Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Cox Providence Marathon

3:54:20.8 (8:57 pace), 10/88 F40-49, 58/360 Females.

I know, I know ... My goal was to just to finish the Cox Providence Marathon (Rhode Island) and I end up with a sub-4 BQ?

But I swear NOTHING spectacular happened. Really, this race was about as close to a training run as one could get. Thankfully, as I could use less drama after the Gator Half Iron! So you guys luck out as this race report is going to be fairly short.


Despite being a low key race for me, I decided NOT to run with my camera. I knew I needed to stay in tune with how I was feeling and stay focused on where I was stepping. Believe it or not, I'd already turned my ankle once at the Orlando airport - GAH!

The weather was forecast to be 60-65 degs at the 8am start, getting up to 75-80 around noon. Bleh! At least it was supposed to be mostly cloudy early and training in Florida and Hawaii, heat and I were on a first name basis (although I preferred not to see much heat at a New England race).


A half an hour before the race, I went down to check out the race start/finish area which was pretty much right in front of my hotel. Sweeeet!

Where is everyone?

There were supposed to be about 1000 marathoners plus double the number of half marathoners but no one was really lining up yet. So I went back to my room, put Mr. Camera away and came back 10 minutes before start time. One good thing about being small is that it's fairly easy to wiggle past people in a crowd and go through gaps in corral fences.


After the national anthem, I snuck in around the 9-minute pace sign. 60 degrees felt surprisingly cool with a nice breeze in our face. I ran by an easy feel, even enjoyed a few hills early on, and arrived at the halfway point in 1:54-something (~8:45 pace). Oops!

I knew heat would slow me down later though and I had no plans to push much harder at the end for a negative split or even an even split. Not with a 90% healed up ankle, my longest run in 4 months being only 16 miles and another marathon to run in 2 weeks.

But speed is relative. Around mile 15, folks around me began to melt. I stayed on an 8:45 pace until mile 19 then backed off and began walking through aid stations to make sure I got enough fluids into me. Blue skies, no shade, plenty warm. Still, people were coming towards me. At mile 20, I began to play "How many runners will I pass before the finish?"


Answer: 41, 17 of which were women.
2 guys passed me. 1 woman too, technically, but I passed her back on the final stretch so she doesn't count :-)


The only unusual thing that happened at this race was that my name didn't appear in the posted results. OMG, why am I not there?!?!

I went to the Yankee Timing trailer, showed the guy my race bib (which was folded now but not during the race) and told him my Garmin time. He said I was the third person whose time wasn't recorded for some reason (we were using the new Chrono B tag where the timing strips stay on the bib). He manually entered me into the computer with a 3:55:00 finish and I ended up with a 3:54:20.8 net time. Close enough.


54 marathons, 44 states done. 6 more to go!!!

31 comments:

Lisa said...

Congratulations on your BQ!!! Wooot!

Marlene said...

Way o go and and just run a BQ without trying. ;) Congrats on another full!

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Good job...
Hard to keep track of where you are going to show up next....

Meg said...

Nice job, SHirley. Your big goal is almost accomplished. Then what? What are the next 6 marathons and are they all this year?
Way to push through the hit and go sub 4, you're incredible!

Maryland Girl aka Michelle said...

You are amazing! Way to go!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

WOW!! Congrats, you are truly amazing and inspiring!

Sherry said...

Congratulations!!!!

Yay, Shirley! You know I just love your race reports. I really look forward to them. You are such a rockstar! You are getting so close to that goal now! It continues to boggle my mind that you have run 55 marathons. That's just amazing! Such an talented (and motivated) athlete!

BTW, I signed up for my very first marathon last week (26.2 with Donna in Jax next Feb 2011). I am completely excited about it. Triathlon is fun, but I'm so much more of a runner at heart.

Kristi said...

Look at you...all casual...."I got a BQ".

Amazingly speedy! Congrats on a great run and the BQ. :)

Jen said...

What an inspiration. One day!!!!

Petraruns said...

