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Ashland, Wisconsin
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 54m 19s
Overall Rank = 296/754
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 49/85
Pre-race routine:

Got up about 4:30. Snarfed some waffles and a banana and hydrated. We stayed on Medeline Island so logistics were a bit tricky. We caught the first ferry to Bayfield then drove to the start line parking area and caught a shuttle to the start line.

I got my chip and dropped my clothes bag and hit the woods for a quick pee. I stumbled into Sal (Sparco) right before the race. Too bad I didn't have more time to chat with him but figured I'd catch him at the finish.

Fall leaves were gorgeous.
Event warmup:

Had 25 mins to wander around and get ready to go. Temps were pretty much ideal and I went with shorts and a dry wick T.

  • 3h 54m 19s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

I ran Moo a month ago so had NO expectations with this run. I've done very little between IM and this event, but most runs felt really good. I didn't plan to do this race at all and signed up at 6pm the night before the race. Plan B: Finish, Plan A: Sub 4:00, nothing in between.

I started out running with my IM buddy David K. He's a MUCH better runner so I knew there was a bit of risk in hanging with him. I nudged ahead of him early on and he'd catch me at the water stops. I used him as a gauge as I figured if I could stay in his vicinity he'd pull me to a sub 4.

About mi 8 I left David and took a bit of a risk. As I left him he said, "see you at mile 18!". I figured I'd do my typical MO and run a decent 18-20 miles, crash and burn and stumble to a 3 fifty something. Today I'd be happy with that so I figured what the heck! I chatted with a few folks, including a gal that said that due to her AG requirements she could qualify for Boston if she walked. I also ran with a 50 stater who was loggin his 150th and a nice couple from Mpls who were doing their first. It was odd the number of folks that had run Twin Cities marathon the Sunday prior. What animals they are.

The trail run was very pretty. Waterstops were well manned. I stuck with part of my IM stategy and downed electrolytes and gel at every 2nd stop and Gatorade/water at each stop.

My plan was to keep my splits sub 9 for as long as possible and hold on to the end. Every water stop after mi 18 I looked back for my buddy David, but he was nowhere to be seen. Didn't see Sal either, so I figured he ran out in front of me somewhere. I managed to stick to the plan till mi 20 where pace went over 9:00 and to 23 where I was really slowing down. I followed a few people that had a kick to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not alot. Perhaps hydrate more and do more electrolytes. I really had no expectations and accomplished my A goal.
Post race
Warm down:

Everything from the waist down was hurting. My feet, knees, hips and all the muscles between. Got a bit naseous and sat in the shade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running IM a month prior and not having much of a run base. Longest run of the year was 16 miles.

Event comments:

This is a pretty laid back event. Small number of participants. Nearly flat course and the weather always seems to cooperate. Looks like a good BQ venue and a good alternative to Twin Cities Marathon.

Last updated: 2008-10-12 12:00 AM
03:54:19 | 26.2 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 49/85
Overall: 296/754
Performance: Good
16:35, 8:33, 8:27, 8:36, 17:14, 8:47, 8:31, 8:45, 8:31, 8:18, 9:02, 8:47, 18:38 (pee stop), 8:38, 8:53, 8:14, 8:26 !!! 9:14, 9:14, 9:12, 10:57, 10:13, ??? (forgot to shut off watch)
Course: First and last mile or so are on asphalt. Mostly flat to downhill on the rest of the course on a wide, dirt railroad bed. Mostly firm ground, with some loose spots.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-10-12 7:47 AM

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Subject: CenturyTel WhistleStop Marathon

2008-10-12 7:51 PM
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Damn fine run Mr. Roehl.  Damn fine.
2008-10-12 8:30 PM
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West Bend, WI
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Good stuff!!
2008-10-12 10:18 PM
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Blaine, MN
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nice going jeff....  i would have been one of the odd TCM runners if I hadn't taken my kids this last weekend.. I saw you registered.. and I was itching to go out and run after having done NOTHIN all week...  YOU ROCKED a sub 4 dude...  I am so freaking jealous it aint even funny..  nice going!!  i am certain the leaf peeping was awsome too.. the weekend was much nicer then last.. for sure ..  CONGRATS!! 
2008-10-14 3:32 PM
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A farming town in MN
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You did awesome!  Put me in the jealous crowd with Roger.  It seems that you've had plenty a sub-4 in the past.  Way to keep that pace up after mile 19.  I need to learn how to suck it up and just hurt.  I'm a pansy.

Hope to see you at more races...enjoy the off-season...

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