I ran a marathon today (race report)
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The morning started with an apple, a power bar, some water, and putting a race pace tattoo on my arm. My husband and I could see the start line from our hotel room, so we didn't leave until around 7:00 for the 7:30 start. It was absolutely FREEZING outside - like in the 30's. I brought a "warm weather" racing outfit and a cold weather racing out fit, and chose to go with the cold (definitely the right choice).
7:27 - wheelchair start, then 7:30 half and full marathon start. There is no turn around for the half in this marathon - they run their entire half as our first half, then they veer off and finish.
Here's the mile by mile (that I can remember): mile 1 - 9:04. I was thinking,
"that's way too fast for me - almost a minute under my pace." Remember I was shooting for a 4:20 which is 9:55 pace. But it felt OK - I was keeping with the 4:00 pace team, so I stuck that out for the first 8-9 miles. I hit the 5 mile mark at 45 minutes, and the 10k at 58:01 - still going pretty fast. My normal time for 7 miles is 1:10, but I was right around 1:06, so still fast. I was trying to slow down, but just couldn't.
Anyway, my split at the half was 2:07.01. For the flying pig, I split 2:10, so I knew I was on my way to a PR. Then, I started to feel the formation of a HUGE blister on the ball of my left foot, and my fascitis started to bug me - on the same foot. But, I kept going. Miles 15-20 (approximately) were ALL on Ohio State' s main or west campus. Who knew that place was that big. I was now running between 11-12 minute miles, and still on pace for a PR, but not the 4:20 that I wanted.
I hit my 20 mile with a split of 3:24. I needed 3:18 for a 4:20. So, now I decided that I would just work towards improving my 4:33.51 pr from last may. OK, around this time, I was thinking "you worked too hard and too long to not get a PR in this race" and I sped up a little bit. My last 5-6 miles felt pretty good on the painful left foot. I really wanted to stop because it hurt so bad, but I was determined to finish well.
When I finally turned onto Nationwide blvd and saw the finish - I SPRINTED to the end, just a balls-out sprint! When I finished, I flung my left shoe off and went straight to the medical tent to get the "blister" looked at.
The resulting info from the doctor is - no blister, but I have a neuroma between my big toe and my second toe, and I need an xray to rule out stress fracture. I wasn't even exactly sure of my time, and they took my chip in medical, and I didn't really know my time until I got home.
Final time: 4:35.21. Not a PR, but only 1:30 off of my PR. Since I ran 13.1 of those 26.2 in excruciating pain, to only be 1:30 off, I was very happy with those results.
A side note, my best friend from the 6th grade on is a teacher at a massage school in Columbus, and she was working the race - I went straight in there after finding my husband (who I hadn't seen since mile 13 - he had no idea that I was running hurt), and got an HOUR LONG massage, with the full-out "best friend" treatment! Felt soooo good, even the muscles that really hurt.
Another side note - I would not complain if someone came in right now and handed me some vicodin and crutches - I usually tiptoe when my heel hurts, and now the ball of my foot and the heel of my foot hurt, so I am just sitting here.
Man, I want some candy corn...