Sunday, January 16, 2011

Rock'nRoll Marathon- 0, Kristal Reszler- 1

Race Report!
Injured and ill prepared, Kristal still finished the P.F. Chnag's Rock'n'Roll Arizona FULL MARATHON! 

Pre-Race Photo OP
Beautiful Arizona sunrise to start the race!

Kristal is ready, ready to run! Bring It!


I am officially a "marathoner", Whoop, Whoop!! I knew there was no way I would be holding the pace I was running before the knee injury but I was gonna go out guns smokin'... I decided 8:30-ish would be a good starting point.  I totally lost that pace and by the time I was finishing up, crawling was looking like an option! Here is how it all went down....

Splits/Graph (click to enlarge)


Race Photos By Tim!
Mile 5, still looking fresh! 21 miles to go...

Me holding up the 1-1, represent! (Mile 11)

Trying to smile... A quick stop in mile 19 to put one the knee brace!

Coming into the Finish! Hurting Bad!!

Smile for the Finish!

My BLING!

Ice and ready to GO HOME!

If... I don't fall over!

So what are my excuses for running slow why was this Marathon challenging?

  • Mile 7 was slow due to a emergency pit stop (Power Poo).  
  • Mile 16 was me hitting the "WALL"... Note that 16 miles was my longest training run due to the knee injury! So I just told myself, hold 9:30-ish for as long as you can, keep on keeping on!
  • Mile 19 was a pit stop to put on my knee brace. At this point I thought my knee was going to fall off.
  • Mile 21 and on was me hanging on wishing I hadn't been injured and been able to train more!
  • Mile 25 I really felt like walking, crawling, anything but "running", well actually it was more like a jog but still sucked!

Overall it was a success because I finished.  So, will I do another one? Right now... NO WAY! Maybe you should ask me again in a few months.  I have an MRI/x-ray on Tuesday.  I think I am going to focus on a Triathlon! And I really love 1/2 Marathons, maybe I will just stick to those for awhile.

P.S. I love my husband, thanks for the support!

-Kristal OUT

4 comments:

  1. Congratulaions Kristal! So sorry you were hurting but what a rush for you. Great Job! What an accomplishment!

    Brad, Tonya and family (Anderson)

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  2. great pics MARATHONER~ you look great! heal quickly! CONGRATS...and welcome to the club!!

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  3. YAY!!! You did it!!! congrats!! Now go heal that knee!!! Your time is pretty amazing, aside from being injured!! Great job!

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