Monday: 20m upper body
Tuesday: 6.9m 8:06/pace
It’s about that time to share with you the race day details! Usually I need a week to absorb the race, reflect, plan and hello…Celebrate!! This was a huge PR for me (3 minutes and 18 seconds!) and I’ve been enjoying a week off from running to revel in racing success.
So let’s jump right into it!
At the start during mile 1 my body was relaxed, but I felt like this pace was too easy for what I wanted to do that day. I figured this would be my warm up mile since I didn’t have much time to actually do a warm up. I figured you can’t bank time and i’d pick up the pace as the crowds fell. My first mile beeped at 7:54, I could have swore it was a 9:30/pace, so my heart jumped and I kept repeating, “I CAN PR TODAY.”
Shortly after I found some space and sped up, I overheard a couple who were talking about their pacing strategy and the guy said, “We’re at a 7:16/pace I think this is a good pace…” I couldn’t agree more and I kept up with them until the marathon & 1/2 split at mile 7. I didn’t realize they were running a full marathon at that pace! It was slightly deflating, but at the same time, I was running my own race and just used their calm, even pacing as inspiration.
I felt really good at a 7:15-7:25 pace and basically tried following the tangents as best as I could while enjoying the music playing. I can honestly say I felt really great this entire race. Then I saw the number 8 spray painted on the asphalt and remembered i still had a ways to go. This is when i juuuuust started feeling tired. This gave me a lot of confidence cause usually i’m blowing up by mile 9 or 10 and struggling and slowing to the finish.
After a quick body check–>legs felt good, posture good, tunes good…I decided it was time to work. I picked up the cadence and focused on getting to mile 10 and then pushing the final 5k. I kept positive by focusing on my goals and trying to keep a soft smile on my face as often as I needed.
I couldn’t maintain much of a smile during those last 2 miles. I was incredibly uncomfortable, but I refused to slow down. I pumped my arms so my legs would have to keep up. I kept repeating, “don’t stop when you’re tired, stop when you’re done.” and “You’re not slowing down, your brain is just getting tired” both mantras helped me continue until the final right turn toward the finish.
And just as the wheels were coming off, and my legs were hurting so bad I couldn’t feel them I heard my best friend, Marie yell out, “CORRII!!” I turned my head and they were right there watching me in the final stretch. I can’t describe how badly I needed to hear a familiar voice of encouragement because I felt like I was slowing down and the finish line was a bad dream where you’re running but you aren’t going anywhere.
Across the finish line where my legs finally got to rest, everything felt fantastic. I have never crossed a finish line more proud, elated and satisfied. I’ve been searching for that feeling of running a smart, but left it all on the course, race.
I started this race with my head, and finished with my heart. As cheesy as that comes off, it’s how I will forever race, running with my head then with my heart.
And of course shortly after the race I had a burger & beer with Marie 🙂
I have a ton of thoughts and a few reasons why I’m so thrilled with the outcome of this race:
-There was no pain in my IT band, or any area for that matter.
-I did the first 4 miles in under 30 minutes (something i’ve always wanted to do) and the first 10k in 46:34 (my best 10k ever)
-I negative split the course. I haven’t done this in YEARS.
-I broke into the top 100 female of a major race. This was a dream goal…
-3:18 off of my 1/2 time is a huge step toward someday getting under 1:30 and qualifying for Boston.
88th Female, 19th in age group 1:36:07 7:19/pace
What are your go-to mantras!
Have you had a “best” race?
11/17/2015 at 7:38 PM
Congrats again! You, my friend, can easily run a BQ. You just need to pick the race and do it! I am so glad you had such a great day and such an awesome experience. It was certainly not the experience I expected but my friends that I traveled with did well, and knowing you did well made me feel a lot better! My “best” race is the race I always talk about. The Charlevoix Marathon, I felt unstoppable. I ran a 3:06 and was the second female. Of course, I haven’t touched that time since! I got close in Chicago last year with a 3:08, but no luck. One of these days, the stars will align again! I am so glad they aligned for you!
11/17/2015 at 10:10 PM
thanks allison, i really feel i can BQ as well..just gotta put myself out there and try. I want to be speedy like you!!
