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Champaign, Illinois
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 37m 38s
Overall Rank = 304/1619
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 31/118
Pre-race routine:

Warmed up with the ridiculous looking high knees, butt kicks, and yoga poses especially to loosen the right hamstring which has been tight all week. Turns out I shouldn't have neglected the other parts.

Bagel, OJ, hard boiled eggs, banana.
Event warmup:

Alaina and I met up w/ MissKelly and her friend before the race and dropped off our post race bags.
  • 3h 37m 38s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile

First marathon! Tried to soak it all in and remind myself that this is my race, I paid the entry fee, and I'm the one that put in all the running miles these past 4 months. Got fired up thinking that I never did the treadmill and never missed a run workout the entire winter. I knew I could do this.

Hit the blue boxes lining the starting area before the race. My one and only complaint about the race: lines for the john were backed up into the corrals for the runners -- really packed in here. Only stood around for 5 minutes before the gun, so no time for any nerves to build up.

Started with the 3:30 pace group made up of half and full marathoners and stuck with them through mile 14. Expected to feel my right hamstring tighten at some point, but everything felt loose and strong. HR was steady at 153, which was more than sustainable. At mile 8 people around me started yelling "Go banana!" and I started to feel pretty confident. I mean, I haven't worn shorts w/o tights in a while so they must be referring to my...and along runs a woman in a full banana costume. *sigh*

Then mile 11 hit. The half marathoners turned off, and out came my old nemesis: the left ITB. It flared up hard, shooting pain to the outside of the knee. I pressed hard into my hip/ass area where the trigger point is, and could release some pain by basically massaging my ass while running. Not cool.

Ah yes, then came the gray cotton shorts around mile 14. Pace booty of the collegiate variety sans frosh fifteen. Something to take my mind off the rising pain barometer. Dude comes up alongside me and says "I don't know what's keeping those shorts up, but for my pace's sake I hope something is, cuz I'm just gonna keep following that ass!" Now that was good for a laugh.

There was pain and then more pain, but I remembered what FreckleFace said about how slowing down wasn't going to make it stop. I tried thanking volunteers and supporters, encouraging other runners and thinking of all the good things in the world, but nothing really helped, so when I hit mile 16 the headphones went in one ear and my attitude improved. Here I had to accept that 3:30 was out of the picture, but 3:40 could still happen. I realized I wasn't afraid of 8:30m/m for these 6 miles if I could save any energy to HTFU for the last 6.

At mile 20 I heard "and here comes Ryan Case from Ann Arbor" from a big white truck w/ a megaphone. It was just what I needed. I popped the other headphone in and thought: this is the start of my race now.

Don't remember much from here except how much my everything hurt and I could stop when I was done. Our friend who was putting us up for the weekend was at 22 snapping photos and I mustered a smile. Another burst of energy when most needed. Running into the stadium was awesome. Sprinted the last 200 yards and heard my name announced as I crossed the finish line, looking up to see my arms raised in the jumbotron. I finished my first marathon. Ow.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. If my IT wasn't such a bitch, I might have been able to hang with the 3:30 group for longer, but probably not to the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Cursing, yelling, cringing, etc.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bionic legs didn't come in time.

Event comments:

Volunteers and race supporters were EVERYWHERE on the course, it was awesome! Just when I started to get down on myself, someone was out there cheering. Doesn't get better than that.

Last updated: 2009-01-10 12:00 AM
03:37:38 | 26.2 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/118
Overall: 0/1619
Performance: Good
Average pace splits: miles 0-2 = 8:00 m/m miles 2-8 = 7:58 m/m miles 8-14 = 8:06 m/m miles 14-20 = 8:30 m/m miles 21-26.2 = 8:14 m/m Average HR = 155 bpm
Course: One long loop that doubled a few sections of road and finished in the U of I football stadium 50 yard line.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 4

2009-04-13 3:37 PM

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Ann Arbor, MI
Subject: Illinois Marathon

2009-04-13 4:45 PM
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Wellington, North Island
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Great to meet you this weekend.

Awesome job on your first marathon! You did a great job rallying to the occasion when things got tough too. Congratulations.
2009-04-13 5:07 PM
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Boston, MA
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congrats Ryan, that's a kick 1st Mary time!

2009-04-13 8:50 PM
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Ferndale, MI
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At mile 8 people around me started yelling "Go banana!" and I started to feel pretty confident. I mean, I haven't worn shorts w/o tights in a while so they must be referring to my...and along runs a woman in a full banana costume. *sigh*

AHHHHAHAHA!!  Nice to see marathons don't kill the sense of humor.

Great race, ryan!
2009-04-13 11:39 PM
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Great report Ryan and I'm glad you enjoyed the race.  I enjoyed the pace booty part
2009-04-14 7:21 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Congrats!!  That's a lot of use of the word "a.s.s."

2009-04-14 7:25 AM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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I am so proud of you!! Holy crap you rocked your first marathon!! Congrats
2009-04-14 9:26 AM
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Shelby Twp
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Great job Ryan!!!   Way to really go at your first marathon and keep pushing when it hurt!   You'll hit under that 3:30 in no time this being your first!!  You should be very proud
2009-04-14 11:26 AM
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St Charles, IL
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As others have already said, that's one heck of a first marathon you threw down!  Dang.  You're going to be trouble before long.  Just glad I'm too old for you to be in my AG. 

Hope the IT bands better, and the legs aren't too painful for you.

2009-04-14 11:28 AM
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"Go banana!"

That's what I'm going to say every time I see you from now on. Smile


2009-04-14 11:36 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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WOW!!  The Illinois Mary must breed fast racers!

LOF the RR, banana-boy, and sure wish I had some pics to go along with that azz visual.

An incredible run for you!  Get that ITB checked into, stat!

2009-04-14 12:06 PM
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Las Vegas, NV
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Great job "Go Banaba". Guess we have finally found your new name.

Awesome time, and great RR you did. Congrats on pushing through all the pain. You have the full mentality you need for HIM and mostly full IM's. I think I see one of those in the future for U.

Keep it up buddy, you will rock this year. I say probably a sub 6:30 HIM if not a sub 6 HIM. Keep it up. You've got the run, I think you've got the bike from all the splits, and just need the swim.
2009-04-14 3:12 PM
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Denver CO
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bravo, young man! it was great keeping up with your training and seeing all your progress. one hell of a first showing at the distance.
2009-04-18 8:15 PM
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Canton, Michigan
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Great job Ryan!  I figured you'd do good, but you nailed it!  Not to mention avoiding a treadmill all winter WTF?  This one was worse then last year.  Now that I think about it when did you and Alania arrive in A2?  Hmmmmmmmmm

2009-04-22 9:27 AM
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Muskego, WI
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GREAT JOB Ryan.  Just wait...soon enough you'll be competing with your room-mate, Ms. Fasty McFastion herself.    I am seriously impressed, especially gutting through the IT pain.  I'd kill for my first mary to be in that range.

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