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December 12, 2010

WR Splittage and Thoughts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:41

I can’t get over how it’s been a week plus since WR! How’d that happen?! A week ago from when this post is going up I was celebrating a fantastic race at the Texas Roadhouse drinking

Texas Love

I promised some splits when I first wrote my recap last week but I wasn’t wearing the garmin so I didn’t have them.  But now I do. Thanks sis 🙂 So enjoy if you’re into this sort of thing.  And I’ve tried to add new commentary so it’s not just straight up numbers but I don’t want to really make it another race recap.  Because I’ve already done that. I was hoping to have some actual WR pics up by now but I still can’t figure out how to take the pics.  Anyone want to do it for me? Then I can relive this race through another post with pictures hahah! The pics that follow are camera shots from my Cannon so I apologize for the icky quality, which is why I only included one at the moment 🙂

mile 1: 7:10
mile 2: 7:12
mile 3: 7:09
mile 4: 7:11
mile 5: 7:14
mile 6: 7:11

The “easy” miles.  Or rather the really fun miles because me and Liz were just so excited to be doing this thaaaaaang! Can you say practically dancing in the streets?

Funnnnnnnnnn

mile 7: 7:12
mile 8: 7:15
mile 9: 7:09
mile 10: 7:11
mile 11: 7:12
mile 12: 7:12

More of the same laughing but getting a bit more serious because the initial “omg we’re doing this!” was replaced by “jeeeeeeeez it’s real”.  This is where those boys were making comments about our legs.  Silly boys.

mile 13.1: the HALF Marathon mile: 1:34.00
mile 14: 7:17
mile 15: 7:14
mile 16: 7:11
mile 17: 7:12
mile 18: 7:13

Passing through the half at 1:34.00 which is 3 seconds slower than my half-marathon PR that I ran back in September.  It was scary to think I was running my marathon at such a fast pace! But a good kind of scary.

mile 19: 7:26
mile 20: 7:21

Slooooooooooooowage.  My legs were hurting. Bad.

mile 21: 7:09
mile 22: 7:04
mile 23: 7:01

The Dolly Parton “hills” were in here somewhere.  My legs and hammys were burning and on FIRE but I saw someone where a BC (Boston College) sweatshirt and gave a holler to him. That lifted me up a lot. It also lifted me up to see my friend playing trumpet around mile 20.  It was awesome!

mile 24: 7:00
mile 25: 6:49
mile 26.2: 6:42

I’m going to just repost what I originally wrote on my recap:

  • Holy @#$& these last few miles suck.
  • Holy #$@% I could break 3:10 (thought at mile marker 26)
  • Holy !@#$ I just did (thought at finish line)

Again: Final official time was 3:09.26

And more interesting stats:

  • Over the final 25% of the race I passed 84 runners and only 1 passed me
  • I finished ahead of 96% of male finishers (holllleeeerrrrr)
  • My average overall speed was 8.3mph
  • Broken down by quarter my speed was: 8.2, 8.3, 8.2, 8.5

Obviously a great race and I’ve kept meaning to do a post-WR post but I’ve been (obviously) putting it off because I don’t *really* know what to say. Oops.

But I guess the overall gist is that post-WR I still don’t really feel like it happened.  Don’t get me wrong: my body feels like it happened but the trip was so amazing and awesome and was just wonderful (from the people I hung out with to the 26.2 miles run) that it just seems surreal.

Especially since I only really trained for 5.5 weeks! I do think this helped me immensely and was definitely a factor in my successful race.  I don’t know if I’d recommend this strategy to anyone but I got that mental monkey off my back. Other things that helped me for this race:

  • Rest days.  I’m notoriously bad at taking them but I didn’t run at all the Friday or Saturday before.  I did walk about a great deal but no running
  • Pure track work.  I did speed work sessions before Boston last spring but I felt very focused on it this time around and I fell in love with the high school track.  AKA not the TM where I was doing my intervals before.  And keeping it *just* track work.  In my zeal last cycle I also remember doing hills after intervals.  While that sounded hardcore at the time it might not have been the best.
  • Training for the course.  While with Boston I made sure to get those hills in, for WR I didn’t need too.  Or at least I didn’t need to do them specifically.  RI is plenty hilly enough, Dallas not so much.  My regular routes had just enough to keep me prepared.
  • Tempos.  I hate them.  With a passion but I executed them very well.  I may have run a few of them “too fast”.  At least for what my original goal was (3:20) going into the race
  • I hate to say it but the dreaded 2 X 3 miles.  I hate this more than tempos but in the end I smashed my goal so it was all good.

