race report: 2010 california international marathon (CIM)

i had high hopes for this race.  it was my 3rd year in a row running it, both time with nice PR’s and last year with a BQ.  i know the course, know the race and trained hard pretty much this whole year with this as my goal race in the end.

i wasn’t really sure what i was capable of for a marathon.  this training cycle has been weird and i had a couple races that weren’t what i hoped would be and didn’t help in my goal planning for this race (or maybe they should of).  i was training with ~8:10 as my goal pace and was nailing all those workouts.  i figured i would run a lot of the race by feel, but i also wanted to give a good PR a shot.

marathon eve

after almost 10 hours of sleep on friday night, i woke up and jess and i lounged around watching tv for a bit, then we got ready and headed over to sacramento.  the drive was easy and our race hotel (the hyatt) was great, i would definitely stay there again.  after we got settled, we made the couple block walk over to the expo and i got to meet up with some friends from twitter and facebook which was fun!  we walked around for a few minutes and ran into tara picking up her relay packets, then we headed to lunch since we had only had a bagel and it was already 2!

we ate a pretty big lunch of pasta, then walked back to the hotel and relaxed for a bit.  i was feeling really tired then and could have definitely taken a nap, but i knew that would hurt my chances of sleeping later.  around 6 we decided we should probably eat again so we went and got some pizza and then were back at the hotel by 7:30.  everything was set out and ready to go and i was in bed probably by 8.

unfortunately my brain would NOT shut off and i couldn’t fall asleep for anything.  i was tossing and turning pretty much until 11pm.  i had a slight headache too which was really annoying me.  i woke up a number of times through the night and was wide awake at 3am.   our alarms were set for 4, so i tried to make sure of that extra hour but it didn’t really do much.

race morning

when the alarm finally went off i jumped out of bed and started getting ready.  my head was still hurting and i found a random advil in my bag, so i took that hoping the headache would go away.  i ate my breakfast (english muffin with peanut butter and later a banana) pretty easily and we were ready to go right on time.

the forecast was calling for a 50% chance of rain the whole race with temps in the low 50s.  it had warmed up a lot over the week which kind of irritated me (i love my low 40s!), but low 50s was definitely still good.  i hoped the chance of rain would mean it would be overcast and i was even hoping for some sprinkles during the run.  i decided to wear my black PR tank and my nike capri tights since i had been running only in capri tights lately and i just haven’t been in a shorts mood.  plus i like them better if it rains.

we walked over to the bus line and were on a bus within a few minutes.  i was really trying to concentrate on the bus about what was about to take place but my mind was spinning a million miles a minute.  then i got really tired and wanted to take a nap. 

the bus ride feels so long but eventually we were there.  we got off and it wasn’t that cold at all, but i still had on throw away sweats to keep cozy.  we went to the porta potties where there was the LONGEST line of bathrooms i have ever seen!  it was a runners dream come true when it comes to race porta potties.  i wished i had my camera, it was seriously blocks and blocks long.

after a couple trips to the bathroom, we decided to check our sweats and then headed over to the start line.  i said goodbye to jess and lined up where the 3:35 pacer should be.  he showed up a few minutes later and everything just seemed to be clicking and working together so perfect, i hoped this was a sign of a good day.  a few minutes later, the countdown happened, i took a salt cap and we were off!

the marathon 

i had time goals in mind for this race (A: 3:35, B: PR 3:39, C: BQ 3:40), but i really wanted to try to run a smart race and run a lot by feel and not start off too fast.  isn’t that what we all say?

the pacer pulled ahead pretty fast weaving around people but i wasn’t worried.  i had heard stories of him starting off really fast and i just wanted to keep him in my sites if possible and run my own race.  the first .75 mile is downhill and is very easy to go too fast.  i looked at my garmin and i was going 7:45 so i pulled way back.  this is NOT how i planned to start my marathon.

