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Carlsbad, California
United States
Elite Racing
64F / 18C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 05m 18s
Overall Rank = 636/654
Age Group = Walk
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Took my time getting up and ready this morning since I had decided to walk and not attempt to run any. Had breakfast, a cup of coffee, and sat around trying to wake up. Sore throat this morning upon waking.
Event warmup:

Parked at work (2 block away) and walked over the to the Expo. Got there rather early since I wasn't sure if parking would be an issue or not. Stretched out my right foot pretty often.
Run
  • 1h 05m 18s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 20m  min/mile
Comments:

My running companion the whole race was self-doubt. I feel very much out of my element even standing on the sidelines cheering for races, and to be out there participating was way out of my comfort zone. I don't know how many times I tried to talk myself out of even showing up, and then standing there waiting on my group to start I felt very lost in a large crowd. I knew no one there, people were walking in groups and I just didn't want to be there.

Right off the starting gun a stroller ran up the back of my right leg. I immediately thought I should just stop and not go on. Then we get up to the train tracks and are told to run, that a train is coming. It's uphill that portion of the course, and it hurt. By the time I turned left onto PCH my heel had stopped hurting but my outter calf muscle was starting to burn. I know they are somehow connect (the injury issue). All they way down PCH, past the 1 mile marker I talked down to myself. I had no business being there, WTF am I thinking, I need to pee (I knew I went too early), what would DH think if I just stopped now and turned around? What would my BT group think? I should have brought a water bottle. A senior lady with a cane passes me. What seems like hundreds of stroller people pass me. I refuse to look back for fear that I'm the last one and begin to appreciate people passing me because it means I'm not DFL. At the turn around there's a bathroom hut for the beach and I pealed off and went. I did feel better afterwards, but so many people had kept on going and the DFL head demons came out to play again. At the water stop I grabbed a cup and spilt half of it down my front. The other half I swished in my mouth and held it there as long as I could. I wasn't really thirsty, just had a very dry mouth, plus my throat was starting to hurt again. At mile 3 there was a man walking taking pictures who was constantly walking in front of me and slowing down. I felt like pushing his azz down and had decided that if he did it one more time I was just going to run over him. I was at a point where if I slowed down I didn't think I could keep on going, my feet were killing me (burning) and my right calf was still screaming. The restuarants were firing up and the smell was wonderful. My stomach was growling, my feet are hurting and there the turn to the finish line. DH was not where I thought he would be waiting. I just kept my head down the whole time and for some reason looked up right into one of the female photographer's face and she had the most kindest smile on her face and told me to not stop, I was almost there. I really just wanted to weep. I did see DH standing there and motioned to him that I needed a drink so he handed me a water bottle. Across the finish line, and I almost got knocked down by some woman and her little girl who were in a hurry to get the chip cut off their shoe. I'm trying to not limp and I didn't want to stop for fear my right leg would start to cramp instead of burn. Slowed down long enough to grab a bottle of Cytomax, water, and a banana and limped back toward the car. Stopped to let the 20+ year olds run by and headed on to the car.
What would you do differently?:

Walked more? I don't know. I know it would have been better if my heel had not been hurting and I could have run some.
Post race
Warm down:

Limping back to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Damn PF.

Event comments:

Since April 2004 I've wanted to run this race. There's a bit of personal history behind it for me and I'm determined to keep coming back until I *can* run it.




Last updated: 2007-10-19 12:00 AM
Running
01:05:18 | 03.11 miles | 20m  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/654
Performance: Bad
Course: Very small hills, little up little down, mostly flat. Along the coast highway looking at Million dollar condos and the beach.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2008-04-06 2:29 PM

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2008-04-06 2:57 PM
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I am SOOOO proud of you for getting out there and doing it!! I've been cursing my stupid tonsils all morning for keeping me from being out there with you. I know going out this morning was a huge decision for you, but you did it! Next year, let's RUN it together.
2008-04-06 4:41 PM
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Terri,

I am so incredibly proud of you. Yes, I am proud that you DID NOT quit and you finished strong--but I am most of all proud that you DID sign up and train and SHOWED UP. Those are really the hard parts. 

This wasn't an easy race for you, and as you saw for yourself with me, I very well understand both the psychological and physical difficulty of pushing through when you know you're DFL or close. Kudos, kudos, kudos for keeping going and putting together a beautiful first race, worthy of the beautiful, lively woman who did it.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! You were an athlete the moment you started to train ... but now it's OFFICIAL!!!!! 

You are an ATHLETE!!! 

2008-04-06 5:09 PM
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TERRI! You are so, so awesome. I can't even begin to say how impressed I am that you signed up for this race, that you showed up, that you started, and that you *finished*. That's just...well, it's really beyond amazing. All of us in your mentor group know what strength and courage you have, but you were drenched in strength and courage in this race.

Congratulations!
2008-04-06 5:37 PM
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You are very inspirational!
Many of us would of DNS or DNF if we had the injuries you had, so you should be very proud.
Awesome job.


2008-04-06 5:39 PM
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That is awesome. Great job. What you did today no one can ever take that away from you. You fought through your injuries but more importantly you fought through the self doubt and proved to yourself that yes YOU DO BELONG OUT THERE and that nothing can stop you now. Self doubt is the hardest thing to beat and as you showed today you can do it!!!


2008-04-06 6:21 PM
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Kudos!

Very inspirational, Terri. Keep up the great work!
2008-04-06 6:33 PM
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You are a winner!  Way to go!
2008-04-06 7:08 PM
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Terri,

You are terrific and tenacious in hanging in there for this race.  The Q word may have crossed your mind but it was something you didn't give in to.  Kudos for hanging in there.

 

2008-04-06 11:11 PM
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Terri! you should be so proud of yourself!

It would have been easy to quit or to not even start, but you didn't let those pesky bad thoughts and demons get the better of you!

Rock on!! 

2008-04-13 1:53 PM
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Thank you everyone. One week later, I still think it was an awful race. I do wonder though if the temperature being 15 degrees hotter than normal had anything to do with my miserableness. I've seen the finishing pictures and my face says it all! But, not to be put off...I'm signing up for next year's race


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