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Memphis, Tennessee
United States
52F / 11C
Overcast
Total Time = 5h 35m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Had a banana and some scrambled eggs with sweet potatoes at 5 a.m. Walked to the start line and got into corral at 7:30.
Event warmup:

Just walking
Run
  • 5h 35m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 47s  min/mile
Comments:

Felt good through mile 20, when things got very real and I took more frequent walk breaks. Happy with my race today. My last marathon in 2009 was a disaster. Course was very very crowded until the split where the marathoners go left, the half marathoners to the right. Prior to that there was a lot of weaving in and out of the crowd. It was actually a relief to have some open space, even if the crowd support was sparse.

Seeing the children at St. Jude's and their families lined up, encouraging the runners, was so inspirational. This is such a humanitarian event. Any suffering from running a marathon is miniscule compared with the pain these families are going through.
What would you do differently?:

More speed work would have helped. I got two 20 mile runs in, but got sick three weeks before the race and had to miss the last 20 miler, as well as cut back on volume earlier than necessary.
Post race
Warm down:

Went through the food area and got some pizza and a Krispy kreme donut, then looked for my friend Mary, who had finished half an hour earlier. It was a cold day and once I stopped moving, got cold quickly.

Event comments:

Great race. Go run it for St. Jude's.




Last updated: 2014-06-17 12:00 AM
Running
05:35:00 | 26.2 miles | 12m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Goes around the downtown area of Memphis and through the St. Jude's Children's Hospital Campus. Lots of easy rolling hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
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Super job on 26.2/.

I have heard that you pass by the hospital a few times on that course and the children who are able re outside cheering for racers.  that would make it such an emotional day.  

2014-12-07 8:33 PM
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Super job on 26.2/.

I have heard that you pass by the hospital a few times on that course and the children who are able re outside cheering for racers.  that would make it such an emotional day.  

2014-12-08 5:30 AM
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Originally posted by QueenZipp

Super job on 26.2/.

I have heard that you pass by the hospital a few times on that course and the children who are able re outside cheering for racers.  that would make it such an emotional day.  



Yes, you run past the hospital twice. With it being such a cold and windy day, there were not a lot of the little patients outside, but many parents and families.
2014-12-08 12:25 PM
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Congrats on a great race Anne! That is awesome.
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