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Eugene Marathon Race Report

Spoiler alert:

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That happened.

And I don’t really know how. Hopefully you didn’t come looking for answers.

19.5 minute PR, minutes under my goal time, negative splits, marathon magic. 3:08.01. I might never get tired of typing/saying/plastering my wallpaper with that number.

(ps ignore the whole AG win, that’s a lie, I’m 27, some girl is going to be very happy when Eugene corrects that result)

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I am still heavily immersed in disbelief and overwhelming amounts of happiness. So, bear with me as I try and talk about the race.

When I made the final decision to make Eugene my goal marathon a couple of weeks ago, I started to think realistically about my time goal. My PR going into this race was a 3:27 and I’d tried to break that stupid 3:20 barrier no less than 3 times. When I started this training cycle, 3:19 was all I thought about, and all I wanted. But recently, it started to become clearer to me that I’m a stronger runner than a 3:19 marathoner. While I didn’t want to blow my ultimate goal in pursuit of an overly ambitious time, I also didn’t want to play it safe with an easy goal. When choosing between something that’s easy and something that’s a challenge, I choose challenge.

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So, I kind of secretly revised my goal to a 3:15. I told some running friends, my family, and anyone who asked about Eugene in the days leading up to it, but I mostly kept it on the DL so external race day pressure would be at a minimum.

The night before the race, my running friend told me I’d run a 3:14 the next day. I nearly killed him over cross country g-chat. How dare he take my already ambitious goal time and not appreciate what a HUGE accomplishment that would be. I dropped a lot of curse words, played the disappointment card, and told him I would be ecstatic with anything close to a 3:15 and please get on the same page as me, OR ELSE. I was confident I could do a 3:19 marathon, I was not confident in a 3:15 and I certainly didn’t think I could go any faster, but I was pumped to shoot for it.

Race morning, I woke up feeling perfect. My legs were ready, I was rested, I choked down as many carbs as I could handle, made with the perfect variety of peanuts

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and left the house I was sharing with SR, Sarah and Margot to be greeted with PERFECT race weather. 50 degrees, the sun starting to peek through the clouds, no wind. Serious race day perfection.

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When we got to the race, I separated myself from the other girls at the start, pumped some tunes at a deafening volume (sorry, ears and hearing capabilities), and got in the zone.

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I felt perfect and beyond ready to run a marathon.

When the gun went off, I let the racers around me sprint ahead and worked to settle into my own pace. The first couple of miles felt stupid easy even though they were clocking in faster than my 7:25 goal pace.

Mile 1- 7:09

Mile 2- 7:11

For the next couple of miles, I shit you not, I probably checked my garmin several thousand times. I could not get myself into a rhythm. Finally, with the help of a slight incline, I slowed my pace down to target speed for a couple of miles.

Mile 3-7:24

Mile 4- 7:25

Enjoy the sight of two perfect goal pace miles, that’s the last you’ll be seeing of it for the rest of this race report.

And then, as I was checking my watch for the 7,019th time, I spotted my friend Mason up ahead, scolding me via loud yelling for the garmin stalking.

“STOP LOOKING AT YOUR WATCH” quickly became one of the most frequently uttered (read: YELLED) phrases of the race.

Mason was hopping around the course, offering his stellar pace skills to a few of us PR chasing marathoners. When he jumped in with me, he dropped more than one of the aforementioned lines and probs almost nearly ripped the watch off of my wrist as I kept ignoring his instructions. I kept thinking he was running just enough ahead of me that he wouldn’t be able to tell if I did a quick twist and glance. But, nope, every time my stealth garmin moves proved to be no match for this man and his peripheral vision skills.

“STOP LOOKING AT YOUR WATCH!”

“But I can’t find my pace, I’m running too fast!”

“Okay,” he retorted. “But how do you feel?”

“I feel great.”

“So let yourself run a little fast.”

“But, but, but, what if I blow up because I ran a stupid first half.”

“Then you’ll fall back on the time you’re banking now.”

I glared a little at him, as I knew we were holding a pace closer to a 7:15-7:20 and started drafting the part of my race report in my head where I would blame Mason for forcing me to go too fast and ruin my race.

It went a little like “F Mason. I know I should have told him to slow down, but he should have known better, one week ago, he was telling me to run 7:30 splits and now he’s just cool with me busting out some 7:15s. F Mason. RIP PR marathon. F Mason.”

(kidding Mason…thanks for believing in me, you’re the best)

Mile 5-7:14

Mile 6-7:19

At the 10k mark, he glanced at the clock and said “Sweaty, you are at exactly a 7:15 pace.”

I glared back, “okay, great, M-Dawg, little fast, don’t you think?”

He pretended not to hear me. I’m onto him.

Mile 7-7:20

Mile 8-7:24

After getting me up a hill around Mile 8-9ish, he sent me on my way and went off in search of one of his other PR girls. I tried to stop stalking my watch, pretty unsuccessfully, and tried to slow down a little, also unsuccessfully.

