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Chickamauga, Georgia
United States
Chattanooga Track Club
45F / 7C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 57m 37s
Overall Rank = 204/555
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early, had 2 apple crisp fig newton things (my new rocket fuel) went to race site, hit the portapotties and stretched
Event warmup:

Some light stretching
Run
  • 3h 57m 37s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile
Comments:

My plan was to go conservative and just finish sub 4:30. I started in the back with the Jamie's (they were doing the 1/2). As the gun went off I started quick. I was freezing and wanted to warm up and get the blood flowing. I found my first mile at an 8:36 pace, despite the waeving I did from the back. I decided to maintain that pace until it became uncomfortable then back off a little. I stayed in the mid 8's for several miles, then the thought of a sub 4:00 mary started bouncing through my head. My legs were holding up surprisingly well and I decided to re-calculate my plan at the halfway point. I got to mile 14 and decided to break it down to 2 10k's to make the mileage ahead of me more palatable. I continued the sub 9:00 pace until mile 18, and then slowly started to fade. I knew that I had enough "deposits" of time in the bank to start hitting 9:30's, but still tried to maintain the best pace possible.Pace started slipping at mile 18 when I saw Amy K and mile 23 was when the real pain began. The legs were feeling depleted and the heart rate was rising as the pace started really dropping. The little hills started feeling like big hills, and my finicky achilles started to really misbehave. This was new mileage territory for me and I knew the last 5 k I would have to dig really deep to pull off the sub 4, and I was right- it sucked. with 2.5 miles to go Jonathan (j22)ran up to meet me and pace me in. It was just what I needed. Mile 26 was a beast- I dropped to 10:41 and I watched the 4:00 pace group run ahead of me like I was standing still, even though my heart rate was at LT. at this point I had about half a mile to go and picked it up. Jonathan ran ahead to the finish line and then the adrenaline started to kick in. I waved to Jamie and High fived Rivi on the way in. I pulled it off. I could barely hold myself up as I received my finishers medal and framed bib. I had a weird outflow of emotion mixed with pain. I was a sweaty,salty,bloody,exhausted mess, and I've never felt better.
What would you do differently?:

Just train more. I had injury issues all the way up to race day due to ramping up the mileage so much and being a larger runner. I think my mental effort exceeded my physical capabilities. I need to dig a little deeper in training like I do on race day.
Post race
Warm down:

Stumbled and bumbled until I found jamie. Got some pizza and a coke, then stretched

What limited your ability to perform faster:

general inexperience at this distance. Could lose a few more pounds, injuries

Event comments:

Good race with above average post race activities for a smaler low key race. I was a first time mrathoner so they gave me a framed bib number which I thought was a nice touch.
My only complaint was there were no portapotties on the run. I have never seen so many people running into the woods (men and women) peeing and pooing- It was just weird!




Last updated: 2008-10-01 12:00 AM
Running
03:57:37 | 26.2 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 204/555
Performance: Good
splits 1- 8:36, 2- 8:28, 3-8:16, 4-8:17, 5-8:21, 6-8:31, 7-8:39, 8-8:37, 9-8:29, 10-8:33, 11-8:37, 12-8:36, 13-8:28, 14-8:44, 15-8:36, 16-8:47, 17-8:59, 18-9:07, 19-9:20, 20-9:09, 21-9:33, 22-9:52, 23-10:02, 24-9:46, 25-10:03, 26-10:41, 27-(9:08 AVG)
Course: Double loop with a few rolling hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-11-09 3:39 PM

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2008-11-09 3:49 PM
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Congratulations on your first Marathon. Great that you went sub 4. A real testament to your running abilities. My first 26.2 was a 4:40.. so shoot for the stars down the road, cause you can no doubt get there.
2008-11-09 3:56 PM
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Congratulations!  What a way to finish an amazing year.  You had so many firsts and fasts.  Great job! 
2008-11-09 5:15 PM
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First Mary?! Congratulations - That's a great looking race!

2008-11-09 5:53 PM
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awesome race Greg!  you are going to be a beast on the run next year!
2008-11-09 7:20 PM
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Awesome job. I saw Amy when I was 25 minutes into my run and 3:25 on the clock. I figured at that point I would have 10 to 15 minutes before I saw you but much to my surprise about 2 minutes later I saw you. Wow, I knew at that point you were having a great run and was glad that you didn't have any heel or hip issues.

You and J.Corn were fantastic hosts this weekend. I'm glad I was a small part of your marathon. What a fantastic debut marathon. Congrats.


2008-11-10 5:27 AM
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Great Race!  It takes a lot to suck it up there at the end, and you did it. 
2008-11-10 6:49 AM
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Outstanding job.
2008-11-10 8:29 AM
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Amazing job - simply amazing! I think you deserve a little rest now.

Very cool that you got a framed bib number, very wierd that there were no porta-potties on the course.

2008-11-10 1:48 PM
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Whoo-HOO! Awesome job! I didn't even notice there were no porta pots. haha. Glad I didn't need one I will agree, the "hills" on the second loop were much bigger. heh. You did great, glad you enjoyed your first.
2008-11-10 3:25 PM
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Good Stuff Greg!! That is one heck of a first marathon. Way to go.


2008-11-11 8:51 AM
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I am so proud of you and your accomplishment! You are inspiring to me and the cobbette, way to go!
2008-11-12 5:26 AM
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Awesome race, Greg!  Good job sucking it up in the last 6 miles!  : )
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