sit down. My cousin finds me and tells me I placed 3rd in my AG!! WHAT?!? haha!
We checked the results on the board. Was directed to the awards table to claim my 3rd place AG, it's a beautiful pottery vase. My cousin leaves and my brother goes back to the course to ride back to his car which is at the starting line!! He rode over 50 miles!! crazy guy!
I stayed around just cheering on the runners. There were still some even after the cut-off time.
So today, I checked the results online.
It shows that I finished 2nd instead!!
If that's correct, then I have Gail from MA 3rd place pottery vase. oh dear!
I sent an email to the RD.
Will see how this turns out.
So I finished OV: 89th/214. Female: 29th/85. AG: 2nd/12.
My finish time of 4:45:21 was my second slowest road marathon time but I'll take it.
I stretched a lot after returning to my friend's house. Stretched again the next morning before my post-recovery run of 3 miles. Today is REST. Feeling better, hip/thigh area feels ok.
Will be returning home on Wed.
DH is in northern MN, checking on house. I'm visiting family and friends. But mostly my dad who is recovering from meniscus repair surgery in a nursing home near the hospital. He's lost so much strength and muscle tone from being sedentary that the physical therapy is just difficult for him. It's gonna be a long way to recovery.