Mile 9-7:08

Mile 10-7:14

Mile 11-7:15

At Mile 12, my ipod gave me the “low battery” warning. I had strategically front loaded my playlist with a mix of country songs to try and mellow out my pace in the early miles. Clearly, this was not a huge success. I dropped some f bombs and decided to turn it off and save the music for when I really needed it, silently lamenting the loss of my jams.

But as soon as I turned off the music, I was overcome with a wave of pure bliss. We had just started running on a beautiful path through the woods, and along the Willamette River. I went from thinking about nothing but my pace every 2 seconds, to being so grateful and so happy that I was out running a marathon. Running not just a marathon, but a PR paced, injury comeback marathon. At that moment, there was nowhere I’d rather be, and nothing I’d rather be doing.

Mile 12-7:20

Mile 13-7:17

Unlike most races, I was completely oblivious to my projected finish time, other than the fact that I was clearly below my 3:15 goal. When I hit the half, I was exactly at 1:35.

I thought about some people stalking my results back home, pictured them freaking out about what a stupid race I was running, and tried to send them mental reassurance that everything would be okay.

When I saw my half split, I was convinced I would positive split and could care less. As long as I hit that 3:15, I didn’t care if my race was a little stupidly executed. For the first time all race, I did some mental math to figure out what kind of splits I would need to run to hit my goal, and ended my midrace math session certain I could achieve that time.

For the next few miles, I focused on settling into a pace. I kept backing off, forcing myself into a zen zone, and absorbing the experience. I smiled like a giddy fool at every person who cheered or clapped as I ran by.

Mile 14-7:14

Mile 15-7:14

Around Mile 14, I stopped being convinced I would hit a wall. While I thought some drop in pace would be inevitable, I started chanting to myself “you ARE a 3:12 marathoner, you ARE a 3:12 marathoner, you ARE a 3:12 marathoner.” I thought about my training cycle, and how much I had improved, I told myself that 3:15 was just an arbitrary number I’d picked. Why do all runners aim for such round goal times? Maybe I should have been visualizing a 3:12.56 and not an even 3:15. Bottom line, I chose to believe in myself and stopped trying to back off the pace just because I went into the race with a different goal. I thought about all of the reasons why I could be capable of beating my goal time.

mile 16

At Mile 16, I teared up like a sap as I ran through campus. I flashbacked to the moment I climbed up the last monstrous hill of my bike leg at Ironman Lake Placid, and cried, not because I was in so much pain from riding 112 hilly miles (though, I certainly was also that), but because I was so grateful and so overwhelmed by the people cheering me onto the top. That same feeling hit me as I ran past some of the amazing PNW women who were out cheering for us, and the families and marathon spectators  lining the path. At that moment, I knew I was going to surprise myself with my finish and I was so frickin’ excited about it.

Mile 16-6:59

…arguably a little too excited.

After Mile 16, my legs were starting to feel like they were running a marathon.Nothing horrible, but some slight muscle fatigue definitely showed up to join the party.

Mile 17-7:02

Mile 18-7:04

As I entered into the single-digit-mileage-remaining-zone, the fatigue was a not issue.10, 9, 8, 7 miles seemed so manageable. And that last 10k? Man, was I excited to make that 6.2 miles my bitch. While plenty of people can train to be in the exact same physical condition I am, I know that my ability to stay mentally strong in a race is huge. I was ready to take my body, in whatever shape it was, to the finish line as hard as I could as soon as I saw the Mile 20 marker.

Shortly after Mile 18, I saw Amanda, one of my lovely HTC teammates out cheering. As soon as I passed her, it was game on. I started to focus all of my energy on that finish line. I stopped caring what my garmin said, and just ran strong.

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Mile 19-7:07

Mile 20-6:54

Mile 21-6:52

From that point on, nearly all of my miles were clocking in at a sub 7 pace. I was pretty much totally oblivious to this, thank God, or else I probably would have slowed down a butt ton, but I thought about all of the races I’ve finished in my life, feeling way worse that I did at that moment, strong and without giving up.

Around Mile 22, I really started to feel like I was at the end of a marathon. My legs were tired, my breathing was getting heavier, and I was ready to be done.

After a long race of not calculating my potential finish time, I started to realize that not only was a 3:10 within reach, but so was a sub 3:10. At every mile marker, I did the math to figure out what pace I needed to maintain to get me there under 3:10.

At 22.5, I saw Mason again. He jumped in with me and my first words, not shockingly were “I think I can do this under 3:10”

He looked back and said “don’t ruin your 3:12 for a 3:10. You came here for a 3:15, remember that.”

I glared a little, said something along the lines of “yeah, yeah, yeah, give me nuun.”

According to him, at this point, he fell behind me a little to assess how strong I looked. He decided I absolutely had it in me to actually do it, and started to push me. He yelled at me, probably no less than 24 times to stop looking at my watch and kept telling me to take sips of my water.

I did.

And also demanded he look at his watch.

My exact words: “If I’m at Mile 23.27 with x total time of running, how fast do I need to run to get there under 3:10.”

Mason, apparently not as big of a fan as midrace mental math, just said “you’ve got this, Halnon.”