the first few miles of the course are all up and down rollers, but the downs are longer than the ups and they are really fast miles.  it is almost impossible not to start off too fast.  i kept checking my garmin and having to pull myself back.  i was seeing 7:55 constantly and would make myself slow down which was really hard.  it almost defeats the purpose when you are running fast downhills, so i just settled for a middle ground of around 8:00s.

mile 1 – 8:02
mile 2 – 8:01
mile 3 – 7:59
mile 4 – 8:09 (gu)

i was finally finding closer to the pace i was shooting for.  i was constantly making myself reign it in but by this point i was very close to the 3:35 pacer.  the course continues to roll through some rural houses and some farms and there were a few spectators out around here too.  i had started with a handheld water and was reminding myself to drink from it often.  this worked out well since the first few aid stations were packed.

somewhere in here i felt like i had to burp so i finally did and with it threw up gu in my mouth.  this has never happened to be before and was not a pleasant way to be starting the marathon, and i really hoped it wasn’t a sign of things to come.  the first relay exchange was around mile 6 and i saw kristin and stephen there cheering which was a great boost. 

mile 5 – 8:08
mile 6 – 8:08
mile 7 – 8:08

i was cruising along and the miles were flying by.  i was pretty much packed in with the 3:35 pacer at this point and feeling pretty good.  the hills do make you tired but he was doing a good job and going up them easy and using the downhills to make up time.  during mile 8 he slowed WAY down.  i looked at my watch and we were running in the 8:30s.  this kind of threw me off and was messing up my groove so i pulled ahead a bit to try to keep my rhythm going figuring they would catch up again once we got the long downhills in mile 10.

mile 8 – 8:29 (gu)
mile 9 – 8:24
mile 10 – 8:08 (salt)

this is my favorite part of the course!  you wind down these hills into old town fair oaks and its so fun.  there are lots of spectators and a big long downhill you can fly on.  i was having fun and really trying to take in the race around me.

at this point the sun was out and i was starting to get a little warm.  in the shade the air felt great, but in the sun i just felt warm and wished i would have worn shorts.  around 11/12 i decided to finish off my handheld and get rid of it because i also wanted to get rid of the gloves i had on my hands.  i tossed both aside and felt a million pounds lighter.  the second relay exchange is right around the half and i saw kristin and tara here.

mile 11 – 8:09
mile 12 – 8:18 (gu)
mile 13 – 8:19

half marathon 1:47:30 – exactly on target with my 3:35 pace band

there are a couple tough miles in between 12 and 16.  some long slight uphills and just lonely boring spots.  i was remembering a lot from last year where i was fighting the wind so hard and was thankful there wasn’t much wind out that day.  i was just continuing to run how i was feeling.  i was getting pretty tired but when i would look at my watch i was still running in the 8:teens.  somewhere in here i was losing steam and the 3:35 group pulled ahead.  i could see them for a long time and eventually they were out of my sites.

mile 14 – 8:13
mile 15 – 8:23
mile 16 – 8:24 (gu)

i was really getting tired here.  i started feeling all wobbly and just really out of it.  i was forcing the gu down and very thankful anytime there was an aid station coming up.  i wasn’t excited i was only at mile 16 because i was already ready to be done and i had a very long way to go. 

my legs pretty much stopped going at this point.  i remembered this being my tough section last year and just willed myself to get through the next few miles.  i was hurting and couldn’t figure out what i was doing/did wrong.  i just hit a wall hard right here and was fading really fast.

mile 17 – 8:41
mile 18 – 8:57
mile 19 – 9:13

pretty much at this point i was in survival mode.  before i had known i could keep an X pace and still get a BQ but that didn’t seem to matter to me anymore (also since i am already going to boston 2011!), but i kind of wanted to show that i could still earn my spot there and it wasn’t a fluke last year.  i didn’t care much anymore though and just was trying to force myself to keep going.  somewhere in the early 20’s the 3:40 group passed me, and somewhere in here was the last relay exchange and i got to see tara again.

around mile 20 i saw some teammates which was a great boost.  i was happy to see a friendly face at that point and they got some pics of me running by.

