2013 Omaha Marathon Race Recap: One Bitch Of A Run #omahamarathon

Last Week’s Miles

Moday- Day Of Rest

Tuesday- 10 Miles

Wednesday-
10 Miles Sick with a cold

Thursday-
10 Mile Run Still Sick

Friday-
10 Mile Run Getting Better But Resting For Sunday’s Marathon

Saturday – Omaha Friends And Family One Mile Run

Sunday- Omaha Marathon Time 5:19

A big thanks to Marathon Mom and Run Away Bridal Planner For Hosting Two Great Blog Linkups!

This Is What I Love, This Is What I Live For, is what was rolling through my head almost the entire time of my marathon on Sunday.  The race was 7 am, but I woke up just in time to make it to the starting line and that was about it. I parked my rental car quickly, and headed in the direction of the other runners towards the TD Ameritrade Park. In my mind I was only going to run 20 miles for a much needed training run for my upcoming MCM.

I took  Kristy's @PghRunner.com advice " My friend used a marathon as a training run, and he is a genius the way he did it. He knew he didn’t trust himself, and REALLY wanted to be able to run his goal race. When the starting gun went off, he WALKED the first 6 miles, then, he ran the last 20. He got to complete a marathon, he didn’t run any extra than his plan called for, and he said it was one of the most enjoyable marathons. I’d do that, so you can get credit for running it, and collect your bling!" and fast walked the first six miles of the marathon.

The weather was beautiful and the course flat ( running along Carter Lake) compared to the hilly MT Vernon Trail I train on. The one thing that puzzled me is that through out the race I had to stop and quickly stretch my ankles, because they were hurting.  I can only assume it was, because I wore my new Zensah compression socks. In the past wearing compression socks hurt my calves not helped them, but I thought it was because I had a size too small. These new socks were a large. I stopped and took off the one compression sock that may have affected my ankle and put it on my arm. I did not want to give up on the race, so I just stopped and rotated my ankle around from time to time through out the course.

At mile six the battery on my Ipod shuffle died, then at mile 20 my Garmin died. It was the last six miles that really hurt the most. It was the first time on a run that my mind wanted to keep going, but my body disagreed. I tried to envision the last six miles of my runs in the past and just focus on what that was like. I reminded myself that it was not so bad in the past. Every mile was put in the past and forgotten, and every mile ahead was tackled with a fresh new outlook.

The finish came, with nothing supper exciting. There were only about 850 or so marathon runners and I was in the 700th range to finish. At this point everyone was wrapping things up to go home. I crossed the finish line and totally forgot where I parked my rental car and on top of that I could barely walk. Thanks to a friendly cop, we found it after searching many streets in down town Omaha, lol. Today as I am writing this I feel great, I can walk just fine and my ankle does not hurt, but I would love to share with you what I have learned from running my first marathon.

First memorize the name of the street where you parked your car so you don't loose it and second wear Body Glide. I don't like the way I look in this picture and was going to photo-shop it, but Tony convinced me to be honest, and with time, the extra weight will fall off. My Weight Loss Journey Continues. Current Weight: 164lb Goal Weight: 140lb

Comments

  1. Very good advice to take! LOL

    Congrats on finishing!

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  2. Congrats on the training run and marathon finish! Great accomplishment. I'm sorry about the ankles.

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  3. You are so smart to do your first marathon before your "first" marathon (the MCM)! The first one is this mental game of "can I do this" and the second one is AMAZING! Congrats!!!

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  4. Woo hoo! Great job! I am running my first on Sunday. So it was great to read your post! Nice job on the time. I am mentally prepared, but worry about my IT band (usually have issues at mile 12 ish). I will be doing running/walking intervals (2-3:1 min). Congrats!

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  5. Hmmm...I never thought about using a marathon as a training run for a marathon! Great idea.

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  6. Good luck wishing you the very best!

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  7. LOL! Even if I'm just shopping I forget where I parked my car and my husband says it's embarassing to watch me find my car by sounding the alarm. When I'm running a race, I text my parking location to myself as soon as I park. Then if I forget I can always pull my phone out of my spibelt and voila, there it is.

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  8. fitnessmomwinecountrySeptember 23, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    You did it Caroline!! Wow, way to go....okay the ipod shuffle dying would have been my out!! Kudos to you for continuing...:)

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  9. Congrats Caroline! Glad you're feeling good! Recover well.

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  10. Way to go, Caroline!! The first is in the books. Now, let's go register for #2!

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  11. Good job! Congrats to you lady!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/

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  12. Good job finishing! I always fear that my phone will die and I won't have music to run to....I figured out if I blacken the screen it lasts longer, I just have to remember to do that when I start longer runs. I'm so glad the police officer could help you find your car!

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  13. Congratulations!! I've also never heard of doing a marathon in practice for a marathon, but I love the idea. I know that some people can run WAY fewer training miles and then to amazing in a race, but I don't think my body is built that way. This seems like such a smart option.

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  14. Congrats on finishing the marathon!! I like the idea of walking the first 6 miles and running the last 20 to psych yourself out and think of is as a training run. That's a great idea. That sucks that your garmin died though. Hope you're recovering well!

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  15. Roger that, I was so lucky!

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  16. lol, it was fun, except towards the end, my body started to feel it!

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  17. Thanks bunches, feeling great today!

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  18. Great looking out on Kristy's part!

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  19. runawaybridalplannerSeptember 24, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Great job Caroline! Take it easy and ease back into running next week, just don't push it too hard, it takes the body technically 2-4 weeks to recover from a marathon and since this is your first you will want to do a lot of listening to your body so you'll be good to go come MCM!!!
    Seriously though, congrats!!!!!!! Love that bling by the way, I've never seen a medal like that, pretty cool!!!

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  20. Thanks so much, your advice has been a guiding star along the way!

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  21. I am not sure about a PR on the MCM, because it is so soon, Oct 27th but at least I will know what to expect...thanks that was amazing advice, and I am lucky to get it just in time before I actually ran it, Thanks bunches!

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  22. Glad you found the car. The mind just works differently for a few hours post-marathon, whether or not you are racing those 26 miles.

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  23. True, I just probably was just using (training run) that as a cover :)

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  24. Your accomplishment is amazing. Well done!

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  25. A practice marathon is a great idea! You should patent this as a training plan and sell it:) i also have massive ankle issues on road races, they make me so sad:( when you say rotate them do you mean just circle the foot around? If this helps I will definitely try i

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  26. Great job! I always smother myself with vaseline now after the horror of experiencing chafed lady parts. Yeouch :)

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