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Chicago Marathon

October 11, 2015

Goal time: 2:42.59

My time: 2:48.12 (40 sec PR)

Sunday: Chicago Marathon: I am writing this as I am crying (yes I am a baby) πŸ˜‚. So this will be really emotional… Here is my race report. Everything went smoothly this morning. Getting up and ready, walking the streets in the dark to the train, and then connecting with 45,000 other runners. Beautiful but warm and windy morning. But I was not going to let that effect me! 

 Cops ligned the streets everywhere… It was neat to see. 

 I hung out in the American Development tent with about 200 other people trying to qualify for Olympic Trials… The nervous energy was so intense and heavy! My nerves were so strong. I just wanted the race to start. And then right at 7:30 we were off! I felt so good… More than good, great. My garmin kept beeping every mile and I was faster than my splits! I was excited. My half was right at a 1:20… I knew I had another half marathon in me… These were the 1st 17 miles from my garmin:  (my garmin went out on me when I was writing it down and I know that my last 2 miles were a 6:43 and a low 7- maybe 7:03). 

 I just kept thinking, my girls are going to be so excited because I told them we will go to Disneyland right after the trials (which takes place in L.A.) I thought about Corom as he was chasing me around the course (he even rented a bike to get back and forth).  I did find out that he knew I was off from tracking my number. He was afraid to tell me because he thought I knew… As I ran past him smiling and waving every time. πŸ™‚ He was the best out there! 

 I thought of all the kids I coach and the support they have given me, all my friends and church members and then I thought of my coach… How he would be proud. πŸ™‚ These were all the things going through my head after every split on my garmin.  
When I hit mile 24.45 on my garmin, I noticed on my right that there was a flag saying mile 24. I was a little confused and then in that split second I got so discouraged because I thought I only had a mile and a half left (and I knew I would have been close…the last few miles I did slow my pace down 20-24); I realized then that my garmin was off . I ended up running 26.7 (on my garmin, whether it was correct or not) I thought I was closer than what I was. Once I realized I was .5 over on my garmin at mile 24, I just knew that physically I would not be able to make that time up. πŸ˜• The crazy thing was… Everyone around me all had our garmins going off at the same time… And it showed that we were on pace. None of us took in that with all the tall buildings our garmins would be thrown off. (That’s the only thing I can think of.) I should have known that I felt too good to be hitting the times the entire way. At mile 24 there was the clearing of no buildings. But on that point, who knows if I could have held on to the 6:10 pace for that long to the end… It is what it is… This is what my chip report (the official race report) had:  

 As you can see, my garmin was way off… I thought I was hitting all my marks but I obviously wasn’t. I missed most of the flags with the mile markers because the crowd (1.7 million people) were along the entire course and it truly was electrifying!!! Simply amazing with the amount of people out. I am just so frustrated thinking I was on. I do want to say that we have met some really fun and great people here! I will blog about my weekend probably tomorrow because this truly has been a great experience.  K I’m going to stop because I will just keep rambling!  

 Thanks for all the love and support!!! I do want to say that it really was fun. Great course, great spectators, well put together and very electrifying! I did love it. 


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  1. Mary permalink

    Love you. You are awesome.

  2. That is so frustrating, I’m sorry Jen. You are AMAZING, everyone loves you!

    • Thanks Hillary! You know… Writing my frustrations down helped and I’m ok with it. It has been a great experience and fun packing around Chicago with Corom. You would laugh if you saw Corom all the places I saw him.

  3. I’m so proud of you. And while you are understandably disappointed, you made some great gains. The weather was tough today. You are a wonderful model of a mom, coach, and runner. I hope you had a good rest of your stay in Chicago.

    • Thanks Sarah… Now that I wrote my frustrations down, I’m good. This truly has been a blast. Hanging out with you guys was so fun. We wished we lived closer to you guys. Thanks for everything! You 2, Mary and your parents really are amazing!

      • I think we will have to arrange to see you and your whole family, soon!

      • Please do!!! That would be so much fun. And do it before Mary turns 2 so she can fly for free. πŸ™‚

  4. Anonymous permalink

    You are amazing in what you have accomplished. You are a winner in my book and an inspiration to me. I can’t even run around the block without dying. We are proud of you and love you dearly. Have a safe trip home and be happy of your amazing experiences. Love Mom and Dad

    • Hi mom and dad… You have to say nice things about me. πŸ˜‰ Love you! Thanks for giving birth to me so I can run!

  5. Anonymous permalink

    How so very frustrating and disappointing for you but what a great example you are! The journey is just as important as the destination and sometimes the destination is not where you expected it to be. Either way, I admire your grit, determination & loving attitude towards others. You rock!!!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. It helps. It was a fun race overall. At least for 24 miles… I was living my dream. πŸ˜‰

  6. Congratulations!

  7. Anonymous permalink

    I am so sorry!! That is so frustrating about garmin being off!! You are a truly gifted and amazing runner!

    • Thank you so much… I realized not the brightest way to run a race relying on a garmin. πŸ˜‰

  8. Josse permalink

    You are such an inspirational women! Thanks for sharing your heartbreaks as well as your triumphs, they help us all to see that life always doesn’t turn out the way we hope but with hard work and perseverance I believe you can get your goal. Keep at it Jen. Oh and never rely on a Garmin if you have a goal time.

    • Haha… I went from never wearing a garmin (or watch even), to relying on it all the time. πŸ™‚ Thanks Josse for your kind words. It means a lot to me. You are a good friend!

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