Race Recap: 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon

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I’m writing this and still can’t believe I can finally say I’m a marathoner.

Almost 12 years ago I walked into Woodrow Wilson High School’s cross-country practice not being able to run three miles. I never thought I would have a half-marathon in me. I never thought a marathon was something I wanted to do. I don’t know if it’s having a lot of friends who are amazingly talented, Boston-qualifying runners (Lesley, Emily and Lorraine to name a few – hi, guys) that made me finally want to run a full-marathon.

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With Coach Lesley who paced me through the first half – next year I’ll keep up :)

I went through most a training cycle – though not as good of one – over the summer and early fall. That marathon didn’t happen as I moved across the country a week before the race. Over Christmas, someone told me I needed to have a goal and to stop just going out and running without a purpose because I was never going to improve otherwise. Coming home to run the Pittsburgh Marathon seemed like a good idea – I would have the support of my friends and family, I assumed Lesley would be a pacer for a time that I could probably strive for and I knew the course pretty well.

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Why yes Lululemon, I am.

I don’t know how it happened, but I somehow convinced Kay to come home to Pittsburgh with me and run the half-marathon. It’s a race that I really love and is near and dear to my heart and I thought it would be fun to bring a friend home. So Friday after work, we met at the airport and took the direct red-eye back to Pittsburgh.

As soon as we got to my house on Saturday morning, we ate some breakfast and immediately went back to bed for a few hours. I went on my shakeout run, cursing my incredibly hilly neighborhood but refusing to drive the 5 minutes to the trail so I could run flats. We popped into to see my girl Tu, had some lunch and went to the race expo to pick up our bibs where shit got very real. I think seeing the bib is what made the fact I was running a marathon the next day very real to me. I also got some new Lululemon Speed Shorts with a little Pittsburgh skyline outline on them.

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Race expo moments (in my new SoulCycle Union Street shirt because I’m that girl).

Okay back on track – we’ll fast forward through some things, maybe saw Kris Letang at Fresh Market (TBD), came back to my house, went to my fave pizza place ever (including pizza I have eaten in Italy), Il Pizzaiolo with my dad and Angela and then took obnoxious flat runner photos to Instagram so everyone know we were running a lot of miles in the morning. I also realized at this point I left my favorite socks in San Francisco and had a minor freak out.

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Race day gear. Note – I don’t run in compression socks, but definitely wear them after.

Angela stayed over so she could come cheer us on in the morning and we stayed up a little too late over-analyzing things, laughing over things we couldn’t remember in the morning and then talking about how much excitement and nervous energy I had.

Saturday night I had a lot of running dreams. I have running dreams a lot. I had a dream that I had run a marathon the week before but couldn’t remember it because I had a DNF. I forget the others, but that one stood out to me.

One thing that made me feel a lot more calm than I expected is the fact that I have run a lot of half-marathons. Emily mentioned this to me earlier in the week and I realized she was right – I have a race morning method down pretty solidly. When my alarm went off at 4:30 I just immediately went through the motions of drinking coffee and making breakfast and getting dressed without a second thought. The fact I was about to run a marathon still hadn’t totally sunk in yet.

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Thanks for the words of wisdom, True Runner.

Angela drove Kay and I down to Station Square (where I have parked for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon the past two years) and my dad drove separately so he could take his bike to ride around the bike cheer route. This is the second or third year he has done it and I think it’s a really great part of this race. If your loved ones who are coming out to watch you run bike/have bikes, I totally recommend them taking part in the bike cheer route. They even have bike rentals available if you don’t have a bike.

When I got to Corral B, I was looking frantically for Lesley, who was pacing the 3:55 group. This is also about the time I realized I forgot my hat in my gear check bag and wondered WTF my problem was with getting it together for the most important race I had ever run was. For being a planner, I’m terrible at the execution sometimes. Anyway, luckily I found her and then the emotion of what I was about to do really hit me. I get real emotional at start lines like a nerd.

The first 10-11 miles, I felt great. I had run this part of the course so many times before, both in races and in training when I still lived in Pittsburgh. I loved running an 8:5X pace. I was able to chat with Lesley, really enjoy everything going on around me, read signs, etc. etc. Then the part of the course I was most nervous about, the hill going up from the Birmingham into Oakland, was in front of me. This is where the half-marathon and marathon split, so I felt very committed at that moment.