1205.1a

1205.2a

i was toast by this point.  my legs were hurting so bad and my stomach was pretty pissed of too.  i was feeling sick and not wanting to take anymore gu but i did at mile 20.  i started walking through the water stops and chugging water, i was so thirsty!  i kept on running, although slow, and did have a few walk breaks i wasn’t excited about.  i made sure to talk to myself about it: if you walk you cannot be all crazy on yourself tomorrow being mad, you just have to walk and deal with it and not look back.  so i did.

mile 20 – 9:39 (gu)
mile 21 – 9:29
mile 22 – 9:57

this part of the course is so pretty and i have never really had a chance to pay attention to it before.   there are some amazing older BIG houses and the streets are lined with trees covered in fall colors.  i made the choice that if i was going to be hurting and struggling, i was going to find a way to enjoy myself and have a little fun.  i was smiling at the camera and the spectators and just trying to find a good attitude through it all, i was going to finish another marathon after all!

my second fastest marathon time is my first CIM and it’s 3:44:27.  i had this time in the back of my head through the last couple miles too, but around mile 23 the 3:45 group passed me as well and i just didn’t have much to hold on to and really just didn’t care that much to push it to get there.  i knew i was going to finish and with a still respectable time and that i was happy with.  i was picking up the pace a bit now and running more just willing myself to the finish line.

mile 23 – 9:12
mile 24 – 9:10
mile 25 – 9:12

the last mile was finally here and i just wanted to be done.  i made myself run a little faster and enjoyed the streets lined with spectators.  my legs hurt, my feet were killing me and my stomach was hurting bad too.  this last mile always lasts so long but eventually i saw the mile 26 marker and was making the left hand turn.  one more quick left and the finish was right in front of me.  i gave it what i had and was so happy to be done.

1205.5

mile 26 – 8:40
last .3 (garmin) – 2:34 (8:21 avg)

garmin: 26.30 miles/3:46:03/8:35 avg pace

official results:
26.2 miles/3:46:02/8:38 avg pace
female: 389/2549
age group: 80/402

my “shortest” marathon so far!  i must have run the tangents well :)

i had had my garmin in my current lap screen pretty much the entire race.  when i turned it over after i finished i was once again kicking myself that i didn’t change it over during mile 26 – 3 seconds!

layla handed me my space blanket (yay for friends who volunteer!) and i saw kristin just ahead and katie too!  we all stood around recapping the day and i was fun to chat with everybody.  we waited for jess to come in and then we headed over to get some yummy post race food.

1205

the aftermath

i am pretty sore today which is to be expected, that course always takes a toll on my body.  my feet are a mess!  i have never had more blisters than i do from this one.  two huge blisters on the sides of my feet and a couple on my toes,  i will definitely be losing at least 3 toenails. 

post race thoughts 

i was never really sad about my race at all, a little disappointed it didn’t go as well as i hoped, but i have my 3rd fastest marathon!  every time i do one of these i always come out saying the same thing: marathons are hard!

i was talking to chris last night saying i wonder if i would have started at a 3:40 pace if i would have finished better and come out with a BQ still.  he said if i wouldn’t have tried to push myself i would never have known, so i was happy with that.  i tried to go a little big and just lost it, that’s ok.  i think maybe i was just missing that extra bit of fight in me today. 

one of these days i might get this thing figured out but until then i will just enjoy racing, trying new things in training and just running.  the marathon is a LONG way to go, so many things can happen and sometimes thing just don’t click exactly as you hope, but it’s still a great accomplishment no matter what.   

and you know the best part about this marathon being over?  BOSTON IS NEXT!!!! 

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71 Responses to race report: 2010 california international marathon (CIM)

  1. Emz December 6, 2010 at 8:45 am #

    YAY you!!

    GREAT RACE!!!!

    I loved the "marathon eve" comment. awesome.

    YAY for Boston!!

  2. Adrienne December 6, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Like you said, you are still going to Boston!

    And, it looks warm from your pictures. I would have roasted in the full black outfit!

