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Short version-NCR Trail Marathon this morning in 4:28.

Long version-There is no room for inflated egos in the marathon world. Your training can be fantastic and you can still fall apart on race day, but the important thing is that you finish if at all possible. Once you give up one time I imagine it’s much easier not to finish the next time.

I ran the first 1/2 pretty much on pace for a 4 hour marathon. I hit 10 miles in 1:32 and went through halfway in 2:01ish. Then the wheels started to fall off. Actually, they were falling off a while before that, but until things really got bad I was in denial. After about mile 16 I accepted the inevitable. I felt queasy, my hips were tightening up, and pretty much everything hurt. It was a combination of being sick the past two weeks, driving 17 hours roundtrip to Rhode Island a few days ago, and setting too ambitious of a marathon goal. 4 hours sounded good on paper, but I just didn’t have the training going into marathon season to back it up.

The great thing was, I still had a good time. I walked 5 minutes a mile and ran when I could. It was a beautiful day. My mom, my coach, and two of my friends (one with her husband and a baby on the way) came out to cheer me on. I finished under 4:30. I ran through the finish line. When all is said and done, I still ran 26.2 miles, which is something more than 99% of the population will never do. Given that I wanted to drop out of the race about a dozen times, that’s an accomplishment.

I’m switching my focus to 5ks for awhile to work on my speed. I’ll miss 20 mile long runs, though, I have to admit. I think they’re more fun than the marathon.

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I ran the 5th edition of the Run to Remember in Baltimore this morning. I would have kinda liked it if we would have gotten carnations to throw at the policemen (and women) by the Baltimore WTC like we did the first year, but it was still a very good run. The bagpipes playing Amazing Grace were amazing too-I just love bagpipes, and that song reminds me of my 3 weeks down in New Orleans with the Red Cross back in March. The kitchen manager walked through where we were loading up our hot meals for the day playing that song on his bagpipes.

You can’t beat the finish on top of Federal Hill either.

If I had run a 5k PR (under 24:28) I would have placed in my age group.  As it is, I finished 517 out of 800-something and ran more than 30 miles this week.
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I'll be working at the Staff Deployment center in downtown DC starting tomorrow at noon.  I'll be there for at least a few days, maybe longer depending on what Ernesto does before it makes landfall.  Right now it's breaking up over eastern Cuba, it's barely a tropical storm, and the prediction cone keeps drifting farther east.  So if it brushes Florida with a few inches of rain and 40 mph winds, then I'll be home by Friday.  If it's much worse than that, I might not be home for awhile but it won't be any more than 3 weeks.

I'll get to stay in a motel in downtown DC and work with a bunch of cool Red Cross people for a few days, if nothing else.  Given that otherwise I'd just be sitting around the house catching up on my reading and staring at the wall, it works for me.  Life is good.

In other news, I had more fun running the Annpolis 10-Miler (I'm finisher #2571) yesterday than I've had with any race in a long time.  I'd forgotten how much fun big races (this one had 5,000 runners) are.  Lots of music, lots of excitement, always lots of people around, and dozens of residents out there with sprinklers and hoses to keep us cool.  Yeah it was hot and humid and rather hilly, just like Maryland distance runners always say, but I'll definitely do it again.  We got nice fleece pullovers and icy cold towels at the finish and we got to run over the Severn River.  The hills aren't THAT bad either, no worse than Bachman Valley (though that's not saying much).  I'm kinda sore today, but not too sore.  Marathon training continues on.

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I'm enjoying running shorter distances more than I imagined I would. I'm learning that there is just as much satisfaction to be had in running a shorter distance like a mile and doing it well as there is in finishing a marathon. Well, almost, but it takes a lot less time to recover and start thinking about the next one so it evens out.

I ran the Main Street Mile two days ago in 6:30. Keep in mind that a month prior to the race I was down in New Orleans where I didn't run a step except up the Mississippi levee in the lower 9th ward for 3 weeks. I was half tempted to forget about running any kind of a quality race, forget about training for the race with the Flying Feet, and worry about nothing but processing my experiences and getting my money back for the training program. I'm so glad I didn't decide to do that. I needed to get back to running. Running is as much therapy as it is exercise. I needed running to get back to feeling like myself. So I did it. Not much at first or even all that much now, but I stuck with the training program and met the goal time I set for myself before the Red Cross sent me down to Louisiana and I learned more than I could have imagined about life and injustice and the human spirit.