Mile 22-6:56

Mile 23-6:59

When we got to 24, I really started to struggle. Those final miles were hard. By 25, Mason was telling me I could walk it in and still be under 3:10.

By 25.5 he was telling me I was flirting with a 3:07.

My response, f bomb heavy as always, “I don’t effing care about a 3:07, I came here for a 3:15 and I’m about to run under 3:10. How the hell is this happening?”

My next line was something along the lines of “I am leaving everything I have on this course. This marathon has absolutely everything I came with and then some. Hope you’re enjoying my sweat, Eugene.”

I think Mason simply said something like “how is it you’ve never run a 3:20 before?”

Sore subject, Mason.

Mile 24-6:55

Mile 25-6:57

At 25.5, Mason dropped me to go and run more people in, and I took every ounce I had left to run into Hayward, circle that track, and sprint into the finish.

Mile 26-7:06

Apparently there was something resembling a hill here. I was oblivious to anything but my need to get to the finish.

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Proof that I, or at least my butt, was at Hayward!

Final .2-6:59 pace

I crossed the finish line with a 3:07.59 on my watch. I knew the official results might be a 3:08. I didn’t care. I was beyond ecstatic.

Because, no lie, I left it all out there, I started to get that holy shit can’t breathe feeling right after I crossed the finish, at the same time, I started happy crying. I was walking around the finish area, hands on my head to keep my lungs open, sobbing. I’m sure the volunteers thought I was on my marathon death bed, and I was powerless to tell them otherwise.

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The Eugene Marathon was the best race of my life. It still hasn’t really hit me. I exceeded every expectation I had for the race, for myself, and for my running potential yesterday. Thanks to everyone for the good lucks leading up to the race and for the congrats after the finish. 

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I am overwhelmed by how much I love this sport and the running community. From start to finish, this has been the perfect weekend. Based on how everyone did yesterday, I’m pretty sure there is something magical about the Eugene Marathon.

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Eugene, Oregon: forget Tracktown, USA, you are for sure PR City.

188 Responses to Eugene Marathon Race Report

  1. I knew you had it in you, you’ve trained so hard and it shows! Congratulations Emily!

  2. Congrats girl on a great race !!! That is so awesome! Enjoy every minute of it, you deserve it!!!

  3. This was an AMAZING report to read. My jaw fell open when I started seeing the sub 7 splits at mile 20…and then I saw that you kept that up. Incredible.

    P.S. Is that a 10k PR at the end? Just wondering.

  4. Congrats!!! What an amazing accomplishment! You’re definitely an inspiration :)

  5. Holy Crap!! This is SO inspiring. You are fabulous!

  6. How freakin’ exciting!! That was an incredible race and I could feel the excitement while reading this! You are so talented lady….Incredibly talented and should be so proud! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!

  7. Wow!!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!

  8. AHHHH!!!! This totally made me cry!! You are such an inspiration! Congratulations, Emily!!!

  9. You did Pre proud! So amazing, as we all knew you would be! Congrats!

  10. Congrats!! Love this race report!! Rest up and celebrate hard – you’ve earned it!!

  11. Emily, you are so amazing! I am so proud of you!!! I’m glad you believed in yourself and shattered all your goals… what a fabulous time! The race looks so wonderful too, I hope someday to run this marathon and finish where Pre used to run. I am so so so proud of you. You are such a rockstar and inspiration.

    GO CELEBRATE!

  12. Ahhhhhh!!! I nearly jumped out of my desk chair at work while reading the play by play! Congrats on CRUSHING that PR!!!!

  13. Congratulations! You inspire me and should be VERY proud of your PR!

  14. That is so awesome, Emily; you should be very proud of yourself!! Do you think there might be a sub-3 in your not-too-distant future?

  15. Congratulations! What a phenomenal performance!! There was a post a couple years ago which said you felt like you had reached a “plateau” after Chicago because you would “never again” be able to drop 20 minutes off your marathon time with a single PR. Quite the foreshadowing. “Never count yourself out.” – Kara Goucher. (http://www.sweatonceaday.com/2010/10/goals-for-my-goal-race.html)

  16. Hell yes. Best race report ever. Congratulations!!!!

  17. Wow that’s amazing!!! Great job on not only an awesome PR, but feeling so awesome during it!!!!

  18. Congrats!! You’re amazing!

  19. That is soooooooooooo awesome. One of the best race reports I’ve read in awhile. AMAZING. I can’t imagine how you must have felt. Crying most definitely would have been in order for me. Oh how I can’t wait for this feeling myself in Chicago! CONGRATULATIONS!

  20. Halnon – there are no words. I am so impressed, not only by the incredible time and the HUGE PR you pulled out, but also by the amazing and smart race that you ran. Your splits are unbelievable!! Sub-7s for the last 10K!? I am in awe of you. Please teach me your negative-splitting ways.

    Congratulations! I am so incredibly proud. And very happy that Eugene was good to you. Talk about a come -back!!

    Hope we can celebrate soon!

