Emily's training blog

Chicago Marathon

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Member Since:

Sep 17, 2007



Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

2 x Deseret News 10k winner

3 x All-American at BYU (back in the day)

10 x state champion in high school (way back in the day!)

3 x USA team member

Short-Term Running Goals:

I would like to run an Olympic Trials Qualifier in the marathon.

I would also like to run on one more international team before I pack it in!

 Stay healthy!  (My biggest challenge!)

Long-Term Running Goals:

Run my whole life, and then live vicariously through my children. (just kidding) , but I do want to pass on a healthy lifestyle to them.

Help coach East High to a state championship. (hope it doesn't take a lifetime!)


I've been running since I was nine.  I'm married to a fellow runner who inspires and supports me.  We have two children:  Cole (4) and Lily (18 mos.)  I help Bill Cobler coach cross country at East High School.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 836.55
NB 580 Lifetime Miles: 49.79
Race: Chicago Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:51:14, Place overall: 54
Easy MilesThreshold MilesMarathon Pace MilesTrack speed mileageHill mileageTotal

I'm glad I went and ran the Chicago Marathon. I wish it had ended up differently.  I'm glad I stuck it out. Race morning we didn't get too much warm up. We had to fight our way through the crowds and make it through security before getting to our tent; upon which they told us they were taking us to the line in fifteen minutes. I used the porta potty, got a couple of strides in, stripped down, and they made us stand right outside the corral for another 20 minutes or so.

I got off well. The lack of warm up didn't seem to hurt. I felt great, but I really need to learn the difference between feeling good and feeling easy in the first half of a marathon. Even though I didn't feel like I was pushing, it was too fast. I went through the half on target, but knew my legs were feeling the quick early miles. Fuel wise I was great. I got water and Gatorade at each stop and managed to get more in my mouth than down my front. All my gels sat well, too.

After the half we moved into more open area and the wind was much more noticeable, as were the climbing temperatures. I knew I had blown my chances (again) but vowed to accept the consequences, accept the hurt, accept my now bleeding feet and finish this sucker. I just concentrated on getting through each mile. Between 24 and 25 I passed Jasmine, which gave me a little boost. The little hill at 26 felt like a mountain. But, I made it through the finish.

It may sound silly, but I'm really glad I finished the race. I was disappointed in myself after dropping out of CIM. I didn't want to have two DNFs under my belt. I thought that if I ever want to become better and more experienced in the marathon, I can't drop out every time it doesn't go according to plan.

I know I have better in me. I sure wish I had started marathoning a good 10-15 years ago. It takes multiple efforts to learn how to race it effectively. Especially for an impatient runner like myself. So, Trials is not in the cards, but I'm not finished with the marathon. I'm already planning on Ogden in May. I'm excited to run a couple local ones before I try a biggie again. There's something about the marathon that keeps you coming back to it to punish yourself again and again in pursuit of that elusive moment of glory. I love it. I hate it. I love the journey.

From SlowJoe on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 19:27:08 from

Congratulations on a great race, Emily. Still an amazing time on a non-aided course and you're hungry for better -- enjoy the journey...it's fun to read about.

From Susannah on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 07:06:47 from

Way to go, Emily! I am proud of you :-) even though it wasn't exactly what you hoped, I think it is incredible that you are looking far enough ahead to be thinking of the next couple of marathons you want to do. I think it is even more impressive that you are able to make the time to train along with the responsibility that comes with your kids.

From XCAnimal on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 07:13:27 from

good for you.

From RileyCook on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 21:16:54 from

Nice report! One day we'll both get that elusive race we train for and days like Sunday will make it that much sweeter. I look forward to following your progress toward Ogden next year.

From allie on Fri, Oct 16, 2015 at 16:37:33 from

i was sitting on a plane the entire time the race was going on, so i couldn't track. as soon as i landed i turned on my phone and looked up your name first and deena kastor second. :)

i'm sorry you didn't hit the OTQ, but i like all of the positives that you pointed out. it really does take multiple efforts to figure out the distance and all of the little tweaks you have to make for yourself. it's great that you were able to figure out your fueling and that everything sat well -- good to know for future races.

congratulations not only on the race, but also on your path to getting there. your training leading up to this was so impressive. that was a long, grinding cycle you went through, but you managed to hit it hard every week. you are truly dedicated.

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