Fargo Marathon Race Recap and Review

Posted on May 20, 2013. Filed under: Races, running | Tags: , , |

Fargo Finisher!

Fargo Finisher!

Guess what peeps!! Marathon #2 is in the books. Done. 18 weeks marathon training, done. I did it! I crossed that finish line! And right before I crossed that line I got to see my 2 of my biggest fans…Hubs and nephew #1! It was such a boost and I was so happy to see them!! Neph had my phone and snapped this shot…

Almost done!

Almost done!

I had never been to Fargo before and this was only my 2nd marathon. There were about the same amount of runners as Grandma’s Marathon from last year. I think the cap was 2,000 full marathoners. The expo was small and I was able to pick up my race packet right away and check my chip. I purchased a couple flavors of Clif Shot Blocks that I can’t find in my area, got a new headband from Punkeelove Headbands (LOVE LOVE LOVE them!)

We went to do a little carb/protein loading and hydration…

Carbs/protein overload.

Carbs/protein overload.

Carbs!

Hydration!

Not long after I put myself into a food coma I got my clothes ready for the morning and set my alarm clock. I slept great and woke up in time to shower, eat, drink a cup of coffee, and get a ride to the shuttle…in the.pouring.rain. Yikes. I knew there was a chance of rain so I was prepared with a garbage bag, visor, sunglasses, and my throw-away top. The good thing is once we got to the Fargodome we got to wait inside. Inside was a bathroom, and things went well, if ya know what I mean. I stretched really well and looked outside and it stopped raining! I headed towards the start line and to my surprise there was a Starbucks tent handing out free coffee. Yes please! I downed a cup and lined up with a pace group. A little out of my league, but I figured what the hell. I lined up with the 3:35 group. Meh. There was a moment of silence and then the National Anthem was sung, and we were off!

I will tell you that the it was so inspiring to run with the 3:35 group for so long. It was motivating to hear everyone cheer “Go 3:35!!”. I just wondered how long would I be able to hang on to that pace. The course was flat and fast. The ONLY bad parts of the course were when we were running along a bike/running path, and there were cones in the middle splitting it into two lanes. We were only able to run 2 wide for a few miles.

The first half of the race went really well. I felt great! I passed the half way point at 1:46 and I felt like I was starting to get really sore and wasn’t sure how much longer I could keep up with the pace group. Here is how the first half looked.

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
1 7:59.3 1.00 7:59
2 8:00.6 1.00 8:01
3 8:17.4 1.00 8:17
4 8:03.8 1.00 8:04
5 8:09.5 1.00 8:10
6 7:59.9 1.00 8:00
7 8:00.3 1.00 8:00
8 8:05.1 1.00 8:05
9 7:59.5 1.00 8:00
10 7:53.2 1.00 7:53
11 8:08.9 1.00 8:09
12 7:58.0 1.00 7:58
13 8:19.8 1.00 8:20

At mile 14 my quads were on fire. I knew that I needed to slow down and just run my own race. I still knew that I had made up enough time the first half that I would still come in under 4 hours. If everything went well that is. The clouds started to disappear, the sun came out and it was starting to get warm. I did ok until about mile 19. I knew I had slowed down, but at about 19.5 my left inner quad stopped me. Stabbing, throbbing pain. I stopped and tried to massage it out. I just.kept.going. I did my own little walk/run the whole last 10k of the race.

14 8:06.8 1.00 8:07
15 8:31.3 1.00 8:31
16 8:53.4 1.00 8:53
17 9:15.3 1.00 9:15
18 9:20.0 1.00 9:20
19 9:41.5 1.00 9:42
20 9:19.8 1.00 9:20

The last 10K shows that I was in pain.

21 9:21.0 1.00 9:21
22 10:09.5 1.00 10:10
23 9:57.1 1.00 9:57
24 10:17.6 1.00 10:18
25 10:11.6 1.00 10:12
26 9:17.4 1.00 9:17
27 4:03.3 0.48 8:27

My overall official time was 3:51:08. I made it under 4 hours and I feel great about it!! My feet were wet, I wanted so badly to take my shoes and socks off and run barefoot. My shirt was drenched, I was drenched. But it was all GOOD sweat. I took off 25 minutes from my first marathon time. I could not be happier about it!! I didn’t have to visit a port-a-potty once, I hydrated well, I fueled well, and I recovered well! The only bad thing from the whole race…I may have put  myself on the bring of I (injury…the only time you will see this word here…otherwise referred to as “I”). My left foot is painful to walk on. It’s ok when I rest, it’s not painful to the touch, but it’s very painful to walk on. SO…I’m giving it a few days of rest. If I don’t feel any relief, I will go get it checked out. Promise.

Split
Time
Distance
Avg Pace
Summary 3:51:21.1 26.48 8:44
1 7:59.3 1.00 7:59
2 8:00.6 1.00 8:01
3 8:17.4 1.00 8:17
4 8:03.8 1.00 8:04
5 8:09.5 1.00 8:10
6 7:59.9 1.00 8:00
7 8:00.3 1.00 8:00
8 8:05.1 1.00 8:05
9 7:59.5 1.00 8:00
10 7:53.2 1.00 7:53
11 8:08.9 1.00 8:09
12 7:58.0 1.00 7:58
13 8:19.8 1.00 8:20
14 8:06.8 1.00 8:07
15 8:31.3 1.00 8:31
16 8:53.4 1.00 8:53
17 9:15.3 1.00 9:15
18 9:20.0 1.00 9:20
19 9:41.5 1.00 9:42
20 9:19.8 1.00 9:20
21 9:21.0 1.00 9:21
22 10:09.5 1.00 10:10
23 9:57.1 1.00 9:57
24 10:17.6 1.00 10:18
25 10:11.6 1.00 10:12
26 9:17.4 1.00 9:17
27 4:03.3 0.48 8:27

Overall I really liked this course and the marathon. There was amazing course support and I think the organizers did a great job from start to finish. Like I said earlier, the only thing I didn’t like was that bike path issue that I mentioned earlier. All of the volunteers were great and there were plenty of them! Never once did I feel like I would get off course or go thirsty. Everyone was so supportive and happy to be there!

So thank you and huge shout out to the marathon organizers and volunteers for all of their hard work 🙂

Fargo Finisher!

Fargo Finisher!

Did anyone else run or race this weekend??!!!

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Sounds like a great race; I’ll have to keep this one in mind for next Spring. Glad to hear a flat & fast course & smaller race…right up my alley!

It was a great race! The smaller size and atmosphere reminded me of Grandma’s in Duluth and Mankato. The course support was great! I would highly recommend this race for you post baby next spring 🙂 If you run Mankato you will have to let me know, maybe we can meet up!!

Congratulations! I had a similar marathon experience last fall where I started with the 3:30 group, eventually pulled ahead of them, and then had them pass me around mile 18 or so. It was a tough last 10K, but I didn’t regret going out fast.

I don’t regret going out fast either, I just wish the last 10K didn’t happen the way it did! Regardless, I finished 🙂

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