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2013-10-23 1:15 PM
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Originally posted by Hot Runner Memorable in a few different ways-- The last mile of my first marathon. I was fourteen, clueless, and undertrained. I was also winning it, and about to break three hours, if only I could actually run. As I recall, that mile lasted at least an hour; it couldn't have, though, in reality! I was being escorted by a guy on a bike, and the approach to the finish line was marked with orange cones. I was really struggling and I remember him saying, just run to the next cone, then the next, and so on. Then when you turn the corner it will only be 200m to the finish. I swear those cones went on for miles. Then, at the corner, he asked me what my favorite song was. I told him "Chariots of Fire" and shortly after, a band began to play it. I may have been dying, splattered against the wall, from 23 miles until that point, but I floated those last 200m. 2:59:52. Winning the state championship in the two mile my last year in high school. I was leading from the second lap until about 50m from the end, when the girl in second (an 800m specialist with a big kick) caught up with me. It was probably the one and only time in my life I've outkicked someone who wasn't clinically dead--I held her off and won by 0.32 seconds. Closest I've ever come to heart failure in a race. Probably for my parents and coach too. Last 1/2 mile of NCAA XC Nationals in college. I was somewhere MOP, running fifth for our team (last scoring member). Our coach yells, "If you catch red, we'll win." It was an uphill finish, to my advantage. I ran my brains out and caught red. We won. Later I found out that the team we actually needed to beat was in green--I'd passed her en route to passing red. My brief moment of collegiate glory. Can't say I won it for my team, but I didn't lose it, which was what mattered at that point. The last mile of the Olympic Trials. I wasn't winning it, of course, though I was the youngest at 18. It was hot and hilly and I'd had a tough race. I'd struggled with cramping, probably as I hadn't hydrated enough in the middle 10 miles. But the last 10km was fairly flat, and I started to feel really good. Everyone else seemed to be feeling worse and worse. I was well off pace for a PB but I just started going for it. I had to run some ridiculous time for the last few miles to PB, but I actually did it. My last mile was something like 5:30. (I was probably in shape to run a much faster overall time but hadn't executed it right and had too much left.) Finished in 2:43:53, a PB by 18 seconds. Probably no one else at the line had any idea why I was so excited about being 45th. I was literally doing a dance in the last few meters before the finish line. I've had lots of other memorable runs and races but it would be hard to pick out the most notable mile of them--those come to mind!

 

Great stories!!!!

I have meant to ask you. Was that your only trials? At 18 I would think you would have had several opportunities for more attempts? You clearly had plenty of talent.

Also, what marathon was trials that year?

I hear ya on the celebrating 45th. If I ever make my trials goal I know I won't be racing to qualify for Olympics. I would be happy just completing the marathon. 



2013-10-23 1:17 PM
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Originally posted by switch

Super cool thread and thanks for sharing Meb's list.  Woah.

I have memorable running moments, but no specific miles that stand out. 

Lots of moments from my first Boston stand out (start, Wellesley, HH, last 800 on Boylston).  The finish from my HIM this summer was pretty awesome--steep downhill and I was feeling great about  being done and having a good race.  Running with my girls.  Winter runs on the snow early in the morning when the trees are covered in ice.  The first warm run of spring that has no chill in the air.  The days when tempo feels easy. Moments, not miles

 

Didja get a kiss?

2013-10-23 2:34 PM
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September 5, 2013--the first mile I ever ran non-stop (yes, in my life)

Week 6, day 2 of my C25K plan called for running 22min (W6, D1 called for 10 min). I saw that and freaked out, sure I absolutely couldn't run (okay, lets be honest, slow, slow jog) for 22 minutes without stopping. In fact, it freaked me out so bad I didn't run for a week. After a long and brutally honest talk with myself, I finally convinced myself to try it to see what would happen and I did it. On the first try, I did it. I felt so accomplished that morning I basically floated through the rest of the day. I won't forget that day.
2013-10-23 2:47 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

Originally posted by switch

Super cool thread and thanks for sharing Meb's list.  Woah.

I have memorable running moments, but no specific miles that stand out. 

Lots of moments from my first Boston stand out (start, Wellesley, HH, last 800 on Boylston).  The finish from my HIM this summer was pretty awesome--steep downhill and I was feeling great about  being done and having a good race.  Running with my girls.  Winter runs on the snow early in the morning when the trees are covered in ice.  The first warm run of spring that has no chill in the air.  The days when tempo feels easy. Moments, not miles

 

Didja get a kiss?

Ah, yes.  THAT was one pretty nice mile...  

2013-10-23 2:54 PM
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Originally posted by mcmanusclan5

Dang, I'm not supposed to get misty, what with being a manly man reading a tri site at work (put those together, and it might make my coworkers tear up).  Really enjoying this thread! 

Best mile would be the first "race" all three of my kids did (The Better Half and I ran with them).  They all podiumed, and we have a picture of the three of them with ties around their necks ("Dad's day run, the race that always ends in a tie..."   See what they did there?) and arms around each other at the finish.  Was awesome to see them push like that and then all be together at the end...  yep, still chokes me up just a little. 

