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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Gulf Coast Marathon Race Recap

There are too many races to recap these days! The recap is - I ran a 3:36:11 and was second female overall! The marathon only awards first overall and each age group, so I got a first in my age group award - and so did lil' brother Abe. That was kind of neat. I started the race way too fast - at 6 miles I was under 42 minutes - and a little after that a fast looking chick passed me. I decided to slow down once I saw her - she looked way faster than I and if I had been leading her I must be going too fast! I slowed down and slogged through many boring miles (see race review to come...after I put up the Harrisburg review...I know, I'm so far behind!). I kept waiting for the Hammergel they promised at the start, but it never materialized. So I ran hungry, which made me grumpy. What made me grumpier was getting lost at mile 17 because some non-bright volunteer was sitting on the arrow cone. Since I couldn't see the arrow I asked the volunteer, who directed me forwards. I should have turned. I quickly realized the mistake, but it cost me about 0.4 miles. BOO. Until then I was on pace for a 3:33 but, eh, oh well. I was slowing down anyway. I plodded on and as I neared the end - 23 or 24 miles? - a volunteer told me I was the second female. Wrong thing to say to a tired marathoner. I looked behind me and there were no women for miles, so I slowed it way down. I felt pretty bad - majorly underfueled - and I walked a little after the last water stop. I teased the volunteers not to tell anyone I walked! I didn't plan on sprinting to the finish but it felt good to hear my name over the loudspeaker and "Here comes the second place female!" so I kind of did. Abe met me at the finish with a sweater and water, which was nice. He had a bad race - he didn't bring any gels or fuel at all but expected to get one on the course. He didn't. He also didn't train at all and is getting over strep, but he didn't love his 2:51 time. I'm still impressed. Fourth overall and first in his age group. We celebrated our victories with a walk on the beach and a trip to the outlets (Abe's jeans were starting to look like Goodwill rejects).
First place age group finishers! Yeah, I ran in my pajamas BTW.

So overall? Nice time, not so nice race.
Lately I am a gazillion times faster than I used to be. Today I thought, "Guess I'll run a 3:36" and, well, I did. I have no idea what's come over me, but since last February I've taken 32 minutes off my marathon time. My husband is accusing me of over caffeinating...but I'm not complaining. I'm baffled but enjoying it!
I PROMISE you'll get the race reviews and a guest post from Abe coming up. Have a great Sunday!

11 comments:

  1. Good job to both of you!!
    Margee ended up going to the outlets after the race too- we definitely spent a couple miles talking about shopping. :)

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  2. Per your suggestion I am only reading your race report because you are on fire. Congrats on a very impressive result. Any time hardware is involved I would call it a "nice" race. But that's just me.

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  3. ANOTHER marathon? Holy crap girl! And a 3:36 to boot - so impressive! Great job :)

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  4. WOW! I hope I have the same kind of success when I start cutting back my marathon time. :)

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  5. Awesome time...sucks that you were hungry the whole time though...congrats to your brother too. So, when's the next one? Haha!

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  6. Amazing! And you went off course? Very nice. And congrats to your brother!

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  7. Gracie, I love your blog! You are so cute and such a great runner. I've been to NOLA's Jazz Fest a few times--so fun. I love it there! Congrats on your big win and to your bro too!

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  8. Holy cannasta - another marathon? And another PR? Dang you are fast, girl! Congrats!!

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  9. YAY GRACIE!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is all :)

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