Mercedes Marathon - RunMarathon

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Birmingham, Alabama
United States
Birmingham Marathon, Inc.
50F / 10C
Total Time = 4h 00m 10s
Overall Rank = 422/1100
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 57/97
Pre-race routine:

good breakfast. light stretching.
  • 4h 00m 10s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

first marathon so you never truly know what to expect. the course was fine and i had a great pace going until about mile 19 when the leg cramps set in. the cramps led to run/walking the last 7 miles and killed my time.
What would you do differently?:

the biggest problem was basically missing two long runs, due to injury, 1 month before the race. this made me have to take bigger jumps on long runs then i should have really taken. had i got those 2 runs in i think i would have been fine.

as far as race day goes i started at a much too fast pace. my pace was well below 8 minutes (goal) through 15 mile mark. at mile 18(30K) it was till 7:55. i really needed to slow down through the first portion of the race. that would have helped a good bit i am sure.

i will still call this a good run because it was my 1st Full and i finished.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

1st marathon so not a lot to compare this to. i thought the race was well organized. only complaint is i would have like more drink stations on the 2nd loop of the marathon course.

other than that a well put on race

Last updated: 2011-01-19 12:00 AM
04:00:10 | 26.2 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/97
Overall: 0/1100
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4