True Runner, one of the larger running stores in the city, had people running up the hills offering encouragement and good vibes, which I thought was awesome. For living in a city known for it’s ridiculous hills – and running hills (and a very nasty hill during a few races) a lot in the Presidio – I did not feel good about this hill. I started to back off the pace group a little, then caught up again when we got onto Forbes in Oakland.

Going down Fifth Avenue, South Aiken and onto Walnut Street I was still with the pace group. This was actually one of my favorite parts of the race because there were so many people out cheering and a really awesome drum line. Soon after, I realized I was not feeling very solid and watched as the group got further and further ahead of me. For another mile or so, I could still see them and thought to myself, “Okay, 3:55 is a really aggressive first marathon time. You can still get sub-4”.

Around mile 14 or 15, I had a real dark half mile or so. I say this because I literally thought about quitting. I didn’t think I had it in me to run another 10+ miles. I just thought maybe I wasn’t cut out to be a marathoner – maybe all this hard work and training and talking about this race would be for naught. I imagined having to call my dad to come pick me up. I imagined having to delete all the Facebook posts and Instagrams talking about the race and marathon training. I thought about the fact I made my friend fly across the country to run with me. I thought about all the words of encouragement that everyone in my life had given me and what it would have been like if I had to say I didn’t finish because I just didn’t feel like I could.

This really bad mile made me realize how important positive self-talk is to achieving things. I always tell people running is very, very mental and that day I took my own advice. Tearing myself down wasn’t going to do any good. Just because I wasn’t going to run a 3:55 didn’t mean I wouldn’t finish the marathon. I told myself I was going to cross that finish line no matter what and I was awesome and doing things not many people can say they have done. Finishing a marathon is not basic bitch level and I definitely am not basic (despite that Mad Mex quiz that said I was a Basic Burrito*, WTF).

It was a really hot and humid day in Pittsburgh and I have definitely gone soft when it comes to dealing with weather that is not between 60-70 degrees with 0% humidity and sunshine. I was stopping for water and/or Gatorade at every fluid station. I also remembered that when I start to get the least bit dehydrated, I get really negative. So when I started having negative thoughts, I focused on just running to the next fluid station.

I kept looking at my watch and until mile 20 or so, I was still running 9:10-9:20 pace. Then I hit mile 20 and even though I had a 10K left (and in my head, I kept breaking into pieces of my normal six mile route), I started to slow down unintentionally. I was now in a distance territory I hadn’t ever run before. I also kept reminding myself that many talented runners have said no matter what, that last 10K is Struggle City.

Miles 20-22 I somehow felt okay. At mile 22, I started feeling some real pain. My feet had been hurting since at least mile 18 and now my thighs were not cooperating with moving forward very well.   I just kept telling myself all I wanted was to run the entire time (minus when I started walking for fluids around mile 16-17) and that I could push through it. I didn’t spend entire Saturday mornings running and mornings before work doing 10-mile track workouts for no damn reason. I was going to push through the pain because why bother leaving anything out on the road?

With a little under a mile left, I caught my dad on his bike again. I gave him a really big smile and wave and made myself look like I wasn’t in probably the most pain I had ever been in, minus maybe running on a sprained ankle or with tendonitis in high school. I kept trying to focus on relaxing my face and not looking miserable.

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If you want to know what complete misery looks like after running 25.5 miles and trying to smile for your father, this is what it looks like. I’m kind of embarrassed of how bad my form is here.

I was very close to the mile 26 sign and had a real fear my legs were no longer going to move. I was in sight of so many people and walking at that point would have been the biggest embarrassment. A race official or volunteer hopped onto the course and started running with me, forcing me to pick up my pace a little. I was so thankful for him. He left me with probably .05 of a mile to go and I just kept forward towards the finish line, which I never thought was going to come. I crossed the finish line and got a little Tear City, which I knew was going to happen.

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Ang captured this shot of me near the finish.

I looked at my watch and saw 4:06:XX (I don’t remember the seconds) and was a little disappointed but also felt like I couldn’t really vocalize that. I ran my first full marathon – I had to stop being so hard on myself and just be proud and celebrate.

