8th Army Marathon
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8th Army Marathon - RunMarathon
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First few miles were at an 8:00 to 8:10 pace. Kept trying to slow it down as I was shooting for a sub 4 hour pace but had finished in 4:06 at this same race last year, my first marathon. Last year I went out too fast in the first 3 to 5 miles and it really caught up with me around mile 20. Settled into a good pace and kept at it by mile 3. Often had to slow it down a bit as I would speed up without realizing it.
I ate a gel every 30 minutes and had some hard candy as well. Worked out perfectly for me and I would do this again.
What would you do differently?:
My long run pre-race was 16 miles the week before. I would have liked to have had three more weeks to prepare so I could have done an 18 miler and a 20 miler and then tapered for a week, but, Airborne school came right when I was about to start training for the marathon so that was not possible.
A lot of walking around and drinking a lot of Accelerade and Propel.
Had a nice long hot shower not too long after race.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
My left ITB really kicked in about mile 22. I think if I had been able to do a few more long runs pre-race I would have done better.
Great race for me as I beat my time from last year on the same exact course by 21 minutes and managed a 3:45 on my second marathon!
Last updated: 2008-04-27 12:00 AM
2008-04-27 8:41 PM
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55F / 13C
Overall Rank = 4/21
Age Group = 36-40
Age Group Rank = 2/
Awoke at 0450 and ate a bowl of raisen bran and a banana. Popped 800mg of Ibuprofen. Loaded bus for Camp Casey at 0530. Arrived at Camp Caey at 0700.
Easy stretching and ate another banana one hour before start. Had one powerbar gel 15 minutes before start.