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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Marathon
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 58m 11s
Overall Rank = 3694/8942
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 409/771
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:00 AM to meet Kevin and Nicki at the Rocky Run YMCA at 4:30 AM. Swung into Wawa to pick up some coffee, water, a banana and a few power bars.

Parked on 22nd street about 5:15 and hung out in the car until about 6:00. Walked to the race site and spent some time just talking and getting ready.
Event warmup:

Nothing at all really....
  • 3h 58m 11s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

The goal for today was 3:50 and hit a 3:58. Missed my goal by 8 minutes primarily due to the 'wall' I hit about mile 22.

I started out pacing in the 8:50 range, went down to 8:20's for a few miles (6-11) and then started to creep back up closer to 9:00 as mile 15-19 mile 21 I was starting to feel the fatigue in my legs and the mental challenge was kicking in...

pace started to slow to 9:30's and ultimately I had to walk an aid station or two and then the last 2-3 miles I had to walk/run with my pace falling into the 10's. I was still setting a PR and would finish under 4 hours but I could feel my 3;50 goal slipping away.

I worked hard to finish strong but it took everything I had to run without my right hamstring cramping...was looking for the family during the finish but didn't see them.

Overall a good run and I know I can improve!
What would you do differently?:

I think I could get started a bit stronger instead of going out slower. Get right into the race pace and try not to make up time at the end...
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around with some food...I was feeling pretty cold and rather light headed...met my wife Alex and the kids.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not much...I think it's my race strategy....have to get out to race pace right away and try not to make it up at the end.

Event comments:

Can't wait until next year!

Last updated: 2010-11-20 12:00 AM
03:58:11 | 26.2 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 409/771
Overall: 3694/8942
Performance: Good
10k: 55:32 Half: 1:53:56 30k: 2:45:30 Finish: 3:58:11
Course: Really wonderful relatively flat course through the neighborhoods of Philadelphia.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-11-22 8:51 PM

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