Mercedes Marathon - RunMarathon

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Birmingham, Alabama
United States
Birmingham Marathon, Inc.
22F / -6C
Total Time = 2h 59m 51s
Overall Rank = 27/970
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/110
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and downed a chocolate boost, 32 oz of cytomax/carbo pro mix, a banana and 2 cliff bars.
Event warmup:

No time for warmup- For some reason I thought the race started at 7:30- so we pulled into the parking lot around 6:40. After parking, we heard the race announcer say that the race was 15 min's from starting. (race it turns out actually started at 7:03. Can't believe I overlooked that). Just had time to find a tree for a bathroom and hustle to the start line.
  • 2h 59m 51s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 06m 52s  min/mile

I was honestly suprised at my sub-3 time. leading up to this race, i'd slowed down all of my runs for fear of reinjuring my hamstring that I had pulled several months prior. I was thinking 3:15 - 3:30 was more realistic. This was a training run for a longer race in South Africa that I'm doing on Easter weekend, so going in I had decided to just do this as a 'training run' . Of course that all went out the window at the start when I got the competitive juices going. I changed my plan and decided to just run based on how I felt. Went out completely too fast but it felt easy so I decided to just not look at my watch and go by feel. Never really experienced the difficulties I've had in the past during a marathon. I was wearing new shoes that I had never worn before and they felt great. Although the temps were 22 at the start and 11 degrees with the windchill, I loved the cold weather. It kept me from over heating and I think was the reason for having a good day. My favorite part of the course was the Highland drive area. Very pretty part of B-ham where you run by 3 parks and a golf course on a tree lined residential street. Many turns, but also many long straight aways. Most water stations I've ever seen on a marathon course too (22 in all)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really-
Post race
Warm down:

Ate a banana and drank some fluids and then went inside Boutwell Auditorium where a band was playing and they had Jim and Nicks bbq and beer (free)!!! Best post race I've seen at a marathon.....

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing- went much faster than expected...

Event comments:

The last few races I've run were Rock and Roll races. This race blows away/destroys them in terms of the bang for buck, course choice and organization. They really take care of the runners at 1/2 the price for entry. Awesome race and highly recommended.

Last updated: 2012-02-18 12:00 AM
02:59:51 | 26.2 miles | 06m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/110
Overall: 27/970
Performance: Good
Course: Double loop course, thru the city, UAB campus, Highland area and back downtown. gentle uphills throughout and plenty of flat and downhill sections.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5