  21. I am so incredibly inspired and impressed with your stellar performance and recap! You are the living proof of what mental toughness and determination can do for you in this sport, and it’s so admirable and encouraging. I had to switch my spring marathon from Eugene, and instead I’m doing the Tacoma City Marathon this weekend, and this report and your UNREAL results have made me so much more determined and pumped to run a great marathon. It’s race reports like this that remind me why I love this sport, and thanks so much for showing what pure hard work and dedication can yield. Congrats!!

  22. Holy
    Freaking
    Nailed
    It.
    You freaking rock.

  23. Freaking amazing! So happy for you! :)

  24. Seriously crying right now. Youre the shit. The. Shit. Awesome job. Awesome awesome awesome.

  25. What a race!! Holy smokes this is inspiring. And what great support from Mason. Love your F-bombs. We would make good running partners. :) This will be report I’ll be back to read again! Glad the 18 mile pic turned out okay…can’t believe how happy and strong you were. Floating…one of those perfect races!!

  26. I love this!!!!! I’m so inspired by you sweaty Emily!!!

  27. I have a giant smile on my face and tears in my eyes! You kicked some serious marathon ass. What an incredible, incredible, incredible run. LOVE IT! Congrats!

  28. OMG, this was such a great read! Total tears in my eyes. Congratulations!!!

  29. That is a great race, and an awesome time. Product of a lot of hard work and dedication, and I hope that work, dedication and end result produce many good things! Very envious too, but still, that is a great great achievement that few will ever come close to.

  30. Huge congrats!

    I love this part of your recap so much — “While plenty of people can train to be in the exact same physical condition I am, I know that my ability to stay mentally strong in a race is huge. I was ready to take my body, in whatever shape it was, to the finish line as hard as I could as soon as I saw the Mile 20 marker. ”

    That pretty much sums up why you are you! Hope you celebrated and keep celebrating — you earned it.

  31. Congrats! Awesome race report and so effin’ inspring! No wonder you’re an Ironman with mental toughness like that. And maybe you already know this but your moment of pure bliss around mile 12? – you were running on Pre’s trail!

  32. AWESOME! Congrats. :)

  33. STUPENDOUS!

    So incredible and inspiring, Emily! Thanks for sharing this amazing experience with all of us :D

  34. Congratulations to you – this is awesome!

  35. Congrats! Way to rock that race! I feel like I just ran it with you and am all teary! I think you should wear your medal for a week- you earned it!

  36. I LOVED reading this report! You remember so many details from your race-its was meant to happen and at the place where your running hero Pre ran. AWESOME. Loved that Mason ran with so many of you to help PR city happen. CONGRATULATIONS!

  37. AMAZING!!! I cannot believe your times on that last 10K!! I think I tend to race too conservatively and I love how you just put it out there since you felt good and pushed yourself. I never doubted you had a sub3:20 but a 3:08?! Again- amazing. I told all my running girls about your time this morning on our run- and they do not blog and have no idea who you are. I just had to tell how much you PR’d in Eugene! Great race!

  38. This has got to be one of the best race reports I have ever read. I laughed out loud at “yeah, yeah, yeah…give me some Nuun”. :) Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment. You have seriously inspired me to get a goal marathon set for this winter and start training hard! Awesome job!

  39. Wow!! You’re mental badassness is a total inspiration. Congrats!!!!!!!!!

  40. Wow that is amazing! Way to go!

  41. I just cried for you at my desk. Congratulations! You have quite the story!

  42. Way to go, Emily! Congrats on your massive PR.

  43. Seriously. You. Rock. Lets not talk about how your marathon pace is my goal 10k pace ;-) Either way. I LOVE your race recap. I’m still having major runner’s envy over not making it to Eugene…. and you can bet your ass i’ll be there NEXT YEAR, Plantar fascia be damned. Buuut I can say, everything you wrote in your recap is how i felt in my last marathon… that feeling where your body is ready to go, and go faster than you expected to be capable of; and all the weird emotions that start welling up as you start realizing what is happening. Even if/when I run a PR on the next race, I don’t know if I will ever run a marathon that just feels so perfect from night before, morning of… all the way through. Rungasm much?

  44. Congratulations on the breakthrough race and huge PR! That was certainly the best way possible to say goodbye to the 3:20s.

  45. 3:08 Fuck yeah!!

    that’s awesome. I’ve had that feeling of “Man, there is nothing in the world I’d rather be doing right now than running this race” and then crossing the line in tears … so awesome. Congrats!!!

  46. You. Are. Amazing!

  47. You are my mother f-ing hero. I love you put everything out there and in true Emily fashion, ended up surprising yourself. I am so, so, so very excited for you! I know “Congratulations” won’t suffice, so live it up and enjoy every moment!!!!
    CONGRATS!!!

  48. Wow, just wow. I will read this over and over again later this week as I get ready to attempt my 3:20. Things that are invaluable from this post: “you ARE a 3:__ marathoner, you ARE a 3:__ marathoner, you ARE a 3:__marathoner.”, and “I started to focus all of my energy on that finish line. I stopped caring what my garmin said, and just ran strong.” Thank you for this post and congratulations.

