November 3, 2012

Savannah marathon results

My final time for the race was 3:40:02. Yes, that means I missed qualifying for Boston by two seconds. And, yes, I did cry about it for a minute. Hugs from my friends and kids helped me feel better, and by gosh, I will, eventually, run that junk two seconds faster. The good news is that I ran this course (though they modified it somewhat from last year) 23 minutes faster this year than last year, and my time today is a personal record by more than six minutes. So there is a lot to be thankful for. But I'm OK with being sad about it for a minute too. Thanks for all of your support! Your positive words kept me pushing when I wanted to stop!

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  1. Yeaaahhh!!! I mean...NOOOO!!! I'm so torn. Your finishing time is so awesome I want to give you candy and/or a hug. I can totally understand the 2 second heart-breaker, though.

    Revel in your well-earned PR, your hard, hard work and get your bum to a computer to plan your next one. :)

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  2. I agree with Jayloh....Big cheer for a PR but 2seconds!!!!!!!!!!really?! You're such a great runner I know it'll be next time. :)

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  3. OH MY GOSH, congrats on a HUGE PR!!!

    Not surprised at all that you'd make it, so proud of you.

    Gosh darn Boston qualifying time, that's almost unbelievable. I am so damn sorry about that, you absolutely deserved a BQ race. But it's OK because next marathon you do, you're going to beat the qualifying time by so much more that you'll look back at this and wonder how you ever thought twice about it.

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  4. Congrats on the PR but so sorry you missed Boston by 2 seconds! I know you will come back and get those 2 seconds plus more :)

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  5. Ack! I want to punch those 2 seconds in the face for you! Congrats on a PR though!

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  6. Rocket City, no prob. I'll pace you . . . for 3 minutes. Really, great effort
    in Savannah. You should be proud.

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  7. I literally just said the F word out loud. Seriously. I get it. I now just how you feel…seconds SUCK. BUT…..you KICKED ASS in that race. yell, scream, cry and be as pissed as you want today. But then tomorrow wake up and remember you ran an AWESOME AWESOME race and a HUGE PR.

    Just make sure when you sign up for that redemption race, you let me know where and when running twin :)

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  8. What a crusher of a PR though, wow! Congratulations and I'll be shaking my fist in the general direction of Boston for you!

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  9. Yay PR! Boo 2 seconds! What a bittersweet race for you. You'll get it next time, I know it.

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  10. Wow! First of all, congrats on running such a GREAT time for a marathon. I can't even actually comprehend that!

    I'm sooo sorry about Boston. I'm genuinely so ugh for you! BUT, you will absolutely get it next time. And maybe not even by 2/3 seconds.
    I hope you have a great day!

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  11. Congrats on an awesome time! So sorry you missed Boston by 2 seconds, I understand why you are sad. I am so amazed by your speed. You rock!

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  12. I'm so sorry you missed a BQ by 2 crazy seconds. That's unreal to me. But you have so much to be proud of!!!! You ran a marathon and beat your old time!! You're a hardcore rock star runner.

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  13. That's an awesome PR and race!! What a bummer, 2 seconds! So sorry!! I would demand they test their timing equipment!!

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  14. Congrats on the awesome PR but I can understand the 2 seconds stinging a little. Hopefully that'll pass soon and you can still be very proud of your PR!

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  15. Like gm above I also said the F word when I read that. Amazing PR but I know a little bittersweet today. However, you are a total rock star!!

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  16. You Are awesome!!! That is a huge PR and you should be so proud but I also totally understand your frustration! I would be mad and definitely would have cried. Congrats on a great race! Your awesome!!!!!

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  17. Wow and wow. Wow that is so awesome, you dominated that marathon! But wow so freakin close....argh. I am so proud and excited for you. You trained hard and did an awesome job. I can only imagine the next marathon you do will result in amazing things!

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  18. Even though I don't know you (yet feel I do through reading your amazing blog), I was rooting for you today! Your time was amazing and I echo all the above comments. There is no doubt in my mind that you will kill the BQ time next race, so keep your head up. You did fantastic!

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  19. Huge congrats on an awesome time and although you're bummed about the almost BQ...I have no doubt you'll get it for next year...great job today girlie...proud of you!