  3. The Hungry Runner Girl December 6, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    YOU DID AMAZING!! I loved reading your recap and the pictures are awesome….you were whizzing by! Marathons are HARD!! Even though you didn't PR, remember you did something so so amazing yesterday…you ran a freaking marathon! Great job!

  4. Holly December 6, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    Totally a great race! The weather was so much better this year! I am bummed I didn't see you, my friend Jose said he did because he was hanging with Layla. :)

    BOSTON IS NEXT!

  5. Marlene December 6, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    I LOVE that you have such a positive attitude about this! Things didn't go as well as you hoped, but you made the most of it and you are ready to keep tackling this marathon thing. You just never know what you're going to get. I think we could run 50 marathons and still get surprised.

    Congratulations on #8, a damn good time and your last marathon before BOSTON!!!!!

  6. Chic Runner December 6, 2010 at 9:09 am #

    Marathons always kick your butt and you hung tough and still broke 3:50, which is incredible. You are an awesome runner and you have come so far over the past few years that I've known you :) I'm so proud of you and your great marathon number 8! <3

  7. runpdx December 6, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Ditto what Marlene said. You're a champ — b/c of your attitude, determination, and not too shabby of a mary time! ;) Congrats on #8!!

  8. The Laminator December 6, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Hi Aron – Great attitude and recap! I agree that marathons are long and tough and no matter how much you prepare, some aspects of it are just going to be out of your control! Every one of them teaches us lessons about ourselves that we can take with us as we mature as runners. Now you know you can go big, miss your goal, and STILL HAVE FUN! That's a hard lesson to learn and many don't ever get to that point. I commend you on your attitude and effort.

    Rest and recover well. Onward to Boston =)

  9. jen December 6, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Congrats on a gutsy and brave race. You are amazing. :)

  10. naomi December 6, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    congratulations to you!

  11. Layla December 6, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Despite the troubles, your average pace was 8:35! That is impressive! Congratulations on #8! I'm so thrilled I got to see you finish!

  12. lynette December 6, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    Another awesome marathon for an awesome girl! So sorry I wasn't there, but you are so inspiring and motivating…BOSTON is awaiting YOU! Rest up a bit & enjoy the Holidays sweetie!

  13. Shellyrm December 6, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    What a great marathon! #8! Impressive.

  14. Alisa December 6, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    I think this line sums it up great "marathons are hard."

    You were smart, you ran the race you could on that particular day and guess what? Third fastest marathon time is not too shabby =). Plus you beat your Eugene time but a lot =).

    Yay Boston.

  15. speedvegan.com December 6, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    Good job on a hard race ! I know what you mean about 'missing that extra bit of fight.' After my first half marathon, I thought I would just keep getting faster and faster by default or just because. I eventually learned it doesn't work that way.

    You have a better head on your shoulders though and I really admire the way you handle your training and all your races. I hope you get to celebrate this one for a while !

    Good luck in Boston !

  16. Denise December 6, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    wow, did that all sound similiar! ;-)so sorry it didn't go as planned but so happy you're holding your head up high. you ran a smart race, listened to your body and finished. i agree with chris, you gotta push yourself to see what happens every once in a while. so many people aren't willing to do that…congrats on being one who did!

  17. misszippy December 6, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    A great job! Congrats!!

    I am angry with your pacer…a pacer should never try to put time in the bank. He needs to go back to pacer school!

  18. Heather December 6, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    Great job with the race, I love your attitude! And now for Boston training . . . :)

  19. the dawn December 6, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    i have been there, in those moments, wondering "what went wrong" and usually they defeat me. i hope to learn from you to live in the moment and not allow yourself to look back and bemoan every little aspect of the race. i am so proud of your self-analysis and your ability to challenge yourself. you are an inspiration!

  20. Meghann December 6, 2010 at 11:00 am #

    Running a marathon IS hard! Great job on trying though and never fully giving up. You remain my running idol. :)

  21. monicac2 December 6, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Running a marathon is SO hard! I was having a great race on Sunday, all set to finish in about 4:15, when I slammed into the wall at Mile 21. Just like you, my legs felt weird & I just felt out of gas. I rallied some, but struggled those last 4-5 miles, and finished in 4:20. Still, I was happy with my race – a 9 minute PR.

