Recap: Three Bridges Marathon

The best way to recap the 26.2 miles (my 5th full marathon) that I ran this morning can best be described in three categories:

The GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY.

Outfit was good ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ahh…so now that we have that out of the way, let’s go.


  • As mentioned above, my outfit choice was comfortable, weather-appropriate and I received lots of compliments on it. It was a miss-mash of items that my friend Lisa from RunWiki would have been proud of: Adidas Adizero cap, Target C9 top, Lululemon PaceSetter Skirt, Tough Chik arm warmers (from my HTC team) and (unpictured) ProCompression socks & Brooks Pure Flow shoes.
  • Organization, volunteers and course support! Thank you Ragged Mountain Running for a truly great race experience! There was sherpa service for gear, free really yummy food at the end and shuttles back to the parking area. Everyone was nice and really seemed enthused to be there ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The running community. From fellow running pals from the Lulu run club (EXCELLENT work, Sarah and Alex!!!!) and CTC Training Program to the encouragement of other ‘strangers’ on the course, everyone was all smiles and quick to cheer each other on. I enjoyed that.
  • I reached my 2012 mileage goal today. So there’s that ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Meeting Mollie! I found out this super speedy Oiselle team runner would be traveling out here to conquer the course (AND SHE DID! ย First overall female!!) and I was so glad to meet her. She was so supportive and always cheered and smiled when she passed. I am pretty sure her high five kept me from dying at the end.
  • And on that note, it’s a good thing I didn’t die. So yeah, not dying was good (more on this below).

ย The BADย 

  • I had 4 race goals today, in order: D – finish. C – sub-4. B – PR (under 3:43) and A – BQ (under 3:35). Now, I am glad I got one of those goals, but it was a little discouraging, not going to lie.
  • I probably should have stopped at 13.1 – or 20… but yeah, I am stubborn that way. I’ve had this persistent cough thing and I thought I was better…but I don’t think my phlegm-y ness + running thought so.
  • My feet hurt. My stomach hurt. My lungs hurt and somehow even my ears hurt. But instead of stopping, I was getting upset at said body parts. I should have been reassuring myself that bad races happen and not dismay at the numbers showing up on my Garmin.
  • This is the first race I seriously considered DNF’ing (not finishing).

ย The UGLY

  • So, I might have sniffled back a few tears. Yeah, not a good moment in my running and racing life, but hey, it is what it is.

All in all, it was still a success…finishing is an accomplishment, after all. I have to remind myself that not every race is a PR (thanks for the memories, Baltimore) and I am so thankful for many things in my 2012 racing ‘career,’ namely:

  • I have avoided any serious injury.
  • I PR’d both my 26.2 and 13.1 this year.
  • This time last year, I had just run my first marathon – and now, I’ve accomplished FIVE.
  • I’ve met so many amazing people through running.
  • It’s December…which means almost 2013, and a whole new year of running and racing!!

So, with these thoughts in mind, I will now inhale a few cups of coffee, finish up some homework and take a few days off running!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

How do you ‘recover’ from a sub-par race performance?


  1. Sorry your race was not what you had hoped for,. However, you looked fabulous in your outfit with your lovely smile, and there will be many more chances to PR, BQ and sub 4. You are an inspiration and champion to those who read/follow your blog…Congrats and rest up for a few days!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Pam! I hope that others can read this and truly know that it is OKAY to have a not great race and it’s normal – a part of growing and becoming a stronger athlete and person ๐Ÿ™‚

      Of four marathons this year, I really cannot complain that 2 of 4 were sub-4, 1 was a great PR, 1 was a great experience though PW, and …welll, this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

      You better believe I am laying off running for a few days! Right now, I can barely walk (first time this has happened to me after a race)!!!

  2. Oh boo, it’s tough when your race doesn’t live up to your expectations. There are so many factors that go into running, but sometimes it just isn’t your day. It happens to all of us. I think the bad races help make the great races all the sweeter.

    Injuries are nothing to scoff at. I have been injured for the second half of 2012 and it’s no fun. Kudos to you for not getting injured!

    Register for another race? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Karen – thanks so much for dropping by and commenting. I am sorry to hear that you haven’t been feeling 100 percent! Hope you’re better soon!!!

      As for me….yeah, crazy me is running 26.2 again in January (Walt Disney World) but even before this race, I decided that it is going to be a TOTAL fun one. No time expectation, just fun expectation ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Marathons can be heart breakers, but you finished and had a good attitude about it despite the circumstances. I am glad that you finished because that in itself is something to be proud of. Take some time off and relax. 2013 will be another new year full of fun races and new PRs. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, Tasha! I knew you would understand my sentiment in this post…I am definitely looking forward to another great year of running and am thankful for the experiences (good and bad) and of course, friends like you!!!

