Once I saw Jon, I burst into tears. I was in so much pain, and I was so relieved to have finished and to PR, yet I was also upset that it all came crashing down at the end. I'd envisioned a strong finish to this race many, many times, but I couldn't pull it off. It was a mental trip to finally be confident that I could accomplish my big 2:45 dream, only to be punched in the gut (actually, in the neck) and come up 2:14 short. I held onto the side of the chute and cried, while Jon again tried to get me to go with a medic. I was able to gather myself and walk out of the chute holding onto the side.
|I was coherent enough to know I'd want this|
|I was shocked she wasn't much taller as|
a steeple-chaser (I'm 5'7")
Although I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed with missing the 2:45, I am still thrilled with this race. I lowered my PR on a course that was "fast but not easy" (I completely understand that descriptor now!). Strava does the nifty grade adjusted pace calculations that I often rave about, and it said that my 2:49:20 performance at Phoenix grade-adjusted to 6:39 pace (actual pace was 6:27.5), whereas my 2:47:14 performance at CIM grade-adjusted to 6:22 pace (actual pace was 6:22.7). This is because Phoenix has greater net downhill and less climbing than CIM, and means that grade-adjusted I took off 17 seconds/mile, making the 5 more seconds/mile I need feel less intimidating. I am really glad I didn't look at the Phoenix GAP before CIM or I probably wouldn't have had the confidence to try for the pace I did! I am not sure what the difference in cadence means, but I think it's a positive thing.
|CIM elevation profile & GAP|
|Phoenix elevation profile & GAP|
Annnnnd, I am going to give it a go again sooner rather than later! I knew that after CIM I would have a strong feeling one way or another about whether or not I should run Houston on January 14, six weeks later. I knew that the scenario that would direct me to run Houston would be not getting the 2:45 at CIM but feeling like it was possible off of this training cycle, and I now feel that it is within the realm of possibility. It will take everything going perfectly, and I have to get completely over the BPPV (last night was the first night I slept flat instead of at 45* in weeks), but why not try? I've historically run a little better in the second marathon when I've done two off of one training cycle before, I came away from CIM completely healthy and I'm recovering well, I trust my coach will find the magic formula to give me the best chance at it, and I'll pray for the strength and wisdom to try! After all, taking no chances means wasting your dreams.
|Houston here I come!|
- There is a great article about the race here.
- Another article about the race and the record number of OTQs it produced is here (there were more women under 2:45 in this race than at the 2016 Olympic Trials!).
- My results are here.
- Results in what is possibly a more user-friend format are here.
|Well, I came close age-graded (which I feel like just makes me old!)|
|I loved that Sara Hall won! My dad said she gave a finish line|
speech about giving all of the glory to God.