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HMRRC Winter Marathon - RunMarathon

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Albany, New York
United States
Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club
32F / 0C
Total Time = 3h 15m 48s
Overall Rank = 11/90
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got there about an hour before the race, picked up number, then back to car to stay warm & change. Little bit of running around, during which I ripped a hole in my CW-X tights. Argh!! I had pinned my bib to the tights... then pulled them up while jogging around. Then headed back inside to stay warm & chat w/ friends.
  • 3h 15m 48s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

Took off fast chasing down a friend & a couple other fast women. Hit the first mile in ~7 min. Oops. I quickly realized I had 3 options... (1) slow down... duh!, (2) crash & burn somewhere between 18-23 miles or (3) huge PR. Well, I wasn't about to slow down voluntarily... so it was going to be "go big or go home" day. I'd either crash hard or a big PR. By the end of loop 1 (3.5mi) I was in second and didn't think I would catch the 1st F... she was already 2+ min ahead. Continued to push along at <7:10/mi... feeling more like I was racing a 10k or HM... not a marathon. Heh. Finally around mile 16 the pace started to catch up to me... and I'd probably already been slowing down. But still, only 1 guy passed me (I'm not counting the relay racers). 4th loop I noticed that 1st had ~9min on me... now way I was going to catch her with <9mi to go! Last loop (5.6mi) was strictly about survival... trying to keep pace up... trying to hold onto a fast finish... and not knowing how far behind me 3rd was. With 2 miles to go I was toast... hammies & glutes were very unhappy... stomach was starting to head south. And that !#*@! hill near the end... with a HEADWIND just about killed me!! I'd forgotten how not fun those last 5-10 miles of a marathon are if you race hard. Afterwards I found out that 1st was only 1min ahead of me... but not sure if I could've gone 1 min faster... even if it mean 1st. Still, a 3 min PR on a "training" run.
Post race
Warm down:

Hobbled back into the warm building for juice and cookies. It was like an evil trick that you had to go UP stairs to get to the post-race refreshments and any gear you left inside. Evil! Then back out to see a friend finish ~9 min behind me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

21 mi the day before?? No taper? I'm just sayin'! But... it was a B/C race... definitely not an A race for me.

Last updated: 2010-01-26 12:00 AM
03:15:48 | 26.2 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/90
Course: 1 half loop then 4 full loops around the SUNY/Albany campus & some NY state offices. "Fairly flat"... meaning some gradual uphills... no more than .5 mi long... with the longest right near the end of the loop. Ugh!!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-02-22 7:00 AM

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Subject: HMRRC Winter Marathon

2010-02-27 12:01 AM
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Subject: RE: HMRRC Winter Marathon

Nice work on that "training run", Jess.
2010-02-27 4:54 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: HMRRC Winter Marathon
You ran 21 the day before you went 3:15 at a mary? Holy smokes! Nice goin'..
2010-02-27 7:17 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Congrats on another awesome marathon Jess! Well done

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