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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Badgerland Striders
60'sF / 0C
Overcast
Total Time = 4h 44m 20s
Overall Rank = 1457/1951
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 87/127
Pre-race routine:

3 things you should typically NOT do 2 days before a marathon!
1) get your nutrition plan from rstocks3 in BT chat.
2) go to google and try to find a plan on running a marathon (JeffGalloway.com).
3) think to yourself..hmmm.. maybe I should have trained and ran longer than 14 miles before the marathon.
I did all 3 and yet I finished!!

Nutrition included: Lots of water, 2 GU's every hour mixed with water. 1 endurolyte every hour, sports beans w/caffiene, snickers bar and starbursts.


Got up at 4:30, got dressed, ate my banana and PB bagel. Stopped at Kwik trip to get my decaf/caf coffee. Asked Craig on the drive..WTF am I doing? Yet I decided to keep a positive attitude...I CAN RUN A MARATHON!!
Event warmup:

Stretched a bit while talking to Craig. He was my rock that day..kept me calm and in a great mood. Telling me "You can do this." This has been my biggest challenge yet. I am not a strong runner and this stand alone Mary definitely scared me much more than my 2 back to back HIM's.
Run
  • 4h 44m 20s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 51s  min/mile
Comments:

I used a 4:1 method. Was not quite sure how it was going to work, but it seemed to fit me well. I was able to stay consistant without tiring quickly. And had so much energy the whole run. I usually start out to fast in the beginning, so I kept looking at the garmin to make sure I stayed at a 10 min mile pace. I wore my watch on my left arm to keep track of when I needed to run/walk etc. Mile 1-8 went quick. Felt really strong. Saw Craig at mile 6, which helped a lot. Mile 8 I had to stop and wait in line to pee, which messed up my split a little. Mile 9-17 I felt even better. Made sure I was GUing and drinking water often. Mile 18 I started to feel the pain a bit in my quads, but very tolerable. I knew if I just kept the pace I had I could finish strong. Mile 19-21 was ok. Saw my stalker again at mile 22 and I think he was surprised that I was still feeling so good. I was looking forward to Mile 25 when I would see PeterAK with my beer. Saw Peter, but no beer. He gave me a high five and away I went to finish strong. I tried to give it all I had the last mile but had nothing left. Met Craig at the finish line with a big hug and kiss and I knew then that THIS is what I love to do!! I love waking up every morning and realizing that ANYTHING is possible! If the mind can believe it, the body can achieve it!!!
What would you do differently?:

Train more. Be a little more prepared. Would like to run 9's next time.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around to get the muscles to relax. Ate half a banana, drank more water. Talked to Travis and Sandi. Thanks you two for coming and cheering me on! Donks are the best. Then Craig took me to Kopps for a yummy burger!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training

Event comments:

Love this race! Beautiful course! Will be back next year!




Last updated: 2008-06-09 12:00 AM
Running
04:44:20 | 26.2 miles | 10m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 87/127
Overall: 1457/1951
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 10.27 Mile 2 - 10.15 Mile 3 - 10.18 Mile 4 - 10.20 Mile 5 - 10.03 Mile 6 - 10.21 Mile 7 - 10.32 Mile 8 - 12.08 Mile 9 - 10.24 Mile 10 - 10.40 Mile 11 - 10.21 Mile 12 - 10.35 Mile 13 - 10.34 Mile 14 - 10.41 Mile 15 - 10.47 Mile 16 - 10.48 Mile 17 - 10.56 Mile 18 - 11.23 Mile 19 - 10.51 Mile 20 - 11.27 Mile 21 - 11.07 Mile 22 - 11.01 Mile 23 - 11.23 Mile 24 - 10.39 Mile 25 - 11.02 Finish - 12.55 Had to pee at mile 8 :)
Course: A couple hills, but mostly flat. Great run course!! Loved it!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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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2008-10-07 11:56 AM

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2008-10-07 1:08 PM
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Kick azz job Amy! Way to keep a steady pace with no let down. I guess long runs for marathon training is overrated.
2008-10-07 1:29 PM
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You saw your stalker again? But I wasn't anywhere near there! Congrats on a great race, AJ! You are really building an impressive athletic resume this year-- 3 HIM's, a Marathon, PB's... just one more to add next year! Great job!


