Shamrock Marathon: The Bad, The Good, The Ugly

7:00 AM: Strength/Core – COMPLETED

I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and write this out. We got back from VA Beach on Monday evening and yesterday I had the day off. So here’s the recap of the Marathon I thought would be…

The Bad: Well, it’s not really that bad — I know. I’m just being a bit hard on myself. Let’s see. The day we arrived (on Saturday) it was nearly 70-degrees out. I swear, I could have worn my booty shorts. Anyway, it was a LONG annoying drive. We got pulled over not ONCE, but TWICE. We got to our hotel by 5 and I was just beat! Honestly, I did not want to do a thing after that ride in. Celeste’s friend picked up our bibs so I met up with Celeste at around 8:45. We talked out our plan and then I laid out the race clothes. The weather said 50s so that would be perfect.

50s weather. Check.

50s weather. Check.

I got up at 5:30 and tried to be extremely quiet. Unfortunately, Pedro getting up woke up Lili and that was the end of that — I tried so hard to soothe her back to sleep but she wasn’t having it. She kept crying for me and that had me feeling sad. At 6:30 I had to leave. So I just left with her screaming crying.

Celeste and I headed out to the race. It was about 22 minutes from our hotel. We were there about an hour early. No problem, EXCEPT it was freaking FREEZING. I had a zip-up on that I was tossing in her bag for check-in. Oh, I couldn’t take it. My girlfriend Kristina was able to meet me at the start line and toss me a wind-breaker. THANK GOD!! She saved me. Celeste had an extra pair of gloves so I used that too.

Celeste and I jumped in the 3:45 pace group. I was pumped and feeling good. The first mile was easy. Second mile, still easy but the 3:45 group just took off and I couldn’t push it – when I looked at my Garmin, I was doing an 8:18 — that’s not a 3:45 pace group. So I laid off and did my thing. Celeste took off with them and I just waved bye. By mile 5, I saw Celeste at the turn-around and we weren’t too far away from each other. I still felt good.

At mile 13, I saw Kristina and she jumped in to run as a Bandit — the last 13 miles with me. How amazing is she?!? She said she couldn’t believe how fast I was going and I’m doing strong, but my legs were feeling it. At mile 16, I saw Pedro and Lili and I was incredibly happy to see them. Love them.

Then… it happened. I felt my legs tense up. I couldn’t shake it out. I started to slow down. I had to walk it out. I kept it going though. Thank goodness for Kristina.


At mile 22, I wanted to cry. I didn’t think I had it in me to finish. Kristina kept telling me that I was going to finish. I had to stop a few times and stretch out my legs. It was the most horrible feeling ever. I’ve never felt this way in any marathon. I started to feel a wave of HUGE disappointment. The training I had — this was supposed to be it. Or at least a PR.

Then we got to mile 25. Just a mile and change to go. And still I felt defeated. I felt like I had nothing left in me. But I kept it going and didn’t stop. I crossed the finish line at 4:14.

Happy to be Done.

Happy to be Done.

I won’t lie to you. I was a tad sad about this race. I guess I just felt so good.

The Good: So what’s the good?

Baby #2 on the Way.

Baby #2 on the Way.

BABY SANCHEZ #2 IS ON THE WAY!!!!!! Yes, it’s true. I’m pregnant, again. We’re ecstatic, thrilled, excited. It was a difficult secret to keep and I wanted to wait till after my first trimester to say anything — and here we are — with our growing family.

The Ugly: When we got home on Monday night, Lili had a fever.

sick baby

Poor kid. She had a fever all day yesterday that would only go down after we’d give her medicine, but after it wore off, it was back. I hope today is better.

If we’re friends on Facebook, I’m not announcing my pregnancy yet so please don’t say a thing. My MIL is still waiting to tell her mother in Ecuador and is on her way there now.

And now it’s back to work (ugh!).

So what’s next? Cherry Blossom 10 miler, Brooklyn Half Marathon and perhaps a few other shorter distance races? I’m done with marathons till post-baby.

Anybody else have any races coming up?


