Part of the charm of the marathon is the unpredictability. Over the course of 26.2 miles you just never know what will happen. I am working on a detailed race report which has some good stories I can assure you. If you can appreciate a laugh or two, you will enjoy. However, as usual, I don’t wait to keep you waiting.
First- I finished. That is always a good start to a race report. Trust me, going through the finishing chute and claiming your medal just never gets old. I felt like I really earned this one.
Second- 3:37 was the time. My goal was 3:30 and my previous best was 3:55. It was not perfect but I left the course pleased and I knew I gave it my best effort. I had nothing left to give.
Third- I learned some hard lessons. 90% of the reason 3:30 was missed was hydration, nutrition and some potential GI issues. This is where I talk about lessons learned. I made some critical mistakes this time. We will get there.
Fourth- The good news- I did not hit “the wall”!
Fifth- Going back to number four, I did not hit the wall, however at about mile 21 somebody dropped a wall on top of my head. Then, they chained it around my waist and made me drag it to the finish line. And, I am pretty sure my car felt slow on the way home. I am convinced I was dragging that wall all the way home as well!
Again, it goes back to nutrition and hydration. I only took in about 100 calories the entire race! I should take in about 200 an hour. Trust me, we will get to that, all in good time.
All of that being said, I am quite pleased. In fact, I am excited and I think I finally made some progress on my marathon capability. Not only that, oh the hills! Too run a 3:37 on this course, I am amazed I did that. The course is tough. The hills are from start to finish but I think the steepest of the hills are in the last 8 miles. It really took a toll on me. I have run some tough courses and hilly races but this one takes the cake in my mind.
I look forward to sharing with you what the day held but I wanted to go ahead and give a quick preview. I have 12 days to get ready for Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon. I have no idea what to expect, it is way to early to know how I will feel.
As far as this race itself goes, I thought they did a really nice job. I would appreciate them doing something about the weather next time, a little chilly for my taste!
More to come.