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Spokane, Washington
United States
28F / -2C
Total Time = 3h 34m 1s
Overall Rank = 23/108
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/12
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:00am. Breakfast of oatmeal with brown suger and peanut butter and a cup of tea. Surfed BT. Put on running tights, thought I'd be too warm. Took off tights, put on shorts, thought I'd be too cold. Put tights back on, changed back to shorts, changed back to tights, changed back to shorts. My wife and daughter were up at 6:30 and started to make fun of me about not being able to make up my mind. Left with shorts on.

Event warmup:

Arrived at the race site at 7:45, quick stop and the bathroom, talked to Flyboy (he was running the half) for a few minutes. 8:00am - gun went off.
  • 3h 34m 1s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile

You better like hills, see elevation chart:

I had some problems in the spring and stopped working out for a while. I started training again 18 weeks ago and set starting this race as my main goal for the day. My plan was take the first 20 miles easy and then see how I felt and maybe push the last 10K.

First mile was 7:45, way to fast. I tried to slow down, and thought that I was going slower but at the 6 mile mark I was still running 7:45 pace. I knew that if I kept this pace up I would have to pay for it at the end.

From the next 4 miles (miles 6 to 10) I work hard on holding back my effort. Averaged out at 8:10 pace for this section and was feeling good.

Miles 10 to 13 averaged out at 8:01 pace. This is where the goal inflation started. I hit the half way mark at 1:44:06 (7:57 pace). I started to think that I could go 3:30 for the day and maybe even pull off a negative split.

Miles 13 to 15 averaged out at 8:27 but that included a bathroom stop around mile 14. At mile 15 I was 13 seconds off of 3:30 pace. Also at mile 14 the course starts heading back uphill.

Miles 15 to 20 were some of the best miles I've ran in a marathon. The course is mostly uphill for this stretch. I concentrated on running steady without getting too stupid with my pace. I wanted to hit the 20 mile mark on 3:30 pace and then see what happened from there. Reeled alot of people in over this stretch and averaged out at 8:06 pace for a total time of 2:40:42.

I wanted to start racing at the 20 mile mark, but my legs did not want anything to do with that plan. I changed my plan and set mile 23 and my new "start racing" mark. The next 3 miles were a little steeper than the previous 6. This stretch also includes "Doomsday Hill". I averaged out at 8:37 for this section.

Hit the mile 23 mark and switched into race mode, again I should have asked my legs first. Knocked off an 8:17 mile but that was all I had. Next mile was 9:09. Tried to go again, and pulled out an 8:38 for mile 26. I passed a guy at mile 26 and he tried to go with me. I hate getting re-passed and this time my legs agreed with me. Dropped him and ran the last 0.2 in 1:22 (6:50 pace).

Cross the line in 3:34:01 (8:10 pace).
What would you do differently?:

Train? Pick golf or bowling as a hobbie instead of running and tris?
Post race
Warm down:

Flyboy was hanging out at the finish (thanks). Talked with him for awhile until we both started getting cold. Picked up my race shirt and headed for home.

Got home. Hot shower, cold beer, and a little BBQ. Life is good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall I'm happy with how this race turned out since I met my original goal. I did very well on getting my planned long runs in leading up to this race but my mid-week runs were lacking. Could I have ran faster? Not with the training I put into this race. I know I could have ran the first half faster but I think I would have ended up running the second half much slower. Running fast was never my main goal for this race. I just wanted to make it to the starting line, every thing after that would be a bonus.

Last updated: 2008-10-13 12:00 AM
03:34:01 | 26.2 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/12
Overall: 23/108
Performance: Good
Miles 0-6 = 46:32 (7:45 pace) Miles 6-10 = 32:40 (8:10 pace) Miles 10-13 = 24:04 (8:01 pace) Miles 13-15 = 16:54 (8:27 pace w/ bathroom stop) Miles 15-20 = 40:29 (8:06 pace) Miles 20-23 = 25:50 (8:37 pace) Miles 23-24 = 8:17 Miles 24-25 = 9:09 Miles 25-26 = 8:38 Miles 26-26.2 = 1:22 (6:50 pace)
Course: With 1692-feet of climbing and 3385-feet of total elevation change you better like hills. This fist 14 miles are very rolling with an overall elevation loss of around 300-feet. Miles 14 to 22 is mostly a steady uphill grind. Mile 23 is "The Hill". The last 3 miles are relativly flat compaired to everything that came before them.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-10-14 9:51 AM

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Liberty Lake, WA
Subject: Spokane Marathon

2008-10-14 10:12 AM
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Subject: RE: Spokane Marathon
Damn hilly!  I'll have to try that one!  Great pace on a challenging course!! Way to go!!  3:34 is awesome!
2008-10-14 11:18 AM
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Great race T! That is a tough course for sure. Awesome job!
2008-10-14 2:12 PM
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Bellingham, Washington
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I'm glad you finally left the house with at least your shorts on...So much switching and the next thing you know, your running in the buff.

I'm impressed with how you kept everything consistent,  pace wise.  Even with the climbs, time didn't drop off that much.

Looked at the elevation chart.  Looks like a saw blade.  Ugh! Up and Down.

Oh yeah, very good run.

Edited by BellinghamSpence 2008-10-14 2:12 PM
2008-10-14 2:42 PM
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somewhere in the northwest
Subject: RE: Spokane Marathon
Great job on your time, I was wondering how tough DOOMSDAY hill would be at mile 22 it was a little tough just for mile 9. 
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