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6th Times a Charm - AndyM BQ's in Ottawa

Postby AndyM » Wed May 28, 2014 5:46 pm

I haven't written a race report in quite some time and have been kinda sparse on the threads in recent years. Parenting, working and life in general seem to take up most of my time leaving just enough time left for some running. But I feel like this one deserves a report.

I hadn't run a marathon in 2 years. But following some PB's in the half and 10K last fall I started to wonder if I could PB at a marathon too. Who knows. I was getting fast enough to even dare to dream of a BQ.

I set an aggressive training plan recognizing that I'd have to run more than ever before. With my busy life, I planned out a complicated scheme of running some runs before work on the TM (5am TM go - :shock: ), some of the shorter ones at lunchtime from work and then the long runs happened whenever I had childcare (sometimes Saturday afternoon, sometimes Sunday - thank you ZRC for being there for some of those and even the occasional Friday vacation day).

My training was unremarkable except for a foot issue that plagued me after my first 30K LSD on a mid-march day that was very, very frigid. I ended up having some sort of plantar faciitis issue or peroneal tendon issue that almost completely sidelined me for about 3 weeks. It caused me to miss ATB. My first ever DNS. I figured my marathon goal and surely BQ dream was out the window. I did the right thing by following a rest, ice, stretch, wine and whine program and eventually got back to proper training.

I knew I set the bar high with a goal of hitting a 3:38:00 (needed 3:40 to BQ). My shorter distances seem to indicate this was possible however my previous marathon PB set 5 years ago at this race was 3:56:56. In the time nearing the race I spent a lot of time working on getting my mental house in order. I knew the body was ready but I needed to be mentally strong.

And then it was race day. I was a bit nervous the first 10K as it did not seem super easy. I was battling the mental game early on hoping it wouldn't get hot, wondering why I could feel my hamstring hurting already and what it might feel like in 25 more km. I had tried to put even a min in the bank yet couldn't seem to do it. I was 15 sec behind my goal at 21.1K and felt like I had expended more than I wanted to at that point. I was not feeling fresh and peppy and I worried. My garmin was showing a 5:07 pace (needed 5:09) but I knew I was running long so I didn't have anything banked. But I held on to my pace and started passing people like wildfire (this continued for the whole second half). Dominated the hills up and down on the Quebec side and sped by anyone in my way. By 30K for some reason my spirits lifted and I was "only" behind by 9 seconds. Then I had some "happy" km's. I ran with music for the first time ever and zoned into some peppy songs (a little 90's Salt n Peppa - lol, some Imagine Dragons - I'm on top of the World) and made myself feel pretty darn good that if I was able to be happy at all at 30 some kms that I had a good shot at pulling it off. I thought a lot about all the important people in my life and how blessed I am and that made me really happy.

Then it got hot. My legs grew heavier and my blisters and growing black toenail became hard to ignore. I had some "low" km's around 35K or 36K. With about 4.5K to go I glanced down at my watch and saw some km's at 5:26, 5:27 and I got worried I might not even make the 3:40 if I let 20sec a km bleed for 4 more km's. I dug deep. Really, really deep, hunkered down and didn't even waste energy glancing at my watch. I was shocked that I was so close to the 3:38 when I crossed the finish line. I thought I was gonna just squeak in at 3:40. Finishing was so weird as I was instantly surprised it was actually over. I felt like I spent so much time wishing for it to be over and then there it was over. With a PB a BQ and a smile that's lasted since Sunday.

If you are still reading, thanks, that was a long one!

Official Stats:
Split 1 5 km 00:25:42 5:08/km 00:25:42 1833 243 63 07:26:20
Split 2 10 km 00:25:53 5:10/km 00:51:35 1905 260 69 07:52:13
Split 3 15 km 00:26:11 5:14/km 01:17:46 1922 262 69 08:18:24
Halfway 21.1 km 00:31:33 5:10/km 01:49:19 1911 255 68 08:49:57
Split 5 25 km 00:20:02 5:07/km 02:09:21 1820 237 64 09:09:59
Split 6 30 km 00:25:55 5:11/km 02:35:16 1630 204 55 09:35:54
Split 7 35 km 00:25:45 5:09/km 03:01:01 1508 182 54 10:01:39
Split 8 40 km 00:26:10 5:14/km 03:27:11 1282 152 42 10:27:49
Split 9 42.2 km 00:11:00 5:00/km 03:38:11 1285 154 45 10:38:50
Finish 42.2 km 03:38:11.0 5:10/km 03:38:11.0 1285 154 45 10:38:50

