Tobacco Road Marathon - RunMarathon

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Cary, North Carolina
United States
FS series
48F / 9C
Total Time = 5h 26m
Overall Rank = 962/1052
Age Group = 60-64
Age Group Rank = 23/24
Pre-race routine:

Had breakfast of fruit,cereal, and coffee around 3:45. Got to the race site a little before 6:00.My friend,Ann,who was doing the 1/2 drove. Our other friend,Sara who was volunteering, also rode with us.It was about 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Greensboro. Fortunately, we had a parking pass and got to park right next to where the race started.
Event warmup:

Not really any warmup. Stood with Ann till she took off for her 1/2(marathon started 15 minutes after 1/2). Overall race start was delayed over 15 minutes because buses were delayed from remote parking lot. NOT GOOD. People who did not have a parking pass were very unhappy. Some had to wait 2 hours after the 1/2 to get back to their car!
  • 5h 26m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 12m 26s  min/mile

This race was my first marathon. I was expecting to finish around 4:45 so I was not happy with my time. The highlight of the race was when Sara and Ann met me on the trail with 3 miles to go. They ran with me the last 3 miles! That was huge. I had been doing run/walk since mile 18 so I was hurting a lot.
I took a Gu pack every 45 minutes and alternated between water and gatorade at the water stops
What would you do differently?:

I started with the 4:45 pace group. I finished the half in 2:19. After about mile 15, I could not keep up with the pace group.Maybe I should have started with the 5:00 pace group. Anyway, I know I started off too fast because 2:19 is usually what I do for a typical 1/2 marathon.
Post race
Warm down:

walked around in lots of pain

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I hit some kind of wall at mile 18 and had to run/walk

I wanted to include Mike Ricci comment about the race. I totally screwed up on nutrition:

I think the calories were short for one thing - I recommend a gel every 20 minutes, and drink gatorade (even if it's only 50 calories) every other mile. That would put you in the 200-250 calories an hour range. Remember that you start out with 2000 cals stored in your muscles. So, that's about 3 hours worth of racing. Keeping the blood sugar levels up is important so keeping those calories coming in is key.

Starting a little too fast is going to burn up glycogen stores quickly and when you aren't replacing them, you end up with a tough day.
Mike Ricci

Event comments:

Parking is a big problem for this race. I would never do this race again unless I had a parking pass.

Last updated: 2010-12-01 12:00 AM
05:26:00 | 26.2 miles | 12m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/24
Overall: 24/1052
Performance: Below average
Average heart rate was 156
Course: beautiful packed gravel trail for most of the run
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4