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This is kind of what death looks like.

They lengthened the finish line corral this year, which was really nice. I seriously was having trouble moving very fast at all by that point but it was nice to not feel crowded. I think that also happens when most of the 30,000 runners don’t run the full marathon. Finally I emerged at the end and went to the family reunion section to try and find Lesley, my other friends and my dad. I was not walking very fast at all and was afraid to sit down for fear I wouldn’t be able to get back up. Finally I did because I needed to stretch out and everyone found me so we could take photos and make our brunch plan of attack.

I was asked afterwards what I would have done differently. Truthfully, I didn’t do the best job tapering. I went to SoulCycle. I played tennis. I walk around the city a lot. I may or may not have drank a lot of wine and maybe a whiskey and ate some indulgent food last week. I kind of just ran my tempo runs 8:40-ish pace rather than pushing any harder. I didn’t do any marathon pace miles during my long runs.

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I would not have done brunch differently.

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Post-race Bloody Mary is kind of my thing. #allthesalt

Will I do another marathon? Probably. Definitely. I really loved this race and truthfully, I feel like new distances are always the hardest the first time because you don’t know what to expect. My next marathon I’ll know what it’s like to run 26.2 miles. Spoiler alert: painful. Overall, I had so, so, so much fun despite how badly I was hurting at the end.

I know you’re all super invested in my nerdy stats from yesterday (I secretly love math), but I was the first girl from San Francisco to finish the marathon (out of four) and second girl from California (out of 38). Now for real stats that actually matter – I finished in the top 25.9% of my division, top 21% of females and top 31.2% overall. I really love knowing I run faster than a good amount of boys.

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With my support group and sherpas, Angela and Kay.

I don’t know what my next goal to conquer is going to be just yet. I still want to run a 1:45 half-marathon this year (which is taking 6 minutes off my current PR, which would take a lot of work I believe). I’m considering running the San Francisco Marathon in July or at least one of the halves. I might take some time off training hardcore and focus on surfing for a few months. I do know right now I want to focus on losing the couple of pounds I have gained marathon training, get my strength and core back up, and enjoy this week of taking it easy and letting my body heal.

*I retook the quiz tonight looking for the link and got Shrimp Fajita, aka Cassie Death Fajita, so maybe I’m no longer basic.

Chat with me:
Have you ever run a full marathon? Do you want to? What would you have done differently if you were me?

73 comments on “Race Recap: 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon

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Heather @Fit n Cookies on May 5, 2015 7:08 am

You’re amazing. Congrats!! You pushed through, tossed the negative thoughts aside, and finished. You look fantastic for running a marathon! I ran that hill up to Oakland last year on the relay. I’m not sure which one I hated more, that or the boulevard for the half, haha.

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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:18 am

Thanks Heather!! The BLVD for the half is SO painful. I get PTSD overtime I drive up it!!

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on May 5, 2015 7:31 am

CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to the club! Isn’t it one of the most amazing experiences, period? There really is nothing like it. I couldn’t be more proud of you–you ran YOUR race, not anyone else’s, and that is why you had an incredible one. Good on you!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:14 am

Thanks Susie!!! I definitely can’t wait for the next race… I’m really toying with one in Chicago!!

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Dietitian Jess on May 5, 2015 8:07 am

Congrats lady!!! That is an amazing time and being a Pittsburgh native I know those hills are no joke! You should be extremely proud of yourself :) I’m doing my first marathon this fall so I love reading the first timer stories, youll have to let me know if you have any tips :)

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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:05 am

Yes, please feel free to e-mail me at any time – I’d love to chat marathon tips. What race are you looking at?

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Whitney on May 5, 2015 8:21 am

Cassie, I love how honest you are in this post! You did it girl! Congratulations! P.S. I also love the part where you say you love knowing you run faster than a lot of boys. Maybe, just maybe I will run a marathon one day. We have to run a race together soon!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:05 am

You need to come run SF half with me!!! :)

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Ashley on May 5, 2015 8:23 am

Congrats!! I am about to start my running journey and signed up for my first 5k! I have always loved running, just have never been that great at it..but my goal is to complete my 5K, do a 10K, run a half marathon and eventually run a marathon. Do you have any advice on how you trained and how you started?
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:11 am

Hi Ashley, that is such a great goal!