  49. This is seriously FREAKING amazing! You are FREAKING amazing! I love reading about all your running journeys, and to continue to read from injury through just now, you are BEYOND and inspiration!!! You also make ME feel like I can do anything! Amazing. Just amazing!

  50. Congrats on an amazing race!! I loved reading your recap. So inspiring!

  51. This gave me goosebumps to read! I’m so thrilled and exited for you. Inspirational or what?!?

  52. Kapow! What an awesome recap. Amazing how you ripped your old PR a new one. Nice job!

    It’s particularly amazing to me considering you came off of the broken toe. Came back…WITH A VENGEANCE.

  53. Huge congrats, Emily! So excited to see that everything went so well for you!

  54. OMG. You are such an inspiring athlete! Congrats, congrats, congrats! What a beautiful recap. You worked so hard, and you deserve this!! :)

  55. Thanks for the happy tears. Race recaps always do that. Congrats! You totally rule.

  56. That is SICK FAST. I love that you took all of your goals and, one by one, stomped all over them. Enjoy celebrating!

  57. Amazing!!! You are an athletic inspiration to all!!!

  58. I’m crying for you!!! amazing!!

  59. One word: INSPIRING!! Congratulations!!!!

  60. you are amazing! it’s posts like this that inspire me to keep running/racing/training. congrats!!!!

  61. AMAZING!!!! THAT is so awesome, girl…you are my inspiration!

  62. wow.
    great recap, and huge congratulations!
    it gave me the chills. i am running the OC marathon sunday with a 308 goal time and i will be re-reading this on saturday and thinking about it during the race for inspiration.
    wow!

  63. Congrats!!! You are badass!

  64. OMG…I totally need some of those magic runner peanuts!!!!

    Emily, you are such an incredible competitor! Way to do it :) This was such an exciting read! When I saw the results yesterday and saw the NEGATIVE SPLIT I was so unbelievably happy for you! Fucking hell, girl…what’s next? :)

  65. congrats!!! that time is just astonishing!!! good for you! You are a total sweaty, BA!

  66. All your hard work payed off! I knew you would drop kick that 3:20 – and you blew right past it! Congrats!!!

  67. YOU ARE AWESOME! I have been watching you for a while and am so impressed with you finish. That shows me that if you can run a marathon (and 19 min PR) with a previous foot injury, I can run one also. What an inspiration you are Sweaty Emily!!

  68. Completely awesome!!!! Congrats on running the most PERFECT race and smashing through all of your goals. Just amazing!

  69. Congrats on an Amazing race! You are just mind blowing!! Way to go!! 6:56 miles for the last part of a marathon! Crazy!! Crazy!!

  70. AH-freaking-mazing. Seriously awesome. Girl, you are so fast!!

    Can I ask what training plan you used? I’m running NYCM and your race report has me thinking about training plans already!

  71. Congratulations. Way to negative split it. Remember, what I said several weeks back on one of your post? Either your are short changing yourself when you say 3:20 or you are running your workouts way too fast. I am so glad that it turned out to be the first case. Indulge yourself, it is a HUGE accomplishment as I remember how eclectic I was then I got under 3:10 for the first time (The previous Boston holy grail of men’s time).

  72. How the EFF do you top that?! Seriously girl, this is so amazing, way to give a middle finger and then some to that broken foot, and to the entire 3:09-3:27 finish time range! BALLER. STATUS.

  73. In the excitement of typing, I made so many typos. Please ignore them :)

  74. Congradulations. You are super strong. Happy for you.

  75. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That’s Beyond Awesome!

  76. Oh Emily, I am so pleased at this incredible marathon effort! What a comeback you have made! It is truly impressive how you went from having a broken foot to running a marathon in such an inspiring time. You truly embody what it means to go on, though you have triumphed in a way we can’t say for Jack and Rose, if you know what I mean! I’m so proud of you and I do hope you’ll come see my show so that I may pull you onstage, announce your accomplishments to the audience and perhaps sing “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now” in your honor. CONGRATULATIONS, Ms. Halnon!

  77. um, WOW! You are inspiring!!! I’m running the Potomac River Marathon Sunday–want to come pace me? :) It’s my seventh marathon and I’m hoping this will be the time I BQ. I’m planning on copying you and running like a 3:25. No biggie.

  78. I’m beyond happy for you!! You blew that race out of the water! Great race report- it felt like i was right there cheering you on!

  79. This race recap just makes you sound super speedy! Nice work!

  80. Best race ever, best race report ever! So friggin proud of you!!! What a day.

  81. Amazing job, Emily!! This was fun to read, and it sounds like the type of race we all dream of. CONGRATS! Hope you’re recovering and celebrating!

  82. Bloody hell! (I am English so completely allowed to open a comment with such a statement) What an amazing performance. I just about killed myself to get a 3:31 PR last Sunday and I have no idea what running a 3:08 would feel like. I know I sound like a teenage groupie or something, but you’re incredible.

    Do you think the time off with injury helped at all? Like with your strong base you came back with ‘fresh’ legs? Either way, well done and I hope you ate 1000 bagels as a post race reward.

    xxx

  83. Wowowowowow! You are amazing! Beyond, actually.

  84. I don’t think there are words to properly congratulate you for this, but CONGRATS on an amazing race!! Sub-7′s in the last 10k?? Amaaaazing.

