Houston Marathon 2013 Race Recap

by Elizabeth on January 13, 2013

Let’s start at the beginning! We woke up at 5 like I mentioned and were out the door at 5:30 (possibly a record for us with a baby.) We drove into downtown around 6:15 where Joe dropped me off and I met up with my Uncle Jody who was also running. Just FYI he is an INTENSE runner. He once did 3 marathons in 3 weekends. Oh, and he let me borrow his heart rate monitor and GPS watch so I got to keep tabs on that during the run which was nice.

We got to the starting line about 10 minutes prior to 7 and it was COLD. 40 degrees, rainy, and a 20 mph wind out of the north (the direction we were running first.) Luckily the wind really wasn’t bad since there were so many people to run behind.

It took us about 2 minutes and 45 seconds after the gun went off to actually cross the starting line. Which translated into me watching the clocks posted around the course and subtracting that from the total time rather than clicking a single button on the GPS watch that changed the screen from pace to total time. I am really smart sometimes, let me tell you.

Uncle Jody and I ran together for 2 miles and we were 16:00 min at the 2 mile mark. I got kind of antsy and felt like it was slow (said no one ever on mile 2 of a marathon) and picked it up. The next 10 miles I ran 7:15 almost to the second. I decided I wanted gatorade when it was offered every two miles instead of water.

At about mile 14 I was hitting a wall so I took a Clif shot and held on to 7:37 pace until mile 20 when I saw Joe and Noah. They hopped into the race with me and I took another Clif shot.

Mr. Fresh Legs told me I didn’t look tired so I better pick it up with him or walk home. FYI Joe, pushing a stroller for 5 miles does not equal running 26. We dropped back down to 7:18ish pace for the 5 miles we were together. Noah got fussy so they stopped and I had a mile left to go. It was SO FREAKING AWESOME to have a running partner when I was tired. Thanks a million guys!

My last mile was in 6:44 and my overall time was 3:15:18! I was pretty happy with that!

A few things I learned:

1. Don’t limit yourself! If you’re feeling good and believe you can do it, you probably can.

2. Fueling is actually important BEFORE and DURING the race. Who would have thought? The last marathon I ran I definitely was not fueled properly. Sure enough when you do, you just might get a 30 minute PR.

3. Positive self talk! I was talking out loud to myself when I felt the most tired. “You’ve got this, you’re awesome, at least it’s not as bad as skiing? ;-)

4. Don’t forget about the .2 after the first 26. I kept thinking I was for sure under 3:15 until Joe reminded me there was 2.2 miles left, not just 2. Mother trucker. Heartbroken does not describe what I felt in that moment (I still gave it a valid effort til the end? a 6 minute last mile just wasn’t in the cards.)

5. Less is more. I’m running less than ever and got a PR? Apparently running 10 minute mile pace for 5 miles a day while pushing a jogging stroller equals marathon training. Fine by me! We do sing Elmo songs, maybe that helps.

Sorry for my lack of pictures. Apparently it’s hard to hold a baby, diaper bag, and camera in the cold and rain and get pictures of a moving target? Whatever. Check back later for my food recap and there will be pictures!


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1 torontorunner January 14, 2013 at 6:47 am

whoa! CONGRATS!!
I’m absolutely floored at your time. That is seriously amazing!
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2 Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Thank you!!! Keep me updated on how your training is going!


3 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast January 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

Ohmygosh, lady! You were flying! A 30 minute pr?! I’m so inspired. Way to go!!! I’m sorry we didn’t get to meet… we’ll have to plan something. You’re not that far away!
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4 Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Yes Yes Yes! Let me know! I am almost always free… I want to meet the little Elmo I saw ;-)


5 Anissa Angelosante January 14, 2013 at 7:22 am

Very impressive ! Great job!


6 Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Thank you! Not quite as fast as the old days at Regionals haha but a valid effort nonetheless!


7 Sarah @PickyRunner January 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

I’m amazed that you pulled off a time like that (and finished so strongly) running an impromptu marathon! You are awesome! And that is a HUGE PR! What’s your secret?!
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8 Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Don’t stress too much about it! Just have fun and be confident!


9 Erin January 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Wow!! Congratulations- what a great time!! I love your advice on positive self-talk… that makes a huge difference for the mental game. How are you feeling today?


10 Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Thank you pretty lady! I feel pretty good honestly. Not like I’m gonna go run or anything haha but not terrible!


11 [email protected] January 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Congratulations! That is an amazing time. You should be very proud of yourself!


12 Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Thanks Sarah!! I hope your Monday is going awesome so far!


13 Meghan January 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Hi Elizabeth!
It’s your cousin Meghan. I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy reading your blog and hearing about your recipes / family adventures / running awesomeness :) . I love healthy living blogs! Anyway, I think you’re a great writer, and congratulations on an amazing marathon time! Tell Joe and Noah hello from me and Paul :) ! Hope you’re resting up today!


14 Elizabeth January 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Meghan!!! I’m so happy to hear from you! I hope you and Paul are doing amazingly. I’d love to catch up!


15 Kelly - IRUNLIKEAGIRL Activewear January 14, 2013 at 5:28 pm

WOW congrats Elizabeth! 3:15, that’s amazing!! I especially agree with all 5 things that you learned…..fueling during marathons, or even half marathons for me:), is so key. I think the best advice I ever got was to take water from the very first stop, long before you think you need it. Kind of crazy that we’ve been running for so many years yet are still continuing to learn so much, right… Sure keeps things interesting!
Enjoy the I’m-so-tired-and-sore-but-feel-so-happy recovery time!
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16 fromicecreamtomarathonk January 15, 2013 at 7:44 am

OMG girl, you did amazing!! I definitely talk to myself too when things get hard. I don’t care who’s listening! Great job on the huge PR!
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17 [email protected] January 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

CONGRATS. Amazing time in such bad conditions!!!!
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18 Lori @ sporadicrunner.com January 16, 2013 at 12:23 am

Congratulations on a huge PR! It sounds like it was an awesome race even though the weather wasn’t great!


19 Erin January 29, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Very awesome job :) I also ran Houston this year and set a PR by about 3 minutes… after having my daughter 20 mos. ago. I love reading other fast moms’ running blogs; such an inspiration. Congrats on the mega accomplishment :)


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