Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The 59% Twin Cities Marathon Report

I have been trying to figure out how to handle this race report since Sunday.  Afterall, I didn't finish so what more can there be? Actually, a lot!

 I will first state that I am fine.  I am seeing my chiropractor for treatment on my Achilies and ankle.  Although it has not been ruled out completely, they are pretty confident that my injury is not a stress fracture.  Urgent Care put me in a splint and thought it was sprained.  Most likely it is all Achilies related because it was beyond tight.  Today I am walking normal with only a little soreness.  The Chiropractor did some muscle work and I went in for a deep tissue massage.  It seems to be working.  I am going to baby this for a bit and start running when I get the all clear.

I always have been a fashionista

Now that is out of the way I can get to the good stuff:
  • I made it more than half way before I had to drop out.  My thoughts are 59% is better than not even trying.
  • I ran in my brand new shoes.  First time I have ever run in them and they ROCKED.  I know the rules and I know the consequences, but I chose to challenge it anyway.
  • The weather was AMAZING!  It was perfect day for racing.
  • The course.  I have said it many times, but Twin Cities Marathon has to be one of the most beautiful courses out there.  The Fall colors are stunning.
  • I ran with my friend and it was nice to have company and brag about the beautiful, cool place I call home.
  • I got to spend time with my friend that lives out of town.   We ran as a Viking and Packer fan.  I was a little shocked at how many Packer fans there are on this side of the boarder.  Hmmmmfp.  I didn't like being heckled!!
  • My new Yurbuds.  They were amazing and did not hurt my ears nor did they fall out.  The did not even need to be adjusted.  Simply amazing.
  • My new Garmin.  Wow, I can't believe I ran without one.  It was fun to monitor my pace.  I certainly caters to my neurotic side.  Speaking neurotic....I wore both Garmins.  I had one monitoring my pace and one monitoring my intervals.  Yes, I am an uber nerd.
  • My pace was way better than I could dream of even doing a run/walk interval....I was on track to come in around my personal best, a far cry from the sag wagon.
  • The spectators were fantastic!!!  Lots of cheering, music, and high fives.  Again, this marathon should be on your race bucket list!
In the big scheme of things, I am happy with my performance.  I ran well, I felt well, but I just knew it was not going to be a good thing for me to finish.  I felt better running on Sunday than I have for over a year.  That is success in my book and there are many more races to chose from.

One of the best parts of the weekend was the "internet dating" as my friend calls it, I call it a Blogger meet up.  I got to meet Bobbi!  She ran the race as well and did awesome! 
She is one of the nicest people I have met and very down to earth.  She braved the Casa de Chubby and got harrassed by my children and didn't bat an eye.

I have a feeling I will be seeing Ms. Bobbi again in June.

For a DNF, this race was still fun.  I do hope that this is my ONE AND ONLY DNF.


James said...

I'm glad your keeping a positive outlook on the situation. You'll be back on your feet (yes, pun intended) in no time.

Jennica said...

59% is awesome! Especially because it sounds like it was a rockin 59%! Thanks for your positive outlook! I wish you luck with your recovery!

Elle said...

Hope you get over that injury soon and can hit the streets again.

(Just) Trying is for Little Girls said...

Yes, you are very fashionable. Nice report. You're right, there's lots more races. Get better soon!

misszippy said...

Well that all sounds positive on the injury front. I'm glad! And you have a great attitude on the race. Way to get it right!

Al's CL Reviews said...

The 301 (if that is what you got) should be able to track your pace and do your intervals. I say "should" because that would require me to use it. But I thought I read it in the manual.

Good job on focusing on the positive. BTW, how was the cake?

bobbi said...

It really WAS a great day :)

(and I heart diva - she'd get along JUST fine in my house :P )


momof3 @ Neurosis of the Stay at Home Marathoner said...


Walking off the course, taking a DNF... way better than finishing and doing some real damage. Marathons are every year... and hey, in my book, you did the hard part. The hard part of a marathon is the training, the race is the "easy" part... trust me on this. If you want to be a marathoner, you've proved your moxie, now you just need an opportunity.

Congrats on making good choices. DNF far superior than DNS.

MCM Mama said...

Sorry your achilles decided to be a bitch. But way to go on the 59%! You will so rock the next one (and sounds like you made a smart choice.)

Diana said...

Glad to hear it doesn't sound too serious! Here's to a solid healing..

GO PACK GO!!!!!!!

Becka said...

Hope you feel better soon!

lifestudent said...

Congrats. I honestly believe its harder to DNF than to actually push yourself through the race. When there is a question or a doubt, stopping is always the right choice ... but lots of people dont/cant make it. I think you should be pretty proud of yourself!

Carolina John said...

I'm glad you had fun still on such a beautiful course. Getting to spend the time with friends makes it all worth it.

Jess said...

Well, 59% is better than 0%!

Megsie said...

That just sucks that you got hurt, it sounds like you had a blast!! Your attitude is so positive as well, I would have to say it is better than mine would be!! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments this are an inspiration. (Or, at least I look up to you, seeing that I haven't run since June!)

Michelle Dragoo said...

Hope you are feeling better hon!!! XOXO!!!

Delane said...

Glad you had fun and yes, trying is better than not doing. I say that as I sit here the night before the Chicago Marathon with a DNS.

Anonymous said...

Great job! You'll be back to running before you know it. I'm taking a break. Two marathons this year...I deserve it! No races over 5K until next Sept. Have fun with your Halloween run!