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Fort Worth, Texas
United States
38F / 3C
Total Time = 4h 44m 23s
Overall Rank = 429/692
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 23/37
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6 am, got dressed, ate two waffles and a banana with peanut butter. Headed out to pick up Ang
Event warmup:

Did not do any stretching or warm up as Ang and I were racing to get our backs checked, make a potty break and then meet up with some folks. I found my friend Jason and he and I had talked about starting together. He had to get his chip so we picked a spot to meet after our different agendas. After checking my bag, I headed to the meeting spot. I waited under the tent and tried to stay warm. All of a sudden Ang heads over and finds me and says the race has already started. I was thinking "What, I never heard anything?" Anyhow, we made a beeline to the start, searched for the timing mat and headed out. I didn't have time to get any pre-race jitters. Doug and Ben caught up with us shortly after we started. They too had missed the start, basically I thought the whole start was a HUGE cluster fu**!!! I saw several people with 10k bibs on who got mixed up about the course and the start. There were different starting spots, but the marathon, ultra, half, 10k and 5k all started at the same time. Not a good decision on the race director's part!
  • 4h 44m 23s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 51s  min/mile

I ran the first 7 or so miles with Doug and Ben and we chatted with various people on the course. We passed Marcy and Steve in the first couple of miles and I saw several other people I knew. I had printed out my pace wrist band the night before and just kept focused on the 4:43:55 goal I had set for myself. I would check my time at each mile marker and for the first 17 or 18 I was about a minute ahead of my goal. I lost a little time on my two bathroom breaks and two quick stretch stops, but overall I felt good. I really never felt like I hit a wall but my legs did feel a bit sore even from the start. I pushed through the soreness and tried to get a good running posture. I also tried to stay relaxed so that I wouldn't tense up and get more soreness pain. My mom and the kids cheered us on at mile 5, mile 20 and then at 25. That was a huge help knowing that they would be at those spots. I broke the race up into smaller segments and didn't think about running for almost 5 hours. I finally caught up with my friend Jason at mile 20 and he was starting to hurt. He had run the first 15 at a 10:15 mile pace and was suffering. I stayed with him for about a half mile, but then realized I needed to push on if I was going to make my goal. He ended up finishing about 20 minutes after me and was hurting bad. He had not trained well and was paying the price. My training paid off and I finished strong and felt good at the end.
What would you do differently?:

I might set my goal a little lower as I felt like I could have gone a bit faster. Then again, maybe I would have hit a wall and slowed way down.
Post race
Warm down:

I saw my trainer at the finish line, chatted with her and with Ang. My dad was also at the finsih, but Doug and the kids were all off on their separate activities, birthday party and soccer games. I went in the food tent, but really wasn't hungry. I had five gu's, two bites of snickers and some gummy bears on the course. I wonder if I ate too much? Lots of things to consider for my next marathon. I realize that there is LOTS to learn and it isn't just getting out there and running!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Soreness from a bit of overtraining a few weeks out and not getting quite enough miles in before the marathon.

Event comments:

I have done this race many times, mainly done the 10k but last year I did the half. They normally have the marathon and half start at a different time than the 10k and 5k and I think they need to go back to that. There were more people running it than they planned and did not have enough volunteers at the bag check, registration or chip pick up. I will definitely continue to do the race, but hope they get more organized next year. Overall I am pleased with my time!

Last updated: 2008-02-14 12:00 AM
04:44:23 | 26.2 miles | 10m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/37
Overall: 429/692
Performance: Good
I am going to see what I can figure out to download my Garmin data, but my avg HR was 153 and max was 178. I feel really good about that!
Course: The course was definitely hillier than White Rock, but nothing steep. Lots of gradual inclines throughout the course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-02-25 10:58 AM

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Fort Worth, Texas
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2008-02-25 3:28 PM
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Flower Mound, TX
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Great race Jill.  You did a great job of sticking to your race plan and accomplishing your goal. You should be proud.
2008-02-26 6:42 AM
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Lacey, Washington
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Great job!!
2008-02-26 1:19 PM
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Dallas, TX
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WOW! Great race Jill! You hit your goal time just about dead on. Awesome!

Congratulations! Look at you... I remember when you were pondering if you would do the WR Marathon... and now you have done 2 in the span of 3 months.
2008-02-26 1:23 PM
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McKinney, TX
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Great race! You passed us somewhere in there.

Not an easy course, but you nailed it.

2008-02-26 1:31 PM
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Keller Tx
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Nice job Jill!

2008-02-26 9:11 PM
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Amen for the wrist band pacer!  You did great!  You're smile across the finish line said it all!   We have some time to plan out next year's marathon...we can start by working on our pace for El Scorcho.  Heck, it's only a 25K...piece of cake!  Right!  Awesome race, Jill.
2008-02-27 2:22 AM
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Plano, Tx
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Awesome run!!!!
way to stay on pace
2008-02-27 9:37 AM
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Longview, TX
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A very fine run Jill!


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