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Little Rock, Arkansas
United States
Little Rock Marathon
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 08m 40s
Overall Rank = 312/1241
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/66
Pre-race routine:

Drove the 11-12 hours to Little Rock WITH my 6 yo triplets (ugh) and hubby- (my parents were originally going to come but my mom fell and broke her hip Thursday :()did half Friday- got there Sat afternoon. My grandparents and Aunt live down there and met us at the hotel. the weather was GORGEOUS... my kids were in heaven. After training in this crap all winter I SO deserved a nice race day! So went to the xpo- got my stuff- got hubby to the golf course (yes I got lost going to get him- wouldnt be a Tammy race if I didnt get lost somehow,somewhere ;) Finally got back to the hotel around 8- got my stuff together and went to bed and I actually slept pretty good all things considered.
Woke up had a Cliff bar and was to the race site by 7. Met some cool people. It was already pretty warm by the time we started- sorta wished I had on a cooler top and had my shades :)
Event warmup:

a little stretching- tried to relax, I tend to put to much pressure on myslef sometimes (OK- a lot of times). Decided I was just going to run- whatever felt good- that would be it.
Run
  • 4h 08m 40s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 29s  min/mile
Comments:

Tried to not start out to fast- think I did OK... it was really crowded which helped keep me in check. My legs felt tlike the running was effortless- but I felt like I was really breathing hard... I always feel like I am breathing harder then everyone else I run with...???... The first 10 went by really fast 53:57...saw my husband after that and told him I was tired alreadt and that it was hard. Started to be really hot and uncomfortable... it really was a big change to run in that weather and there was awind I wasnt reaally expecting either. At about mile 12 I really felt like crap- my calves were already cramping- I seriously thought about turning in with the half marathoners...My plan was to start with abottle of infinite and my husband was going to give me another around the halfway point. I saw him at mile 12 and he asked if I could wait til mile 18- whatever- it wasnt tasting so good anyway. I told him I didnt know if I would make it that far. Stopped and went to the bathroom got out and sw the 4:00 pace group go by- I sorta said screw it at hat point and walked the aid stations and stretched my calves out whenever I needed to. The biggeste hill was at mile 13- thats what they said I have no memory of it at all... miles 12-16 were really a blur. 1:57 was my halfway split. Mile 16 or 17 we hit a really long downhill slope that was along the river- I REALLY needed that. Got to mile 18 and thought only 8 more miles- I love 8 mile runs- Actually felt ok- although I was obviously running alittle slower. Mile 20 was at 3:09... all my training runs of 20 miles were right at 3 hours- ugh... really just couldnt figure out what my real problem was. Hit a big hill at mile 25 with ANOTHER big hill right after it. I think I actually ran all the hills up to these- my hill trainig really did pay off- I think the wind was harder on me then the hills (HTFU... I know, I know) Walked up the hills, ran down :) Ran the whole last mile in. I didntfeel that great joyous feeling, I wasnt proud, I was just so happy to be done.
We got the biggest, cheesiest finishers medals ever, seriously... Ill have to post a picture- thay say the have the worlds biggest finishers medal-lol- I almost fell over when they put it around me:)
My ITB actually felt fine the whole race (ummm I mean run)... I think the advil helped. BUT I had this really bad pain in the ball of my foot- it feels like the bottom of my foot is bruised- AND on the other foot my sock was bunched up by my middle toe- I told myself I should stop and fix it but of course- I didnt- well that toe nail is about to fall off :) a true marthoner now arent I??
What would you do differently?:

I think I really should have had some endurolytes- I never really even thought to bring some. I think I was pretty well hydrated so something with my electrolytes was off.
I think Id start off even slower.
I think Id do more training at race pace too.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down and took my shoes off.... probaly should have done that- hubby had to give me a piggyback ride to the car:)
After I was back my sister called and told me someone died after his run- he was from Madison and had a 3:02 race- he died right after crossing the line. How sad :( They did a great job of keeping everything going becuase I dont think any of the racers knew about it until after. That heat was tough on us "northerners"

What limited your ability to perform faster:

At first I was kind of disappointed but I really cant complain- top 10 in my AG isnt too bad.
I learned a lot. And am even today thinking about when I can do another...is May too soon???;)

Event comments:

