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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
The Woodlands Marathon
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 06m 25s
Overall Rank = 31/1009
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/112
Pre-race routine:

The goal was to Boston Qualify. In my age group the time for that is sub-3:10. I was aiming for a few minutes less.

Before the race I took in 24oz of EFS Drink and a whole wheat bagel with PB.
Event warmup:

Ran about a mile with a few strides and an all out sprint to loosen up at the end. Jog on over to the start line and had a little sweat going. It was cold and windy so I was ready to get going.
  • 3h 06m 25s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 07s  min/mile

Started off just behind 3hr Pace Group. Plan was to hit the half way mark around a 1:30 and maintain a 6:52 pace for as long as I could hold on.Hit the mid point right on target and just kept on going.

Loved the course! It was all concrete and very fast. A couple of the roads were the same as the IMTX run course.

I started to feel the pain coming on around mile 20 and and by mile 22 was in a world of hurt. Head down and just kept moving forward. By mile 24 my pace had dropped to 7:42 and I gave it everything I had left.

Crossed the finish line with a 3:06:25 and earned my first trip to the Boston Marathon in 2013!

I left everything I had on the course!
What would you do differently?:

Drink more electrolytes the day before the race. Other than that I hit my plan spot on and was prepared for the hurt.

Also, I would remember to spray TriSlide on my chest. Bloody nipples are not fun!
Post race
Warm down:

Medical Tent for a spell!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, this is as fast as I could go.

Event comments:

Really enjoyed the race. For a first year event it was extremely well organized and no major hiccups occurred. The post race food was this weird spicy rice bowl. Everyone was complaining about it but I chowed it down.

Will do this race again and will recommend it to all of my friends.

Last updated: 2012-03-05 12:00 AM
03:06:25 | 26.2 miles | 07m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/112
Overall: 31/1009
Performance: Good
Course: Flat and fast 2-loop course. Half Marathon started a few minutes after the full. The course is mostly concrete on coned off roads. Excellent police and crowd support. Felt very safe on the course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-03-05 6:26 PM

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Kingwood, TX
Subject: The Woodlands Marathon

2012-03-06 9:44 AM
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The Woodlands, Tx
Subject: RE: The Woodlands Marathon
Good job man.  I was holding an approximate 7 minute miles until about mile 20/21. Then I just hit the wall hard - BONK. That Lake Woodlands stretch during the last lap was brutal.   I didn't walk but I slowed wayyy down.  I was on mark for a 3:10 finish...dropped the ball and finished at a time of 3:50.  Good job though, and good luck in Boston.
2014-03-05 12:49 PM
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The Woodlands, Texas
Subject: RE: The Woodlands Marathon
You're a beast! Congrats on Boston!!!
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