Ya kill me girlfriend! You BQ without meaning to? Guess that's what happens when you run all these races..

Well done girl for running your own race - sometimes, just sometimes, it means you get more than you dare hope for!

lindsay said...

man i wish i had known i would've been tempted to come run with you! :) i don't know that i could've held on for another sub-4 after 2 other marathons...

6 to go! you are gonna finish wayyy before your EOY2011 goal :)

congrats on another marathon and the unintentional bq!

btw. just saw/checked out your "21run salute" - wow!! what kind of training did you do for that? or did you pretty much just run the marathons and maybe a few shake out miles in between? crazy lady! (in a good way, of course) ;)

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I would guess that it is hard to hold back your fast legs!! VERY NICE MARATHON!! 6 more States to go...even more amazing!

Caratunk Girl said...

Awesome race, congrats on the BQ!

Formulaic said...

Nice job out there. You ran a perfect marathon and didn't even try!

Your remaining six will be done way before your deadline! Keep it up.

Midwestern Dot said...

Wow, I wish a) I could run a marathon, b) run a marathon in under 4 hours and c) qualify for Boston without even trying!!!
Dude, are you going to run Boston next year?!
Congrats!!

Rainmaker said...

Very cool - and pretty amazing course line you ran there with respect to mileage - well done!

RoadBunner said...

Holy cow, Shirley! One of these days I'd kill to run a BQ without even really trying :P Feel free to pass that type of running talent my way any day :)

I am glad they worked something out for your non-recorded finish. What would have happened if you didn't have a garmin or a watch? Makes me nervous. I've done a bunch of races with that new tag strip chip and haven't had any issues yet.

aron said...

another amazing marathon!!!! you are awesome - congrats :)

Susan said...

6 more - wow wow wow!
Your reports never fail to impress me! I love them!

Sunshine said...

What a delightful time! We enjoy your reports.
Love the picture of happy smiling Shirley.

Vickie said...

Great job on the marathon and on a bad ankle! I'm not surprised you turned it at the airport. It takes about 5 months for the ligaments to tighten back up so you don't have that out of control feel about rolling the ankle for no apparent reason. A guy from GR was at that race. He is Marathon Don if you've ever met him or heard of him. He's the race director for the GR Marathon as well. I think he's on his second 50 states attempt, as well as having done all continents twice, so you might have run into him.

Dori said...

Gr8 job, Shirley. Good luck in2 wkd!

lizzie lee said...

WOW baby, you are amazing. 3:54!!! Super congrats... I wonder how to adapt to a hot marathon... I have finally concluded that anything above 55F, if sunny, is really hot...I am never concern about any temperature below that. Not even if is below 30F. !!! Congrats on your super BQ girl.... After NY I will decide if I will pursue the 50/50. I have to think it very well. Though my daughter in law said age is not on my side, I wanna try Higdon's 8-week plan, and see if I can fit 6 per year, and get done by 60!. I was gonna start after Eugene and make it to Missoula marathon in July, but because the knee injury I will back off one to two months. Don't want to risk it for NY.

Regina said...

fantastic! Training in that heat must have made running up here seem so pleasant. Glad your ankle is feeling better.

X-Country2 said...

Awesome! BQ- woo hoo!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Congrats. BQ! That's awesome! I don't like these new chip in the bib. I always feel like I should crawl next to the timing mat to make sure it is recorded properly. LA missed two of my splits, but thankfully the final result was captured.

Coach Bill said...

way to go Shirley - as a fan (and your coach) I am very proud of you - you are having another great season

Black Knight said...

Congrats, congrats, congrats. Great final time. Very nice job.
As usual beautiful pictures.

Oz Runner said...

wow, you are amazing, congrats on the BQ! I work for Cox, and I didn't even known we sponsored a marathon...interesting.

Sara Cox Landolt said...

Sweet! Great pictures, how convenient to have your hotel so close to the course! & my maiden name is Cox - it'd be cool to have a medal like this one! Wow, well done!

Runner Leana said...

Only 6 more states left to go? Awesome! Congratulations on a great race!