How do you know a run blogger ran a marathon? She’ll post about it every single day for a year and put a giant sticker on her car : ) I promise this is my last marathon related post for a little while!
I finally got around to syncing my Garmin last night and found that the total elevation gain in Portland was over 700 feet!!!!!!
I am sure that is nothing to many of you who live in hilly or mountainous areas but I am used to an elevation gain of approximately 0. (Ali knows what I’m talking about!)
The Runner’s World course description of “mostly flat” was a bit off for me, but there’s nothing like a little extra challenge during your first marathon, right? Now that the race is over I can look back on it and laugh! : )
(Source: Heather @ Girl Goes Running)
In hindsight I should have realized that there is no flat course in the Pacific Northwest. I guess I just romanticized the idea of running in Portland once I read about the race and completely ignored common sense! Oh well!
When I first crossed the finish line Adam made sure I was comfortable and told me jokes to distract me from my sore legs. He did and said all the right things which included not sugar coating what had happened out there on the course since we both knew I had not met my expectations.
While we were still sitting yards from the finish line, Adam told me he was proud of me for finishing but asked what I would do next to improve. Instead of letting me dwell on the negative, he forced me to think towards the future.
Here’s what I got on tap so far (not including 5Ks):
Nov. 9th – Michelob Ultra Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon
Dec. 7th – Palm Beaches Half Marathon
Jan 25th – Miami Half Marathon
Feb 15th – Publix Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon (maybe)
TBD – Winter Marathon
(Current Options: Southermost Marathon/Key West Marathon, Cape Coral Marathon or Palm Beaches Marathon)
TBD – Ultras!
It occurred to me in Portland that I had very little experience coming into the marathon with just two half marathons and a handful of 5Ks under my belt. I believe that the stronger and faster I get at the half marathon distance, the more enjoyable the full marathon distance will be when I tackle it again next year.
I want to get as close to a 2:45 half marathon as I can before my next full. I honestly don’t care if that is an official race time or something that happens during training. More than likely it will happen during training as I don’t think I will reach that goal this winter. My fastest half marathon to date – happened in the middle of marathon training on tired legs – and was 3:04 (14:02 pace).
While I’m running the Nov. 9th Fort Lauderdale half for fun, I hope to run a 2:59 (13:39 pace) or better half marathon in December at the Palm Beaches half. If that doesn’t work out I’ll try again at the Miami Beach half at the end of January.
Palm Beaches will literally be the first distance race I will actually run for time. While I always have expectations for my running events (like the marathon), I have never really PUSHED myself to reach a certain time goal.
I’m excited to enter a race with a completely different mindset and see what happens! Portland gave me the confidence in my mental ability to push through hard times. Until Sunday I didn’t think I was a very mentally tough person, but now I’m pretty sure I am.
I’ve been a runner for almost two full years and I finally feel ready to take it more seriously. I think I’ve always said I was not interested in time or pacing because I had no faith in my abilities, but I want to spend the next year building up my running confidence! I feel ready!
Portland wasn’t my perfect experience, but I sort of feel like if I could finish that I can do anything! Maybe it was just what I needed after all.
What is your big fall / winter goal this year? New Distance? PR?