Monday, February 4, 2013

Quick race recap

Thanks so much for all of the comments, texts, emails, message, etc. The support and encouragement from you all has been much felt and much appreciated!!

We have been super busy and I have been trying not to waste a minute of my time here in Florida with Jennifer. A MUCH more detailed race and weekend recap will be coming tomorrow, but for those not on Facebook, here is the short of it.

Time was 3:14:30. NOT what I was shooting for (although a 3+ minute PR), however, I got sick and lost 6 minutes and 10 seconds dealing with that and trying to clean myself up a bit. So although I am not happy with what my official time was, I AM happy with how I ran. Sage wanted me to dip under 3:10 for this race, and I "ran" a 3:08:20. I know it doesn't count and that's ok, but I also know the effort I was able to give and the pace I was able to run.

My splits were consistent, my legs and lungs felt awesome, I did not let myself discouraged when I got sick and wasted so much time OR when we turned around at the out and back and there was a decent head wind for much of the "back" section. I stayed mentally focused, I never stopped fighting, I never wanted to stop running, and I ENJOYED racing. I truly, truly did. In fact I picked off two very strong female runners in the last two miles (one of which had a bike pacer) and moved up from fifth place to third.

As a bonus, I finished THIRD overall and won $400 and a beautiful platter, along with the very ugly medal!! (Pictures coming). :)

I have got to get this stomach figured out. It is very frustrating to be eating perfectly and avoiding foods that make things worse and never "cheating" and to still have stomach issues often, ESPECIALLY during a race in which everything else felt amazing and the last thing on earth I wanted to do was to stop running. I have an appointment and some more tests coming up and am praying for answers and solutions.

This race WAS a step in the right direction. I ran really well. I will post my splits soon and I am proud of them. I am proud that I placed as well as I did. It felt great to be physically and mentally strong throughout a marathon and to enjoy it. I felt like I got my racing groove back. It leaves me confident that with this line of training, big things (and faster times!) are coming.

The time with Jennifer and Lauri has been wonderful. We have had so much fun and I am charging up on best friend time because it will be way too long before we get time together again.

Thanks again and more coming tomorrow. :)

28 comments:

Amy N. said...

I'm so sorry you got sick! It sounds like you had a fantastic race otherwise and did a great job not letting one thing stop you from accomplishing something amazing. Congratulations on a new PR, even if it's not the one you wanted it's still a big accomplishment!

portia said...

Amazing running Erin! I hope you figure out the stomach issues very soon, but I'm so glad to see that you are proud of your running time (it DOES count!) and you realize that you have really improved. You're looking at it in a positive light and that is as critical as running a fantastic race. Great work lady!

giraffy said...

I hope you get the stomach issues sorted out soon!

Congratulations on the race!

elly said...

COngratulations, Erin! I'm really sorry to hear that you got sick again - I pray that you get everything sorted out. Looking forward to hearing about the race (well, the running part of it, anyway! ;) )

Aunt Melissa said...

Congratulations!!!

Melissa said...

Great race despite the sickness!

Amy Lauren said...

Congratulations on the PR, very sorry to hear you got sick during the race, but hopefully the next one you won't get sick and can run that time for real. Good luck with the doctor's appointments and getting the tummy troubles straightened out, and I'm glad you had a fun time in Fla.

Mark Matthews said...

It's never ever bad to PR! (he says since he will never PR again)

And to barf and run 26.2 is its own special duathlon! (he says trying to be funny)

coach dion said...

So there is a lot still to come from you, and that is a good thing... I'm not the doctor, so i don't have the answers you want, but I prey that the clever people out there do, and good luck in finding them!

susette said...

You are so inspiring. I even like my treadmill now knowing that you run so much on yours gives me more desire to keep knocking down some serious miles on mine. Having stuff to watch helps too:)

Excellent job on your marathon! So jealous of the beautiful weather. Utah will get it eventually.

greengirlrunning said...

YEAH for placing overall!!! You were on my mind all weekend :) So sorry you had tummy trouble but so happy to hear you had such a great time racing and a PR! looking forward to the full recap! Congratulations!!!

Rori said...

Congrats on a great race despite the stomach issues. Praying you can get those figured out. I can't seem to find you on Facebook. I was trying to locate you yesterday to see if you had posted a quick update. You inspire!

monicac2 said...

You ROCK!!!

Getting sick must have been pretty serious if it cost you six+ minutes to get through it all. And yet you finished with a time that is a fantasy for most.

Awesome job!!

Beth @ Miles and Trials said...

3rd place is awesome! Congratulations. Darn those stomach issues, how incredibly frustrating, but you are so strong, you will get it figured out and I can only imagine your race times then!

jessie said...

You rock, Erin. Really nice job. I was so hoping that this race would be good for you. Which shoes did you wear (pink or yellow/black)?

Carrie said...

Way to go, Erin! I'm so glad you had a great race despite the tummy troubles. You are unstoppable!

Nicole said...

Way to go Erin!

Happy Running Mama said...

Congrats, Erin, on a PR! Sorry about the stomach issues but it's great to hear you actually "ran" a 3:08 and your legs, cardio, etc still felt good! Looking forward to hearing more details. And hope you had a great time with your girlfriends. :)

Christy said...

Wow- amazing! Great job!

AmyZ, PhD said...

Congrats! We all still know that you did it in 3:08. I am hoping that with all your talent and connections in the running world, the best GI specialist for runners will come and show up in your life very soon. Someone has to exist somewhere and I hope someone points him/her to you very soon.

Gracie said...

Congrats on the fantastic placement!

Christina Williams said...

Wahoo for $400 and a PR and third overall! Hope you are enjoying all your time down there and have a safe trip back to the hubby and kiddos! Chat with you soon :)

Jill said...

I am super proud of you, girl!! I hope you get your stomach thing figured out soon...it's actually such a common thing amongst marathoners that surely there is an answer out there. Congratulations!! :)
xoxo

bethp262 said...

Congrats on your PR and 3rd OA! Sorry about your stomach issues. Have you tried taking Imodium before racing? After a couple of "incidents" myself, I tried it and now always take before a full or half.

Diana Martinez said...

Ugh, so sorry you go sick! But how amazing that you got 4th place overall, in spite of that!! So cool. Congrats on a well run race, despite your stomach.

fancy nancy said...

First congrats on again being super speedy...amazing! If I got sick on myself, I know I certainly would not have finished! Second I'm so sorry that you are still struggling so much with your stomach!!! I pray that things will improve for you!!

{lifeasa}RunningMom said...

Awesome job and I have to say, I love how much you appreciate and really cherish each race! Keep up the great running!

Adrienne said...

Congratulations, Erin!!! Way to go!