Official Race Results Posted

Final time: 2:16:57 – which is 27 seconds slower than Leo said. Which is weird, since I didn’t stop Leo until at least 30 seconds after I crossed the finish line! The weirdest part- all the chip times & gun times were EXACTLY THE SAME which I guess shouldn’t surprise me since there was no timing mat at the start line, but still. I guess that’s better than last year when my chip time was SLOWER than my gun time by about 20 seconds.

I told JM that next year we need to do the quarter marathon – based on our recent 10K paces, we would’ve placed 4th & 5th in our age group in the quarter. Nothing like a small field of walkers competitors to make you feel speedy, right?

I am feeling a bit better physcially today. I did an easy 3 mile recovery last night (just under 11 minute miles – which  made me happy since I was concentrating on running slow & easy), and am planning on another harder run tonight (still thinking speed work, we’ll see how I feel when I get home).

I am trying so hard to NOT be disappointed in my half marathon time. I got an eight-minute PR, which is good. I also know that it’s not my best, which just means that I’ll probably PR again next time, which is also good. Maybe if I had pulled out my A-game & gotten my super secret goal, I’d never be able to beat it, and then would have no more motivation to run half marathons, which are such a fun distance. Maybe, if you set the bar low enough, you’ll always surprise yourself & have a healthy self-esteem.

Hmmm…..”Early Success=Eventual Failure & Bone-crushing Despair.”  I think I might need to put that on a motivational poster.

In other news – any shoe porn requests or shoe porn show & tell? Let me know by 5 PM Pacific time on Thursday for inclusion in this Friday’s shoe porn post.

Also – the next brew review will be taking place from 4 PM – 6 PM this Friday at Deschutes in downtown Portland. Let me know if I should save space for you (you don’t have to show up right at 4).

Recent Comments

  • Alisa
    May 12, 2009 - 2:02 pm ·

    Yes, don’t be disappointed! How can you be, you PR’d!!!!!! As Kristen said to me about the marathon, even if I PR by one minute or one second it’s still a PR. 8 minutes is HUGE! And you were so darn close to your goal time despite having a rough go of it.

  • Kristen
    May 12, 2009 - 2:42 pm ·

    I am glad I offer such wonderful words of wisdom! 🙂 An 8 min PR is HUGE!!!! You had a lot of factors working against you and you did great!!

  • Sarah
    May 12, 2009 - 3:24 pm ·

    I LOVE this!! …..”Early Success=Eventual Failure & Bone-crushing Despair.”

    I just like you! haha

  • P.O.M.
    May 12, 2009 - 4:31 pm ·

    That is totally why I’m freaking about the next marathon. How the hell did I run it so fast when I can’t even do 6 miles at that pace? Oye Vey.

    • gazelle
      May 12, 2009 - 4:37 pm ·

      I’ll make you one of the bone-crushing despair shirts, too. 🙂 You totally rocked that last marathon, and I’m sure you’ll do a FANTASTIC job in Milwaukee. Perhaps better hydrated, too, if you don’t spend Thursday pre-marathon drinking martinis with crazy locals!

  • Jen
    May 12, 2009 - 9:34 pm ·

    I would like to put in a strong vote for the “Aim Low” campaign. I’ve been chasing PRs for years because I ran great times my first couple years running. That’s BS. Sandbag, people!

    Don’t get too excited about speedwork and stuff until you are completely recovered. Your body needs to heal!

    See you Friday maybe!

    • gazelle
      May 13, 2009 - 11:34 am ·

      I totally skipped my speedwork last night – I must have psychically predicted your advice. I’m trying to train SMART as well as HARD!

      Sandbagging is my new race strategy. I’m totally going to employ that in my upcoming 20K – first 20K trail race, no need to go fast, right? 🙂

  • MarathonMaritza
    May 14, 2009 - 11:22 am ·

    Wow, great job on 8 min PR! I know you are disappointed it seems, but just use the lessons for next time…I think you did GREAT! GO YOU!

    I’m with Jen on the Aim Low campaign…I PRed on my first marathon and I have been chasing that suckah for the last 3 marathons since….Grrrr!!!! Hahahahaha

  • Tara
    May 18, 2009 - 2:46 pm ·

    Congrats on your PR!!!! 8 minutes is huge!!! I always have a hard time setting goals for races. You want them to be challenging, but also not comepletely out of range. I also like to think if you PR’d at every race PRing wouldnt be such a great accomplishment. You win a lose a little!