    You are one speedy lady and you're doing so well. I think your fitness for this race will serve you well going into Boston! How exciting for you – enjoy!!

  22. Melissa December 6, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    "but i kind of wanted to show that i could still earn my spot there and it wasn’t a fluke last year"

    Last year was not a fluke! You earned it and don't forget it! :-)

  23. Scheri December 6, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Congratulations! You have a great attitude and Boston will be spectacular for you!

  24. Petraruns December 6, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    I'm with Melissa – there was no fluke. The stars don't always align right for us but YOU EARNED YOUR SPOT! I know where you're coming from but banish that thought. Rest up and then come train with me – and see me in Boston! YAY!

  25. E December 6, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    great job, Aron! throughout both your training and the race you worked really hard, and although the race didn't go quite as you'd hoped, it sounds like you're still feeling positive about it– and you should be! you ran strong and really did well! thank you for continually being an inspiration and for letting all of us have a glimpse into your races. i can't wait to read about boston training!

  26. Joanne December 6, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    Great race Aron. You did a super job.

  27. Laura December 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    I am so in awe of all your speedy runners. Awesome job….

  28. Katie A. December 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Girlie, you did great out there! THIS IS A HARD COURSE! And if you run this strong in Boston, you're going to PR big time there! The Newton Hills have nothing on CIM!
    Congrats on #8 – SO glad we got to see one another!
    Now, we need to run together!

  29. Running and living December 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Yes, I don't buy that "there was a fluke" thing.

    I think it will help to spend some time thinking about the race and your training in a week or so. I've learned a ton from my PW race, Boston 2010. If your legs felt weak, maybe you want to invest some time in a good strength training protocol including plyometrics. You'll want that for Boston for sure, with that initial decline and the hills at the end. I think you have that book by Hudson…it's an incredible book, I think. He is a strong believer on specificity training for every distance, and I've experienced the power of that both with myself and other athletes with blogs.
    I think this was a great race to take risks and go out fast: you have the BQ, so why not experiment a bit? Why be cautious? We learn a lot by trying new things, and this is what you did. And what a great attitude…I love that "you will not be mad at yourself" self talk. Just great!

  30. Average A December 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm #

    I can only wish a "crash & burn" marathon would leave me in the 3:4xs… you did AWESOME! You should be so proud for your accomplishments, you 100% deserve Boston 2011, and way to go on sticking with it yesterday! Congrats!

    xoxo,
    A

  31. endlessrunner December 6, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Aron, your race sounds very similar to my best friend's race at Boston last year. She started out with the pacer and went out too fast, felt great and then the hammer dropped! These tough races make you a better runner and always fuel a bigger and better performance at your next marathon! Best of luck w/ Boston training and I'm looking forward to cheering you on :)

  32. twentysixandthensome.com December 6, 2010 at 2:18 pm #

    You could think of it as a training run for Boston that you totally KICKED ASS on!

    Congratulations on another finish and hey, if marathons were easy…everyone would do them ;)

  33. kristinschleicher December 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm #

    Awwww, sorry to hear that you had a rough time of it out there! But your recap post just shows you have gained SO much in this training cycle. Enjoy your recovery (I'm sooo sore right now) and know that you are in a fantastic spot for Boston!

    Sorry that I didn't get the chance to see you- with the family in tow I didn't stick around at the expo… and I was a little (um, a lot) woozy afterwards. I stood up and almost fainted like 3 times yesterday!

  34. Runeatrepeat December 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm #

    You were in my thoughts yesterday :) Great job!

  35. Nelly December 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Awesome job!! Sounds like you did everything right, and in a race you never know how it is going to go until you actually get out on the starting line and experience it.

    All you can do is plan things the best you can (food before and during the race, hydration before and during, gu's, endurolytes), and the rest is left up to how your body feels that day. Sounds like it was a great race, and like you said above "Marathons are hard!" With the course elevation profile, it seems like it is impossible to not start out too fast. You had an awesome training program.

