Maryjo Powrozek Rosso ran: First, forgot my garm...

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  • 26 miles
  • 04:05 time
  • 09:20 pace
  • 2177 calories
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  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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good Chicago Marathon 26.2 mi 04:05 09:20 pace

First, forgot my garmin in my purse. D'oh. But there were clocks every mile and 4:00 pacers within sight most of the time and I'm good at math, so it really wasn't an issue.
Second, really didn't know if this was going to happen. The psoas was totally cooperative. My calves, however, started some mild cramping almost immediately. Stupid wear test shoes during taper! It was fine and didn't slow me down, but I was nervous it would get worse. It didn't by much, thankfully.
Very pleased with the result. My goal was to start at a 4:00 pace and see if I could do it. My best time prior to this was 4:27 and change, but that was my first marathon and I was very conservative with my pace, so I wanted to see what I could do if I pushed it (the second time, I just broke 5 hours, but it was 90 degrees that day and my goal was survival). I had to slow down eventually, but only walked through water stations and never had a 5k split average over around 10:15. I think it was the right pace to start out at.
The marathon itself was really great. I'm glad I did it. Crazy amounts of people out there cheering and good stuff to keep me entertained along the way. I think that Pilsen was my favorite neighborhood to run through. Tons of energy and very well appreciated come mile 18-ish when it hit. Greek town and Little Italy sucked the life out of me, except the Charity area, but that made me feel guilty that I didn't raise money for Charity.. The wind was a little cold and brutal during the last couple of miles heading north.
Wore gloves the whole time, but shed one pair when I took a pit stop, tried to squat because apparently marathoners don't have time to aim properly, and fell back, hands straight into splattered pee. Eww.
Managed to walk to the train (about 6 blocks) afterward. Once we hit a certain point, where we cleared the area covered by the marathon, my mylar blanket attracted some attention.

  • Carol B.

    good for you Maryjo! What a great PR and goal accomplished!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Greg S.
    Greg S.

    For all you were going through, this is truly amazing. Great work Maryjo, congrats on the huge PR, and recover well!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • John P.
    John P.

    Great going Maryjo!!!!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Molly R.
    Molly R.

    Great job maryjo. Glad you felt good.

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Brett L.
    Brett L.

    Congrats on a great race, MJ.

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Tony L.
    Tony L.

    Well done!! Great run, great race, great way you overcame your injury challenges. Really inspriational!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Mark M.
    Mark M.

    Fantastic Maryjo. So glad you are pleased with your race. I had some issues at that 17-18 mile area as well and had to walk it off. I too enjoyed the energy and creativity of the crowd. I guess I'm kinda lucky I didn't get to shake your hand after the race. Enjoy that result and recover well.

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Legs Mcgee
    Legs Mcgee

    Congratulations!! What a kick ass performance!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Ken V.
    Ken V.

    Great job MaryJo. Awesome time and glad things worked out for the most part....except for the portajohn incident :)

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Harry
    Harry

    Whoa- great job, way to push through the calf pain and congrats on the PR!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • David F.
    David F.

    Great work!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Andrea
    Andrea

    You looked great as you flew by me at mile 7.5! Congrats on the stellar PR. Btw, race Port a Potties are worse than the Port a Potties at Woodstock. No joke. Drunks have better bathroom etiquette than racers I guess.

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  • Diane V.
    Diane V.

    Congratulations on your PR, Maryjo! I'm so glad it was a great race for you - you've had a rough couple of weeks prior! (And a big yuck on the port a potties!)

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Jolene C.
    Jolene C.

    Great job!!!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Vern M.
    Vern M.

    Wow! Awesome 22-minute PR, MaryJo! What a great race!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Jeff H.
    Jeff H.

    Congratulations!

    almost 5 years ago Like

  • Rose
    Rose Great Performance
    Great Performance:

    Wow, Maryjo! Congrats on a great pace and smashed PR! You so deserve this!

    almost 5 years ago

  • Keith H.
    Keith H. Congrats
    Congrats:

    Fantastic job at Chicago, Maryjo! Great run, and way to push through!

    almost 5 years ago

  • Brian A.
    Brian A.

    U dun great, MJ. Proud of ya; congrats on the mega PR.

    almost 5 years ago Like