Thursday, January 19, 2012

P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Full Marathon

Adam and I at race start
So, Kate updated you all on the 1/2, and I thought I would post an update of the full marathon.  This was my second full marathon and I have to say that it went much better than my first!  My husband, Adam, agreed to run it with me.  Adam is not a runner.  He's a soccer player and he started a new job last year so training didn't really happen.  As a result, we decided to do a 5-2 minute run/walk pattern. 

The race started about a half hour late (apparently the changes to the course and reliance on the light rail made it hard for everyone to get to the start line).  Adam and I got off to a good start.  I made sure that we strictly follow our run/walk pattern.  I was feeling great.  Around mile 11, Adam started flagging.  Our run pace was starting to slow and our walk section took a little longer to end.  I ended up getting a few minutes ahead of Adam by the 13.1 mile mark.  So, when he caught up to me at that point--he told me to go ahead and so I did (I felt a bit like a bad wife at that point).

The second half of the race continued to go well for me.  I felt really good until about mile 22.  I ran in some new compression socks and they really seemed to help keep my legs fresh and free from cramping (I usually cramp up around mile 10 in a half marathon).  At that point, my feet were really tired and I started slowing down.  I kept up with the 5-2 pattern and I finished strong.  After I collected my stuff, I went back up the course to find Adam.  Once I found him, I helped him run/walk him in the last mile to the finish--that's right I ran/walked an extra two miles (I felt like a much better wife at that point)!

I finished in 5:17 and I really think I could improve on that time (though my time on Sunday was nearly a full 30 minutes faster than my first marathon). More importantly, I wasn't freaking out about the race.  I was calm and I had no doubt that I would finish. 

I haven't really been training for the full marathon distance.  I ran a half in December and a 10k on January 1, but nothing longer.  I really don't think that running the distance is as important as doing consistent cardio and strength training. 

I also think that I will be able to finish the marathon at the end of the Ironman with at least a little bit of running.  Now, I just need to get a century ride in so that I can really get a feel for being on the bike that long. 

Next up--Ragnar in February and the Phoenix 1/2 marathon in March!


  1. I always enjoy your race reports and your race photos. Five/two?! Interesting. Sounds like it worked great! I am floored that you were able to run an extra two miles. That is amazing. I'm going to do Lost Dutchman half and then the Phoenix half with you. I want to get stronger on the run. We are getting closer!

  2. Congratulations Kim - sounds like a great confidence builder....the perfect way to start off a new year.

  3. Seriously!!?? You did an extra two miles?! I don't think you were notched down on the good wife meter for leaving him, but you definitely moved up for going back to help him in!!

    I think I'm going to do the Phoenix half too.
    Thinking about the tour de Mesa in April. But I think the longest ride they have is 72 miles.

  4. I'll have to look into the Tour de Mesa. If it's not too close to Marquee, I'd be interested in that too. I need to find some rides. I think I am going to Lake Las Vegas for the Tour de Fire in May.

  5. It looks like Tour de Mesa is the same weekend as Marquee (I signed up for the 1/2 Iron at Marquee. I see the Tour of the Tucson mountains is April 28--so I might try to do that.