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Denver, Colorado
United States
Colfax Marathon
Total Time = 4h 00m 42s
Overall Rank = 398/1206
Age Group = F30-39
Age Group Rank = 31/164
Pre-race routine:

Arrive in the dark, portapotty, fuel, portapotty, bag check, portapotty....
  • 4h 00m 42s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

Pretty good race. I was aiming for a 4-hour marathon and feel like I achieved that. It had been a hard spring, with two sinus infections, two conference papers and a trip to Disneyland all interfering with training. Going in, I thought I'd be lucky to pull off anything between 4:00 and 4:05, and more realistically would probably come in somewhere between 4:05 and 4:10. The 4:00:42 was awesome! The last few miles were the hardest (as is expected!) and I gave it all I had. I'd still love a sub-4:00 marathon and feel that's within my reach, but it wasn't happening this year. That said, I shaved nearly 12 minutes off last year's Steamboat Marathon time, so again, I was really really pleased with these results.

Also, kudos to the 4:00 pace leader, who was awesome. I really appreciated his encouragement. I didn't start with them because I ended up too far back in the corral and spent the first 4 miles or so chasing them, but once I caught up I tried to hang in with them as long as possible. Around mile 20 I was hurting and fell back, but managed to chase them down again in the next couple (that's something, right?).
Post race
Warm down:

Does lay on the grass count? Eventually I stretched and started walking around. Also scored a post-race massage!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too much going on this spring.

Event comments:

The second drink station was caught unprepared because Denver hadn't turned on the water, but it was a long way 'til the next one. I was grateful I'd brought some of my own hydration!

Last updated: 2013-01-30 12:00 AM
04:00:42 | 26.2 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 31/164
Overall: 398/1206
Performance: Good
Course: From City Park uphill to Lakewood, back through the stadium, back to City Park.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-08-07 1:19 PM

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Subject: Colfax Marathon

2013-08-07 11:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Colfax Marathon
Four hours is a great time.  Congrats on your achievement.
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