Anne would call this a brain dump and that sounds about right. My brain hasn't seemed to want to shut off since I crossed the finish line. So in no particular order, here are some post marathon thoughts -
1) I do regret I can't call it a PR. I mean, I would have PR'ed! For sure. No doubt. Even if I had walked the whole last mile. And I would have surpassed my B goal and my A goal and possibly even hit my pie-in-the-sky secret goal. But the course was short. By a lot. My husband doesn't get it, he says if it counts as a marathon - which I am fine with and I do think 50 staters should get credit for racing in Alaska - it should count as a PR.
If the course had been long I'd have no issues at all calling it a PR. But in my mind to PR it has to meet a minimum threshhold. Good enough for government work, but not for time goals! I'm okay with it, but I do kinda regret. Apparently they will be "adjusting times" which kinda sucks too, because I know when I figured out the course was short I stopped pushing so hard, and my husband paced based on actual mile markers. According to their fb page, apparently a lot of racers did too, allowing walk breaks they otherwise wouldn't. I don't envy the race because I'm not sure there is a good solution and people are gonna end up mad.
EDIT TO ADD: Yes, they provided adjust times. Link here. Apparently I end up with a 4:55. Not that I don't think I would have ended up there or better, but I still wish I felt like I had walked away with a legit pr. Ah well!
2) I'm really glad I ran the first two miles with my husband. That feels bucket-list-y, somehow. I knew I needed to race this one for myself but I love being able to reflect on running two absolutely beautiful miles with him. Pointing to mountains and having him be just as excited as I am. Asking, "Is that the OCEAN?!" and him getting it. (I hadn't seen the ocean since I was a little girl.) Being able to laugh and go "WE'RE RUNNING IN ALASKA!"
3) I hurt my calf a bit in the last few miles. It doesn't hurt to walk or if pushed, but it does hurt to run on. After 1.5 miles I called it quits in my first attempt at a recovery run. Guess we will see how it goes going forward.
4) I really, really want to hit 4:51 or better in Milwaukee. I want it -bad-. I think this showed that I am capable of it - with two months more training I should be able to get it and I WANT it.
5) That said, the idea of long runs sounds not so fun at the moment. Haha. I am leery of a week off smack in the middle of marathon training but especially with my calf being a jerk, I am right now planning on not running again til Sunday at Fort2Base. Hopefully that goes well. I dunno what mileage to jump into next week!
6) I did something new that worked great - I've always been a bodyglide fan, but this time I put a thin layer of vaseline over my entire foot and between my toes. Despite the rain I didn't have a single blister or hot spot. I'm sold!