    Above all this gave me hope for post-injury to come back faster and stronger. Can’t wait to rock HTC with you in August!

  85. You are AMAZING!!!! So glad your hard work paid off and you blew that marathon out of the water. You are seriously such an inspiration!

  86. Jawdropping, completely inspiring performance! Way to work your ass off so that it would pay off beyond your wildest expectations. Stellar.

    Ride the high for as long as possible :)

  87. Congrats!!! Such an awesome awesome time!!! :) :)

  88. I found your blog through SR. What an AMAZING story and race. Way to go! You totally rocked it and inspired me to push myself even harder and to know that if there is a will there is a way.

    Way to go awesome job!

  89. After reading your time on twitter yesterday I could hardly wait for you to write this so I could congratulate you. What an amazing achievement, you are phenomenal but best of all you earned every second of that time. What a fairy tale. Nice work Emily!!! I thought of you as I headed out for my 5 mile ‘long run’ on Sunday, you’re a total inspiration.

  90. CONGRATS!!!!!!!

  91. Amazing girl!! Congrats!

  92. Way to go Emily!! Best sister in the world.

  93. OMG I want to rewind time and come join you in Eugene for this!! Actually, I ran Big Sur yesterday – not quite PR city, but my day was pretty great too ;-)

    Thanks for the awesomely inspiring recap and a HUGE (EUG) CONGRATS to you on such an enormous accomplishment!!

  94. Emily, CONGRATS!!!! This post brought tears to my eyes! You worked so hard for this and you made that goal and then some!!! Happy PR!!!!

  95. amazing!!! one word says it all. I think it deserves caps…”AMAZING!!!” ok, that’s better!! ;)

    WAY 2 GOOO!! what a perfect race!! :))) CONGRATS!!!!!

  96. so incredibly PROUD and INSPIRED by you!!! glad to share this weekend and moment with you.

    Now… please come pace me.

  97. AMAZING and so impressive! congrats!

  98. That was intense reading that!! Your freakin awesome for real!!! My half was fished in 2:34 lol so you can imagine me sitting on the edge of my seat readin this! Great job and great post!

  99. I almost pooped myself when I saw your final few splits listed as sub-7′s. Congrats on a spectacular race! Enjoy your PR high!

  100. Wow! This is the most amazing race report I have EVER read. I teared up because I felt so happy for you. I am so amazed! I long for the day that I can maintain a pace like that for an entire marathon. YOU rock.

  101. Insane. I can’t believe 3:19 was your goal and you ended up with nearly 3:07. Nuts.

    Maybe I’m jumping the gun for writing this outloud, but, sub 3? Thinking it’s highly possible.

  102. YAYYYYYYYYYYYY! Congrats Emily – I knew you could do it. Great race! I’m so happy and excited for you! Gloat in your PR!!!! Can’t wait to celebrate!

  103. Amazing! So well written I think I have a runners high now.

  104. Wooo! You did it!

  105. As I said before, Olympic trials 2016. ANd that Mason guy could coach you:)

  106. Rock on!!!!! You ROCKED IT!
    Congratulations and great/amazing/wonderful/kick-ass job!

  107. Congrtas! It was fun to see you at mile 26 and cheer you on in!

  108. Congrats! This post gives me hope for big P.R.s in the future. Way to stay mentally strong in the later miles!

  109. You worked hard & it paid off. Nice run outta you! Congratulations :)

  110. Awesome race! Outstanding race report! Unbelievably strong race ethic and perseverance as you ran those strong 26.2 miles and kept getting faster!!! It is beyond my imagination how you did this. What a wonderful wonderful PR and race for you! You earned it. You deserved it! You are a truly great runner.

  111. Wow, this was so inspiring to read and got me a million times excited for VCM and finishing my first marathon in less than a month. Congrats on smashing your goal time! Eugene sounds like a awesome marathon to run, as well.

  112. I’m sure you’re super interested in this comment, number 113. I am so happy for you! You had me so enthralled with your story and your goal! Way to go!

  113. WOW!!! a HUGE congrats to a HUGE PR!! You killed it!!! So proud of you :)

  114. You deserve this amazing race and amazing day! So excited for you. Yes you trained hard, yes you were smart with your injury, but you got this because you are a competitor and showed true guts out there. Thanks for the awesome race recap, sent goosebumps down my whole neck and arms.

  115. New to the whole commenting thing – but awesome recap and Congrats! My slow ass cannot comprehend running that fast for 26.2 miles.

  116. Hi! First time reader here…(linked over from SR). CONGRATS! With every mile, I was in such suspense (even though you gave the spoiler in the beginning)! So happy for you even though I don’t know you! I’m a new runner. I’ve only done 2 5k’s…at a 9:10 pace. So I don’t go far…or fast…but I’m working at it! Good job! I can’t imagine running that fast…and definitely not for 26 miles. It’s pretty amazing…and you should be very proud of yourself!