  4. I have so much empathy I have felt this way in ever marathon I’ve run. You’re still a complete BA. You looked SO damn cute… LOVE your outfit, the perfect amount of fun, not overboard. Love that skirt. I think you need to be a oiselle #birdie. Thank you so much for mentioning me… love ya LB

    • Thanks Lisa ๐Ÿ™‚

      I always think of you in marathons now! Sadly, you weren’t there physically (no cool plaid skirt to chase!!) but your encouragement and determination stay in my mind. Anything we really want is worth working for, that’s for sure! I am determined to get it!!


      It was funny, I took off the sleeves around Mile 15….and a few guys that had been cheering me didn’t recognize me at first, then, when he realized, yelled back, “YOUR ELBOWS AREN’T AS COLORFUL ANYMORE!” lol. One even asked where I got them, because he liked them so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Congrats on sticking it out, woman! I think we learn so much from the bad races (maybe even more than the good ones) so it’s always worth it. 5 marathons in one year is AMAZING (my first five were spaced out over about as many years!) and I predict amazing things in store for 2013! Super cute outfit, btw.

    • Thanks, A! ‘Bad races’ definitely do a lot – teach us about ourselves, test our limits…and of course, make the good ones even sweeter ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the compliment! I am glad I got that part right today, lol!!

  6. It was so great seeing you out there. That race challenged a lot of us but you finished! You should still be proud of sticking to it. (I wish you could’ve heard me swearing during my last mile. And stopping to walk essentially all of mile 10.) My favorite part of the race by far was seeing you, Sarah, and Kendra out there with waves and smiles to keep me going.

    • OMG at Mile 22 I stopped and sat down on the guardrail and cried for about 5 minutes. It was pretty horrible, haha…thankfully only one person saw me, asked if I was okay and I pretended to massage my calf. Hahaha….but yes, seeing you all out there made it a lot better.

  7. I’m sorry it was such a disappointing race. But you did finish, and that part is freaking awesome! You ran FIVE marathons this year. And there is absolutely nothing disappointing in that amazing accomplishment. Hooray for 2013 where there will be many more fabulous races.

  8. Finishing is something to be proud of and happy about! You’ve got a great attitude, and there’s always next time. Better things to come! My favorite way to get over a not so great race is to do something I enjoy that isn’t competitive. Like eating ice cream…

    • Thanks, Jory! I am glad to have friends like you….especially when you recommend an ice cream regimen! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. congrats on finishing, that’s a huge accomplishment in itself! I have had a less than stellar race year due to travel, injury, and illness, so I am really looking forward to 2013!

    • Thanks so much, Heather! 2013 is definitely going to rock ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited to see you again soon!!

  10. The best thing I’ve done in the past few weeks since a horrible experience is to just get away from it … less running, less talking about running, less blogging, less tweeting. I certainly haven’t voided all those things completely out of my life, but it’s been really freshing. It’s made my runs more enjoyable and less stressful. Enjoy the bit of downtime. You deserve it.

    • As always, you have some great advice, David…I am just gonna coast here for a bit, try out some other forms of fitness for a week or so and run when I feel like it ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. I think it says a lot about your character that you finished, because a lot of people would have DNF’ed when faced with a less-than-ideal day. I was looking for you at every turnaround, which gave me something to think about besides what number lap we were on… and you were smiling every time I saw you! But I agree to take a more relaxed approach for awhile, and maybe start anew in January or when you think you’re ready. You’ll get that BQ, I know it!

    • Thanks for the kind and wise words, Mollie! I am glad that I had that experience but also glad it’s over ๐Ÿ™‚

      2013 is another year! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am running fun races to start it off then will train for San Francisco! QUALITY over QUANTITY ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. Oh wow, that sounds like a rough day. But I am seriously so impressed you did another marathon (five!!!) and you finished. And your outfit was super cute!! Enjoy your next few days and hopefully come back refreshed and ready to take on 2013!

    P.S. I couldn’t resist the temptation of the Black Friday runDisney Tink registration so maybe we’ll be able to meet at the Tink Half!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Oh Krissy…I just had a chance to read this :/ I’m sorry that you didn’t have the race you wanted. It sounds like it was a rough day. The best thing to do is just learn as much as you can from this experience – I have found that I learn SO much more from bad races then I do from good ones.
    PS. LOVE your outfit =) So fun and happy!

    • Hi Michele! Thanks for stopping by and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      I am so glad to have motivating and positive friends like you!! Thanks for the wisdom and kind words โค

  14. We all have our bad days. I feel like we just experienced the same marathon. One of my friends reminded me post race that to run a great marathon, the stars need to align. If one thing is off (like your illness), then it can throw everything else off too. I know from experience how true that is!!!

    Don’t be too hard on yourself. I think it is pretty damn amazing that you PR’ed two distances this year, and managed to fun FIVE marathons!!! Pat on the back my friend!!
    xo, Ali

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