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A very late race report

Friday, December 10, 2010

It is almost a week after the marathon and I am just now in the mental state to write. I am in the process of questioning my training, nutrition, race day strategy to find where it went wrong. On paper I should be able to run the a flipping 2:44. I just don’t have the strength to do it. I am questioning my coaches methods but I think he is being harder on himself. Ever since I hooked up with him I haven’t improved my marathon time. Something isn’t right here.

This marathon was unique because it had a 2:45 pacer. I have never seen a marathon with a pacer under 3 hours so that was cool. I decided to stick with them and if I felt good towards the end I could pick it up for that 2:44. We had a pack of runners of about 20 but people slowly started to fall off. I was on pace and feeling good for 13 miles. My half time was just seconds off my half PR. I started feeling it and stayed with the pack for one more mile. I started slowing after that but was still on pace till about 17 or 18. If I could have dug deep and picked it back up I might have made it. The problem was there was nothing to hold on to when I dug. My quads were existed. The rolling hills up to mile 15 then the down hills after that tore me up and spit me out. My lungs were ok until about mile 20-21 and then I started to get a sharp pain in the left side of my chest. I really wanted to just stop running at that point. I saw Alan (my hubby) at the mile 26 marker and looked at him and said my quads are killing me. He looked at me with a smile and cheered me on, never giving up. Knowing I wasn’t going to make the time and still smiling. I couldn’t resist. Even though I felt like crap I smiled back.
After I crossed the finish I saw my whole crew waiting (mom, dad, husband, mother-in law, and aunt) standing there. They all looked at me with a worried face. I think they were trying to figure out how I was feeling. I looked back and began to smile and wave my hands. They all looked relieved that I wasn't too upset and congratulated me. I found my bag and we went to feast.
Although I didn’t do as well as I would have hoped for I did have fun. I did better then at Grandma’s. I mentally crumbled at Grandmas and I didn’t here. For 14 miles I could finally picture myself making that time. I really don’t know if I believed it before. At that Grandmas I felt like crap at mile 2 so I guess 13 is an improvement. I ate a crap load of food. We found the Pyramid Brewery restaurant and I drank their lovely apricot beer. We had a great time as a family.

So after thinking about this race over and over I still don’t have answers. BUT I think I have my next marathon picked out, Green Bay. I don’t think Alan wants to go there (he is a HUGE Bears fan) but it is only 5 hours (which is close compared to CA) and it has some good competition that I would be able to run with. The plan is to relax a bit in December and pick it back up starting the 1st. I told Alan I think I will even take a couple of nights here to have a beer or four. My mind/body needs a break.

I want to thank everyone for their support and for believing in me. I am not throwing in the towel. Even if I don't make the 2012 trial I am still young enough to make the 2016.
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    I know you got it in you and it's awesome to hear that you know it and feel it, too! That's a huge step-- I think taking a little time for some well deserved R&R is going to get your mind ready for training again!

    Your attitude rocks- enjoy your beers!

    3602 days ago
    I think you are amazing and an inspiration to us all. I can't wait to see what new training approach you will do for the next marathon.
    3605 days ago
    Krista, I know yourun on a different standard than most of us, but I still think you are AMAZING and a MINDBOGGLING runner! I was thinking of you this morning during my 20 mile run... It took me about 5 minutes longer to run 20 miles than it did for you to run an ENTIRE MARATHON!! You are amazing and so, so young .... don't fret; I know HUGE things are store for you. It really does take people on average 5 - 8 years to ramp up to their full running potential... so if you are this fast now with only about a year of marathoning under your belt, imagine what you will be able to do in a few years. And I found that I got MUCH MUCH faster after age 30.

    Nice job focusing on the positive and committing to taking some time to relax. I know 2011 will be a fantastic running year for you!

    3605 days ago
  • WANT2BE123
    Way to hang in there, Krista! Sorry you didn't get the time you were hoping for. Recover well and good luck figuring out what went wrong.

    You are still smokin' fast!!!! I know you will get 2:44; it's just a matter of when!
    3605 days ago
  • LAURIE5658
    Krista, you know I am a huge Krista groupie and I was thinking of you even at Disney World. Your coach...only YOU knows exactly what to do. It just seems to me that since you have been using hime, your marathons have been a disappointment to you. Seriously think about this...it just may be time for a change? Whatever you decide, I am cheering you on!
    3606 days ago
    Keep positive Krista. I know you had a tough year (for your expectations, for us slow people you are amazing) but don't worry you will make your goal. Trust in yourself and you will be fine.

    3606 days ago
    Best of luck figuring out what went wrong. Your time is still amazing, but I can imagine how frustrating it must be to be at your level, get professional coaching, and stop seeing progress. You know we're all routing for you and I have 100% faith that you'll get that 2:44!!
    3606 days ago
    Wow, you are so inspiring! Hang in there and I hope you find the answers you are looking for. I'm rooting for you!
    3606 days ago
    You are an amazing runner and don't forget it. Maybe this race wasn't your time. There will be a race when the stars align just for you.
    3606 days ago
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