June 17, 2006
Today's marathon report: I felt really strong through 21 miles and then slowly deteriorated from that point. I can only guess my splits since I didn't wear a watch, I only know that I was 13:03 at 2 miles and 19:39 at 3 miles. After those splits I haven't a clue, no times were read at any mile marks.
I did get a race udate at 15 miles from my parents where I was in 8th place and 1 minute 40 seconds out of 3rd place. I passed two runners to move into 6th in the next three miles still feeling good and had 3rd place in my sights, but resisted moving up more because I knew I would need the energy later in the race.
At 19 miles, I was passed by two late movers putting me back into 8th place. I could still see 3rd, but with over 10K still to get I couldn't motivate to go with the late movers. The next 6 miles of the race go through many parks and almost no fans so it was pretty tough staying focused and the lack of calories were making me get more and more dizzy. Going through the many tunnels (under roadways) I kept stumbling and feeling sick. I really hit a wall with about 1.5 miles to go.
I think the fact that I hit a corner and could see a good 2 minutes back on the course and didn't see anyone really made it even worse. Anyway I walked a good portion of the last hill and then finished highly dazed and confused.
I'm really happy with the outcome though. 7th place and 2:53:46 accomplished my main goal of finishing top 10. I also really enjoyed the scenery of the course and liked the trails. The "tank road" was less than good. But considering they made a big deal about how much work they put into making it runable, I guess it could have been worse.
As for physical condition, my IT Band is pretty tight, but my quads, knees, hips, are not to worse for wear.
Now, I'm off to the victory celebration party for the Team in Training group and to take in some refreshments.
Miles this week: 38 miles, YTD: 1015, $ raised for LLS: $3600 <- PLEASE DONATE (HELP FIND THE CURE FOR CANCER)
Sun: Bar Stool 16 oz press (10 sets of 16 or until I pass out)
Sat: 2:53?, 27 miles, Mayors Marathon
Fri: 3 miles, Lake Union, Flight to Alaska
Wed: 8 miles, Track workout (Goal Pace: 6:30, 12x400 at 98-96 w/ 200m recovery jog)
Tuesday: 0 miles
Monday: 0 miles
Posted by james at June 17, 2006 7:16 PM