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Short Version:<br><br>
Breakfast -- Cup of coffee then a Clif bar in the car<br>
Weather -- Beautiful sunny day with a temp of 45!!<br>
Attire -- LS hot pink tech T and blue/pink running skirt<br><br>
Last year's Time -- 3:07:12 (14:13/mile), 503/558 AG<br>
Goal Time -- 2:05:00<br>
Finish Time -- 2:04:18 (9:30/mile)<br>
Rankings -- 176/647 AG, 852/3512 F, 2185/6035 OA<br><br>
Long Version:<br><br>
First, I have to explain last year's time. I didn't really run that slowly. I did not train well for the race. I had only run for 6 months (EVER), and my longest run was only 10 miles. So, I ended up with GI issues which caused me to stop twice for a long time. According to my GPS, I think I ran about a 10:30/mile last year, but a more than 1 hour improvement sure looks good! Plus, I trained REALLY well this time. My longest run was 17 miles, plus I did hill training and interval training, which I've never done before. It obviously helped TON!<br><br>
I went to bed around 9 or so and slept well until about 1:30 am. From then on, I was in and out of sleep. DH and I both finally woke up around 4:30. We leisurely got ready. We were staying at my grandmother's house because the kids were there so she could take care of them during the race. We got our coffee and got ready. My running partner met us there so I could ride with her (she doesn't like driving downtown). I ate my Clif bar in the car and she had a Powerbar. We got parked and walked my DH's parents' hotel to meet up with them. We decided to head out at 6:40 for the starting line. We lined up between the 4:00 and 4:15 marathon pacers. We saw someone we knew and talked for a bit. Then, we were ready to go. They did the National Anthem then FINALLY the gun went off. Fireworks were going off everywhere (later we inhaled the smoke as we ran through it)<br><br>
After raining all day yesterday, today was a beautiful sunny day. They kept promising it would be, but I wasn't going to believe it until I saw it because this is Texas! LOL The temperature was around 45 at start time. DH started with us because he planned to run the full marathon at my half marathon pace. BIL started farther up and MIL started farther back with her brother. Jen, my running partner, and I really didn't want to start too fast. We both had our Garmin on, so we watched them closely. The first 3 miles were uphill, so we wanted to be careful not to push it too hard. The next 3-4 miles were mostly downhill and flat until we really hit the hills around mile 7-8. We planned to walk for 30 secs. at every water station (every mile). So, we did just that. We felt really good, and we were right on our goal at mile 6. Plus, we came back into downtown around mile 5-6 where there were TONS of spectators. It really makes you run fast! Then, we headed back out. Both of our Garmins were off on the mileage, so the pace was also a little off, but we were mainly just looking at the time to keep our pace. Once we hit the hills, the going got tough. We had decided we were not taking any water or walk breaks after mile 10. Well, at the water station between mile 10 and 11, there was a HUGE hill, so we decided to grab some Powerade and walk up the hill. After that, we didn't walk at all. The last two miles were tough because there were a few REALLY steep long hills. I just kept telling myself the faster I run, the sooner I get to stop running! I thought we'd be able to run negative splits the last 3 miles, but with those hills, we were doing good to keep our pace.<br><br>
So, I sprinted to the end, trying to beat Jen. I actually did beat her across the finish line, but our times were exactly the same. My ranking did show me on top, though. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> She always beats me by a few seconds, and DH told me I better beat her this time! I knew we had made our goal, and we were both happy and felt great. I think I did a great job, considering I've only run for a year and a half (started with C25K in August 2006)<br><br>
Unfortunately, Jen called her DH who had come down to see her with her two kids, and she found out he was having an anxiety attack. So, we had to walk to where he was, then to their car, and she had to drive him home. I drove her car to her house later.<br><br>
After that fiasco, I had to get back to see my BIL finish his first marathon. His ultimate goal time was 3:10 because that's the Boston qualifying time. He ended up finishing his first marathon in 3:13:42, which he was really happy with. He said he was actually keeping a 3:05 pace until mile 23 when his legs started cramping badly.<br><br>
We went back to the hotel for just a few minutes, then we headed out to see my DH finish. We ended up missing him by about a minute because he finished faster than his projected 4:15. His final time was 4:04:05. This was also his first marathon. We walked around some more, then waited for my MIL to finish her first marathon at age 58. She finally did finish in 5:11:28.<br><br>
All in all, it was a GREAT day!! I know several other people who PRed at this race. The funny thing is that the fastest marathon time was not very fast at all (2:20). I got to see the first marathon finishers come in, though. It was really cool because they came in right after I finished. The crowd went wild!<br><br>
Oh, DH has decided I should go for a HIM this year now. The one here is in October, and it is an Ironman event this year. That is another thread, though! Yikes!!!
 

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Awesome job, Kelli!!<br>
A one hour PR sounds pretty good <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
I didn't know you are part of such a cool family.<br>
Now, if DH said it, I guess you have to do it! I'm on his side!
 

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atta girl<br>
must be so cool having all that family there. what a great system, you're a lucky girl<br>
Great job at the race
 

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Wow, talk about a family event! Congrats on the one hour PR and really rockin' the course, Kelli! And now you're in for an HIM this year - woohoo! Wishing you all the best in training for that
 

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Kelli;<br><br>
That is just awesome. And so amazing to have so much family doing the same event. I hope hope hope for a sub 2:10 this year. What a great accomplishment!!!!<br><br>
The course sounds pretty tough too. Hope you have a great recovery and start training for that Oct. HIM. I highly recommend doing a HIM<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">.
 

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Sprint finish!!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
Cool report.
 

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Great improvement......<br>
That focus in your training really pays off.<br><br>
Good job!
 

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Yay!!!!!! Awesome Results!
 

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Nice job Kelli! It sounded like a great day! I like your DH's suggestion for a HIM! It looks like you are ready for the challenge!
 

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Thanks everyone!! I felt so good about this race. DH is also really proud that he finished in the top half of his AG 200/465 for his first marathon. MIL did too 21/48 (and of course BIL did -- he was 23/214 in his AG).<br><br>
I just looked at my spilts and can't believe I actually ran negative splits for the most part.<br>
Mile 3 -- 9:47 (all uphill)<br>
Mile 5-6 -- 9:35 (mostly downhill)<br>
Mile 10 -- 9:34 (up and down)<br>
Final pace -- 9:29 (2:04:17 -- for some reason they show 1 second faster)<br><br>
Running negative splits on this course for the 2nd half is tough. I definitely made it up in the last 2 miles! The marathon course is mostly uphill to mile 18 then mostly downhill to the end, so it is a good one to run negative spilts on. According to my GPS, my splits were pretty even (except for the last mile which showed 7:19 -- I KNOW that was wrong!!) DH is confused because ALL his splits are faster than his final pace. Weird.<br><br>
I did probably run a sub-8:00 mile for the last half mile, though.<br><br>
If I do the HIM (probably will), I'll definitely need a bike trainer! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">
 

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Awesome race Kelli! You'll be at sub-2 before you know it. And as for the HIM? Go girl!<br><br>
BIL ran a 3:13 for his first marathon? Incredible!
 

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Congratulations on a huge PR! Great race. And how cool is it to have so many family members/friends racing/spectating together! What a great day.
 

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Hey Kelli.... nice report on a great race! So glad the weather cooperated and you (ALL!) had good experience and results.<br><br>
Go for that HIM! I'm impressed....you'll do awesome!
 
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