  117. WOWZERS!!! That is amazing!!!! Congrats! Such a great recap!

  118. I loved this post!!

    Amazing job!

  119. Double thumbs up Em!!!

  120. First, I TOLD YOU SO! Second, SEE>…..I TOLD YOU SO! And third, you are absolutely amazing! Incredible work. Great mental strength. YOU ROCK! Way to go EM! I loved following you! You had it from the start. Congratulations!

  121. congratulations!

  122. That’s great. Congratulations. So, does this mean you’re running Boston in 2013?

  123. wow this was an inspiring read–thank you! and huge, huge congrats on a very impressive run.

  124. [...] Pacer SR, Margot’s 3:32, Emily’s 3:08 [...]

  125. I’m late to the party – but awesome race! Great recap! Congratulations to you!

  126. Inspirational race recap!

  127. [...] of being creepy, Emily of “Sweat Once a Day” ran a 3:08.01 in Eugene this weekend! Her race report is great. This woman has such a great [...]

  128. SOOOO amazing!!! Your recap (and YOU!) are so inspriational!! Congrats on completely destroying this race! You ROCK!!

  129. Wow what a stellar race!! Congrats on the huge PR! I was also there running the marathon, came in 30 seconds after my previous PR in 3:29 but it is hands down my favorite road marathon. I also picked it up the last 10K even though the elevation looked like it was going up? Guess the endurance mentality really kicked in at the end to finish. Congrats again hope you’re resting up!

  130. Congrats!! You are an inspiration for me to lace up every morning. Way to shatter that PR!!!

  131. found your report via Sarah OUaL— b/n both you and her, I decided that I definitely want to run Eugene next year.
    Huge congrats on killing previous PR and by crushing what you thought you were capable of :)

  132. Congrats Emily!!!!!! Great recap! So happy for you.

  133. I heard rumor of this on twitter on Sunday.

    So when are you going to start coaching? Seriously… I could use some sweaty em motivation for this sweaty em. :-)

  134. [...] been rolling with possibilities. I still feel like superwoman after my marathon, and reading other pretty bloggers recent marathon recaps, my motivation level is freaking flying high. With Chicago in my [...]

  135. Holy Crow Emily! Congratulations! You are freaking amazing! I was just reading OUAL’s recap and had to get over here to your blog. You girls are such an inspiration! I hope one day I will have the courage to tackle the marathon. I have run 5 half marathons in 3 years and am working to beat my time there. I really want to start increasing my miles so I can one day attempt the marathon.
    Way to go on your PR! That is just awesome!

  136. That’s incredible…what a fantastic race report! Congrats on such a wonderful race and huge PR!

  137. Congrats!! You are inspiring! Loved your recap.

  138. So amazing!! Congratulations and enjoy your success!!

  139. I am speechless! Congratulations, I’m so happy for you!!!!

  140. Talk about KICKING A$$!!!! OMG! You’re AMAZING!!! And I’m not-so-secretly glad to hear about another runner who happy cries. I don’t feel like an idiot now. ;) I’m sure Mason forgives you. I mean, hey, at least you’re honest, right? ;) hehe Again, congrats! You totally went out there and KILLED IT!!! :D

  141. This was an awesome race report!!
    Congrats on a super speedy race!!

  142. Wow that’s so awesome! Congratulations! You are an amazing athlete!

  143. Congratulations on an awesome race and a huge PR! Your post totally pumped me up for my marathon next weekend!

  144. What a great job!!! I just read that while treadmill jogging & am uplifted & inspired! Congrats! I hope to achieve a goal like you have some day!

  145. What a great race!! That is how I wanna run when I get my crap together! I ran Eugene too. In fact, we probably ran together. lol. You’re right, best race ever!!. Congrats

  146. Congrats Emily! A 19.5 minute PR is amazing! Such an inspiring story!

  147. I love your Oregon Track Club hoodie!! Very cool.

    Oh, and congrats!

  148. First off – CONGRATS! You are an inspiration for sure – amazing!!!!!
    Secondly – I had to laugh at your comment that Eugene is PR city – I went to college at UofO (GO Ducks!) and my major was PR – the Journalism school is a big deal there so for you to say “PR city” – well that really made me smile because it really is true!

  149. Wow. Your race report makes me want to go and sign up for another marathon. Congrats on the huge PR and really leaving it all out there. I’m sure it feels amazing to see all your hard work pay off and accomplish something you didn’t even know you had in you.

  150. Congrats on such an awesome race! You so rocked that PR! KUDDOS…

  151. [...] scenario – running a 3:08:xx!  If you want to be inspired by Emily’s leap of faith, read her race report on her blog here.  Truly very [...]

  152. Baller! Good for you for shooting for a faster goal time. I think it can be so tempting to run in our comfort zone. You were gutsy and proved that you can do what you previously thought was impossible. YAY Emily! You’ll remember this race for the rest of your life. So excited for you! :)

  153. Holy smokes, girl! Forget Sweaty Emily, now you have to change your name to Speedy Emily!!!! Congratulations! You are an inspiration!

