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Andrew Eberhard ran: The traffic heading t...
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- 26 miles
- 04:27 time
- 10:11 pace
- 4742 calories
The traffic heading to the event caught me by surprise and I only made the start with 2 mins to spare. It's a pity as I had hoped to catch up with Graham S. He did warn me about the traffic but I had left it a bit late.
The start was a bit of a nightmare as it was very congested for the first few km. The track narrowed and had folks coming and going at the same time and about 2km in we were back down to walking pace for a while.
I've had quite the cold for the last few days so I decided that I would aim for a PR rather than aiming to break my 4 hour dream goal. To do that I needed to maintain 6 min km pace and once the 10K runners left us that was relatively easy to do.
I met a true legend out on the course. He is a teacher at the Law School at UoA (so a colleague!) and I had recently read a very interesting report on him and his numerous teaching awards. We ran together for about 7km and during that time he just happened to mention that he was 70 years old and that this was his 152nd marathon! As I said, a true legend.
I really enjoyed the first half and was right on target to get a new PR (probably 5 mins ahead at that point) but then the perfect conditions changed as a very chilly squall hit the course and that made me revise my aim to beating 4:30 instead of beating 4:13.
The second half wasn't a lot of fun but I'm quite happy with how I ran it. I had a goal pace in my mind and I just kept running while walking through the drink stops. The last 3-4 km were very tough as it was straight into the freezing headwind but I kept my head down and finished in a very respectable 4:27:22 which is my personal best for the Christchurch Marathon. It was very, very great to see my wife and family at the finish line.
No medal though. What's with that? If you run a marathon you should get a medal!