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Austin, Texas, United States
I'll make you laugh, or break my neck trying. This is usually accomplished with daily bouts of swimming, biking and running. A former "chub-a-holic," I got fit and healthy the good old fashioned way and went from a mid-pack athlete to top age group runner and triathlete. I'm a Writer and USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach. I guess that makes me part Tina Fey and part Jillian Michaels. Visit my coaching site at www.fomotraining.com

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Marine Corps Marathon

Avg Pace: 7:39
Distance: 26.23 miles

Quick update from the iPhone since I don't have laptop access.

This marathon is absolutely spectacular from start to finish. The image of the morning fog on the Potomac will remain with me forever.

In a nutshell, I ran spot-on 7:36 pace until Mile 21 and then I hung on for dear life. According to the Garmin above, I ended with a 7:39 average pace and final time of 3:21:01. However, it took me a couple of secs to stop my watch at the finish. Right now, the official results have me at 3:23:05, but I'm hoping it's the unadjusted time. Either way, I still had a fantastic day and major PR from my previous 3:29.

Plus, the topper of the day is Shawn who blasted a 4:17 First Time marathon!!! He even ran a great negative split.

Overall, perfect day, weather and results. I highly recommend this race if you get the chance!

P.S. I did update some photos to Facebook. If you're a member, come be my friend!


ShirleyPerly said...


Now you know why that is my absolute favorite big race. Look forward to the full report!

Borsch said...


brian said...

Carrie, awesome PR!! Congrats on a fantatstic race and we can't wait to hear more back in Austin.


greyhound said...

That is sick. I nearly died running :20+ slower pace than that for a half yesterday.

I wanna be you when I grow up.

Jane said...

Holy shit you are so fast! Is this Boston qualifying time? Come back soon. We've missed you in T3.

shannon said...

Congrats, Carrie!!! Well done, girl, well done. Can't wait to hear the full report and maybe to do some recovery run/walking with you.

1HappyAthlete said...

Congrats to you both!!!

Shawn and I have about the same marathon times....looks like we'll be battling it out in CDA :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on an awesome race Carrie - way to go!

WADDLER26.2 said...

WooHoo!!! Congrats to both of you@

tracie said...

CONGRATS!!! glad to hear that you had a great time and got to race in a beautiful place too - bonus!

muna said...

Congratulations! Nice photo evidence, too. :)

Rural Girl said...

Wow! Wow! Very impressive! I was tracking your day. What a cool site they have! Congratulations!!

a.maria said...

7:39 average pace!?!

the THOUGHT of that makes me want to throw up.

JEEZUS woman. that is SICK.


and don't ever invite me to run with you -- EVER!

Steve Stenzel said...

Nice job!! Congrats!!

Anonymous said...

carrie, we only met once on the track one day...but i am a fellow buckeye. it seems to me that every time you run a marathon or IM or 1/2IM, our beloved bucks lose a big game. any chance you can make sure not to race when we play michigan and on the bowl game day? thanks. kevin. oh and kick ass race at MCM. amazing.

amybee said...


I can't imagine running that fast for one mile, let alone 26.2!


You've really had a great season this year.

Your hard work has paid off in a big way.

Congrats again.