Lakefront Marathon - RunMarathon

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Badgerland Striders
60'sF / 0C
Total Time = 4h 44m 20s
Overall Rank = 1457/1951
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 87/127
Pre-race routine:

3 things you should typically NOT do 2 days before a marathon!
1) get your nutrition plan from rstocks3 in BT chat.
2) go to google and try to find a plan on running a marathon (
3) think to yourself..hmmm.. maybe I should have trained and ran longer than 14 miles before the marathon.
I did all 3 and yet I finished!!

Nutrition included: Lots of water, 2 GU's every hour mixed with water. 1 endurolyte every hour, sports beans w/caffiene, snickers bar and starbursts.

Got up at 4:30, got dressed, ate my banana and PB bagel. Stopped at Kwik trip to get my decaf/caf coffee. Asked Craig on the drive..WTF am I doing? Yet I decided to keep a positive attitude...I CAN RUN A MARATHON!!
Event warmup:

Stretched a bit while talking to Craig. He was my rock that day..kept me calm and in a great mood. Telling me "You can do this." This has been my biggest challenge yet. I am not a strong runner and this stand alone Mary definitely scared me much more than my 2 back to back HIM's.
  • 4h 44m 20s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 51s  min/mile

I used a 4:1 method. Was not quite sure how it was going to work, but it seemed to fit me well. I was able to stay consistant without tiring quickly. And had so much energy the whole run. I usually start out to fast in the beginning, so I kept looking at the garmin to make sure I stayed at a 10 min mile pace. I wore my watch on my left arm to keep track of when I needed to run/walk etc. Mile 1-8 went quick. Felt really strong. Saw Craig at mile 6, which helped a lot. Mile 8 I had to stop and wait in line to pee, which messed up my split a little. Mile 9-17 I felt even better. Made sure I was GUing and drinking water often. Mile 18 I started to feel the pain a bit in my quads, but very tolerable. I knew if I just kept the pace I had I could finish strong. Mile 19-21 was ok. Saw my stalker again at mile 22 and I think he was surprised that I was still feeling so good. I was looking forward to Mile 25 when I would see PeterAK with my beer. Saw Peter, but no beer. He gave me a high five and away I went to finish strong. I tried to give it all I had the last mile but had nothing left. Met Craig at the finish line with a big hug and kiss and I knew then that THIS is what I love to do!! I love waking up every morning and realizing that ANYTHING is possible! If the mind can believe it, the body can achieve it!!!
What would you do differently?:

Train more. Be a little more prepared. Would like to run 9's next time.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around to get the muscles to relax. Ate half a banana, drank more water. Talked to Travis and Sandi. Thanks you two for coming and cheering me on! Donks are the best. Then Craig took me to Kopps for a yummy burger!

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Love this race! Beautiful course! Will be back next year!

Last updated: 2008-06-09 12:00 AM
04:44:20 | 26.2 miles | 10m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 87/127
Overall: 1457/1951
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 10.27 Mile 2 - 10.15 Mile 3 - 10.18 Mile 4 - 10.20 Mile 5 - 10.03 Mile 6 - 10.21 Mile 7 - 10.32 Mile 8 - 12.08 Mile 9 - 10.24 Mile 10 - 10.40 Mile 11 - 10.21 Mile 12 - 10.35 Mile 13 - 10.34 Mile 14 - 10.41 Mile 15 - 10.47 Mile 16 - 10.48 Mile 17 - 10.56 Mile 18 - 11.23 Mile 19 - 10.51 Mile 20 - 11.27 Mile 21 - 11.07 Mile 22 - 11.01 Mile 23 - 11.23 Mile 24 - 10.39 Mile 25 - 11.02 Finish - 12.55 Had to pee at mile 8 :)
Course: A couple hills, but mostly flat. Great run course!! Loved it!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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