I completed the New Jersey Marathon this past Sunday – May 5th. I’ll just say I’m bummed.
I was convinced I would be able to qualify for Boston, but my head and body just weren’t ready. I ran the Flower City Half-Marathon the weekend before to practice my pace – completed that in 1:44:17…. easy. I did the first half of New Jersey pretty much exactly the same – easy. But then somewhere around mile 15, out of know where… I hit the wall. I struggled to keep my pace till about mile 20, where I really hit the wall. Then I lost it when the 3:30 pacer passed me…. then 3:35… then 3:40…. ugh. It got hard to breath, I could barely catch my breath… I think I was freaking out cause I was so sad. I blew it.
I could blame other things… I did have stomach issues (nothing as bad as the Disney Marathon), and a horrible side stitch for the majority of the second half (still feels like I have one). But I think it’s directly related to the training. I’ve done 3 marathons: 1st was Chicago – I trained 425.9 miles – finished in 3:38:26 | 2nd was Disney – I trained 261.95 miles – finished in 4:00:34 | 3rd was New Jersey- I trained 349.51 miles – finished in 3:52:27. So now I’m determined to do the final test – stick to my training schedule for my marathon in September – should be close to 700 miles. It’s interesting to look at my times compared to the amount of training. The good news is I recovered super fast – seems to be getting easier each time. I wanted to run the next day, but decided that was a bad idea. So I ran the day after (yesterday), and felt good… no fatigue, just sore calves.
Here’s my results:
747th overall out of 2269
209th female out of 928
45th in age group out of 190
Time – 3:52:27
I have to say the medal is pretty sweet. Well worth the pain. I got an extra medal for completing the NY/NJ Challenge. I was also surprised when I took my shoe off to find a giant blood blister.
This weekend I am running a mothers day 5k – also signed my mom up.