    I was curious – do you use Hammer Nutrition Endurolyte caplets during training or races? It might just be mental or just me, but after I have one, its almost like a bolt of energy goes through me and my body feels much better. I generally take 1 caplet every 3 miles or so. (along with a gu every 3 miles or so)

    Bask in the glow of a marathon finish, and have fun at Boston 2011!

  36. randiliz December 6, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    Nice job Aron! You're such an inspiration. Hooray for Boston being next! :)

  37. Christine December 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    I'm sorry the race didn't go as well as you were hoping, but you still did an amazing job! I love the way you stay positive!! :) Congratulations!!

  38. Sarah December 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm #

    Great job, Aron! I hope you can relax and recover over the next few days. SO excited for you that Boston is next! Looking forward to following your training, as always.

  39. Nicole December 6, 2010 at 6:11 pm #

    another successful marathon by miss aron herself! so proud of you! :) amazing, amazing job!

  40. inmytummy.com December 6, 2010 at 6:45 pm #

    I think you did great!

  41. Susan December 6, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    Congrats on another marathon and still rocking it even if it wasn't quite what you expected….your attitude is awesome and BOSTON is next!

    No matter how many marathons I run, I'm amazed by how hard they always are…mile 23 is still mile 23 and hurts! But I guess that's why we're marathoners. :)

  42. Morgan December 6, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    Even when it isn't your day you always have the best attitude about races. Way to go out there and do your best. I hope you are feeling better and those blisters heal up fast. Congrats on another marathon but more importantly… let's hear it for Boston training!!! :)

  43. Melanie December 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Way to go – sounds like a great race! Yay for Boston!

  44. Lauren December 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Wow!! Congratulations!! You finished with a great time, especially considering how tough the last 10 or so miles were for you!! And I think you have an awesome attitude about the entire thing. :) I actually felt pretty similar in my last marathon, and like you, wondered what would have happened if I had just started out more conservatively. But like you said, if you don't try to push it, you'll never know just how fast you can go. You gave it a good shot, and you should be very proud of that!!

    Hope you get lots of rest this week and are excited to start training for Boston! :)

  45. marathonmaiden December 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    great race! major congrats. you showed mental toughness to the extreme by sticking with it when you weren't feeling it at mile 16

    and YES BOSTON. i'll get to see you there :)

  46. Rachel December 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    congrats aron! no matter what, covering 26.2 is an amazing accomplishment. your race report sounds SO similar to my experience yesterday (just add a couple minutes to the pace!), but overall i think it was a fun race. looking forward to following along for BOSTON!!

  47. Kristen December 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Bummed I never got to see you. :(

    You had an awesome race though and you are an amazing athlete. Excited to follow your journey to Boston!

  48. Michelle Simmons December 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    Congrats on toughing it out! I appreciated reading the details here… it's been so long since I've run a flat out marathon (I've done Ironmans but no marathons in the last 12 years!) but I have one on Sunday… I don't know if I should just be more scared now or what?? Oh my. But seriously, thanks for sharing the details!

  49. Jo Lynn December 6, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    Sounds tougher than any 50K I've done. Running a pace like that for that long has got to be damn hard.
    You sound like you are at peace with your performance. Good for you. You'll always be awesome in my book. ;)

  50. Laura December 6, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Hello from a new reader! I seem to keep stumbling on your blog, through a handful of those blogs, and figured it was time to introduce myself.

    Sorry to hear your race wasn't everything you were hoping for. For what it's worth, people like me will still view your time as imcomprehensibly fast. And although I would (of course) always wish the best for other runners, it's a little consoling to hear that even super runners like you can fade at the end of a long race.

    Congrats on a truly awesome run and for keeping such a positive attitude!

  51. Stuart December 7, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Hey you finished and you're still smiling and seconds off you goal.

    I did wonder if you had run a reverse split you could have shaved off seconds from the 9:00 miles and wind in that 3:35

    Either way great job!

