Kiawah Island Marathon - RunMarathon

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
United States
41F / 5C
Total Time = 3h 55m 24s
Overall Rank = 330/927
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 35/244
  • 3h 55m 24s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 59s  min/mile

Goal was 4-hr marathon. Paced well on 1st half; banking about 9-minutes that I was pretty sure I would need on the back half (I did need it). I walked through the drink stations to make sure I stayed hydrated and ate gels at 6, 12, 18, and 24 miles. I got a cramp in my left calf at 14-miles, but had no problem running through it; it went away after a mile or so. I would UA cold gear & long sleeve running shirt, tights, cap and gloves. Feel like I was a little too warm for most of the race, because it was mostly covered by live oaks, but I needed all of it for the stretch out and back to the Ocean Course. I believe I exhausted the gycogen in my thighs at 22 miles and slowed to a 10-minute pace. Once I hit this point, I made the race into 4 1-mile races between drink stations, stretching and walking through these stops. I finished pretty strong the last mile and achieved my 4-hr goal.
What would you do differently?:

Might have used 1 less layer on my core and maybe 3/4 length running tights instead of full length. That might have allowed me to dissapate heat more effectively.
Post race
Event comments:

I especially thought the local brew at the end was a nice touch.

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Last updated: 2009-12-28 12:00 AM
03:55:24 | 26.2 miles | 08m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 35/244
Overall: 330/927
Performance: Average
Course: Pretty flat, double loop with strong winds around mile 6-8 by Ocean Course. Mostly roads through residential communities and some bike trails.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4