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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Marathon
38F / 3C
Precipitation
Total Time = 5h 08m 18s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Flew into Philly Friday night. Went to my parents' house where G8RSAX was already hanging out.

Saturday afternoon, Erik, Wendi and I went to the expo then checked into our hotel. Went to the pasta dinner at 5pm where we got to listen to Bart Yasso talk about his crazy running travels.

Hung out in our hotel room and Erik's brother met up with us also. Then we talked to Trixie who suggested we watch Forrest Gump.

Up at 4am to eat oatmeal and banana, then back to bed. Yep, that's really what I did. Then up at 5:15 to get ready. Out the door in darkness at 6:15 with a bunch of other people dressed in trashbags and off to the race start.

Waited in line for way too long for the port-a-johns and it barely moved and since I feared missing the start, we left with full bladders.
Event warmup:

1.5 mile walk from the hotel to the start. Chatted briefly with JohnnyKay on the way to the start. Even though he told me what he was wearing, there was no way I was going to find him...there were SO many people.

Started the race to the "Rocky" theme since we were at the Art Museum!

Wendi gave me evil looks from the time we woke up about the weather. It totally sucked. It was COLD and rained lightly to moderately through the race. I think it was dry until about mile 8.
Run
  • 5h 08m 18s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 46s  min/mile
Comments:

Oh.My.God. That hurt WAY more than I could have ever imagined. My longest training run was 16 miles. There are number of reasons for that, but mainly a torn soleus that made my bump up in distance for running very slow in the recovery process.

Ran with Wendi for the first 2.5 miles. Then I was on my own until about mile 8 when I found Erik and my brother in law who both ran the half. Ran with them for maybe a half mile then I was on my own until the very painful finish.

Why are there never enough port-a-johns? I had to pee so badly even at the start, but waited until mile 5 and peed in Washington square in the bushes. The lines were so long for the stalls at the aid stations!

This was my first marathon. I've trained for 3. Tore my meniscus before the first one, broke my foot 10 minutes before the start of the 2nd one. I'm glad to have finally toed the line and finished a freakin marathon now.

Enormous mental effort for the last 8 miles I think. I don't know, it's all running together now. All I know is that it hurt. And it still hurts 2 days later (but it's better than yesterday :) )


What would you do differently?:

Train more. Put myself in a lot of pain to practice what a marathon feels like.
Post race
Warm down:

Through the chute, through the food tent, and then started shivering uncontrollably. Couldn't find my family. I ran with my cell phone and tried calling them, but got voice mail for my husband and my mother. My best friend Christine whom I've known since I was 5 then was walking towards me and helped me. IT WAS REALLY COLD.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of distance training. Quad cramping in the last 6 miles that kept me from much running

Event comments:

Who had the BT sign at about mile 5 or 6? I high fived whoever had the sign, but they looked at me like I was crazy.




Last updated: 2007-01-15 12:00 AM
Running
05:08:18 | 26.2 miles | 11m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
HR avg= 155, max = 172 on a hill
Course: From the Art Museum, to Penns Landing, through the streets of Philly, up to Fairmount Park, up Kelly drive and back through Manayunk.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5]
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2007-11-20 10:21 AM

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2007-11-20 10:38 AM
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Great job Cathy!  Congrats!

I can't believe how much bigger this race has gotten in just 2 years.  I had figured it would be no problem to tell you where I was and then say hello.  Once I got there, I realized that wasn't going to happen. 

Sorry I missed you, but glad you finally made it to the finish line of a marathon--it's been a long time coming. 

Oh, and I'm guessing the BT sign-holder was ajfoster02.

2007-11-20 11:17 AM
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CONGRATS on finishing your first marathon.   Woo Hoo you did it!

Enormous mental effort for the last 8 miles I think. I don't know, it's all running together now.

I feel ya here.  TOTALLY.  But you stuck it out and finished.

 

2007-11-20 11:57 AM
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Congrats!! You made it past the starting chute!!

Are you sure you didn't actually run the Denver marathon with me? It sounds identical to my race from the 16 mile long run to the 35* & rain to the shivering at the end. Great job!!
2007-11-20 2:05 PM
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fantastic effort on little endurance training!  You will be ready for IMCDA.  Just what you want to hear now huh?
2007-11-20 2:23 PM
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Great job pushing through!  Congratulations.



2007-11-20 4:59 PM
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Yeah, gonna echo what Mark said, this is excellent training for Ironman CdA next year. (Your going to do great)

Glad to hear that you finally got to run the race you have been trying to run for a while now. I know from personal experience, that trying to train with a torn solus is no fun but it sounds like you made the best of it.

The good news is that there are no style points in the Marathon. Digging deep and going the distance is really where we get to "Experience Another Life". (Just ask Pheidippides)

"Ran like fire once more: and the space 'twixt the fennel-field"



Edited by WaterDog66 2007-11-20 5:00 PM
2007-11-20 5:01 PM
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Glad to hear 3rd time was the charm, even if the weather wasn't so charming .  Congratulations & way to tough it out with miserable conditions!
2007-11-20 10:32 PM
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Ok...

First and foremost  Congratulations!

Secondly..(ok I'm shocked you didn't break your other foot or something)

Third...YOU ROCK

(fourth, mary finish pic would make a killer new avatar after 2 years! :P)

2007-11-21 7:37 AM
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Congratulations! Now, just imagine riding your bike for 112 miles BEFORE running that marathon   Hee hee! I think this race will go a long way towards preparing your MIND for CDA. Great job, Cathy!

2007-11-21 7:46 PM
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Congrats on your first Mary! 


2007-11-22 11:23 AM
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Great Job Cathy and congrats on NO INJURIES   YAY YOU !!!! 
2007-11-22 11:04 PM
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Yo great race report. Sorry our fair city didn't have better weather. I have heard plenty of negative comments about this race this year. You know my story about not being able to get in but when I went to the expo and saw there were only like 6900 people out of about 17,000 doing the marathon I realized why it sold out. Is this a marathon or what? I am totally fine with running a 1/2 marathon simultaneously but adding in an 8k too?

Oh well, I doubt I'll be back next year, Harrisburg's marathon was very nice and not a bad ride. Since it starts at 0830 you could travel to the race on race day. There were less that 1,000 people in the race.

Congrats again!
2007-11-23 9:31 PM
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GREAT JOB CATHY! That is a great time, especially given the conditions for the race. I sure hope I have better conditions for my first mary in a couple of weeks.
2007-11-24 8:45 PM
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Congrats on a great race Cathy!! The weather was terrible, but you stuck it out and FINISHED/PR'd a marathon!!   I was very happy to see you at the finish line!! 

Thanks for the hospitality all weekend. You and your family are freaking awesome!!   Let's do it again soon....only this time in a warmer, less rainy place. Deal??!!  

2007-11-27 2:33 PM
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I dont have my BT sign in these pics but here were the other ones I had...

 



2007-11-28 1:53 PM
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Nice Work Cathy!!!!!!!  I think you deserve MANY massages   This will go a LONG way in your IM training!  Keep up the great work and most importantly, CONGRATS!!  Enjoy this achievement
2007-11-29 12:53 PM
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Sorry it's taken me so long to send my congrats! You rock! I thought about you when I watched the news footage and all of you sad people in the cold wet weather. Way to push yourself farther--- 1 more marathon to go in June! Mine will be in July!
2007-11-30 4:37 PM
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Great job Marathoner!  Man, you are one tough broad.  Way to go!
2007-12-02 7:03 AM
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Good job on getting it done!
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