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Dave P. ran: Well, this race has b...
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- 26 miles
- 03:42 time
- 08:25 pace
- 4214 calories
Well, this race has been circled on my calendar since the week after completing my first marathon (Columbus) last October. I knew that with it being basically in my backyard that I could train on it whenever I wanted to and that after the first mile that it was one of the flatest course you can find to try to BQ. So, 18 weeks ago, I started the Hal Higdon Advanced 1 plan and followed it pretty closely as I set my sights on a pretty lofty goal - a 3:15 marathon. (Note: I ran a 3:52 in Columbus, but walked most of the last six miles AND battled injuries a lot down the stretch of my training.)
Well, I couldn't have asked for a better Ohio winter to train in weather-wise and other than a couple of little blips with minor injuries I felt pretty confident that I was prepared to make a good run at it. However, the marathon is a beast and not to be taken lightly and no runner really knows what will happen over the course of those 26.2 miles on any given day.
My goal was to run the first mile in about an 8:10 and the first four miles in around 29:30 and then settle in at the necessary 7:25 pace the rest of the way. As you'll see for the splits, I was slightly faster the first part of the race, but I definitely didn't overdo it. After a great first half (1:36:10 at 13.1), I headed to the lonely second half with the wind in my face. I stayed on pace through mile 16, but then my legs went to mush. With the reminder of Columbus in the back of my wind, I kept pushing through to mile 22 when I started to alternate between running and walking after I nearly lost my left hamstring as it cramped up. I tried to push through and run the final mile and it was great to finish the race with my kids and several of my running friends who came back for me. Somehow, I dug deep down the back stretch of the finish on the track and hit a 5:52 pace coming to the finish to break 3:42 with a new PR by over 10 mintues. I ended up 11th in my age group and 31 out of 99 marathoners overall. Here are the splits:
7:44, 7:32, 7:03, 6:49, 7:10, 7:27, 7:21, 7:23, 7:26, 7:24, 7:26, 7:23, 7:18, 7:18, 7:35, 7:38, 7:55, 8:24, 8:59, 9:38, 9:56, 12:11, 10:17, 12:19, 11:18, 9:55 (last .33).
I'm not bummed at all about not getting a BQ...I did everything I could. I was extremely blessed to have great support today from my family and a huge group of fellow runners from the MV Running Buddies and Run DMC. When Chad S., Teri P., George H. all showed up with 3 miles to go, you can see that I picked up my pace. Then, Mollyberries jumped in and kept me company for a couple of miles and that helped too. By the time Peter A. and the Running Buddies including Donald C. came back to me with a mile to go, I had quite the parade moving along. :) I'm so thankful for all of them. Then, my daughters Ashley & Kylie jumped in down the homestretch and got me to the track. So proud of a huge group of friends who all posted great races today...it seemed like I knew every third runner! Thank you for all the support!!! Special mention to Brandon B., Mike S., Chris B., and Candice H. who braved the loneliness of the second half of the course to finish the full. I will always remember this race as the one where we all pulled together to get each one of us across the line. It was truly special.