As for training tips:
1) Buy good running shoes – go to a running store and have them fit you.
2) Find a plan that works for you. I can’t run over 40-50 miles a week or I get burned out mentally and physically. I find any number in that target is great for me – and honestly I am usually in the 30s somewhere. I only run 4 days a week to keep my sanity.
3) Take care of your body – listen to it if it hurts, go to yoga, cross-train, get massages and invest in quality gear to keep yourself healthy.
4) It’s all mental. Visualize crossing the finish line. Stay positive.

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Channing C. on May 5, 2015 9:13 am

Wow, I wish I had your willpower! If I did I was probably be as fit as you! I can barely walk a mile let alone run one!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:13 am

It’s definitely all mental – you could totally run a mile :)

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 5, 2015 9:17 am

Way to go on that marathon!! You are a serious rockstar! I know it wasn’t your goal time but that is a really fast time!!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:13 am

Thanks Erin! I’m still really happy with it :)

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Mattie @ Comfy & Confident on May 5, 2015 9:23 am

Congrats!! You are a superstar and can officially call yourself a marathoner! That is definitely brag worthy!

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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:13 am

Thanks Mattie – I’m so excited to be able to say that!

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Barrie on May 5, 2015 9:23 am

That is awesome! Love your recap and I think your time is great! The fact that it isn’t what you were hoping for, just makes you actually want to do another one…just to see if you can beat it, right?!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:03 am

Yes, definitely! Can’t wait for the next one!

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Alyssa @ RenaissanceRunnerGirl on May 5, 2015 9:28 am

Congratulations! I just decided to go for my first marathon next fall (2016!) in NYC through the 9+1 program with NYRR. I’ve been running for just over two years, and have run three halfs now, and it’s really my ultimate goal just to finish a marathon.
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:03 am

That’s such a great goal. I would love to run NYCM sometime… qualifying times are OOC fast though – jealous you live in NYC and can do 9+1 – that is such a great program they do :)

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Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on May 5, 2015 9:36 am

Congratulations!!! I am hoping to run my first FULL marathon this year :/ Yikes!! :)
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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:33 am

I hope you do!! It’s such an accomplishment :)

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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:02 am

I hope you do!! It’s such an accomplishment. You can definitely do it :)

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Frickingvikki on May 5, 2015 10:51 am

WOW!!! Well done to you!! We just had a local 10k event called the GEAR run (Great East Anglia Run) and I chickened out this year but will for it next year! Wear your medal with pride…running hurts man!!! :)

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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:33 am

Don’t chicken out, you are totally capable of running that 10k – AND ROCKING IT!!

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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:02 am

Definitely run it next year!!!

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Steven on May 5, 2015 11:11 am

Sweet! I think I’ve done over 11 full marathons over the years. My best PGH Marathon was in 2009 when I had a better workout plan and diet 3:56:38. I’d suggest three things I wish I’d done a long time ago. 1. Get a running coach to evaluate your form and talk about future milestones, you can always learn more. Let him/her track your overall progress for a month. It doesn’t cost a lot and you get a better idea what to focus on. 2. Join a running group, nothing tops a support group of fifty positive like-minded friends that are crazy enough to run with you and share advice. 3. Decide what you want to do with your running knowledge early on. If your coach says she thinks you can place in the top three of a race, shoot for that. If you’re more of an endurance runner, become a pace team leader and help others achieve their goals.

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Cassie on May 8, 2015 12:02 pm

This is such awesome feedback, thanks Steven!! I’ve really thought about getting a running coach, especially lately. I think that will help with number 3… I don’t think I’ll ever get to the point where I can start placing haha – but I would like to pace a half!

