December 16, 2007
the long and the short of it, for now: 3:15:13 (gun), not what I wanted and not what I thought I could do. I went out according to plan and felt great, but started losing ground around 17 or 18 and just couldn't respond. The weather was warm at the start and very windy but a little cooler at the finish; maybe I should have been a bit more conservative the first half given the temps.
I may write more about this later or I may not. But the summary: 4th female overall, and depending on whom you ask, 1st masters or 1st AG. This race gives awards to the first 3 overall and first masters finishers, but since the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place women were all masters, things got confusing. They awarded the 2nd-place woman 2nd-place money plus masters money, and gave me the 1st masters "title" and a plaque. But the official results page lists the 2nd-place woman as 2nd overall and 1st masters, while I've been demoted to 1st AG. I may write the folks at 1st Place Sports to see if they want me to send the plaque back so they can give it to the 2nd-place woman.
update: the website with official results now shows me as masters winner, yeehaw.
Posted by joe positive at December 16, 2007 6:27 PM
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Posted by: Martin at December 16, 2007 7:00 PM
Yeah! You made it! You sound a little disappointed. I hope not too much. I hope you do write more about it, I for one would like to hear the full story.
Posted by: at December 16, 2007 8:32 PM
I never got around to wishing you good luck, but I will say congratulations! I think that even if it wasn't what you wanted, you always have to be pleased with completing a marathon. And in my book, 3:15 is awfully impressive.
Posted by: Alison at December 16, 2007 9:54 PM
I have been thinking of you all weekend. I tried to look results up earlier but apparently they are a bit slow at that on the first coast. It sucks that you did not get that coveted 3:10. I know you have it in you - if not several minutes off that. Dammit. I feel for you! At the same time I congratulate you, but I know you are not quite satisfied. You have it, you know it, you need it..... Soon.....
Recover well. Please do write up a full report.
Posted by: mindi at December 16, 2007 11:50 PM
OOOOPS! Forgot to say congrats on 4th woman and 1st masters - that is huge!!! :)
Posted by: mindi at December 16, 2007 11:55 PM
I'm late getting to the party Jo, but it looking at the times that people were putting down, a 3:15 gun is might impressive. And I don't know where they got those masters women from, but those are some seriously amazing times to try to go up against.
While it's hard never to get the goal you want, do be sure to pat yourself on the back and take heart in a job well done. Recover, listen to some more Velvet Underground, but most of all, enjoy the holidays.
Wishing you the best,
Posted by: joseph wood at December 17, 2007 2:36 PM