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So earlier this year I decided that Chicago would be my goal fall marathon. I built up my mileage, used Pfitzinger’s 70/MPW plan and felt good and strong in September, ready to attack Chicago. Then a few things happened:<br><ul><li>I ran a couple days in the Poconos. I felt great and quite strong during the runs however the hilly routes did a number on my previously healthy left hamstring and hip.</li>
</ul><ul><li>I pulled myself out of the race in Chicago just before mile 13. The weather was taxing me too much and I was thinking ahead to NYC.<br>
Feeling a bit bummed about Chicago, I took a few days to host my own pity party.</li>
</ul><ul><li>Getting back into the routine and prepped for NYC, I further tweaked my left hamstring & hip.</li>
</ul><ul><li>I made a decision to move forward with running NYC. I was still strong and I wanted some closure to the fall marathoning season.</li>
</ul><ul><li>Because of these events, my last longish run was 15.5 miles, 6 weeks prior to race day. This, I believe, is what caused me the most hurt in the marathon.</li>
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The day started off great! Met up with <b>PacerChris</b>, <b>LLdiggingdeeptoprBerg</b> and PC’s buddy Tom to set up camp in the starting area. It was great hanging out and sharing both porta-potty and pacing strategies. I didn’t really have a time goal in mind. This race was about me seeing my training through and producing a good experience in lieu of Chicago. I was thinking about maybe going out with 8:45s-9:00s and seeing where it took me. Well, that didn’t last long. I met a very cool runner in my corral and we decided to run together for a bit. She had also run Chicago and was from my hometown of St. Louis so I knew she was good people!<br><br>
A bit of congestion in that first mile but we made up for it on the downhill off the bridge. I was feeling great and it wasn’t the go-out-too-fast-and-get-burned-later excitement type of great. It was honest to goodness, this pace is comfortable and I’m in control great.<br><br>
M1: 8:58<br>
M2: 7:55<br>
M3: 8:23<br>
M4: 8:23<br>
M5: 8:24<br>
M6: 8:33<br>
M7: 8:29<br>
M8: 8:41<br>
M9: 8:42<br>
M10: 8:38<br>
M11: 10:53 1st porta potty stop<br>
M12: 9:29<br>
M13: 8:56<br>
M14 - M16 the leg cramps begin.<br>
M17: 8:31<br>
M18: 9:04<br>
M19 – 25 3 more porta potty visits (collective UGH!) and some more leg cramps on and off<br>
M26: 9:11<br>
.88 (yep, I didn’t run that shortest route) 4:28<br>
Finish time: 4:14:23<br><br>
As evidenced, the leg cramps and on-and-off digestive problems pushed me way off pace. The thing is, I knew I could do this. I never had a mental slide, I felt strong despite the cramping and knew that the old going out too fast wasn’t the problem here.<br><br>
I finished, still without a time goal, and absolutely giddy that I could see Jason x 3, my sister Beth x 3, Heather, Tara, Steve, Kate, Alexis, Bob, Maggie, Matt, Kelly, Larry, Jack, Hunter, Lyla, Lori & Lora, all cheering me on. They are friggin' supa starts in my book!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br><br>
I am confident that had there not been that 6 week period of time from running 15.5 to running 26.2 I could have and would have nailed at least a sub 4:00 if not better. I don’t like to live life with a bunch of would haves, could haves. I know what I am capable of and I’ll continue to work hard to get there.<br><br>
It wasn’t the race I trained all summer for, it wasn’t the condition I’d like to go into a marathon in, and it wasn’t a PR. <b>What it was it what matters.</b> It was my marathon, it was a fantastic journey going further & harder in training than ever before and feeling incredible, it was a huge learning experience and it was yet another opportunity to hook up with the always wonderful 30s gang!!! I continue to learn so much in my running and having the people here to share it with is one of the best feelings evah!
 

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Yup! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
You did awesome considering everything that didn't go right. Where/when do you think you'll be doing sub-4? Late next year?
 

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yabut....I'm still pissed that we didn't get to meet in chicago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Mad"><br><br>
Congratulations on the run my funny and fine imaginary friend.<br><br>
You are the best.
 

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You trained like a rock star <b>Maria</b>, I'm sorry the season didn't go better for you.Take a little recovery time, hit the roads hard this winter and I have no doubt you'll crush a spring marathon.<br><br>
See you in Philly!
 

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Great job - that's a pretty strong finish (I'd gladly trade you splits for the lst 4-5 miles!!) Glad to hear that you enjoyed it and feel good about another strong finish - far better than Chi-town!<br><br>
Thanks again for hosting me this weekend - Sat and Sun. As always, very enjoyable to hang with you whether it was watching the Trials, bragging about the wonderful porta-potty experiences, or napping on your couch. Can't wait to connect agan!
 

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Maria, the marathon is a crapshoot ... and the worst part is that most people (Marathon Maniacs and the like <i>excluded</i> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">) can't just go out and run another one the next weekend. Your attitude is the best. You got to enjoy family and friends, and hey, even though your time wasn't quite what you had hoped, it's still a terrific time.<br>
That PR will come .... as will many more after it. Congrats.<br><br>
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<span style="color:#008000;"><b>Maria</b> <span style="color:#000000;">- you are someone to be admired; you knew going into it that you weren't at your prime best, and you still rocked an awesome effort and time.</span></span><br><br>
You will get that PR. You will get that BQ. But even if your next marathon doesn't bring either of those forth, there will be a whole throng cheering and rooting for you regardless, because that spirit and attitude of yours shines through brightly like few others do.
 

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Your attitude is inspiring. Not just today but always.<br><br>
I know your big day will come soon.<br><br>
It was fun hanging out with you over the weekend.<br><br>
Looking forward to seeing you in Philly.
 

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<b>Maria</b> You really are an inspiration. There have been nights when I have thought of you banging out your 10+ milers after work (along with Brandy) and have found my 5-6 milers more tolerable.<br><br>
You have a great attitude and I truly hope our paths cross one day.
 

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I'll be back there to run the marathon next year if not before then. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<b>Maria</b> As others have said, you are an inspiration. Two gutty perfomances, you are a rock star lady. Cant wait to meet you in Philly!
 

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holy cow, i finished about 1 min 20ish seconds behind ya! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
sorry to hear your time didn't meet your expectations but it was still a great effort!!
 

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Congratulations! You got everything out of it. Enjoying and gaining from the experience, along with looking forward to and planning the next one!
 

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Tough with the cramps and all. That's always a risk with how things line up on the day of the event. Hopefully you'll be able to build upon everything from this year and it'll make next year all the better.
 
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