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Sarah @pickyrunner on May 5, 2015 11:41 am

Congrats!!! You still killed it at your first marathon! You guys really make me want to run Pittsburgh half next spring… we’ll see. The best part about a first marathon is that there’s so much room to grow from it. Not that I would know… I haven’t tackled that beast yet haha
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:02 am

Thanks Sarah!! You definitely should run Pittsburgh half next year!! Or you know, one in SF…. ;)

I definitely think you’re making the right choice not running a marathon until you’re 100% ready. I’m so glad I waited until I was really sure it was something I wanted to do. I think we’ve been running since about the same age (I was 14 or so) so you definitely have time to feel fully committed. Until then, keep rocking it in other races – being fast is way more fun then absolutely killing yourself for 3-4+ hours.

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Pragati // Simple Medicine on May 5, 2015 1:09 pm

I’ve never run a full and I think you’re absolutely inspiring for doing so. I love that it happened in your hometown. Congratulations!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 9:00 am

Thanks so much, Pragati!!

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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on May 5, 2015 1:19 pm

Dude, YOU RAN A MARATHON!
I’m sure every hates themselves at mile 15 and wants to die in the last 10k. Now that you know what it feels like, it gets easier, easier in the sense that there aren’t as many unknowns, not that running it is easier.
I think there are always things we could do differently in each training cycle and we keep building and tweaking from there.
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:59 am

I feel so much better hearing that from you!! I am excited for the next race because I actually know what to expect :)

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Ang @ Nutty for Life on May 5, 2015 1:26 pm

SO PROUDxx love, your Sherpa wife.
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:45 am

love you more xoxo couldn’t have down it without you!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on May 5, 2015 2:33 pm

HUGE congratulations dear! Rockstar status!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:56 am

Thanks so much, Rebecca! xo

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Rachael@AvocadoADayNutrition on May 5, 2015 2:34 pm

Congrats to you! I just set a goal of running a half marathon next year. After watching my friends run a half a couple weeks ago and watching the marathon runners go by, I was so inspired. So proud of you!
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:57 am

Thanks, Rachel! You can definitely do a half-marathon – they are so fun!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on May 5, 2015 3:36 pm

Amazing finish and amazing story. I love that you brought Kay with you, had your Dad around you on bike and had a pacing partner for the first half. You killed it, Cassie, and you should be so proud. You’ve now a marathoner! Something I’ve never done, and I’m in awe of those who do. Congrats, lady!! :)
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:56 am

Thank you so much, Ashley!! You gotta have your support system in place :)

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Anastasia on May 5, 2015 4:08 pm

Congratulations! You finished in an amazing time—you should be very proud!
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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:32 am

Thank you so much!!!

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ganeeban on May 5, 2015 6:32 pm

I was wondering where Kay has been ;) Congrats on running your first Marathon. Come run the California International Marathon (that was my first one ever)…they tout it as the fastest course in the West Coast. I don’ care what they say, the rolling hills are no joke…but nothing really compared to what you run in SF! It’s a cold one, with unpredictable conditions, but such a great community! And I will/can be there to cheer you on too :) xoxo, ganeeban
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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:29 am

I think CIM is in December, right?? I might have to come run it!! Now you have the wheels in my head turning… xo

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Julie on May 5, 2015 6:54 pm

So inspiring! Congratulations to you. I used to run 5Ks and then started doing sprint triathlons because I didn’t want to run any more than I was. However, sometimes I surely consider it! So impressed with your journey.
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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:27 am

Thank you so much! Sprint triathlons might be an even bigger achievement!!! I am so impressed!!

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Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home on May 5, 2015 8:46 pm

That’s a great finish time for your first marathon! Woo hoo! Congrats! I can’t wait to see what you do next.
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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:55 am

Thank you so much, Wendy!

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Henry Nielson on May 5, 2015 10:51 pm

Congrats. I am also training for a marathon. I just hope I become as good as you.

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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:18 am

Thank you, that is so kind!

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Ariana on May 6, 2015 12:19 am

Congrats gir!! What an amazing accomplishment. And I totally don’t think you look like death in your post-race pic – I think you look like a badass who just ran a marathon!!

At some point I would like to do a full marathon. I have my eye on an Iron Man so I need to do one eventually :P But I’d like to do one on its own!
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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:18 am

Thank you so much! You’re so sweet :)

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Kristen on May 6, 2015 1:16 am

Congrats! This is so exciting! I love first marathon stories – I haven’t run one yet and hope to do the Philly marathon in 2016 after I get a few more half marathons under my belt so I feel more comfortable and strong. This race sounds awesome! I went to Pitt so I’m very familiar with that intense hill into Oakland and I’m proud of you for running all the way up it!
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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:17 am

I definitely recommend several halfs before a full – I think it definitely helped me with nerves/what to expect on race day.

