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Fredericton Marathon - RunMarathon

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Fredericton, New Brunswick
Capital City Road Runners
12C / 54F
Total Time = 3h 56m 2s
Overall Rank = 64/136
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 11/16
Pre-race routine:

Eat a bagel, bananas and plenty of fluids.
Event warmup:

The hotel was about 2km from start, so we walked. After a trip to the blue booth, stretching and light run
  • 3h 56m 2s
  • 42.2 kms
  • 05m 35s  min/km

Wow, that was fun. The weather was perfect, well almost. There was a light mist for the first half of the marathon followed by a good shower (for a few Km), more light mist and it stoped for the last 5 Km.

For the first 3Km, everybody was passing me. I tried to pace myself during the first part of the race so I would have energy to finish the race. It turned out to be a good strategy. The first half of the race went fast (well in my mind) and I was really constant clocking 5:05 to 5:25 per Km for the first 25Km. I did not stop once during that period, drinking at every station (each 2Km) while running and eating a gel every 45 minutes. I felt very good. I wanted to complete the marathon in 4h. I did the first half in 1:51:47 and I still was feeling pretty great. I was not going all out and keeping energy for the last part of the race. The last 10Km really afraid me since my longest run was 32Km in training. I did not know what to expect.
Km 26, 27 28 and 29 were a little slower. I started walking at the water stations while drinking my fluids. But still felt pretty good, and everything was going according to plan. And then suddently at Km 30, there was a hill in the trail. Not a long one, maybe 50m but very steep. That was painfull......It really killed me. I started to have pain in my right knee. I started clocking 6:00 to 6:30 per Km from Km 31 to 38. But I was mooving forward. The pain was not so bad. I knew at that point that I would finish on my 2 feet with a smile. So at Km 40, with 3 Km to go I felt I still had energy and decided to push a little more and get in front of that lady in yellow that was in front of me. It went really well and managed to run my last Km in 5:36.
And overall, finished it below my objective of 4H. Yaououououououo!!!!!!!

What would you do differently?:

Avoid the taekwondo black belt testing the day before.....
Post race
Warm down:

I found out that everthing freeze in your body when you finish the race. I tried to walk around, but at that point, I was starting to get cold. I was all wet from the rain. While jogging, I kept myself hot so I did not feel the cold rain. Actually, feeling that little mist during the race was pretty good.
Did some stretching, and went back to the hotel to get a shower and eat something good.

Event comments:

Had fun, hope to try it again next year...

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Last updated: 2009-04-20 12:00 AM
03:56:02 | 42.2 kms | 05m 35s  min/km
Age Group: 11/16
Overall: 64/136
Performance: Good
Course: Pretty flat course. One climb to get on the pedway on our way out and on our way back, and one steep hill (well, it felt very steep....) in the trail at Km 30. Mostly run on trails.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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

2009-05-11 12:38 PM

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New Brunswick, Canada
Subject: Fredericton Marathon

2009-05-11 12:46 PM
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Quebec, Canada
Subject: RE: Fredericton Marathon
AWESOME job Luc, man what a great run you had!

2009-05-12 9:08 AM
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Great job congrats.
2009-05-12 9:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Fredericton Marathon
"I knew at that point that I would finish on my 2 feet with a smile."
That says it all. Fantastic!
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