October 28, 2014

Marine Corps Marathon by the numbers

First of all, thanks so much for the overwhelming support over the weekend.  The texts, tweets and Facebook messages were appreciated more than I can say. After a wonderful weekend in DC, my legs and sore body are trying to get back to normal.  Walking backwards down the stairs and struggling to get up after sitting makes me feel like a really old lady runner!



Yesterday, I finally upgraded my cell phone and my photos from the race are still in the i-cloud waiting to make it to the new phone. By the way, I have no idea what that means. Zero technology in my brain. Back to the race,  my post today will only include a couple photos and some fun statistics. I love numbers and analyzing my race splits is always something that amuses me and is helpful for future races.

Total Female Finishers  8578
Total Overall Finishers 19670
My final results:
Finish Time: 4:27.19
Clock Time: 4:36.09
Age Group, female 60-64  13 out of 121
Female Overall  2191
Overall  6835

Some statistics I don't know are:
How many gallons of water and Gatorade were served to the runners?
How many Clif gels were handed out and how many oranges were sliced and served?
What cumulative mileage was run to prepare for the race by the 19,670 finishers?  It has to be a bazillion.
And on that same topic, how many shoes were worn out training for the race?
This list could go on and on with stats about Body Glide, blisters etc.
What statistic would you most like to know about a big race?

Now it is time to go eat all the junk I avoided for several weeks prior to the race.  Hello Halloween candy from Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and ice cream.  I am ready for the treats!


Do you treat yourself to lots of goodies after a big race?  What are your favorites?


24 comments:

  1. You are amazing! Congratulations on a great race!

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    1. Thanks Monica. It really is a very emotional race and well worth doing.

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  2. A HUGE congrats Pam! You are amazing! Enjoy all of that Halloween candy - you've earned it!

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    1. Thanks Jen. My husband ate more than half the candy I brought home from MNSSHP! :)

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  3. Woohoo Pam! So proud of you!!! And eat that candy...you earned it!

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    1. Thanks Mindy. I really wish my appetite would pick back up. I always am uninterested in food after a marathon.

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  4. You did incredible on Sunday, Pam! 14th in your age group! That's incredible!

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    1. Kathryn, Thank you. I actually finished 13th since the first place finisher was a man!

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  5. WOW! Just....yeah. WOW! You are a Master Racing Guru. Now go eat all the peanut butter cups! Even Calypso is impressed and she doesn't even know what a finishing time is!

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    1. Thanks Kim. Don't feel like a master anything as I am still hobbling around the house. But yes, I am trying to consume all the candy!

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  6. You were over 30 minutes faster than me! You're so quick! :D

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    1. Thanks Jenn, but don't forget it was your first marathon. You did awesome! Congrats.

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  7. congratulations pam! i'm sorry to hear it wasn't your favorite marathon but you did amazing. at 4:30 i think i was still on the 14th street bridge haha. and i laughed out loud at "still on the icloud. by the way, i have no idea what that means." me neither! also, trying to contemplate the amount of mileage racked up by all the runners in training for this past weekend blows my mind. i think you're right, that they would have to actually invent the Bazillion to account for all the digits. congrats again!

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    1. Nevie, every runner is different and goals at each race vary on so many factors. To me, the conditions were perfect except the course crowding. So glad you had a good race and were able to gut through an injury.That is a true runner's spirit.

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  8. I am not a big candy person. I do like gummies though. But I eat those during training sometimes. I splurged on wine and ate some mac n cheese for dinner after race. -L

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    1. Oh, I like those things too Lacey....wine and mac and cheese make a great combo!

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  9. Congratulations on an amazing race!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. It certainly is a wonderful opportunity to run through our nation's capital.

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  10. Pam, you have more than earned that Halloween Candy (btw, my favorites are Heath bars and Peanut M&Ms). I can't wait to read more about MCM- you ran an amazing time too! I think you ran the best time out of all the people I know who did it and bloggers I read.

    None of those numbers surprise me although I am a little surprised at the number of female finishers, I guess i thought that might be a little higher. It would be really interesting for people to report how many miles, approximately, they ran in training to find out that cumilative number!

    Congratulations again :).

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    1. Thanks Amy, I love Peanut M & M's too. They are my favorites and next up would be Reeses cups! When you read my post tomorrow, you will see that I was disappointed in my time, but as a competitive person, you will surely understand. :)

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  11. Post big race (or long run) I get myself some type of treat.
    Usually either dinner or dessert.

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    1. I don;t consider dinner a treat Abby, but I am assuming you mean a decadent dinner!

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