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I am unsure what on earth I was thinking when I signed up for Disney so many months ago. I was PRing in some shorter races and feeling confident. I got excited and made that plunge. I hadn't wanted to do another marathon. My first experiences with it were ill-conceived, overeager and plagued by newbie stupidity and injuries.<br><br>
That being said, I had a good base already going into the my training. As I was comfortably doing 45-55 miles per week, I opted for the Pfitzinger under 70 24 week training. Everything was going well until Thanksgiving. I first got a sinus infection followed by a killer cold and bronchitis. I finished December with just over 100 miles logged and no runs longer than 15. Originally, the race calculators had me good for a 3:53. Prior to getting sick, I had a shot at this finishing my 23 miler in 4 hours. After getting sick, I readjusted my goals and was looking to finish in under 4:30. A couple of friends assured me that I would run better than that and closer to 4.<br><br>
Race day comes. The cold front that was supposed to come through the day before has stalled leaving us with warmer temps than we wanted and high humidity. Coming from winter Minnesota training, I was in for a world of hurt. I started in Corral B just behind the 4:15 group. "I having trained for over half a god damn year and I am going to race aggressively even if it kills me in the end" I thought. I will keep with the group through 14 or so and see how I feel. Well, that is how it happened but not in the way I wanted. The crowds were thick and water stops a mess to get through. As the pace group would pass people, I would get boxed in behind them and slowly drop farther and farther back. My right hammy is tight and twinging every once in a while. Not.good. My miles were steady at about 930s or so but I couldn't make up any ground on the pace group after 12. At 15, I saw those balloons for the last time. I kept up the pace until 18.5 where I saw DH who was walking. On a good day, he would have been finishing right about that time so I stopped and walked with him. He was feeling quite sick but was going to finish no matter what (wow!). I said that I was going to try to run the rest of the race. I said my goodbye and ran past the guy singing on a stage. My pace was shot. I was getting dehydrated and overheated. This portion of the race is an out and back on a highway. Why on earth they would do this to you at this portion of the race boggles my mind. The sun was out and the temps jumped and I was done for. I stopped two times at medic tents for ice to put in my sports bra to drop my temp. It did wonders. Minus the tents, I did run the rest of the race. My pace was a minute or so slower than before but I was running and that was all I cared about.<br><br>
Splits:<br>
5 mile: 49:42<br>
10 mile: 1:37:58<br>
Half: 2:08:04<br>
20 mile: 3:18:46<br>
Finish Chip: 4:27:44<br><br>
Not exactly what I wanted when I started out but it is still a PR of over 45 minutes and I am satisfied. I will also be running halfs only in my immediate future! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<b>Brandy</b> excellent report. Im sorry it wasnt the race you had hoped for ( and trained for ) The next time you decide to run a full, it will be your race!
 

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<b>Brandy</b> - you should feel very proud of yourself for this effort. You finished in a great time -- fighting off twinges, heat, and mental hurdles. <b>CONGRATULATIONS!!!</b> <img alt="icon_cheers.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_cheers.gif">
 

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Congrats on finishing with a huge PR, even if the time wasn't what you were orginally training for. With your sickness during training and those humid conditions, that is great! And I'm sure the drinks on your vacation afterwards tasted mighty fine and were well deserved!
 

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Hey <b>brandy</b> - even though things weren't quite going your way, you finished out the race despite the potential hurdles. And I would say a 45 minute PR is nothing to sneeze at either <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> Congratulations!
 

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45 min PR? In those conditions? Holy shit that is impressive!
 

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I'll attest to the fact that it was pretty humid - not ideal conditions for a Northerner (there was a woman in my group who lived in Miami and she ran part of the race with gloves on!!) Way to persevere!
 

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Welcome back. You certainly improved on your prior marathon time, kudos on that. You got a bit unlucky with the weather conditions along with getting sick when you did, although I sometimes wondered a bit if you had been pushing too hard with the training plan you used and tiredness caught up with you along with an untimely virus to knock you down for a while.<br><br>
But now that you've done a cycle of training like that, you'll probably do even better on the next cycle. I'd just suggest that you might want to consider being very careful about pushing too hard to where you might pile up a bit too much fatigue. It's a fine line that has to be walked.
 

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<b>Scratch</b> - there may be something to that. I did get sick right after my 23 miler so there could be a connection. Up until that point, I felt I handled the volume of training pretty well. Plans now are to concentrate on dropping some lbs and staying at about 40-50 miles per week. I'm doing a half in April and 1 or 2 in May. I would like to PR there...sub 1:50 if possible.
 

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A 45-minute PR??? After being sick, battling the elements and the crowds, and stopping at two med tents?? Holy crow, woman! <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 

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All these huge pr's are making me wish I had the guts to run a marathon. Good job!
 

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No one can say you did not earn this one Brandy-from fighting illness late in training to awful conditions race day. be proud of this one.
 

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Congratulations on the PR. I'm sorry the experience itself was less than wonderful though.
 
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