11/18/2015 at 10:46 AM
You ARE speedy like me, sister!
11/17/2015 at 8:45 PM
Great race! I like the mantra “you’re not tired it’s just your brain” because it’s so true! I need to remember that one for my next race.
11/17/2015 at 10:12 PM
It’s extremely true! I read on competitor or RW that even though we “feel” tired, we’re usually not slowing down, it’s generally just our brain tiring out. hence, my last miles were WAY faster than i thought
11/17/2015 at 8:47 PM
Congratulations! It’s wonderful when everything just falls into place during a race– it’s always nice when hard work pays off. 🙂
11/17/2015 at 10:12 PM
Thanks Katie! it doesnt fall into place often, but when it does we have to enjoy it!
11/18/2015 at 10:22 AM
this is awesome! congratulations 🙂 you did great!
11/18/2015 at 3:11 PM
11/18/2015 at 10:54 AM
Amazing time!! I’m still waiting for that ‘best’ race. I’m pretty darn proud of my race from last weekend, even though time wise it was one of my slowest. You can tell from your last few race pictures you were leaving it all out there on the course. Congrats!!
11/18/2015 at 3:12 PM
time doesnt always mean “best race” so i understand what you’re saying. and as ugly as those pictures are, i needed everyone to see the pain!! haha
11/18/2015 at 3:06 PM
Congrats, amazing time! I know how amazing beating your pb is, especially by 3+ minutes. My pb is currently 1:37:22 and I’ve tried to beat that time for over a year now. Next year hopefully! 🙂 Best race is probably still my first marathon in 2012, there is nothing quite like the feeling of finishing that distance for the first time.
11/18/2015 at 3:13 PM
Thanks! I hadn’t broke my half PR in over 14 months so i know the feeling, just chip away a little at a time and it will happen! and yes! 1st marathon is always a great race!
11/19/2015 at 5:27 AM
This is amazing, well done! My mantras are: ‘You have a plan’ –> ie. you came up with a plan for this race, and it was a perfectly reasonable plan, so don’t psych yourself out. Second one is: ‘First half, don’t be stupid, second half, don’t be scared.’ Since my race distance of choice at the moment is the 10k, this is relatively easy for me to do. I always run negative splits on 10ks, so once I get to the halfway point I consciously kick it up a gear. For my next race i’m gonna try to still run negative splits, but work on picking up the pace slightly in the first half.
Anyway, ramble over (sorry!) but WELL DONE!
11/19/2015 at 8:14 AM
love the mantra, whatever it takes to remind yourself you trained so stay calm! I’ve been practicing “fast finish” training runs and that totally helped with the negative split.
11/19/2015 at 5:56 AM
Wow, what an amazing race for you! It sounds like you trained and executed the race perfectly. I definitely struggle with the mental part of racing and its something I need to work on (especially in distances like the half marathon). Congrats!!
11/19/2015 at 8:15 AM
I feel like this entire training cycle was mental training coming off an injury!
11/19/2015 at 2:53 PM
OMG Cori this is SO awesome! Love the pictures and your recap and so happy you totally nailed the race in spite of feeling like you were dying (and in one of those pics you really do look how most of us feel during a race!).
11/19/2015 at 3:23 PM
awww thanks michael! and yes i have to show the ugly runner faces from time to time.. keepin it real!
11/19/2015 at 4:28 PM
Great race! So inspiring! I’ve had that (I can PR) feeling and it just makes the race awesome. My times were no where near yours but I’m working to get faster.
11/20/2015 at 3:19 PM
time is all relative! plus having that “feeling” was better than a PR any day
11/20/2015 at 3:17 PM
I’m so happy I came across your site today! First of all, Moab is amazing and its awesome that you got married there and great job on such a strong race! I love what you said about running with your head and finishing with your heart because that’s how you PR!
11/21/2015 at 6:41 PM
It’s exactly how you pr!! And thanks, moab was incredible and I can’t wait to go back and visit
Pingback: The Almost PR- Rock N’ Roll DC 1/2 Recap! |