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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...
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    WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS on finishing despite the pain! You are my HERO! :-)
    4394 days ago
    GREAT job! Very inspiring!
    4411 days ago
    Oh my goodness HOORAY for beating your last time even with an injury! You poor thing having to run with the neuroma, I hope you're ok? 4:35 is an AWESOME time, I am very proud of you. Love the running pics too!
    4412 days ago
    Congratulations to you for completing the marathon despite your pain. You did incredibly well. Woo Hoo! I hope you celebrated in style too. What an amazing achievement.


    Hugs x
    4414 days ago
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    Gee Golly Miss Molly,

    I totally forgot about your marathon my friend...So sorry! CONGRATS ON A JOB WELL DONE! YOU ARE MY HERO!!!


    THANKS for always being my inspiration...you are the BEST!

    4416 days ago
  • -H0LY-Y0GA-
    WOW!! Congratulations! I really enjoyed reading this blog and was cheering you along after the fact as I read it. Great job - and way to push it even when it didn't feel great. You are an inspiration! The candy corn comment at the end is my favorite part - confirming that you are a regular person, too. Even a lover of candy corn can run a marathon! ;)

    Wishing you a relaxing recovery - you deserve it!!

    4417 days ago

    Well done considering the circumstances.... imagine what you would have done without the pain.....all for next time!
    Thanks so much for sharing. Rest up and enjoy your accomplishment!

    4418 days ago

    Well done considering the circumstances.... imagine what you would have done without the pain.....all for next time!
    Thanks so much for sharing. Rest up and enjoy your accomplishment!

    4418 days ago
    Wow! Congratulations on an amazing and inspiring finish! Take care of yourself on your recovery.
    4419 days ago
    Congrats on your marathon run, GOODMAR! Marathoners still impress the heck outta me, no matter their finishing time. I was in Columbus part of this weekend myself, but I was just visiting my sister on my way home from my parents' house :)

    Hope your foot feels better, and you deserve some candy corn! I think you even deserve some of the chocolate candy corn :)
    4419 days ago
    Hope you got your candy corn! Congratulations on finishing your race with a great time and your determination to push through your pain. You are truly amazing. I probably would of walked the rest of the race! I hope your foot heals quickly.
    4419 days ago
    You did great!! You should be super proud!
    4419 days ago

    Struggling through that injury while training and then 13.1 of excrutiating pain- you are ONE TOUGH COOKIE! I mean, I'd probably bagged it-LOL!
    I am really proud of you for finishing strong!
    What did you thing about Columbus itself?
    I was thinking of you yesterday and thought- it's a great day to run!
    I hope that massage made you feel a lot better!
    Now it's time to go shopping with how many miles of money?!!!!
    Awesome going!
    4419 days ago
    Wow, Molly! Congrats on your marathon finish. Sorry to hear that you had to endure the last half in pain. You did great in spite of it. I wish you a very speedy recovery!!



    4419 days ago
    Good for you. Pushing through that pain and still finishing with a good time is amazing. Congratulations!
    4419 days ago
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    What a great race -- even in pain!
    I just noticed you're in Cincinnati. I'm only about 1 1/2 hrs away in Ky. Are you going to do the Derby Marathon in April?
    4419 days ago
  • MARKA78
    Nice job, Molly! Sounds like you really had to push through some pain there. That really says something about your conditioning if you were only 1:30 off your PR with all that pain! Heck, it's a pretty big accomplishment to complete 26.2 miles with pain! Hope you have a speedy recovery.
    4420 days ago
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    Oh my goodness, what a race. Congratulations for such a great finish with all that you went through. I will be waiting to hear how that foot heals. There are a few runners on road runners who have a neuroma. I hope yours does not require surgery. Again congratulations on one heck of a run. gail
    4420 days ago
    Congratulations on a great race!!! What an inspiration!!! I ran my 1/2 injured last weekend soooo I can totally feel your pain!!! You are AWESOME!!!! Jackie!!!
    4420 days ago
    Congrats on a great race and on coming so close to your PR despite the pain! That's awesome that your friend gave you an extra-long massage - what an EXCELLENT cap off to a marathon!!!
    4420 days ago
    Congrats! You did it! Now go get some of that candy corn, and anything else you want.
    4420 days ago
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