Sunday, May 12, 2013

Not my day

It just wasn't my day today. I was on target through mile 11, but the effort level was way too much for the pace I was running and I knew it. It was 60 degrees and 98% humidity at the start, and 80% humidity at the finish, and it just kicked my butt. I was really dizzy and it hurt to take a deep breath. Lots of turns and lots of hills didn't help anything. After mile 11 I knew a PR or good time wasn't happening so I just let it go and took it easy the rest of the way - walked and ran and tried to still enjoy it and not beat myself up too much. Finished in 3:50ish for those that care. Next one will be better. Despite the ups and downs, I do so much love this sport.
Happy Mother's Day to all of the awesome women who read my blog! :)
 

27 comments:

Mark Matthews said...

happy mothers day.

Nicole Hart said...

Sorry Erin. Try to enjoy the rest of your day. Sounds like rough conditions for a PR.

Kristen Lawrence said...

Hugs! Get yourself on a speedy flat course with tons of crowd support and the difference will be there. I know you can PR in a major way!! Happy Mothers Day! You are an incredible mother runner!

Gunderson Family said...

Oh Erin...wish I could give you a big hug and tell you still how amazing you are!! Hold on to the love of the sport and the lifestyle it brings....and smile!! Love ya blog friend:)

Amy Lauren said...

Happy Mother's Day Erin. It sounds like this was a rough one. Give yourself grace, there will be another race out there. Be thankful for what you do have and chalk this up as a bad day *hugs*

Raina said...

Happy Mother's Day, Erin!
Sorry things didn't work how you wanted them to. But, you were smart to take it easy after it became clear it wasn't your day. It's so hard to go from training in earmuffs and tights to running in 60f- it takes time to adjust.
Sounds like a super training run for the next PR. I know one is coming!

Your positive attitude is an example for us all.
Hugs, R

Kathryn Lunetta said...

Hi Erin, I saw you at mile 25 as I was walking to 23 to meet friends and run them in. You looked relaxed but I knew you were off target and I'm sorry this wasn't your day or race. My friends were taken by surprise by the hills and turns as well. Happy Mothers Day!

Kristin said...

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!! I hope today brings you calm and comfort. I'm sorry it wasn't your day, I continually thought of you while I was in CT knowing it was a nasty day to be running hard. You're awesome, and your choice to continue and enjoy is brave.

Beth @ Miles and Trials said...

That heat and humidity would have put me over the edge. Somethings are just out of our control. Come join me in 2 weeks at Mountains 2 Beach in California! Happy Mother's Day to you.

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I'm sorry. Happy Mothers Day though. Lots of hugs.

Amy Z said...

Happy Mother's Day. Good for you for recognizing what it was not going to be and for not pushing it to be something you wanted it to be. Your readers believe in you!

Christina Williams said...

Happy Mother's Day! I'm so sorry to read about the stinker of a race. When that humidity sets in, it is unbearable at times, ugh. Many hugs and enjoy today fo being a great momma!

Laura Dantin said...

So sorry you had a rough day! Love your positive attitude...You are such an inspiration! Hope you had a wonderful mother's day despite the not so good race conditions! Hugs!

Gracie said...

Gosh, sorry for the bad race. Happy mother's day anyway: you are an awesome mom and runner!

Shirley said...

Yep...I agree with the comments about humidity making it tough.... It can get fairly humid here in Western WA, and having grown up in AZ where it is dry, I definitely feel it.... I just console myself that it is NOTHING like the deep South! You took the right attitude to relax and just take it easy. Still...a GREAT time! :)

jamie smith said...

I live in AL, humidity is no joke. It can permanently turn your brain to mush. Kudos for the effort, you're just gearing up for Chicago. Proud of you, Coach! Jamie

coach dion said...

We all care, we all want you to have the perfect run, to run the PR, to see you take one step closer tp the goal... My goal are so much time based, but I like to finish a marathon and know I ran well and finished strong!

Now it's time for you to step away from the marathon for a bit and run a couple of PR in the other distances. So when you line up for the next marathon you know how to run that PR

Good luck, and I hope you, mother of 12 had a great Mothers day... Yes there is more to your life than running Marathon. You are a star.

PS can't wait to read the full write up on the race.

Jen@runfortheboys said...

I am proud of you for realizing that the humidity was taking its toll on you and taking it easy and effectively turning this race into a stellar training run. I am proud of you for hanging in there and finishing. But I am most proud of your attitude. No whining, no complaining, no quitting. This is the example you want to set for your kids (and everyone else who is watching). Thank you for continuing to inspire - from your humble attitude when you get those PRs to your determined outlook when thigs don't go as planned. You never waiver in your love of the sport or commitment to your goal...and THAT, my friend, is the heart of a champion.

Julie said...

Humidity sucks!!! I can remember one 10 miler that I ran in August 2010 where I thought my head was going to explode! To go from the conditions of your training to the conditions this weekend on the east coast, I would think that anyone would have struggled. As I tell my non-running family, you just never know what kind of a day you will be handed ... all the stars need to align for a good race, and unlike a test in school, all your hard work isn't always reflected in the end result.

I was thinking about you all day! Good for you for shaking it off and staying focused. Chicago in October will be AWESOME!!!

misszippy said...

Ah, hugs my friend. You know I understand the feeling. Unfortunately, the weather in May on the E. Coast can bring anything and you pulled the short stick this weekend. Wallow a bit and then turn that focus on Chicago!

fancy nancy said...

Oh Erin...big hugs your way!!! I thought about you yesterday...the air was thick! One thing I know about you is that you are a fighter and I know you will get this!!!

Annie Crow said...

Ooh, sorry. I'm glad you took it smart and took it easy once you realized what was going on. My one DNF ever came from trying too hard on a humid day - I realized I was in danger of heat stroke and stopped and ended up walking the rest of the way.

Is the next one Chicago then? It can be hot and humid too as you know.

Good luck going forward!

Diana Martinez said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Sorry it didn't go your way. You were smart not to push it, though - no point in getting hurt just to try and prove something. You are capable of better, and you can show that some other time. It just wasn't your day.

Onward and upward!

Happy Running Mama said...

First, let me say Happy Mother's Day X 12 to you!!! You have such a beautiful, amazing family and I am amazed at your ability to do all that you do each day for them AND still train at your level.

Second, I am sorry to hear that yesterday wasn't your day. Heat and humidity can bring even the best of runners to their knees. Literally. It sounds like you did the really smart thing to let go early once you knew it wasn't going to happen for you. And to just relax and run. If you had kept pushing, it only would have made for a longer recovery. Ahhh, marathons can be so frustrating because we can do EVERYTHING right but there will always be SOMETHING out of our control. We are always chasing that perfect race! But I know your perfect race will come for you in the future...most likely, many times over. :) xoxo

Healthy Ambitions said...

Happy Mother's Day! Sorry to hear you didn't have the race you planned but you are truly inspirational! Keep your chin up!

Chris Poulos said...

It was great to meet you and your parents! It was definitely a slow day for everyone. Even the winners were way off their times. One of the runners you coach let me use her cell phone to call my wife after I dropped out. It's such a small world!

Nicole said...

You did what you could, you listened to your body. I think that was a smart move. I hope you enjoyed RI and the time with your parents. Happy Mother's Day!