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  • 26 miles
  • 03:42 time
  • 08:25 pace
  • 4214 calories
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  • 3884 ft climb
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good Earth Day Challenge Marathon 26.33 mi 03:42 08:25 pace

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.

  • Peter A.
    Peter A.

    Great job today! You pushed through the finish that's what counts splits say concentrate on pacing next training cycle will gain you a couple miles on the finish.

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    Thanks, Peter. The third and fourth mile splits are deceiving because it's all downhill. I wasn't working too hard there. I was really happy with my middle splits. I also need to do a couple of 22-mile training runs instead of stopping with the 20-milers. I probably needed to drink more water during the race to keep the cramps in my legs from coming since I basically just took a swig at each water stop and I may have taken gels one mile too soon each time (every 5 miles/38 minutes).

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Mike S.
    Mike S.

    You're right, you can't take anything for granted with a marathon. Nice report and great effort to finish strong. Congrats on the PR! You'll get that BQ someday!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    And, if I don't walk late in the race, I should be able to keep everything under a 10:00 mile. :) That needs to be the next goal. Honestly, I should shoot for a 3:30 (8:00 pace the whole time) and see what happens.

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Brian
    Brian

    Great job Dave. Agree with Peter - just work on being more consistent with you pace - you'll get there. Well done.

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Jen B.
    Jen B.

    Great job out there, Dave...congrats on your huge PR!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Lisa M.
    Lisa M.

    incredible!!! such a great race.. congratulations

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Kim B.
    Kim B.

    Excellent performance, Dave! Congrats on your PR - 10 min is HUGE! The MIT plans include a 20 and 22 miler, along with a couple of 18s in there, too. With every race you run, you learn a little more about your body and how it performs. Now you can take this information and apply it to your next training cycle & move forward. As for cramps - do you do sports drink or just water? I switched to Nuun for electrolytes (but no sugar) and it really helps.

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Emily N.
    Emily N.

    Congrats Dave, you did awesome!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Cindy W.
    Cindy W.

    You ran a great race Dave. Don't knock yourself for walking...I did the same on my second marathon (Steamtown). For me, I just know if I stop...I won't start again...a mental thing. You definitely need to try to carry water with you & drink a lot the first half. You're becoming dehydrated & don't even know it until your muscles tell you! Sounds like it was a great experience for you, with tons of family & friends to help you push to the end. That's a HUGE blessing! You'll do even better this fall!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Matt S.
    Matt S.

    Great job yesterday, Dave!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Chad S.
    Chad S.

    You did great because you train great. It was cool to be there to witness it too

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • David B.

    Super job! Love the attitude! I'd be thrilled to have a time as good as yours when I run Columbus this fall!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Robin
    Robin

    Congrats, the splits look amazing. You will get that BQ. Your body gets used to running that pace the more experience you get. That is an AMAZING time!!!!!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    You are all such amazing running friends and encouragers! Thank you! Kim and Cindy, I know you are right about the hydration issue. I train all the time with no fluids, but race day is always a different beast. The good thing is that this is an area I can definitely keep working on..

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Mike S.
    Mike S.

    Great job brother. One of these days you are going to keep pulling away from me instead of letting me catch you. Great PR and way to fight through. It is crazy how you can feel so different from one run to another. Soon you are going to break through and just absolutly rock it!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    Mike, the more I think about it the more I realize it was definitely the dehydration issue that took away my legs. I had a great plan pace-wise and executed it well the first half. I just have to do a better job of drinking water so that I have the legs the second half.

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Teri P.
    Teri P.

    You did it Dave! You finished strong and had a PR!! I've been truly blessed to be a part of your training and to see you cross the finish line. I can't thank you enough. Looking forward to logging many more miles with you as you prepare for your next one.

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Rina M.
    Rina M.

    Love the recap Dave! You are a great runner and a great person as well, as was shown by all the friends and family that surrounded you and brought you to that finish line, as well as your DM friends on here. That finish line doesn't mean it's over. There is always a begining after the end. ;+)

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Brandon B.
    Brandon B.

