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Traverse City, Michigan
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 4h 18m 57s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30, got out of bed at 5:40, made a deposit, took a shower, made another deposit, forced myself to eat 1/2 bowl of oatmeal and headed to the race site.
Event warmup:

My warmup consisted of walking about 1 1/2 miles to the starting line after I hopped out of the car because traffic was so backed up. I got to the starting spot 7 minutes before the race started.
  • 4h 18m 57s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 53s  min/mile

I had no legs today for some reason but remarkably I'm ok with that. My legs always feel heavy for the first 3 miles or so but normally "lighten" up around mile 5 or so. Today, after mile 8 when they still felt heavy, I knew it was going to be a long morning. I had to start walking through aid stations, and beyond, from mile 15 on.

One thing that became abundantly clear is that you can't guess someone's running ability based on appearance. There was an 81 year old man out there with a "Run with Jesus" shirt on. I passed him on the way out, said nice shirt and gave him a thumbs up, he said Amen and away I went. I said to myself "wow, that's awesome that this old guy is going to try running a marathon." Just before mile 15, when I started walking through aid stations, I heard the sound of shuffling feet, and then, "son of a bitch" here comes the old dude going past me. Now, in addition to being 81, this guy ran like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. I swear I don't know how he didn't fall over just standing still, much less running 26.2. I was able to catch back up, and eventually pass him, but for crying out loud, he's 81 fricken years old!

In addition to being put to shame by people 40 years older than me, I was humbled by older women that weighed 40 pounds more than me. There was a complete lack of pace booty. What I did see, was a lot of junk in the trunk rumbling past me. Maybe it was inertia, but whatever physics equation was in play, these very large backsides jiggled, bounced, and rumbled past me like I was standing still.

Oh, and in addition to elderly and pleasantly plump people putting me to shame, one other thing I discovered is that some people are capable of talking, non-stop, for 26.2 miles. I don't talk much while training, and talk even less while racing. Two older women were running next to me somewhere around miles 16-19. They never stopped talking. They were talking, without any difficulty, like they were sitting around the kitchen table having tea. I was like "what the [email protected]#$, I'm about to die out here, and these two won't shut the hell up." The worst part was that I couldn't run fast enough to get away from two older women, having a pleasant conversation with each other.
What would you do differently?:

Run more I suppose. Since this was my first marathon, I had no expectations coming in.
Post race
Warm down:

Collapsed on the grass and stretched.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

NO PACE BOOTY. Actually, it was just one of those days where my legs simply weren't there. And, I'm ok with that. I don't think I did anything "wrong" that negatively impacted my ability today.

Event comments:

The food after the race was lame. It was like an average, to below average, 5K. They had bananas, yogurt, rolls, and ice cream - that was it. For $100 and being a full marathon, I think they should provide better post race food.

Last updated: 2009-05-23 12:00 AM
04:18:57 | 26.2 miles | 09m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Beautiful course along East Bay in Traverse City. Mostly shaded and no hills to speak of. Out and back course that finishes on the high school track. Perfect running venue.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-25 8:55 AM

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Subject: Bayshore Marathon

2009-05-25 9:27 AM
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Ferndale, MI
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Hey Brickey, still not a bad time AT ALL for a first marathon.  Funny, I was thinking the exact same thing about the lack of pace booty, but I felt good that I was able to provide some for the other runners 

All in all, we could not have asked for better weather to run this thing.  What a gorgeous course, huh? 

Again, great job on finishing your first!
2009-05-25 9:55 AM
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Fenton, MI
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"The worst part was that I couldn't run fast enough to get away from two older women, having a pleasant conversation with each other."

This is the funniest thing that I have ever read in a race report.  Thanks.

BTW, the 81 year old ... He is the world record holder for octogenarian runners.  He beat me at Martian in 08.  That was the race in which he set the record.  IIRC, he has run over 120 marathons.  You were not in poor company.    I can't remember this name at the moment, but it will come to me.

Great job on your first marathon. 
2009-05-25 10:07 AM
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OMG!  I'm laughing out loud reading your report!  My family thinks I'm nuts!  :-)

If you've ever done sales, you should know not to judge a book by it's cover...even if the cover is 81 and wearing a Jesus shirt!  ;-)

Awesome job especially since your legs were  not feeling the love.  Congrats Brickey! 
2009-05-25 10:12 AM
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Canton, MI
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Ha!  I'm with Trish...totally laughing out loud!  One of the best recaps ever!  Great job on your first marathon!
2009-05-25 5:55 PM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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LOL, i just heard Ryan laughing downstairs, so I had to come read your RR to figure out what he was giggling about...was it the deposits? x2? the jiggly parts? I can't decide

Great job! I've already told you how much that rocked for a first mary!!

2009-05-25 5:57 PM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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They grow 'em big out here in the midwest, Brickey, dontchaknow? Cornfed and bred. Heh, very entertaining race report, and a solid performance to boot. You've got the 3 distances down now, so bring it Louisville!
2009-05-28 10:55 AM
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Great job out there!  Sorry about the chatty women.  I had the same issue running begind 2 guys talking politics in a half, soooo annoying!  NOw onto IMKY, yay!
2009-05-28 11:08 AM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Nice run, Brickey. 418 is outstanding for a first shot at a Mary.

And I ran with the 81 year old at a marathon last year, I forgot which one. Or it might have been the Crim. Either way, same shirt, runs about a 4:15 usually. 

Chatter? Run a marathon with Trixie. THAT is nonstop chatter, singing, rhyming, rapping, yada-yada, and banter with the spectators. Just the banter is a workout, much less the marathon.

2009-05-28 11:50 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Holy crap...your first one!  Congrats on a nice race.  gotta watch out for us old guys.

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