TC Marathon Update

October 16th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s been almost 2 weeks since the marathon and I think I’m finally ready to recap it.  It started out as a pretty good day, weather-wise, with comfortable tempertures but dark clouds looming.  The race started out great.  Coral 1 was a little crowded but I didn’t mind since I was hoping to start out slow.  I put together a pace band to help me qualify for Boston and tried to give myself a slow start the first couple of miles before banking some time in the middle miles before the hills the last 7 miles.

The first 2 miles were pretty much perfect.  I got caught in a little bit of traffic but I wasn’t worried.  After that, there was a string of 7:10 miles until about mile 8.  That’s when the downpour really set in.  It was definately a mental downer for me.  I was pretty bummed about the crappy weather and briefly considered just stepping off the course when I was two blocks from home only I didn’t have a house key with me.  So I kept going.  I lost about a minute or two when I took a pit stop around mile 11.  I felt better after that and ran the next 5 miles close to the pace I wanted to, although now I was 2 minutes behind BQ (Boston Qualifying) time.  That’s when the wheels fell off.  The next couple of miles were something like 7:20, 7:30, 7:40, 7:55…etc.  The last 6 miles I probably was averaging 9 minute miles.  I finished in something like 3:25:55.

Immediately after the finish, I was just glad to be done.  I think I knew those last 10 miles that there was no way I was going to make my time.  3:25 is a great time but I’m still disappointed.  The disappointment is not so much with the overall time, even though it is my 5th best time out of 8, but I’m more disappointed that I didn’t get to train the way I wanted to.  Some of that is my own fault but I also just felt like I was constantly getting sick or injured the 2nd half of the summer.  Qualifying for Boston before wasn’t neccessarily a fluke, but it’s been pretty tough to get back to that level of running.  This just tells me that I need to concentrate on training a little more and try to stay healthy.

Hope you like the pic.  I thought I was going to collapse after crossing that finish line but somehow I managed to stay on me feet.

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