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  20. OH dear....this has to be hard to swallow...even with the GREAT and AWESOME PR.
    I would have cried also
    You did great
    this BQ is clearly in your future.

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  21. Congrats on your huge PR. Sometimes it is hard to see one victory when you are so focused on another. The missed goal does become excellent fuel for the next race! (I totally get the crying too --I have cried over my missed goals at my last two marathon finish lines. My husband thinks I am crazy)

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  22. I am SO flipping gutted about those two seconds. SO sad for you. So is my husband and he doesn't even read your blog. But at the same time, congrats on an amazing race, you ran SO fast and i am totally in awe of your time. But still gutted for you.

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  23. I totally understand the crying - so close and yet so far. :(
    Be SUPER proud of your PR and your fantastic race performance! And then go choose your redemption race. You've got this!!

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  24. Wow. Just wow. Congratulations on your speedy time-- I'm completely envious. As for your BQ, next time it's yours for sure. Keep moving forward.

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  25. :( i know you are most likely replaying that race over and over in your head-but, like you said. HUGE PR over last years race and still a new PR for you. hope you were able to enjoy the rest of your time in savannah!

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  26. Oh man! Well, it's good to know a BQ is definitely within your reach!!!! Congrats on the PR!

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  27. Man, talk about mixed bag. What a huge bummer. But echoing everyone else, awesome job! You killed that. I can't believe how much time you shaved off your PR! Way to go! You'll blow that time away next race too.

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  28. I am so sorry you missed it by just 2 seconds...yet I am so inspired by you at the same time...Congratulations...feel proud You Rocked it!

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  29. Wow! Congrats on your PR!! Knowing that you missed by 2 seconds is going to make your next training cycle a BREEZE! You KNOW you can DO IT!! Congrats, rest up, recovery quick, and you'll squash it harder next time!

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  30. Those 2 seconds are stupid! Seriously though, you ran an awesome race. That BQ is yours at your next marathon, guaranteed!

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  31. Well, I guess you're just going to have to return next year and get another 23 minute PR AND the BQ. You are so stellar!

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  32. Qualify or not. It is an awesome time. It's ok to be a little bummed. But it is also ok to remember that you totally rock! Great job!

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  33. Amazing time and congrats on your PR!!!!! Ahhhh those dang 2 seconds!

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  34. Congrats on the PR! My heart breaks for you that you missed BQing by 2 seconds. I'm sure you will have trouble BQing at Rocket City though!

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    1. I hope so! Making sure to give my legs plenty of rest this week so that I can be ready.

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  35. And oh by the way, I nominated you for the Inspiring Blog Award! Check out the rules here: http://runnergirlrevisited.blogspot.com/2012/11/7-things-nominating-blogs-that-inspire.html

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  36. Are you using the Hanson's method?

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    1. I used that training plan last year, but this training cycle I used Run Less Run Faster. Are you using Hanson's? I decided to switch it up because I got a stress fracture an wanted to be off my feet a little more during training.

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    2. No. I'm contemplating using Hanson's plan for my next half. It will be my first half post-baby #3. The last three halfs I've registered for have been completed pregnant; i.e. not the greatest races I've run. I'm determined NOT to be pregnant this time around. That said, I do have three boys 5, 3, and approaching 1 (no one's in school yet. We're all home). I'm trying to decide if running that hard daily is feasible. Or if I'm just setting myself up for disappointment. What do you think?

      Just a little background. Five years ago I could run a 1:40 half, pregnant a 2:00 - 2:15, and who knows where I'm at now. But I am quite committed to running. Been doing it for 20 some-odd years and will continue (wow! just re-reading and that makes me sound ANCIENT! I'm only 35.). The boys make "training" more like fartleks on repeat. I don't think I can run another full until my boys are older (at least not nursing). Now I'm starting to ramble. But long and short of it. Although it's strenuous, it's not the running I'm totally worried about; it's the boys and my daily schedule. But if the running strains too much -- well, I still need energy for life.

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    3. Hi Mimi,
      Was scrolling through the comments and saw the question about the Hanson method which is how I landed on this site a few months ago. I recently used their plan to train for my fouth full marathon and while I'm nowhere near your speed, I really liked the results of the Hanson method with how I felt during the training and during the actual race-- much stronger. I will use it again to train for my next marathon. C.

