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P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon - RunMarathon

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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Elite Racing Inc.
65F / 18C
Total Time = 4h 12m 3s
Overall Rank = 2408/5711
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 164/388
Pre-race routine:

Took the shuttle and arrived in plenty of time to relax before the start.
Event warmup:

Walked around just a bit.
  • 4h 12m 3s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 37s  min/mile

I was pretty nervous and worried about this race and didn't know until I started IF I would even be able to run. I finished all but one of my long runs in training, but have been having some strange lower-leg problems for the last month that have been making running difficult, but don't impede walking. I am so happy that everything was 100% ok injury-wise. I started in the next to last corral so I would be tempted to start out too fast and am very glad I did. I ran the first 3 miles slower than my long run pace, realized that everything was ok injury-wise and started fantasizing about my pre-injury time goal (4:20). I decided to make a go for it. I caught up and passed some pace groups until I came to the 4:15 one at about 7 miles. They were running almost my exact long run pace (9:40) so I stuck with them, but honestly didn't think I would be able to maintain it for the entire rest of the race. I decided to enjoy the experience and was just so happy to be feeling so good (famous last words I know). I really found my groove. My quads and calves did get very stiff at about mile 22, but there's not much to be done about that. I have to give a big THANKS to Jen with Arizona Road Runners for saying just the right thing at the right time to keep me with them. At mile 24 I was thinking how I had already run better than I had hoped and so I should be let myself slow down. At that moment she said to us "You've worked hard to get here, don't let it slip away now!" and that really encouraged me to keep it up to finish strong.
What would you do differently?:

This race better than I could have hoped except for the stiff muscles. My nutrition and hydration were spot on. I wasn't even breathing heavy at all throughout the race. I almost always feel nauseous at the end of races and I wasn't at all. Of course, considering the last two things, maybe I could have run harder???
Post race
Warm down:

Afterwards, I was able to share the joy with another runner in the pace group who had qualified for Boston after several unsuccessful attempts. I was stiff, but it was the best I have ever felt after a race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stiff muscles and being worried about injury flare-ups

Event comments:

I improved a whole hour over my previous marathon (5:16) and IM marathon (5:13). I'm registered for IMWI and feel a lot more confident about it after this race.

Last updated: 2009-10-01 12:00 AM
04:12:03 | 26.2 miles | 09m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/388
Overall: 0/5711
Performance: Good
Course: This was the flattest course I've ever run. I did have to weave around people quite a bit since there were so many, but it wasn't too bad. It wasn't particularly scenic, but after training almost exclusively indoors it was exciting to be outside in perfect running weather.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-01-19 1:23 PM

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Subject: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon

2010-01-19 2:19 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
Subject: RE: P.F. Changs Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon
Wow, great job - an HOUR PR?!?! Amazing!
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