I'm with Switch, though, for my "own" miles.  More about moments, and I'm crazy lucky enough to have more than I would want to bore you all with (but I'll do that with kids' stories, for sure!).

Matt

(sotto voce) ...ahem, Salty?

Awww a man getting misty about men getting' misty!! It's misty squared! Now I am gettin' misty! Pretty great to see.

I like these moments you guys are describing, and I think that fits the intent. It's very cool that so many of you guys are supporting your kiddos in getting/staying active. You all are great examples! 

2013-10-23 2:55 PM
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Originally posted by drfoodlove September 5, 2013--the first mile I ever ran non-stop (yes, in my life) Week 6, day 2 of my C25K plan called for running 22min (W6, D1 called for 10 min). I saw that and freaked out, sure I absolutely couldn't run (okay, lets be honest, slow, slow jog) for 22 minutes without stopping. In fact, it freaked me out so bad I didn't run for a week. After a long and brutally honest talk with myself, I finally convinced myself to try it to see what would happen and I did it. On the first try, I did it. I felt so accomplished that morning I basically floated through the rest of the day. I won't forget that day.

AWESOME!  That is a memorable mile :)



2013-10-23 2:57 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

Originally posted by mcmanusclan5

Dang, I'm not supposed to get misty, what with being a manly man reading a tri site at work (put those together, and it might make my coworkers tear up).  Really enjoying this thread! 

Best mile would be the first "race" all three of my kids did (The Better Half and I ran with them).  They all podiumed, and we have a picture of the three of them with ties around their necks ("Dad's day run, the race that always ends in a tie..."   See what they did there?) and arms around each other at the finish.  Was awesome to see them push like that and then all be together at the end...  yep, still chokes me up just a little. 

I'm with Switch, though, for my "own" miles.  More about moments, and I'm crazy lucky enough to have more than I would want to bore you all with (but I'll do that with kids' stories, for sure!).

Matt

(sotto voce) ...ahem, Salty?

Awww a man getting misty about men getting' misty!! It's misty squared! Now I am gettin' misty! Pretty great to see.

I like these moments you guys are describing, and I think that fits the intent. It's very cool that so many of you guys are supporting your kiddos in getting/staying active. You all are great examples! 

That's very cool Matt.  Love that. 

Um, Salty, dude, you're up.

2013-10-23 3:56 PM
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The mile that stands out most in my mind was my first, when I decided to take up running, what? Two and a half years ago? (short of the stuff they made us do in PE and whatnot)

It felt effing awful at first. And SO hard. I stopped to walk in the middle. 

But I was in a miserable spot in my life, and by the end of that mile (as tough as it was) I felt just a little of that misery disappear. So, I decided to stick with it.

Now, often when I am running I think about that, and really how lucky I am that I found something I love so much.

2013-10-23 4:06 PM
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Originally posted by drfoodlove

September 5, 2013--the first mile I ever ran non-stop (yes, in my life) Week 6, day 2 of my C25K plan called for running 22min (W6, D1 called for 10 min). I saw that and freaked out, sure I absolutely couldn't run (okay, lets be honest, slow, slow jog) for 22 minutes without stopping. In fact, it freaked me out so bad I didn't run for a week. After a long and brutally honest talk with myself, I finally convinced myself to try it to see what would happen and I did it. On the first try, I did it. I felt so accomplished that morning I basically floated through the rest of the day. I won't forget that day.

That reminds me of when I was doing a C25k program last year and the end of week 5 called for a single 2 mile run. I had *never* ran 2 miles in my life without stopping and was a little hesitant. Putting my worries aside I stuck to the plan and did it, and yes my feelings were much like yours.

2013-10-23 4:28 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

The mile that stands out most in my mind was my first, when I decided to take up running, what? Two and a half years ago? (short of the stuff they made us do in PE and whatnot)

It felt effing awful at first. And SO hard. I stopped to walk in the middle. 

But I was in a miserable spot in my life, and by the end of that mile (as tough as it was) I felt just a little of that misery disappear. So, I decided to stick with it.

Now, often when I am running I think about that, and really how lucky I am that I found something I love so much.

This is perfect in so many ways. 

And every time I remember that you just started running two and half years ago I shake my head in disbelief and awe.

2013-10-23 7:04 PM
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Pittsburgh, 1988. Plenty hilly as I remember (at least the middle 10). Yes, my only trials. Well, my only trials in the US. I didn't exactly burn out or quit, just kind of got out of competitive running and/or things didn't work out after that. 1992--Working in Taiwan. I accidentally won THEIR Olympic Trials. (A 30K road race, I had no idea until I won and suddenly people were asking me if I wanted to change citizenship that I had any clue...but that's another story.)
1996--Working in China. I wasn't in really great shape but I struggled to qualify for the Beijing Marathon, which at the time was an elite race and would have been a qualifier. Failed to do so in a HM, managed to do so in a time trial two weeks before the race. But I got sick in the interim and ended up being pulled from the course at 25 km (you had to get thru checkpoints on 2:50 pace). So no go.

