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<span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;"><b>The Short Version:</b></span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">I’m sitting here in my big comfy chair, with feet up, thinking I might just sleep here tonight - although I've gone up & down stairs at least 4x since the race.<br></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Today’s goal was met: 3:57:25. The PR & sub-4 I was looking for. I was actually on target for A 3:49 marathon through 15 miles … but the headwind we fought from miles 13-18 (and probably a few early miles that should have been a little slower) caught up with me. I wasted far too much energy with the wind, and my pace slowed by a lot after mile 16. Mentally, I stayed pretty positive, although I was struggling a little from 22-24 which is typical for me during a 26.2.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">I really enjoyed meeting & running with <b>srlopez</b> – he is inspiring! <b>Notey</b> & <b>JillieD</b> who had run the half, and <b>drgenie</b> who was there cheering, waited for the marathoners (<b>Vogel</b>, <b>EQ</b>, and myself) at the finish. We all got to sit a while together … along with my DH, DS, and good friend T. A great way to end the day!</span></span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><b>Mile by Mile for those interested:</b></span></span> <span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 1: 9:01 – lots of slowing, weaving, etc … trying to get going in a straight line.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 2: 8:30 – Faster than I should be going … when will I learn? And will it catch up to me later?</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 3: 8:34 – Still not slow enough. Ahem, Jen, get a clue. I see DH & DS at mile 3. I also swear some lady just said “way to go Jen” to me. I figure out about .10 miles later … that was my SISTER! Hello? Why didn’t I recognize my own sister??!!! And around 3.5 miles I see <b>srlopez</b> up ahead (he’s hard to miss with the “Breast Cancer S*cks” on the back of his pink shirt)!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 4-7: 8:41, 8:39, 8:42, 8:46 – better pace. Caught up with srlopez and we’re running together. I don’t know if he minded my joining him for a while, but it was nice chatting and running with him. I knew he had just done Hartford the day before. And I felt strangely comfortable around him, like I’ve known him a long time. I guess that comes from knowing someone’s “online persona”.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 8: 8:33 – don’t know why I sped up, but after the water stop at mile 7.4 I picked it up a little and srlopez (being a much smarter marathoner than I) kept his pace – we parted ways there.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Miles 9-10: 8:36 & 8:40 – Yay, only 16 to go! I’m mentally doing well, not struggling at all and I feel really comfortable. Once in a while my second toe on my right foot barks at me – but it’s been doing that for weeks. Fortunately it never becomes a real problem, and somewhere along the way it stops hurting and I forget about it.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Miles 11-13: 8:51, 8:47, 8:55 – closer to where I should have been all along. Uneventful physically for me, although people are starting to struggle around me. I worry this will take a mental toll, and try not to let it bother me. Around mile 12.5 I see my family again – and now my mom & stepdad are there too! I think my mom started to cry.</span> <span style="font-family:Wingdings;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></span> <span style="font-family:Arial;">I get to mile 13 and there’s my friend who I ran with last weekend in her first 5k! She’s there cheering me on today, and it feels great!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Miles 14-18: 8:53, 8:49, 9:00, 9:14, 9:13 – The wind is getting to me – 13-20mph gusts that weren’t there in the earlier miles have picked up and are sapping my energy. Why am I not running a ½? They are SO much easier! Oh yeah, I trained 18 weeks to run a full … carry on.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Miles 19-22: 9:23, 9:26, 9:42, 9:29 - Well, I have blown the 3:50ish marathon, but let’s see if I can hang on for a sub 4. Started thinking about how I’d already decided to take next year off from marathons, and now I’m thinking taking the rest of my life off from them may be a good plan. “The Wall” comes & goes, but I’m not dead by any means. LOTS of people walking. I run by a guy who is crying … his day was obviously going a lot worse than mine. I’ve only walked through 2 water stops … the rest I’ve managed to jog through.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Miles 22-24: 9:29, 9:38, 9:45 – In the three marathons I’ve done, these miles have always been the toughest mentally for me. My family was there again around 22.5 to see me – which helped get me through. My friend who was also there told me post-race that I did not look happy then. I joked with her that I much preferred running the 5k with her last weekend!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 25: 9:47 – am I still running? Why does it feel like I’m standing still? Weird thing is, there’s still been no major aches or pains. I’m just tired. Dead. Tired. I can not wait to stop!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 26: 9:40 – somehow I speed up a little, but my legs don’t want to move anymore. Just before turning in to the entrance for the park where the 26 mile mark is – some a$$hole (non runner) in a car yells to me “you’ve already lost!”. WTF? I got to tell him what I thought when he ended up stopped while I ran by and yelled: “You try running 26 miles you a$$hole!” In hindsight I wish I’d said “gee, I still beat YOU didn’t I?”</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">And then right after that …<b>srlopez</b> goes SPRINTING by me. Did he just run the 26 miles I did? Can I have some of that? And he did just run a marathon YESTERDAY right? He tried to get me to come along, but my body wanted no part of it. I pushed as hard as I could, but there was no way I could catch him!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">Mile 26.2: 1:59 … total time: 3:57:25. A new PR, and I’m sore, but able to hobble around relatively well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"></span></span><br><br>
top row L to R: VogelMD, drGenie, JillieD, EQ (congrats on the PR - BOTH OF YOU!!!!)<br>
bottom L to R: me, srlopez, Notey<br><br><img alt="" src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v717/jensparks/group_shot.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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Awesome job. Congrats on your PR!!!!! And just as awesome, you got to see srlopez! he must have magic legs.
 

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Awesome job, Jen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
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Congrats on a great race and a PR!!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1">
 

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Good work, Jen! You are one tough chicka <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> As I read your story I truly felt for you those last few miles .... I have soooo been there! Congrats to you!<br><br>
The picture is great, but I'm sure that most of the wimmins here are wondering why Notey has clothes on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
..... and vogel with the post race Mountain Dew. You are the man <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Nice running, you all!<br><br>
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That's a great report, Jen! I'm glad your sister yelled out your name; that's what caused me to turn back and look around when I saw you. I wish I could have seen or met the inspiring srlopez.<br><br>
You did awesome today. I am so proud and happy for you - a sub 4! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> thanks all!<br><br>
I wanted to write my report while it was all still fresh in my mind. I've never been able to accurately detail the miles by the time I've written other reports.<br><br>
I'm looking forward to an ART treatment on Friday!
 

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Jen,<br><br>
I am so proud of you. The way you managed to get through the 18/55 program, fight off the doubts you were having, and break the 4:00 mark. You did an amazing job Jen! Way to go!<br><br>
Congrats on your PR.
 

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Wow! Great report, super race! Congrats!
 

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Congratulations on a great race!<br><br>
...And a great race report too<br><br>
And ...Nice picture <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Wtg Jen...you did awesome!! congratualtions !!!
 

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Phenomenal job, Jen. I'm so glad you got your PR today. Like I said in EQ's thread, it was a pleasure watching you and everyone else finish up today and hanging out with you guys on Friday night and at lunch yesterday. Can we do it again next weekend?
 

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I won't speak for Jen, but there is <b>NO WAY</b> I'm running a marathon next weekend! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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