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Falmouth, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
United States
Falmouth Track Club
55F / 13C
Total Time = 4h 27m 27s
Overall Rank = /1400
Age Group = f50-59
Age Group Rank = 15/35
Pre-race routine:

ran late waiting for the dog to do his morning, yogurt & fruit & cinn toast.. ..late to park to start & tried to find people & porta johns..accomplishing neither ..until just before the cannon went off... found pam & polly long enough for quick hugs & good lucks..positioned toward the back & we were off
Event warmup:

  • 4h 27m 27s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 13s  min/mile

In short..Started out a bit sore-feet & mile 11 ..feet were just..every step was excruciating..mentally tough as I knew that the REAL hills -(that make both the feet & butt hurt more-) were yet to come..ran into market & bought some advil..walked water stops & some on the hills after this..mental attitude adjustment somewhere around 16.accepted no 4 hrs but determined to finish as best could..C2 stuck with me & kept the spirit light & supportive without being overly solicitous..
What would you do differently?:

I did do the long runs..the nutrition/hydration (24 oz 1/2 water & 1/2 powerade)..& 4 GUs, sips of water at every other water stop.. stops (every 2.5 miles).seemed to be ok- one pee stop early on since I didn't get to go before the race..little gi cramping with the GUs but not major, and a bit of calf cramp, some other muscle tightness ...think even if had gone out slower or done a run 5 walk 1 plan would have had the same outcome- I was hoping to stave off the bad pain until mile 18 0r 19, but was pretty miserable from 11 on. was really about persisting despite the pain..get thru it.
Post race
Warm down:

space a bit.. to school for chowder & water..should have gotten a massage but line too long..walked back to car..waited for the awards ( a bit long to sit!)as C2 was was getting his "Iron Runner" Award & jacket for doing all the races in the Grand prix series .(.Very cool jacket they got too.)eventually took a quick shower & hit the post race shindig ..that $1.00 Offshore Ale was NECTAR of the Gods!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I actally felt decently prepared..but have not been able to successfully treat this (relatively)new Plantar Fasciitis issue and still dealing with the Piriformis issue..I knew I would have to run thru "discomfort" but more than 2 hrs of intense pain every step was ...a bit wearing...
The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak!

Event comments:

Though disappointed at my performance, I realise I had set a goal for myself that was rather unrealistic..I am satisfied to have completed the race in a reasonable time for a first marathon .I came away from the experience realising what is involved in running 26.2 miles..and a lot about my own ability to deal with and overcome the obstacles that may present themselves..
The race itself was a beautiful & challenging course on a gorgeous fall day. The volunteers & pre & post race stuff was well done. C2 was the best-a constant presence who encouraged & supported by simply being an even keeled companion..decided to stay with me (even though I told him to get going!)and tho he was feeling good & most certainly could have PRed.. Thank You
Wasn't my best day..but defintely an again, "all good"..

Last updated: 2007-10-05 12:00 AM
04:27:27 | 26.2 miles | 10m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/35
Overall: 0/1400
Performance: Below average
first few miles @ 9 & change..made it to mile 14 @ 2 hrs..think the last 6 miles took a LONG time..Hr never an issue
Course: starts flat downtown..pretty good hill going out of town, cranberry bogs, rollers , hills, and then a few more hills..and then there were some hills, followed by..a hill to the lighthouse, then flat to the finish along the beach over to Main st..Lovely & scenic..but ....hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-10-29 9:16 PM

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2007-10-29 9:44 PM
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2007-10-29 11:30 PM
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Great job Joanne...any marathon you finish is a success, no matter what the goals are going in.  We don't think any less of you if for some reason you don't make a particular race time.  It was an awesome effort, and I wish I could have been there to cheer you on!!!  Next time for sure!


2007-10-30 5:10 AM
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You are mentally tough running through pain for 15+ miles!

Congrats on your first Mary...may your body heal up so in the future your mind and body are on the same page and allow you achieve your dreams.

As always you enjoy the day and the race by seeing the positive in everything.

Congrats Joanne! 

2007-10-30 8:15 AM
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Wow, you ran that fast while in that much pain...amazing.  Great job on your first marathon...and how cool is it that Glen stayed with you the whole time...lots of props to him as well.
2007-10-30 8:34 AM
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Avon, CT
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Even with all that discomfort you still went out kicked butt! That is just amazing! You ROCK!! I hope next season brings you less pain. Enjoy the off season!

2007-10-30 9:47 AM
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Congratulations - amazing toughness!
2007-10-30 11:46 AM
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Congrats on the first marathon!!  You did great.  I felt bad that you have to work through the pain and injuries.  Tough chick indeed!!
2007-10-30 7:05 PM
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wrightsville beach, North Carolina
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Hey ALL---This lady really pushed thru. Despite the foot pain she stayed on pace for a Boston AG qualify(4:05) until mile 19. 1/2 mary time right at 2 hrs., mile 19 at 3:05. The last 10 k of any mary is a war but cape cod's is tough and all hills from 20-24.


Jo, you are  a marathon runner!!! congrats!!! Thanks for letting me run with you.

2007-10-30 11:05 PM
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Plymouth MA
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Congratuations Joanne!!

You are one tough chick finishing with your feet killing you!  

I bet that Offshore ale hit the spot!

2007-10-31 9:34 AM
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acton, Ma
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You rock!   Now pleeeeeese rest up and heal! 

2007-10-31 3:24 PM
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Way to go.  I wince whenever I read your racing through injury reports.  You are a tough cookie.


2007-10-31 5:16 PM
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Absolutely awesome run, Jo! Way to go dealing with the training injuries and putting forth such a fabulous effort at the race. I am glad to finally see that you got your marathon behind you after such a long time of dealing with the rehabbing of your PITA.

We all know what it's like to want to yearn completing Such And Such Race, and especially if we've been putting it off because of nagging little injuries. I completely understand the I'm not 100%, but it's now-or-never!!

I hope you find the right combination of PT/exercise/specialist visits to get rid of that annoying butt pain soon.....and you are right back on track to your original marathon goal

Excellent, excellent job!! Congrats on your first marathon!

2007-10-31 9:44 PM
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Parker, CO
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Congratulations on finishing your first marathon.  Marathons are hard even on days when your body is feeling good.  You sucked it up and finished when you were feet were making it difficult on you.  Nice job!
2007-11-01 5:37 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome Job Joanne!! Now take care of those FEET!!!!
2007-11-04 7:44 AM
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hey joanne! sorry to come so late to your RR — didn't realize it was up here!

Your first marathon and you did great!! You will BQ for sure with the next one! To work through the pain as you did and get to the finish line in the time that you did is a very inspiring and amazing accomplishment!

Get some rest, get healthy and take another whack at that BQ next year!

One of my goals is to one day be as fast as you are on the run  

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