I just did Portland Marathon under 4 hours, in 3:55 and BQ'd. That is a 31 minutes improvement from my first one. I am very happy.
Portland Marathon was a good one for PR. There are several things good about PM. First, the starting time 7AM was a easy time to follow; second, the weather, first week of October-always pleasant; third, temperature, in the 50's to low 60's with overcast all day, fourth, the course was rather flat; and crowd support was very good that you feel the encouragement as they were only few feet away from you most of the time. Part of my improvement must have attributed to PM.
The training that I had may work better this time too. I was very excited to learn that I improve the marathon time from 4:26 to 3:55. This is happening at menopause. This was one of the answers I was trying to find out.
During training, in the first few months, several times the injuries overshadowed or just wiped out completely the improvement on my running pace. I considered abandoning the marathon 3-4 times. Thinking it was futile to prove that I could improve at this time of life.
Encouragement from family and runner friends kept me stayed in training. AT PM, I have improved 1 min 11 sec/mil over my first marathon!
What great information to discover. This gives me great encouragement in all aspect of life. I hope this will help other over 50 running females. BQ is possible at 50 and beyond!
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