Little Rock puts on a GREAT race- it was very well organized- the volunteers were awesome and there were SO many of them. The expo was good, the past race was good, the finshers medals were..... ummmm different :)
Id go back- for sure




Last updated: 2008-01-11 12:00 AM
Running
04:08:40 | 26.2 miles | 09m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/66
Overall: 0/1241
Performance: Average
Course: hilly- a long flat out and back from miles 12-23- which felt like it took forever!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-03-03 9:06 PM

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2008-03-03 9:15 PM
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Great job! 13-16 were pretty tough.
2008-03-03 9:19 PM
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Congratulations Tammy.  You should be proud of the accomplishment and now you know you can finish strong when you do IM WI which should be a big confidence boost!  Rest up, you need to start IM training don't you? Laughing

PS May is too soon.....get back on the bike!

2008-03-03 9:31 PM
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Impressive race and a big boost for IMWI!

Top 10 in your AG rocks~

Glad those doubts you had went away and  you finished strong.

I think electrolytes are even more important for us Northerners who travel to warm places during cold winters to race. 

2008-03-03 9:41 PM
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You did AWESOME wondertwin!  Way to go!!!!

I was even saving my 400th post for your race report!

2008-03-03 10:35 PM
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Nice job Tammy!  Going from our cold, snowy weather to 70 degrees is tough.  70 is hot for a marathon especially when you are coming from our 20s.

Congrats on the top ten in your age group.  You gained very valuable experience that will help you in September at IM WI. 

 



2008-03-04 6:09 AM
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Nice race Tammy.
2008-03-04 7:37 AM
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proud of you taminator!!  you have been working very hard for this race and you went out and did an excellent job!!  now you know the distance and now you know you can do that distance...............nothing stopping you know!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

2008-03-04 8:53 AM
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Great job Tammy. Must have been tough to deal with those tropical temperatures.  And if you use the word "marathon" anytime between now and IMWI I'm gonna drive to your house and strangle you
2008-03-04 8:58 AM
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Sorry about Mom...but nice race TJ...you rock girl.  Now...let me borrow those legs for a while would ya???
2008-03-04 9:29 AM
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Awesome job!

Tammy is one of toughest girls you will meet,
She finished strong even though it was warm and she had sore feet.

After some rest, she will start IM training
hopefully on race day it will be nice & not raining.

For finishing a tough race, she should have lots of pride
and it sure was nice that her hubby gave her a piggyback ride.

Marathons are really hard, or so I have been told,
but most impressive is you rode in a car for 12 hours with triplets who are 6 years old.


2008-03-04 10:54 AM
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The finishers medal note is very funny,
You Rock..

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2008-03-04 11:05 AM
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jmwebs - 2008-03-04 9:29 AM Awesome job! Tammy is one of toughest girls you will meet, She finished strong even though it was warm and she had sore feet. After some rest, she will start IM training hopefully on race day it will be nice & not raining. For finishing a tough race, she should have lots of pride and it sure was nice that her hubby gave her a piggyback ride. Marathons are really hard, or so I have been told, but most impressive is you rode in a car for 12 hours with triplets who are 6 years old.

Another classic dood!! Sorry...couldn't go without sayin!

2008-03-04 11:14 AM
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Nicely done--especially considering the temp. differences and driving down with Triplets! Wow! You deserve a medal just for that!  Crazy how these things make you want to do more of them!  Way to persevere--and thankfully toenails grow back, welcome to the club!   Great job--top 10 in AG is impressive!
2008-03-04 3:59 PM
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Congrats Tammy, nice work on the Top 10 AG. Enjoy the down time, you deserve it.
2008-03-04 8:55 PM
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Awesome job on your first marathon!! That is a really great time for any marathon, let alone your first. Way to get through the pain and finish strong enough to hold up the worlds largest finisher's medal.


2008-03-05 1:34 AM
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Awesome race! Congrats on a great accopmlishment
2008-03-05 7:38 AM
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Great job !!!!!! I hope my wife will carry me after the Florida HIM As a fellow ITBS slave, I know your happy with no flare up during the race !!!
2008-03-05 1:42 PM
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Great race Tammy!  Very well done for a first race.  Close to 4 hours w/ heat, wind, and hills...you should be proud.  But I am with Birkie.   Your next marathon will be in Madison in September!

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