  154. Every hat I own is off to you. Congratulations!

  155. I am a sucker for race reports, but this one is the best I have ever read, I was so emotional reading it, amazing, wonderful, inspirational, I will never forget this because I have filed it away in short and long term memory to access when I need to be strong in a race. You also pr’d on the same day as my brother, he got 3:05 and qualified for the London marathon 2013, which is he wants to go sub 3. My best part of the report – “While plenty of people can train to be in the exact same physical condition I am, I know that my ability to stay mentally strong in a race is huge. I was ready to take my body, in whatever shape it was, to the finish line as hard as I could as soon as I saw the Mile 20 marker. “, yeah, I want to be like that, and hope it is something I can work on, but I fear it is something you are born with. Way to go girl, I stand in awe!!

  156. babes, so many congrats your way. SO MANY!!!! you neg split a 3:08. that’s fucking magic, is what it is it is.

  157. What a fantastic race report! Congratulations on surpassing your marathon dreams in Eugene. Yours is an incredible story of taking the energy and positive race day and riding it out.
    Well done!

  158. I was texting my friend during work on Monday to tell her your time. I used lots of exclamation marks! We both follow your blog and we were so excited to read you rocked it! Congrats!

  159. Congrats! I’m so excited for you! Reading this type of post makes me so proud to be a runner (eventually, a marathon runner!). Such an inspiring post.

  160. Wow! I just stumbled upon your race report but I am so incredibly impressed! I cannot even imagine how great you must feel. Congrats on an amazing race.

  161. 5 short months ago we were in Vegas together and you were still in your boot… pretty amazing stuff girl! So so so proud of you and excited for you. THAT was a magical day and I hope you are still up on cloud 9 :)

  162. [...] Eugene Marathon Race Report via Sweat Once a Day [...]

  163. congrats congrats congrats. that was incredibly inspiring!! it also makes me want to add Eugene to my bucket list :)

  164. Incredible re-cap! Congratulations!

  165. “At that moment, there was nowhere I’d rather be, and nothing I’d rather be doing.” – Love it! :)

    I’m new to your blog, and I really enjoyed this race report! I’m happy for your PR, girl. I’ll definitely come back to your blog. :)

  166. [...] been thinking a lot about marathon training this week after reading about some great PRs in #HugeEug. Usually I rely on the Runner’s World Smart Coach program to put together a [...]

  167. [...] love that my body just carried me to a 3:08.01 marathon, more than an hour and a half faster than the first marathon I [...]

  168. [...] for a 6-month post-op visit. I hope to high hopes my post-operative running turns out like Sweaty Emily, who posted a 3:08 (20 min PR???) after her broken foot. Best. Referral. Ever. From some gal I don’t [...]

  169. [...] one, in my Operation-Run-31-Miles challenge: Recover smart from the Eugene Marathon, which, to refresh your memory, and because I could talk about it forever and ever and ever ever, [...]

  170. [...] First, there was Eugene. [...]

  171. [...] Sweat Once A Day This entry was posted in General by nick. Bookmark the permalink. [...]

  172. [...] the Eugene Marathon, I ran the following Wednesday, which was really just a 5 mile shuffle around the national [...]

  173. [...] all about setting goals that will not be easy to achieve. While I knew I could finish an ultra, doing it within three weeks of my goal marathon put a little question mark next to my desire to finish the distance, and finish it in a way I could [...]

  174. [...] I crossed the finish line in Eugene with a time that exceeded every imaginable expectation that I ever held for myself and [...]

  175. [...] that my spring marathon would be Eugene. Anyone who follows Sarah or Emily knows the magic that happened there last year and there are several of us who are looking to recreate some of that magic in the form of [...]

  176. [...] 2 days away, I’m not really feeling like I’m ready to try for a terribly impressive PR. I’m 5 weeks into marathon training, which is great, and yay for not being on the couch with a bitch rib anymore, but 5 weeks is maybe [...]

  177. [...] I finished the Eugene marathon in 3:08.01, a friend warned me that I was going to hate the two seconds that cost me the title of a [...]

  178. [...] by successfully stalking the people behind Ninkasi at a CBC event and talking to them about the magic in Eugene over a few pours of Babylon Double [...]

  179. [...] Emily’s Eugene Marathon Recap. One day, I would just like to run a 5k at her marathon pace. [...]

  180. [...] One year ago, I had one of the best weekends/races/days/three hours, eight minutes and one second of my life. [...]

  181. I’m two days out from an attempt to PR and go sub-3:09. This was an inspirational read for this 54 y/o from Texas! Thanks so much for writing it.

  182. I’m two days out from an attempt to PR and go sub-3:09 at Eugene. This was an inspirational read for this 54 y/o from Texas! Thanks so much for writing it.

  183. [...] I’m sorry I’m not sorry that the Can Lake 50 was about as perfect as races get (short of maybe one very magical marathon in my new [...]

  184. […] PR marathon. My new hometown marathon. A marathon that I already LOVE, but am confident I will love SO MUCH […]

  185. […] spent the last two years in Eugene for marathon weekend. First to run it (and PR), that was […]

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