  52. Vava December 7, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    Congrats on toughing out a great marathon! If every race is a lesson you passed with flying colours!

  53. dietitianontherun.com December 7, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    "if i wouldn’t have tried to push myself i would never have known" – So much truth, and you DID push yourself and are learning with every race! That 3:35 is in there, no doubt :) Way to push through for a still Very impressive 26.2 finish!!

    And always looking at the silver lining…BOSTON, Next! Go get it, girl!

  54. Michaela December 7, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    CIM ate me alive this year! I missed my time goal and my left knee and both of my hips were killing me — had to go to the medical tent as soon as I crossed the finish line.

    My question: How do you move on when you didn't meet your goal? I'm struggling with this right now — it's tough not to beat myself up about it.

  55. seejessrun December 7, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    Congrats on #8! Sorry about the crash and burn, but still not a bad time!

  56. Mica December 7, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    Ha, "marathons are hard." Yes, understatement of the day. :)

    Congratulations on fighting through the tough finish on this race. You also have done an admirable job finding things to be happy about for this marathon. #8 in the books, Boston, here you come!

  57. J December 7, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Congrats on a great race! I have had bad experiences with GU during races and throwing it up is not fun! Hope your feet feel better soon and you aren't too sore!

  58. ERG December 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Great Race report. I love the details!

    I have been wanting to do CIM since I heard about it. You did very well in difficult circumstances (tummy issues, headache). This is the second CIM RR that I have read that says how much harder the course is than people let on.
    A marathon is HARD and you did WELL.

  59. lindsay December 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    oooh the mid-race small pukes. not good! i had those in NYC, the last marathon i ran hard… needless to say i'm a little worried for the next one (whenever that ends up being, nothing on the radar for awhile). anyway, you still ran a great time – 3:46 is great! hope the legs are feeling better, have some m&m's from me :)

  60. heatherdaniel.org December 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Hey Aron,

    great to meet you and great race report. It sounds like we had pretty bad races! I guess that just lights the fire in our bellies for the next one.
    It was great to meet you, too! Great running a very gutsy race.

  61. Nicole December 8, 2010 at 7:41 pm #

    Wow, I totally related to your experience. I really wanted to break 4 hours, but I thought 3:50 was within reach if I had a fantastic day. So I started with the 3:50 pace group, crashed a bit, and ended in 4:03. But live and learn… and I think that just adds fuel to the fire! Your dedication is very motivating… keep at it, and I'm sure the stars will align and you will crush your goals.

  62. Lisa December 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    Congratulations! You know my crash and burn story…I wish I could have had as positive attitude as you. I agree with your husband…if you would have started out with the 3:40 group and hit 3:38, you would have wondered if you could have run 3:35. But who knows, right?

  63. That Pink Girl December 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm #

    Oh goodness girl, you are FAST! Congratulations on another great marathon!!!

  64. Tara December 10, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    Congrats girl! I am so glad I got to see you so many times on the course and I always remember you smiling! :)

  65. Glenn Jones December 11, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Congrats Aron! Way to push through when the going got tough. Time for a little R&R.

  66. runner26 December 12, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    great report! you ran a good race and overcame the mental toughness that often goes w/ marathon running. congrats on another 26.2 finish!!

  67. Jeri December 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Great job on marathon #8 Aron! Bummer that it didn't go the way you had planned, but a 3:46 is still pretty ding dong good. ;) And what is up with the burp/puking up GU?!?!?!? I did that all throughout Vegas and it was just disgusting. Ugh. Very proud of your upbeat attitude even though the race didn't go as planned, and I can't wait to see what you do in Baaaaahstan. :)

  68. eatreadrun.com December 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    Great race! I know it wasn't the time you were looking for, but it really was an awesome race. It sounds like a tough course too. I have issues with mile 19 and beyond. I feel great up till then and then it becomes a constant battle. Something for me to work on for Boston 2011!! So excited and nervous!!

  69. Kristine @ Running on Hungry July 29, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    This totally pumped me up to start training! :) Congrats on Boston!

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