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Memphis, Tennessee
United States
62F / 17C
Total Time = 5h 27m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

flew into Memphis on Friday, went to packet pick-up, had a nice pasta dinner at the Majestic Grill, got to bed at a good time Fri night, Satup at 6am, had coffee, power bar and gatorade
Event warmup:

walked ~8 blocks to the starting line, stopped to watch the start of the 5K at 7:30 am, it was about 46 degrees while we were waiting for the start
  • 5h 27m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 29s  min/mile

I wasn't sure how fast I was going to want to run this race so I started in the corral that had 5:15 and 5:30 pace groups. The 5:30 pace group leaders seemed more organized so I decided to start with them. They were planning a 6/1, run/walk ratio throughout the race. I met a girl named Christy who was doing her first marathon and we decided to run together with the pace group
It was cold right at the start as we went through town and down towards the river. The 6/1 ratio felt easy and by about the 3 mile mark Christy and I were about 1 1/2 minutes ahead of our pace group leaders and right behind the 5:15 group. We decided as long as we didn't get ahead of that group we would be OK. The course was not super hilly, but there were enough small hills and inclines that I knew it would eventually challenge me.
According to the event info there would be aid stations nearly every mile; however from mile 7 through 10 there were no cups available (they ran out), we went 4 miles without any hydration. By mile 11 I was glad to take both water and powerade and from that point on we didn't have any other problems with the aid stations. At the 10 mile mark we were still pretty close to the 5:15 pace group and Christy was running strong. After the half marathoners split off for their finish we picked up 2 gals who had tried to run Chicago, but had been unable to finish. The four of us ran together for 4 to 5 miles, but eventually one of them went ahead and one dropped behind. The hills and leg cramps started getting to me about mile 18 and we slowed to a 5/1 ratio. I took some enduralytes at mile 20 but it didn't really seem to improve my cramping.
Miles 20 to 23 were farily flat and we were keeping a steady 12:30 pace. We had lost the 5:15 group but the 5:30 was still behind us. Our new goal was to finish in under 5:30. I took a beer from the hashers at mile 23; I figured it couldn't hurt. :) The last 2 miles went from me encouraging Christy to her dragging me along. I was battling leg cramps and she was feeling great, but she wouldn't go on ahead and was determined that we were going to finish together. We came down into AutoZone Park for the finish and despite the leg cramps I managed to hang with Christy and we finished at 5:27. I was happy to be done, and very pround of her; a great effort for her first marathon. We had our picture taken with Elvis at the finish line. I waited just a few minutes after we finished and saw my husband finish with a PR of 5:39.
What would you do differently?:

carry a bottle so if aid stations run out of cups I have a container for water, do hill training so hills don't kill my legs
Post race
Warm down:

I had 2 finish line workers walk me after the finish line because my leags were cramping so badly, I must have looked pretty bad because they offered me a wheelchair (I declined), after Ed finished we climbed the stairs of the stadium (a nice challenge) to get to the post race food: bagels, fruit, drinks, cookies and hot soup(very yummy); then we walked the 3 blocks back to our hotel

What limited your ability to perform faster:

not alot of focused run training, not real speed training, being a slacker, tired legs from 2nd marathon in 4 weeks

Event comments:

this was a fun race, even though the course was a bit harder than I planned on; there is no excuse for running out of cups at the aid stations, other than that the organization was good

Last updated: 2007-08-23 12:00 AM
05:27:00 | 26.2 miles | 12m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: wandering course around memphis, basically 2 differant loops around the city, 1st half included the half marathon
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-12-02 10:06 AM

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Virginia Beach, VA
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2007-12-02 11:46 AM
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Stafford, Ks
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Congratulations and way to hang in there!
2007-12-02 1:53 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Great job- way to work throug the hydration shortage and leg cramps!

Your tour of marathons is so impressive! Well done!

2007-12-02 4:05 PM
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Hooray! Sounds like you had a solid race! Congrats!
2007-12-03 6:25 AM
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Congrats Sue!

You always seem to find or bring someone to run with and here you helped a first time Marathon finisher...nice!

Very cool Ed set a PB

Now some down time before IM training starts? 

2007-12-03 8:35 AM
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Chesapeake, VA
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Congrats Sue!  Nice race.  Yeah - 2nd marathon in 4 weeks - great job!

Glad you enjoyed your beer too.

2007-12-03 3:00 PM
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"the wave", iowa
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way to go sue!  tough when all the speedy people take all the water!  where is the elvis picture?
2007-12-04 9:49 AM
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Williamsburg, VA
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Nice job!! You are such a great person and always seem to find someone to help! Grabbing the beer def didn't hurt. Tell Ed congrats on the PR!
2007-12-04 1:09 PM
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A farming town in MN
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Congrats Sue!  Can't believe you ran a marathon just a few weeks ago...

Way to stay with the 5:30 pace group...

2007-12-05 1:02 PM
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What's up with running out of aid station supplies? And these stadium finishes where you have to walk up the stairs to get to the grub? (There's one half mary finish like that here. Even after a half marathon, walking up all those stairs is brutal.)

Nice job helping along a fellow athlete and first timer. I'm sure that was great for her (and you!).

Too bad about the leg cramps. I wonder if it had more to do with the hills or the lack of hydration during those few miles.

2007-12-05 1:15 PM
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2007-12-09 2:33 PM
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Wonderful job Sue, you get my "Sheera" award for doing 2 marathons in 4 weeks!
2007-12-09 3:35 PM
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YOU are SO tough!  Great job, Sue. I am inspired.
2007-12-09 7:43 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great Job Sue :0 I always carry a bottle of fluids but I sweat more than the average bear   Will calls it the IV drip method of hydration Works for me.  Hope you had an awesome time
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