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Jamie on May 6, 2015 10:59 am

Congrats on your first marathon!! Such a huge accomplishment. I just finished my 5th marathon and it’s fair to say I’m addicted. I too have a difficult time with tapering. I went to SoulCycle the Friday before Boston this year. I don’t think it impacted me too much – it was a few days out and it was nice to move my legs and get some blood flowing! I’m a firm believer in that each person knows how their body responds, and the best part about running another marathon is you get another opportunity to fine tune your tape! :) Congrats again!!!
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Cassie on May 8, 2015 9:16 am

Thank you so much!! I am definitely going to use the next marathon to experiment more with tapering!

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Kristy @ Chocolate Slopes on May 6, 2015 3:14 pm

Congrats on your first marathon! Isn’t it an awesome feeling at the finish line (besides the feeling dead part ;) I have finished 2 but definitely don’t have the training or nutrition down to a science yet. I’m more into the half marathon distance lately but hope to get back to marathon training someday.
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Cassie on May 6, 2015 9:19 pm

Thank you!! I definitely couldn’t believe it happened. It was an emotional moment. I need to work on my nutrition and rest more before the next training cycle :)

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Chris on May 6, 2015 3:44 pm

Cassie, I’m so proud of you! In addition to our foam roller love, we also have visits to that dark place in common. I’ve been there in competition, that evil place inside our heads. I was hurting, I wanted to stop. I remember telling people watching that I couldn’t do it, that I wanted to quit. They wouldn’t let me. I wouldn’t let me. I couldn’t let everyone cheering me on down. I couldn’t let myself down. You did the same thing. You felt the pain, questioned your ability and perserverence, and then you kept going. You stayed strong. You rocked it! I’m so glad you covered your journey to the dark place, rather than just glossing over it and saying “oh it hurt and I felt bad…” It’s really something to go to the pain cave, then to come out and finish the task at hand. Great job my friend! =)
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Cassie on May 6, 2015 9:18 pm

I think this comment was my absolute favorite.

I think people cover up dark places a lot. It makes you human to admit that you aren’t perfect. I had to remind myself everyone out there was hurting just as much as me, if not more.

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Kristine on May 7, 2015 8:05 pm

HELL of a marathon debut! I’m running the SF 1/2 – let’s PR and get that 1:45 together!

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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:51 am

I just put together a training plan in my calendar – we got this!

[…] I think before I even crossed the finish line of the Pittsburgh Marathon last weekend, I knew I wanted to run another marathon. Angela sent me this great article on […]

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Lauren on May 8, 2015 11:55 am

You did awesome, that’s a great first marathon time! It’s hard because the distance is so rough that things can go wrong and it’s not like most people can run another the next day and try to do better. That post-race breakfast looks awesome. Way to go!

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Cassie on May 11, 2015 8:55 am

Thanks Lauren!! I actually just went back and looked at some of your older running posts today as inspiration for my next race… you’re so speedy!! :)

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Annmarie on May 8, 2015 4:09 pm

Wow serious congrats to you!!! I remember reading a half marathon recap you did before I ran my first and being really inspired and now as I read this an am about to embark on marathon training for the first time, I am even more inspired. Seriously, so awesome!!! Great job running better than the boys :)
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Cassie on May 10, 2015 11:01 am

Thank you so much, Annmarie your comment means a lot – please reach out if you ever want to chat marathon (or half-marathon!) training!

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Dave spell on May 13, 2015 9:47 pm

Cassie

Congrats on finishing your first marathon. I was the crazy bald guy tha ran with you at the end of the marathon. I’m thankful that I got to be a part of your big day (albeit briefly) and glad that your leg’s didn’t fall off! My name is Dave and I am one of the coaches for the Steel City Road Runners. Next time you make it back to town come join us for a run. Congrats again and way to battle it out I thise hot conditions. Oh by the way Pacer Lesley rocks!

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