2008-10-07 1:44 PM
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Great job!  You are my inspiration.  Who needs training?
2008-10-07 2:15 PM
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14 mile run as the long run in training.  Ha, classic.  But you still crushed it and are now at marathon status.  Good race AJ!
2008-10-07 2:23 PM
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great job out there blondie!!!  and great job realizing that if you put your mind to it and actually believe in yourself, ANYTHING is possible!!!!  YOU ROCK!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWW

now DATS whatt ibe talkin' bout!!!!!! 



2008-10-07 2:32 PM
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A truly inspiring experience!

You rock!

2008-10-07 3:14 PM
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If you ever gain some sanity and train like crazy before a marathon, imagine how much tail you can kick.
2008-10-07 4:12 PM
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Awesome job AJ! Sounds like you had an interesting week leading up to the race...lol. Congrats.
2008-10-07 4:16 PM
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Sweet race and awesome dicipline on the plan.  Paces are rock solid throughout.  Craig's taught you well...TRAINING IS FOR S#CKERS. 
2008-10-07 8:14 PM
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morey1 - 2008-10-07 4:16 PM Sweet race and awesome dicipline on the plan.  Paces are rock solid throughout.  Craig's taught you well...TRAINING IS FOR S#CKERS. 

Hey! That's not nice



2008-10-08 8:19 AM
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great job AJ!! one step closer to . . . you know what

EEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWesome!!!!
2008-10-08 8:50 AM
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Unbelieveable!  You are amazing!  Great job on the race! 
2008-10-08 1:39 PM
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Great job sticking to your plan and finishing the marathon strong!!!
2008-10-08 2:00 PM
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You did that on a 14 mile long run.  You are awesome!  No more getting by on the minimum for next year though mmmm kay.
2008-10-08 7:35 PM
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you rocked it.  YOu make me rethink my training plan

Awesome job girl



2008-10-08 9:23 PM
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AWESOME!!!!
Great job AMY!!
2008-10-09 4:45 AM
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Great job! You had a plan and stuck to it. But how typical of Sneaky Pete t drink that beer he was keeping for you. That guy is shameless
2008-10-09 9:35 AM
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Great job!!!!  Your pretty fast for someone your age who doesn't train. :D
2008-10-09 9:50 AM
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I noticed nothing regarding the post-race cool-down, stretching, icing, or massaging.  I'm a little concerned about that.

You have come a looooooooong in one year's time, Sunshine!  The mental fortitude is there - now your physical aptitude is needing to be prepared.

Looking forward to some training sessions along the way to keep you going.

BTW - Craig was only being nice and keeping you focused so that he could get laid later.

2008-10-09 12:06 PM
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daviddclough - 2008-10-09 9:35 AM Great job!!!!  Your pretty fast for someone your age who doesn't train. :D

Ssssscuse me?..WTF..how old do you think I am?

Read my blog...I DO train...pretty friggen hard actually!



2008-10-09 1:18 PM
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amyjotris - 2008-10-09 12:06 PM

daviddclough - 2008-10-09 9:35 AM Great job!!!!  Your pretty fast for someone your age who doesn't train. :D

Ssssscuse me?..WTF..how old do you think I am?

Read my blog...I DO train...pretty friggen hard actually!

 

Ohh Ohh I know how old!

 

Great race!

2008-10-09 3:37 PM
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2008-10-11 8:38 AM
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Great race AJ.

I will be one of the crazy ones next year...anyone coming to cheer next year will be waiting much loooooonger for me to hit the finish line and I've started my training!

2008-10-12 7:37 PM
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Wow, you are just an amazing athlete! I can't believe you only ran 14 in prep, and still went sub-5! Wow.
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