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Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon - RunMarathon

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
Milwaukee's Lakefront Marathon
40F / 4C
Total Time = 4h 24m 9s
Overall Rank = 1302/3100
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 58/119
Pre-race routine:

got up...took care of business, as usual. Had some coffee, fed the animals. Toasted a bagel and got ready. Drove to the runner parking and met up with Danielle for the ride to the race start.
Event warmup:

walking from the car to the high school. It was about 1/2 mile walk, but exactly what we needed. did some stretching and tried to decide what close to go with. Decided on short sleeve under a long-sleeve, and kept my compression socks on. Needed gloves and ear warmers. It was a cold morning, but quite honestly, I think it got colder as the day went on.
  • 4h 24m 9s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 05s  min/mile

Being my first ever marathon, I was nervous not knowing what miles 20 - 26.2 would hold for me. The weather was perfect for a marathon....overcast, wind at the back, temps in the upper 30's at the start. Having trained in the heat of the summer, I was concerned about how my body would react to such a drastic temp change. I started at a comfortable pace, trying to keep about 10:15's for the first 10 miles. I kept 2 layers on top until mile 14 when I decided to ditch the long-sleeve. The decision to ditch it wasn't easy...I saw the overcast colds and was a little concerned about possibly being too chilled. Ditching it was a great move! I was able to sustain sub-10's from miles 11 to the finish. Originally, I was going to drop to just 10's from miles 11 - 15, but was feeling so good...figured what the heck. I totally kept to my fueling plan and my walk breaks after each mile. The discipline paid off. As I watched folks bolt ahead of us, I just kept remembering: If you are doing something different than everyone else, you are probably doing something right! I never imagined that I would see some of these folks again, but lo and behold by mile 18, they were dropping like flies and I was passing all those folks that darted out of the start gate. HA! Again...being my first marathon (but having done a handful of 1/2 ironmans) I new that mental toughness would come in to play late in the game. At mile 19, my legs were fatiguing. As I watched people stop, stretch, just give up and throw in the towel...I had a handful of go-to mantras: "shut up legs"; "the hard is what makes it great"; "you're not hurt, just hurting". And I just kept smiling. I also have to thank the many BT'ers that provided their experiences to help make me a decent runner. I believe tri808 is who said: "the first 10 miles run with your head. They should be crazy easy. The 2nd 10 miles run with your legs. Then give it all you got at the end". oh so true!

I had so much fun training with my most wonderful best friend Amy (Gordon_mom). This was an experience that I will never trade for anything in the world.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know if I would do anything different. As with any race, there's a plan and if you're disciplined, you stick to the plan. I stuck to the plan and met my goal, met my non-time goal, but not my stretch goal. As much as I would have liked to do sub 10's the entire marathon, I don't know if that would have been the right decision. I know I have something to build on now.
Post race
Warm down:

It was a cold one! Got my checked bag; ran to the changing tent to get in to warm clothes and waited for Amy. She wasn't far behind. She changed, we grabbed a couple of beers and waited for Danielle. After the beer, I got a massage.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being my first marathon, inexperience. Not knowing what to expect after mile 20.

Event comments:

Logistically I don't know if I've experienced a better race environment. The volunteers and spectators are unbelievable. And having raced in a couple of other states, Wisconsin has the BEST volunteers and spectators. We can't do what we do without them. Plain and simple. the finish line layout was just about perfect. The finish line had medics making sure each and every one of us was OK. The gear pick-up was right next to the finish line and the changing tents weren't far away. Perfectly run race!!! I'll do it again!

Last updated: 2012-05-09 12:00 AM
04:24:09 | 26.2 miles | 10m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 58/119
Overall: 1302/3100
Performance: Good
Lap Time Distance Pace/Speed AHR MHR 1 10m 04s 1.00 miles 10m 04s /mile 155 173 2 10m 20s 1.00 miles 10m 20s /mile 157 169 3 10m 15s 1.00 miles 10m 15s /mile 150 163 4 10m 11s 1.00 miles 10m 11s /mile 147 153 5 10m 14s 1.00 miles 10m 14s /mile 147 152 6 10m 23s 1.00 miles 10m 23s /mile 149 154 7 10m 08s 1.00 miles 10m 08s /mile 151 157 8 10m 32s 1.00 miles 10m 32s /mile 153 167 9 10m 05s 1.00 miles 10m 05s /mile 151 168 10 10m 12s 1.00 miles 10m 12s /mile 150 158 11 09m 55s 1.00 miles 09m 55s /mile 152 157 12 09m 48s 1.00 miles 09m 48s /mile 153 160 13 09m 54s 1.00 miles 09m 54s /mile 154 159 14 09m 55s 1.00 miles 09m 55s /mile 153 159 15 09m 59s 1.00 miles 09m 59s /mile 153 158 16 09m 49s 1.00 miles 09m 49s /mile 153 161 17 09m 36s 1.00 miles 09m 36s /mile 155 160 18 09m 53s 1.00 miles 09m 53s /mile 156 162 19 09m 45s 1.00 miles 09m 45s /mile 157 166 20 09m 53s 1.00 miles 09m 53s /mile 153 160 21 09m 54s 1.00 miles 09m 54s /mile 154 159 22 09m 52s 1.00 miles 09m 52s /mile 155 159 23 09m 58s 1.00 miles 09m 58s /mile 153 158 24 09m 48s 1.00 miles 09m 48s /mile 153 160 25 09m 51s 1.00 miles 09m 51s /mile 155 159 26 09m 54s 1.00 miles 09m 54s /mile 156 163 27 04m 01s 0.43 miles 09m 23s /mile 158 161
Course: course was a point to point starting at the Grafton high school. We went through the county and eventually made our way to Milwaukee. Passed some beautiful residential areas, then the final 3 or so miles were along the lakefront. So not really a full lakefront marathon, but a lot of fun.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2012-10-08 3:30 PM

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