16 thoughts on “Shamrock Marathon: The Bad, The Good, The Ugly

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t have the race you wanted – I know how frustrating that is. I always try to remind myself that finishing a marathon is impressive regardless of the result but I know it’s hard to go through a training cycle with expectations then have them not pan out. BUT, I think you deserve a huge congrats (especially since you were running for two!!). And, your outfit was super cute so at least you looked good crossing that line! 🙂

    Huge congrats on Baby #2!! So exciting! I bet Lili will love being a big sister!

    Rest and recover well!

    • Thank you, Erin. I know I’m just being way too hard on myself and my husband thinks I’m nuts and that I should be proud of that time. I’m sure the sub-4 will be there eventually… Just have to believe and think big and work hard (That’s where you’ll come in post-pregnancy!).

      Thank you again!!!!

  2. CONGRATS on both your bun in the oven and your marathon! I have been waiting to read this recap 🙂 We all have rough days but it sounds like you pushed through despite how you were feeling in the back end! And you look super cute…I may have to check this race out next year!!

  3. Congrats my love!! You always make me so proud, I always talk about you to people. I’m like yeah I have a friend who runs marathons! I had just mentioned you (because my coworker is doing a 4 mile race for a cause – forgot which one) & check my email & there was this email 🙂 I understand your disappointment however it is AMAZING that you can run 26 miles regardless of the time plus don’t be so hard on yourself since you were recently having trouble with the pain in your feet. I supperrr lovvvvveee how you announced your pregnancy with the sonogram pic after the marathon!! Can’t wait to meet Lili or Pedro JR! I hope Lili is feeling better! I love you! So excited for you! xoxoxox!

    • THANK YOU so much –and for remembering about the foot pain. It’s actually still there and I’m going to see a podiatrist. If I use this band-aid thingy, it actually doesn’t hurt at all! Thank goodness I got it before the marathon. I was in good shape with my foot. Otherwise, that would have been a super painful experience.

      I’m glad Pedro remembered to bring the U/S. I was excited to see him at the finish line. The last time, he totally missed me at the finish line, but he also didn’t think I’d be done that quick. LOL — this time, poor guys were waiting in the cold. Gotta love them. I’m thinking I may announce on FB the same way I did here. We’ll see.

      Miss you so much and hope to see you and Edwin soon. XOXO

  4. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhh, what exciting news! you are being WAY TOO hard on yourself.

    again, you’re a rockstar — running races (um, marathons) while pregnant 🙂

    ugh, pace groups – i NEVER trust them. i got so fired up reading about your experience with the 3:45 pacer. never fails.

    • THANK YOU, KRISTY! I know, I’m being so silly over it. The pity party is over. LOL

      What is up with the pacers? They go out fast so they can take it easy later on? I don’t like that at all!!!! I know better now for the future.

  5. Ahhhh!!!!! Congratulation Rachel! I was reading along about your marathon and that was the last thing I would have thought you would write! So excited for you!!! Oh man, am I ever getting baby fever! Everyone around us is already on Baby #2….can’t wait to be there with you. We have another year to go before we think about ‘trying’ tho. So until then, I’m totally living vicariously thru you!

    Bummer on the race. I haven’t run far enough to know what that’s like, but I can see how dissapointed you were. You did great though – I couldn’t do a marathon in 4 hours! I hope your spirits lift and Lili’s fever didn’t turn into anything bad.

    XOXO, Congrats again!

    • Thanks, Meghan. We’re so excited. I was ready for baby #2 as soon as Lili was born. LOL Of course, I knew that wasn’t going to happen, but I want them to be close in age and I’m a sap for babies. They’re too cute. I’d have 4 if my husband would allow me too — but yeah, he says this is it.

    • Thanks so much! Yes, it was a tough race — and I did forget for a minute that I was pregnant and maybe that made me slow down a bit. It was good getting a constant reminder from my husband of how proud he was and how big of an accomplishment this is for me to run a marathon pregnant. At least I can put it down in the books. 🙂 Now I just have 6 more races to finish so I can match it perfectly with pregnancy #1. I’m a bit ambitious. LOL

  6. ❤ I'm so proud of you for an incredible training cycle and a good performance at Shamrock. Even though the race didn't meet your expectations, you still have grown so much (and I'm not just talking about the baby!!). I can't wait to see you drop the hammer after you bounce back from baby #2!! All the hard work you put in over these past several months will pay off!

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