Sunday, January 10, 2010

WDW Marathon Pacing Redemption (But Lost The Family Challenge)


I have come to learn that I love and enjoy pacing other runners much, much more than I do running for myself.  I just find it so much more rewarding to help others work hard to reach their goals.  Today was no exception.  Day two of Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge brought about two exciting scenarios.  The first was pacing my friend Peter H.  I paced Peter at last year's Walt Disney World Marathon with a goal (like this year) of simply breaking the 4-hour mark - we missed it by 17 seconds.  17 seconds.  For a few weeks after the race I thought about what I could have done better as a pacer, and where I went wrong.  We had run a 1:56:07 first half in 2009 - perhaps if we picked it up a bit early on ?  Well, for the second day in a row I got to witness one of those amazing performances of will and courage.  We did a nice 1:50:51 first half, then, despite leg cramping for what seemed like the last 5 miles (at one point I thought the guy was ready to fall over from lack of leg cooperation), Peter powered his way to a 3:58:54 finish, hitting his goal with over a minute to spare.   He really dug deep to fight through those cramps.

Scenario number two is a bit more alarming.  Well, at least for me it is.  I did not run the Marathon today with Ginette as she was content on plugging away on her own.  We did, however, make a small family wager.  Ginette would get an hour and a half head start, meaning she'd have to finish in 5:28:53 to beat me.  Since she ran the Half Marathon yesterday as well, I figured I had it in the bag.  NOT.  Setting a new marathon PR, Ginette finished in 4:56:18, easily taking the family title, and ensuring that she would not have to do any laundry in the house for the next week (trust me, a week is more than enough with the amount of laundry we all produce in our house).  Just a fantastic performance in only her second marathon, and a day after running a half-marathon!

Temperatures were in the 20s for this one at the start - crazy - but we all were happy to DNF in this area - Did Not Freeze!

Also, super congrats to Aaron on setting a new marathon PR with a sick fast time of 3:02:49.

11 comments:

  1. Go Ginette! You rock!
    But, caution: if Tony does laundry like my husband does I encourage you to change the bet now!
    And, great job Peter.

    --- Pam

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  2. What a great wager, and what a great time for Ginette. Yea!!!

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  3. Good for her...Great job Ginette. hahahahhah...you got to laundry now...;-)

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  4. Nice job on the pacing and congrats to Ginette. Awesome. Sucks for you with the laundry though. Ha.

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  5. I was thinking of everyone at disney this morning and how cold it must've been!

    Nice job on being a champion pacer and congrats to Ginette on such an awesome performance!

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  6. Hahaha, funny twist on the DNF. I can't believe it got so cold down there. Congrats on battling through and pacing your friend to the sub-4.

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  7. WOW! Congrats to Ginette! Sounds like David pulling ahead of me in our wagers! Maybe if someone would have let you taper....

    HA!

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  8. Thanks Tony! Enjoy the laundry. And tell Ginette congratulations again.

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  9. Yeah Ginette Great Job...COngrats!!

    Now give Tony some new Red Shirts to wash with his white t-shirts & white socks and we can call him "Pinkie" - lol

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  10. Kudos to Ginette! This is more that a Marathon PR, it's a great accomplishment! Natalia

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  11. great job to Ginette --running 4:56 day after her 1/2 and in cold temps!! very nice, and a nice reward also to not have to do laundry (remember-folding and putting away is part of the job:) congrats to Peter for breaking 4...sounds like everyone had a fun weekend, even if it was winter weather..

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