Judy told me when I got back that I would wake up one morning and feel back to normal. I resisted getting back to normal for a long time because I thought that what with all the people living down there are going through I had no right to get back to normal.  I can't pinpoint a day, but I've gotten back to waking up and feeling back to normal.  I've come to the realization that I did what I could while I was there and stewing in my own juices here at home is not going to help out the people down there on the Gulf Coast. Better to take care of myself so I'm ready for the next time the Red Cross deploys me because like it or not, there will be a next time.

Running is about so much more than putting one foot in front of the other.

Race results-if they're not up now they will be shortly

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Yay for turning on the Caribbean music last night and dancing/lifting free weights/stretching. It was just too cold and windy out there to go for a run, even if I knew I should. Upshot is I'm actually a little stiff today, which means I worked harder than I thought I had. I still can't wait for it to get warmer and lighter outside so running is a little easier.

I was going to post a list of books I've read so far this year, but I decided to wait until I reach 10, so back to work. Not that today is all that much more busy.


EDIT: Hey look, I won my first race!

EDIT again: Here's the results from my first race ever. I finished in 28:04, #109, and I could barely breathe afterwards.
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NCR Trail Marathon in 4:14:16!

results here--->

That's a 15 minute PR over Baltimore 6 weeks ago, and nearly even splits.  (For those of you non-runners, that means I ran the second-tougher-half almost as fast as the first.)


x-posted to [ profile] runners and [ profile] marathoners

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I had my SMP presentation yesterday morning. Christine and Denise said I did a very good job and looked sounded very professional, but geez did those professors grill me. Slavery is a touchy subject, I suppose. It's done though. Now all I have is finals, which seem pretty anticlimatic after my SMP.

I'm exhausted. Maybe finishing up my SMP then running a 1/2 marathon 2 days later wasn't the best idea. We finished 5th out of 50 2-person Frederick Marathon relay teams, though. :D That made me very happy. I finished in 1:57:02, and my relay partner ran just over 1:30 to bring us in around 3:27. Yay! I ran in a 3:27 marathon. Someday I'll do that by myself. :-)

(We're "Half the Run, All the Fun.")

Next up: 18/55 Pfitz plan for the Baltimore Marathon, October 15th.

Oh, and I was accepted to this really cool-sounding internship in Charles Village. I'd be entering census information into their database to help preserve historic neighborhoods in Baltimore. The only catch is that it's about 45 minutes away and I don't have a car and the internship doesn't pay. :O So to do the internship I'd have to work 20 hours a week there, at least 20 hours a week someplace else to afford a car and gas-and never mind the Special Olympics sailing that I love and marathon training peaking at 55 miles a week, quality miles to boot.

Do I really want to do all that right after graduation? Or do I need a break? Right now I'm exhausted, but maybe after senior week and sleeping in a few mornings I'd feel better. It sounds like such an excellent opportunity, but I don't know if I can pull it off without running myself (literally) into the ground. And I have to decide by Friday. :O

Okay, back to studying for my exam tomorrow.

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I ran the B&A Trail 1/2 this morning in 1:55:01. That's a PR of 1 minute and 34 seconds, and a pace of 8:47. Woo hoo! It was a perfect day-chilly and breezy and sunny-couldn't have asked for better weather. And the race was very well-organized-complete with a performance shirt that I can actually wear running and a nifty medal and a free massage and lots of bagels and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. And the B&A Trail is very pretty and less isolated than the NCR Trail. I would highly recommend it.

One disclaimer though-the race is not flat, even though the trail is. We cruised through some rolling-hills neighborhoods for the first 3ish miles, then at the turnaround (mile 7), we left the trail and went down and then up a big hill. The trail is paved and flat and straight, though-perfect for fast times.

I'll post a link to my race report once it's finished.

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I'm finisher #48, race #193.



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