Houston Marathon Race Report

My Houston marathon  finishing time - 4:05:35! That's a 9:22/mile average. I was running at a great pace for the first 14 miles, thinking I was going to finish in 3:50 and then... Well, the best I can give ya is that I just plain got tired!

Here are the mile splits: 8:44, 8:40, 8:35, 8:32, 8:28, 8:44, 8:34, 8:34, 8:52, 8:54, 8:40, 8:40, 8:46, 8:47, 9:20 (mile 15), 9:14, 9:00, 9:12, 9:26, 9:36, 9:39, 9:39, 10:22 (mile 23), 10:20, 11:11, 10:44, and 10:27 for the last 0.2.

I thought running through Memorial Park would help me to run faster. I run there almost every day. Speed up to the park, Tina! Then run fast through it! At the 21.68 mile point, I was half a mile from my house and just out of the park, but running in a familiar place didn't help. Oh, and the 3:50 pace group? I looked, but I never saw them.

As always, the spectators who cheered were so encouraging. I high-fived some kids. They were so cute. I smiled for the first half, but towards the end, not so much. Some good things: my Garmin never died, my arms aren't sore (I think they're getting stronger), the hills in the first half didn't scare me this year. I saw my husband at the mile 15.5 mark where he handed out water and Gatorade and took some pictures, too, like the one I've posted.

4:05 is a good finishing time, but I was trying for 3:50 or 3:54 or at least 4:00, pul-lease! I need to look into how to improve, but I probably need to work on endurance. I haven't given up yet!

Comments

  1. that's a GREAT time! 4:05 ish is what I'm shooting for in my next full! Great job, congratulations!

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  2. Congratulations on a very good time! Those last few miles are so hard... Some super splits along the way! I really enjoyed your race report. I actually checked my google reader several times today to see if you'd posted anything yet!

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  3. Great job!!! yay for stronger arms and embracing the hills. :)

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  4. Yeah Tina! Of course you haven't given up, you're Tina and you have all the time in the world, keep working on it! That was cute when you said you just got tired, I feel like that too and it's just not going to change at that point, right?! Rest now, you deserve it!

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  5. You got that right! Never give up! Another great race, hope you are proud, you should be. Celebrate the day, the achievement, your health. How about that foot?

    Look at St. George, Utah the BEST pr course.(in my opinion)

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  6. Great job, Tina! As always, I love your perspective.

    I know you'll get to your goal.

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  7. Tina! That is so amazing! 4:05! You never cease to amaze me. Looking at your time per mile just blows me away!! I love how you dropped time off your last two miles. That' GUTS and determination for you! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You finished strong!

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  8. Great job! I know you will do great next time

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  9. Thank you! You guys are great!

    I'm so sore today. Hobble! Hobble! Maybe a short walk will help.

    Ginny - My foot didn't bother me at all! What a relief that was!

    Kate - I only sped up in the last 1.2 miles (I didn't post that clearly, I'll fix it), but I hadn't noticed that I sped up a little until I read your comment. Thanks!

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  10. You did great! I relate to the 'just got tired' thing. No matter how hard you push, the legs just won't go any faster. Of course you can't ever give up. You should feel good - you did a good time (maybe not what you were shooting for but still good) in spite of the foot challenge you've been dealing with. Hooray!!! Well done!

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  11. Congratulations!!! Don't be disappointed you ran a very strong race. Part of the whole marathon thing is running through the fatigue and that's a VERY tough lesson - you are getting stonger!!! You will get through it I have no doubt (a book that has helped me tremendously is "Brain Training for Runners" by Matt Fitzgerald. I re-read it over and and over and he has some really good drills in there to help this very issue).
    Well done indeed!!!

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  12. Great job! Congratulations!

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  13. Congratulations on another great marathon!!! You ran strong and you never know what will happen. Be happy and proud of your accomplishments.

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  14. 4:05 is something to be proud of!! Finishing a marathon is something to be proud of! Way to go!

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  15. Sorry you missed your goal but congrats on a great time. And glad you haven't given up! You'll get it, for sure :-)

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  16. Nice job on the 4:05...wish I could "tire" and almost break 4 hours. A sub 4 hour marathon is definitely in your future. Congrats...

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  17. Hi Tina, congratulations on a wonderful accomplishment. I've been following your blog for a while, and based on your training, I fully expected you to have a good marathon. I finished not too far from you, and also experienced a tough finish. I may not make it down your way again, but I'll be sure to follow you in Big Sur and future Houston (and other) marathons.

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  18. Excellent job! A 4:05 is certainly commendable. You started off on pace and must have felt awesome because you were in the 8:30's range for many miles.

    Some things to ponder for your next marathon and I'd love to see your answer. Since we are similar in age and pace, seeing your splits is helping me with my race day game plan so your answers to the questions could help me and others. What was your diet like the week before the marathon? How many 20's did you do for training? Did you focus on running race pace for some of your shorter runs? Did you fuel and hydrate properly during the race? (At my first and only so far marathon I was slowing but didn't want to eat anymore Gu or water and wonder if that played a factor)

    Again excellent job!

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  19. Great job! I am envious of those splits...I don't think mine are that good on a 5k. :0)

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  20. Trevor, I'm sorry you had a tough finish, too. Hopefully, we can both figure out how to fix that!

    Christina, those are great questions! About eating, I tried to eat more carbs three days before the marathon and I ate a GU every five miles. I may need to make improvements there.

    I'll try to answer your other questions in the next few posts. Thanks for asking!

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