Mercedes Marathon - RunMarathon

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Birmingham, Alabama
United States
28F / -2C
Total Time = 3h 44m 53s
Overall Rank = 749/757
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 17/67
Pre-race routine:

Clif Bar breakfast, bottle of gatorade
Event warmup:

Jogged 1 mile becausew I was freezing my nuts off
  • 3h 44m 53s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 35s  min/mile

Why did they put a mountain in the course, especially at mile 22? There were lots of rollers, a few large rollers early on, but they were OK. Mile 13-16 along the greenway were very nice, however, the last 10 miles were terrible. This being my 6th marathon, I realize that the last 10 miles are never easy, but the course was ridiculous. Maybe they can run it in reverse next year and get the big hills out of the way early.
What would you do differently?:

Pick a race with a better course
Post race
Event comments:

The coures is terrible. The Mercedes give away makes it worth it, though. THe expo is ver ygood, the post race fiesta is very good, as well, I just can't get past the mountain at mile 22.

Last updated: 2006-06-03 12:00 AM
03:44:53 | 26.2 miles | 08m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/67
Overall: 149/757
Performance: Average
Course: Around Birmingham, which is much hillier than I ever knew
Keeping cool Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3