There was also an issue with coaching--our college program really didn't work for me. Most of the other girls were 800-1500m runners moving up to 5000; 5K was pretty much my lower limit. It was low-volume, high-quality training that didn't fit with my body or personality. I got a lot of flack from the coach for qualifying and competing in trials. A lot of the girls had eating disorders and he decided that since I was quite thin, I was probably running to lose weight. (??! I was practically eating as a full-time job to fuel my training!) I worked with a different coach for the Trials--he coached a lot of elite distance runners. We trained quite similar to many of the African runners (he'd worked with them before)--fairly high volume, lots of trails, sand dunes, hills and fartlek for strength, a lot of work on having an efficient, relaxed stride, very long speed workouts with a bit lower intensity. It worked for me, plus he really figured out what made me tick mentally. After Trials, I wanted to quit, turn pro, and work with him. But I found out as a college-age athlete I was not allowed to--can't remember if it was my age, or my college coach had to approve, and he didn't. (I wasn't a scholarship athlete, so it wasn't that.) I also wanted to work with my Trials coach, and he refused, since as he put it, he had to live and coach in the same town with the college coach. So I was left with the decision to go it on my own, or continue with a program that wasn't working for me. After another season, I quit the team. It's hard to go it on your own at that age without coaching advice, moral support, and easy access to treatment for injuries, among other things.

After 1996, just too caught up in my career plus living overseas to even think about trying to get in shape for Trials. Later, some injuries (not actually running related, but they affected running) made it hard for me to do much volume or quantity. Now I feel like my running is finally coming together again, but I'm too old--speed just isn't there anymore. Plus the thought of 20+ mile runs here makes me want to puke!

I still feel sad about how it turned out. I think if I could have continued working with my marathon coach, and somehow not had to teach full-time during my 20's, I could have eventually broken 2:30. I don't delude myself about Olympics or world records or Kona--I don't have the short-range speed for that. But I would have found out what my limits were and had some more great experiences. But I'm clearer than most what I would have had to sacrifice for that--many of my travels, living overseas, etc. I guess the positive thing is that I've arrived at my mid-40's still healthy and without any chronic overuse injuries, and eager to train and race. I was up at 4:30 this AM, ready to go on my tempo run! I doubt I'd be doing that if I'd turned pro at 20, and raced full-tilt through my 30's.


2013-10-23 7:15 PM
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Originally posted by drfoodlove

September 5, 2013--the first mile I ever ran non-stop (yes, in my life)

Week 6, day 2 of my C25K plan called for running 22min (W6, D1 called for 10 min). I saw that and freaked out, sure I absolutely couldn't run (okay, lets be honest, slow, slow jog) for 22 minutes without stopping. In fact, it freaked me out so bad I didn't run for a week. After a long and brutally honest talk with myself, I finally convinced myself to try it to see what would happen and I did it. On the first try, I did it. I felt so accomplished that morning I basically floated through the rest of the day. I won't forget that day.


This is wonderful! Joy just jumps out of this story!
2013-10-23 7:20 PM
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Originally posted by switch

Super cool thread and thanks for sharing Meb's list.  Woah.

I have memorable running moments, but no specific miles that stand out. 

Lots of moments from my first Boston stand out (start, Wellesley, HH, last 800 on Boylston).  The finish from my HIM this summer was pretty awesome--steep downhill and I was feeling great about  being done and having a good race.  Running with my girls.  Winter runs on the snow early in the morning when the trees are covered in ice.  The first warm run of spring that has no chill in the air.  The days when tempo feels easy. Moments, not miles

 





You paint a beautiful running picture Switch!!

Memphis doesn't serve up much snow but oh am I looking forward to it in a new way this year.

2013-10-24 1:59 PM
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Love Meb's post and everyone else's stories, too.

My most memorable miles were this past winter/spring while training for a half marathon.  Once I did the 7 mile workout, the longest I had ever tried to run, I was on cloud 9 for days, in elation/disbelief that I ran 7 miles.  The next memorable was my 8 mile run - I asked my husband to drop me at a precalculated spot 8 miles away and I ran home.  It was a very powerful moment, arriving back home after yet again running the farthest I'd ever run.

There have been other times when just knowing I had the freedom to run that made a training outing or race that much more special.

Thanks for starting this post, Salty, it's a keeper!

2013-10-27 9:27 AM
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My first mile down the road after I hit 277 pounds on my 44th birthday. It was super fast, about 15 maybe 16 minutes
2013-10-28 10:53 AM
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Not a mile, but I still remember running a 63 second 400 meters in High School.  I was a 22-23 minute BOP X-country team member and we were doing 400's full out with a 200 jog recovery.  This was the 4th repeat and was about 15 seconds faster than my first 3.  My first real "runners high".  The only one more shocked than my coach was ME!

 

And my last mile at 2011 IM CDA was under 9 minutes and my fastest of the day.



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