2014 Races:
Around the Bay 30K - DNS :(
ORW Marathon - 3:38:11 - PB & first BQ!!!!

Personal Bests:
Marathon - May 2014 - 3:38:11-----30K - Mar 2013 - 2:37:42----1/2 Marathon - Oct 2013- 1:38:53----10K - Oct 2012 - 45:31-----5K - Feb 2009 - 22:21

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Re: 6th Times a Charm - AndyM BQ's in Ottawa

Postby purdy65 » Wed May 28, 2014 5:59 pm

Well! Isn't that awesome! Congratulations! That is one well run marathon! Hope to be there in Boston with you!
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Postby La » Wed May 28, 2014 6:08 pm

That's a pretty big PB! Well done! Is that a 2-min buffer for BQ? That should be enough to get in next year.
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Postby HCcD » Wed May 28, 2014 6:22 pm

Nothing more for me to say, than what we have already chatted about, other than Congratulations ....

Glad that you took my advice about ice and wine and whining after DNS'ng ATB, Ha !!! :lol: :wink: :shifty:
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Postby deerdree » Wed May 28, 2014 6:26 pm

oh wow, i'm so glad you decided to post a report!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Postby IronGoddess » Wed May 28, 2014 6:29 pm

Wow great result!
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Postby Jwolf » Wed May 28, 2014 6:29 pm

What a great way to return to marathoning! Sounds like you executed the race perfectly.

Congratulations on the PB and BQ.
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Postby Jo-Jo » Wed May 28, 2014 6:36 pm

What a glorious report for a great PB and a BQ!!
So happy for you.
Glad you got "your mental on" for this race :D :D
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Postby Robinandamelia » Wed May 28, 2014 7:06 pm

That is fantastic pacing resulting in a spectacular result. Congrats to you on a huge PB/BQ and an overall great race...

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Postby Randi » Wed May 28, 2014 7:16 pm

Wow!!! A Huge Congratulations to you Andrea. All your hard work and dedication really paid off... Now, get online and start looking for a Fabulous hotel to stay in in Boston. You deserve it....

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Postby Miss*Smiles » Wed May 28, 2014 7:42 pm

I'm so sorry I wasn't there to cheer you in person but I cheered you on from here! I'm so proud of you! Congratulations! Great job mama!!!!!!! :ymhug:
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Postby RobW » Wed May 28, 2014 8:00 pm

Congratulations on the PB and BQ! A 27 second negative split is awesome especially in hot conditions.

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Postby Hammie » Wed May 28, 2014 8:18 pm

Congratulations - that's a fantastic race you ran!
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Postby Avis » Wed May 28, 2014 8:28 pm

That was a GREAT report! Congratulations on the BQ!
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Postby Habs4ever » Wed May 28, 2014 8:54 pm

Wow, that is fantastic racing! Great report too. :D
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Postby Kelodie » Wed May 28, 2014 9:05 pm

Congratulations on the PB and BQ! Way to conquer The Mental. :)
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Postby MikeM » Thu May 29, 2014 6:36 am

Congrats again on the huge PB and BQ! Great report and great job with the mental! Glad some tunes helped you "Push It (Push It Real Good)".

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Postby n_fraser » Thu May 29, 2014 6:57 am

Congratulations!!! Hope you are celebrating this week.

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Postby canalrunner » Thu May 29, 2014 7:06 am

A hard fought first BQ is an awesome thing. Soak up the feeling. It is almost better than running your first Boston.... almost. Congrats.
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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Thu May 29, 2014 7:11 am

you are awesome! you often manage to pull out that strong second half, so your performance doesn't surprise me. Congratulations on a huge victory - can't wait to hear about Boston. I've got some work to do so I can leap frog with you again in a future race!
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Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Thu May 29, 2014 11:42 am

Fan- freaking- tastic!!!!!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
Congratulations on the PB and the BQ- well earned!
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Postby jes » Thu May 29, 2014 2:13 pm

Have you booked your hotel yet for Boston? No, seriously, have you?! Do it now!!!

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(oh, and congrats, and all that ;)
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Postby HCcD » Thu May 29, 2014 2:22 pm

jes wrote:Have you booked your hotel yet for Boston? No, seriously, have you?! Do it now!!!

(Stay at the Sheraton - you're right in the centre of everything)

(oh, and congrats, and all that ;)


You want Jes to be your Sherpa? Ha!! :shifty:
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Postby jes » Thu May 29, 2014 4:32 pm

HCcD wrote:
jes wrote:Have you booked your hotel yet for Boston? No, seriously, have you?! Do it now!!!

(Stay at the Sheraton - you're right in the centre of everything)

(oh, and congrats, and all that ;)


You want Jes to be your Sherpa? Ha!! :shifty:


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Postby IronColl » Thu May 29, 2014 5:33 pm

Congratulations doesn't seem like a big enough word! I am super inspired at your mental strength. I will be thinking of this my next race.
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