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    4. I liked the Hanson plan with kids because I could fit in the weekday runs at the gym, and I had less running on Saturday, which is our only day with the whole family and no outside obligations. The gym isn't the ideal for my runs, but I'm all about just making it work. And I need to run to maintain sanity at this point. With your background, I bet you would do well with the high weekly load of miles. And for a half (do you have the book for that plan?), I'm sure the miles aren't as high. I really liked their idea of cumulative fatigue, and I felt a difference between my marathon without this plan and the following race with it. My legs seemed to handle the distance better without breaking down (cramping, etc.) at the end. I also ran my personal worst marathon on this plan, but the weather was hot with a hilly course. But my legs felt fine the next day!

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    5. Alright. I'm gonna go for it. Just pray these old hips hold up. They are by far my weakest joints from babies. I'm ready to feel strong again. My book should be arriving soon. For the half I think I'll hit 35 miles per week (plus speed/strength) and then maintain it for almost 2 months prior to the race. My long runs will alternate between 10/12 for that time. That's practically a half in and of itself. I really want to be strong.

      And for the record, I'm dying laughing. I also have a "personal worst marathon." Love the terminology. :) Mine was supposed to be a BQ but I didn't realize how ill prepared I was. It was mid-September. Should have been a lovely day. It was 21 degrees at the starting line. Yes, I said 21! it was supposed to be about 48 at the start and 75 at the finish. Needless to say, it stayed that way until mile 17 when we got out of the canyon. My muscles didn't "warm up" til after 20. Seriously, everyone had ice crystals in their hair from their sweat hitting the cold. No one was dressed appropriately. Crazy day!

      Send my regards to Amory. Remind him he has a beautiful wife and kids. We grew up together. And I use those terms very loosely seeing as how I never lived in KY. I lived just north of Nashville.

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    6. That's so funny! I didn't know you were the Mimi Mimi who I feel like I know (but I can't remember if we've ever met). Good luck with your race and training! Let me know how it goes.

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    7. I think we've met twice. I went to your wedding reception. Small world. By the way, I never told you congrats on your awesome run! Better start planning for a stay in Boston.

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  37. Congrats on a PR, even if it is just 2 seconds shy of Boston. Aren't you on the lower end of the target range? Meaning that you have plenty of time to improve those 2 seconds! :) You are such an inspiration with your speedy times! You will totally get that Boston BQ, totally!!!

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    1. Exactly! Technically I could have BQed with 3:40 last year and gotten in for 2013 (because I turn 35 a few days before the race), but I was just doing my first marathon and nowhere close to ready to try for that. I just barely figured out that I need a 3:40 not a 3:35, so I feel very fortunate to have those five extra minutes when I try again.

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  38. Oh, I would have cried a bit, too! But, wow- that is a HUGE pr- let yourself be sad for a bit, and then be SO proud of yourself! Amazing time! I look forward to hearing the details...

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  39. So close! Congrats on the PR, but sorry to hear you missed the BQ by only 2 seconds! Looking forward to the race report. Curious to know if you were conscious of your time as you got closer up the finish or if you just gave that last mile all you had without looking at the garmin. I missed a sub 20 5K earlier in the year. I gave it everything at the end w/o looking at garmin, I felt like I left everything out there. But I wonder if I would have taken a look at the garmin w/the last 1/2 mile. Wonder if I could have squeezed in under 20. I'll never know.

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    1. I knew in the last quarter mile that I was off on my mental timing so I tried booking it without looking at the Garmin again. I just pushed as hard as I could. Which was ever so slightly not enough. By the last six miles I wasn't super mentally together (race brain), so there was definitely time I could have made up elsewhere. Just not in that last quarter mile when I realized what was happening.

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    2. Oh ok. Well, it's good to know your RLRF training plan worked out! Huge PR!

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  40. TWO FLIPPIN SECONDS! Holy geez that is tough, but dang girl you ran a good good good race! Boston is happening, maybe not this year, but it is happening!

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  41. So bittersweet! UGH!!!! The upside is that you know you've got it in you. And you PRd! Your BQ *IS* going to happen, and when it does, it will be SWEET!!!!! Congrats on a great race.

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