New York City Marathon 2006 - RunMarathon

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New York, New York
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 19m 21s
Overall Rank = 2534/38368
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 934/8341
Pre-race routine:

Sitting on cold ground for 5 hours! I slept VERY little the night before due to nerves and an upset stomach from a poorly chosen pre-race meal. My feet were freezing due to these thin racing shoes.
Event warmup:

None. Almost impossible to warm-up with that crowd
  • 3h 19m 21s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

I went out way too slow. With no warmup, rock hard toes, excitement, and the first mile being all uphill, I just couldn't judge my pace well. I was a couple of minutes behind already by the 1st or 2nd mile. I gradually made this up, running a 7:06 pace from the 5K to the 20K to be back on goal by 20K and the half (7:16 pace). I stopped briefly to urinate, and then just couldn't make up for this delay. I gradually slowed as the pain increased over the last 10 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Stay warmer before start. Warm up somehow. Start a bit faster but then run the first half a bit slower. Urinate more times before race to avoid having to do so during.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk/jog back to hotel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Leg fatigue.

Event comments:

Good weather conditions, great crowd support, awesome city. Yet this was more pain than pleasure. Marathons are just tough, but especially with a lofty goal. 3:10 in New York was just not realistic at this time for me. I probably would have had a better experience if I had been shooting for 3:15 or 3:20 and had paced myself evenly. After catching up to 7:16 pace at 20K after a 7:45 pace initial 5K, I was sort of doomed. I didn't have the reserves to maintain that kind of pace.

Last updated: 2006-10-29 12:00 AM
03:19:21 | 26.2 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 934/8341
Overall: 2534/38368
Performance: Average
Course: 5 bridges and few hills in Central Park. Starts on Staten Island, then into Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronyx, and back into Manhattan.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3