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Little Rock, Arkansas
United States
Little Rock Marathon
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 51m 31s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Took a shower to wake up, drank a Poweraide and ate a breakfast bar and 1/2 an Marathon Bar.
Event warmup:

Walked about 1/2 mile from where we parked to the start.
Run
  • 00m
  • 26.2 miles
  •  min/mile
Comments:

Let's just start by saying I was not expecting much for my performance. I had run my first marathon in early Nov '07 and had not done a lot of running since. I had been biking a lot more and I figured that my cross-training would help, which it did, but I'll never run another marathon without some longer training runs prior to the event. My wife was signed up for the event and I decided a day before that since I'd already be there, why not?

The race start was not like any other I had ever done. They had a 5K that they started 10 minutes before the 1/2 and full marathons and they had a walking division as well. Many of the walkers started in the front which made it very difficult to get thru the first 1/4 mile. Had planned to take a gel every 4 miles, walk the water stops and hope for the best. Everything was going pretty well until mile 11. My right hamstring started getting tight and I had to walk more than expected before the halfway point. At mile 13 I was at 2:15 and I knew the hard part was just beginning. Mile 13 thru 16 was pretty hilly and definetly took its toll. By mile 19 I was reduced to walking about 5 minutes of every mile. When I hit mile 22 I knew I'd have to average a 14 minute mile to finish in under 5 hours. The last 2.2 were hell. I just kept thinking of the beer at the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Train more and eat a bigger breakfast.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down and streched a little and waited for my wife to finish. Drank a water and a gatorade then went for a beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training.

Event comments:

I am less sore the day after this race than I was after my first. I think I'll be recovered by the end of the week. This was a pretty good confidence builder for IMFL considering my lack of run training.




Last updated: 2008-03-02 12:00 AM
Running
00:00:00 | 26.2 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course:
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2008-03-02 5:42 PM

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2008-03-03 6:52 PM
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2008-03-03 9:46 PM
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There was beer at the finish line???
DAMN!!

Nice job out there!!  Pretty good for lack of training!

2008-03-05 6:13 AM
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Congrats on the nice job!  Enjoy the finisher's medal!
2008-03-05 1:11 PM
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Looks like we lucked out on the weather.  I'm sure glad it waited a day to snow!

 

I just saw a photo of one of the full marathon medals.  OMG those things are huge.  How much does it weigh? lol 

2008-03-05 8:44 PM
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I didn't get one of the license plate medals. Since I signed up the day before the race all that was open was the relay. They had me sign up as a one man relay team. Smaller medal.


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