I think you know my plan. Hit 13.1 comfortably. Click off miles, and finish strong. I wasn't going to look at the time too much, just listen to my breathing. Mile 1 was 8:18 with the brakes on, and at mile 4 my average was 8:30's. This was easy, and I did not look at my watch til mile 13. I was at 1:51. I felt good, and I felt good about my marathon. I may have made a mistake at mile 14, but I don't think it really mattered. I picked up the pace a bit for a couple miles, and clicked it back down. I got my breathing under control, and everything was fine. Something happened though. I'll call it mile 18, and the legs turned to cement. I was mentally fatigued, and I knew the rest of this day was going to suck.
I don't think I ran a bad race. I stuck to my plan pretty well, it just didn't end up being my day. Those 8 miles were soooo freaking long. Really it seemed the miles clipped off every 2-1/2 days. I was like SHIT!!! Is it Christmas yet?? :)
Jerry was with me from mile 18 on. Poor guy. I was able to draw on experience. I knew from my first marathon that a slow run is better than a fast walk. I kept running. I learned from Bob's marathon too. I walked the aid stations. I don't normally do that. On this course from now on I am bringing music. I don't care what the fast people do. This course has paved trails basically, and 14-25 miles is very low spectators. Hard to be in your head that long when you are mentally fatigued, and still trying to move your legs. :) I was crabby toward the end. :) I made the final turn. I looked at my clock, and realized I could still break 4 hours. I kicked it the final whatever, and broke 4 hours. You know before I started reading blogs that would have been my goal. I am better than that now, but not on race day this time.
My final 8 miles were slow, so I can probably get my recovery run in tomorrow, and get back to training this week. I have a 5K coming up, and I need to train for that. This is a good time of season for me.
I won't lose any sleep over this. The thing about running, FOR ME, is there are always other races, and I love love love the training for the races. I'd love to p.r., but it didn't happen for me this time.
The Sun always rises the next day. Usually after I finish my blog entry. :)
That is it for today!!! :)
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