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23 Comments »

  1. i love how even your splits were and how FAST your kick was! i mean seriously! its like rocket boosters or something. still so excited for you and your MASSIVE PR. i can’t believe that you only trained for 5.5 weeks. that sounds amazing! sometimes the longer training cycles stress me out…

    Comment by the dawn — December 12, 2010 @ 18:57

  2. Wow – you amaze me! 🙂 I really hope I can do half as well when I go to Disney in January – really, that will make me happy!

    Comment by Terri — December 12, 2010 @ 19:16

  3. Yowza!!! That is freaking fast. Great job! I’d certainly be one of those males you pasted up!

    Comment by Detroit Runner — December 12, 2010 @ 19:55

  4. Those splits are phenomonal! I hope to someday see those for a half marathon 🙂

    Comment by Jenny — December 12, 2010 @ 20:07

  5. I think, from a purely outsider perspective, you trained a lot smarter and more focused for this race. Maybe because there was less time to agonize over the training plan? Whatever it was, you nailed it, or came darn close. It’s nice that you have the blog to refer to in planning your next race.

    BTW – it happened. Or else, you are hoodwinking us all!

    Comment by sarah — December 12, 2010 @ 20:51

    • I *definitely* think that not having lots of time was key. As was not having a specific training plan. I knew what I wanted to get out of each week but I wasn’t a slave to anything. Key. And YAY it happened 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 13, 2010 @ 21:20

  6. I’m so impressed by how consistent the splits are. Were you guys keying off feedback from her Garmin and that’s why? And that finishing mile — yiiikes! 🙂

    Comment by sweatykid — December 12, 2010 @ 21:02

    • Nope. In fact I told her to NOT tell me splits unless I asked. She might have been looking but we really were going by feel. I’m a kind of runner that, once I get into a pace, I can just hone in. For better or worse

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 13, 2010 @ 21:21

  7. Once, I wore a Mizzou tshirt in a 5k and someone yelled out “go mizzou!”

    It’s funny how something so little can be so uplifting! Made me smile… 🙂 And then I kicked ass… lol

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 12, 2010 @ 21:46

  8. Gosh I loved reading this. WTG putting it all together and running strong and consistently.

    Comment by Marcia — December 12, 2010 @ 21:48

  9. Love this post! Hope you’re still basking in your post-awesome marathon glory 🙂 Looks like you learned some great training tips & tricks for Boston!

    Comment by mealsformiles — December 13, 2010 @ 07:41

  10. i love your stats! obviously the splits speak for themselves 🙂 (they are saying: BAMF). and then i love how you recap things like the percent of guys you beat. and someone (1 person) passed you in th e last 25% of the race?! at that pace?! did go go gadget jump in or something?????

    xoxoxox you ROCK!

    Comment by Lacey — December 13, 2010 @ 08:54

  11. I have been waiting for these splits:) You are absolutely amazing. You bet 96% of the males…that is the best thing ever!! I love the pictures…you and your marathon sis are gorgeous! Great tips!! I will be using those:)

    Comment by janae @hungryrunnergirl.com — December 13, 2010 @ 10:06

    • I think the thing I’m bragging most about is that beating 96% of males hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 13, 2010 @ 21:22

  12. I enjoy looking at splits – must be my math brain! I think all your workouts were done well this cycle. I know that I need to do more tempo runs, those are especially helpful!

    Comment by J — December 13, 2010 @ 12:27

  13. OMG!
    Congratulations, girl!
    You two rocked 😀

    Comment by Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover — December 13, 2010 @ 12:58

  14. Always a good sign when you can go faster at the end! Nice, even splits. This was perfect.

    Comment by Jess — December 13, 2010 @ 14:27

    • It sure as heck didn’t feel faster though! It felt…painful.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 13, 2010 @ 21:23

  15. This sounds like the perfect race! You were incredibly consistent and still had a kick at the end. Finishing in 6:49 pace? Hollerrr! Nicely done 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — December 13, 2010 @ 15:51

  16. […] (which I can’t believe that it’s been a week plus since I ran my race! and wrote two recaps for — the first link is the original and the second is the splits (which I’m glad you […]

    Pingback by Ibuprofen Is My Drug of Choice At The Moment « MarathonMaiden's Blog — December 13, 2010 @ 17:39

  17. GREAT race girl. Seriously amazing! Recover well and hit it hard soon!

    Comment by amyjane12 — December 13, 2010 @ 22:24

  18. oh mon dieu!!!! your fastest split was your last?!?!? you are amazing!!!!

    Comment by Lindsay — December 15, 2010 @ 13:32

  19. Just wanted to drop a quick note and say ‘Holy crap that’s fast’. Very nicely done – awesome! Cograts!

    Comment by dcrainmaker — December 20, 2010 @ 01:30


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