    You're learning a ton and getting stronger every day. At Erie, with over 1000 overlapping runners, you won't have to run alone. A couple 22-23 milers as prep, and add some hydration to the mix and your second half of the race will be just as strong as the first. It was so great getting to enjoy Earth Day with you!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    Definitely Teri! Final training for Cap City and Pittsburgh starts on Tuesday morning. :)

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    Rina, yesterday was a great reminder to me of why I go back and get people every day in training...you never know when you are going to need that yourself. My friends carried me to that PR.

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    Brandon, I think that you and Rev and I need to just commit to staying in a solid pace pack and help each other at Erie. My 20-20 hindsight really wishes I would have stuck with you at the beginning and just settled in even though my first half was what I wanted.

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Greg S.
    Greg S.

    Dave, congrats on getting the first marathon under your belt (it was your first, right?). I would say you had more than minor blips this cycle from injury, they did disrupt things a bit. And you can't know how to manage the marathon until you run it a few times.

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    This was my second, Greg, as I did Columbus last year in 3:52. I knew much better what to expect out of the beast this time around, and I tried to put together a more realistic plan of attack. Still some tweaking to do, but all in all a positive step forward. :)

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Anne P.
    Anne P.

    Congrats, Dave!!!! Fantastic PR! Your recap brought tears to my eyes as I read about everyone coming to help run you in. Such an awesome group and community to belong to!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Aaron C.
    Aaron C.

    Great job Dave. Proud of you man.

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Jessica F.
    Jessica F.

    Well done. A PR is always an accomplishment. That BQ is coming soon, I know!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Barbara W.
    Barbara W.

    Congratulations on a great race, Dave! 10 minute PR is an amazing accomplishment. I love the pictures of everyone getting together to bring each other through at the end and of your cheering section. While I wasn't there physically, I was rooting for you (and the others) Sunday. Hopefully the things you learned from this race will get you through the next with just as much enjoyment. Congratulations!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Beth S.
    Beth S.

    Awesome to see you Dave!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Candice H.
    Candice H.

    Great race dave!!!!You did amazing!!!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Melanie K.
    Melanie K.

    It is such a privilege to know you! You pushed hard to get that PR, and we are all so proud of you. I am hoping I can find a way to get to Erie. It sounds like a really cool race!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Robert T R.
    Robert T R.

    Congrats on your PR-you really should the full in Erie in September!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Carla Jo C.
    Carla Jo C.

    Congratulations on a great race and PR!! What an awesome recap :) I truly believe everything will come together for you soon and you will have that Boston qualifier under your belt :) Keep running!!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Heather C.
    Heather C.

    Just fantastic! Thanks for sharing about your journey! Great lessons learned. You should think about a blog!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    Funny you should mention that, Heather, because I'm finishing it right now. :)

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Jes O.
    Jes O.

    Yay! Columbus (with injuries) was my first too! I am getting nervous about next week, i feel better reading about your run! you may not realize it... But your helps! Thanks for being inspiration and encouragement! Congrats on an awesome race!

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Dave P.
    Dave P.

    Jessica, you'll do great! There's a whole lot more crowd support at The Pig than there was the second half of this race. :)

    over 5 years ago Like

  • Annie S.
    Annie S.

    It was awesome meeting you, Dave and encouraging you. You did an incredible job! And yes, running IS a team sport :)

    over 5 years ago Like1 person

  • Michele H.
    Michele H. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    Awesome report and a great race! I ran the race 2 years ago and it does get very lonely the second 1/2 of the race. You will need lots ov mental as well as physical strength to pull through which you did. Congrats on the new PR too!

    over 5 years ago

  • Jay S.
    Jay S. Congrats
    Congrats:

    awesome job! nice work.

    over 5 years ago

  • Ryan G.
    Ryan G. Congrats
    Congrats:

    That's a solid PR regardless, Dave. Excellent work!

    over 5 years ago

  • Kelcey B.
    Kelcey B. Congrats
    Congrats:

    8:25 pace??!! You're a rockstar! And ready to dominate the CoSIDA 5K I'm sure.

    over 5 years ago