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Dayton, Ohio
United States
Air Force Marathon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 48m 5s
Overall Rank = 444/3103
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Trained using Road Running for Serious Runners Schedule A (Peak 40 mpw). Ate a bunch of pasta and rice the week before. Woke up at 4:30 ready to rock. After sitting in traffic for much too long had an emergency bathroom break in the parking lot next to a minivan I hope was unoccupied. Made it to the starting chute in time for the National Anthem. Boo to the sequestration for killing the flyover.

Event warmup:

It's a marathon. Can I count my walk from the parking to the starting line?
  • 3h 48m 5s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

Finally! I have defeated the Air Force Marathon. In 2008 and in 2012 I blew up at Mile 20-21 (and finished in 4:18 and 4:16). NOT THIS YEAR!

After discussing things over with some BT folks I decided my best course of action would be to hang with the 3:55 pace group for the first 20 miles and evaluate how I felt at that point. So that's what I did. I made sure to walk the water stops to get in at least a cup of gatorade or water at each stop and then I would make sure to catch back up with the 3:55 pacer. The first few miles were a little rough because I had to pee, but once I took care of business I settled in and felt good. I was mainly worried about my legs cramping up so I made sure to frequently take hits from a bottle I was carrying that had 7 GUs poured into it.

Around Mile 13 I started feeling really good but I stayed with the 3:55 group until 19.5. Then I just said the heck with it and went. I can't begin to express how much fun the last 6-7 miles of this race were for me. In my previous two attempts these last 6-7 miles were a death march. From 19.5 I just went. 8:33, then 8 flats, then down to 7:45 and 7:30. And I just remember being so mad. I was literally out there cursing the course out with every step. Like when I got to the Route 844 uphill onramp at Mile 22 or so:


I blame the endorphins and the caffeine in the GU. But I was pumped up. I knew I was gonna finally get the sub-4 monkey off my back and in a big way. Wow those last 5 miles go much faster when you can run. I crossed the finish line with a chip time of 3:48:05 a PR by 28 minutes.

Funniest sign: "I bet you wish these last 4 miles were furloughed"
What would you do differently?:

Maybe I could have gone 3:45 if I went out a little faster. Obviously I had a lot left in the tank. But I was leaving nothing to chance this year. No more blowing up at Mile 20.
Post race
Warm down:

Got my medal from a Colonel, grabbed a banana and a water, hugged my wife and parents and drove as fast as I could to a Mexican restaurant. GIVE ME ALL THE NACHOS!

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

They could do a much better job with parking. I was at a gate by 6AM and still didn't reach my parking spot until 6:30.

Last updated: 2013-04-08 12:00 AM
03:48:05 | 26.2 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 444/3103
Performance: Good
8:59,8:46,9:33,8:19,9:13,8:45,8:51,8:44,8:21,9:24,9:00,9:00, 9:27,8:28,8:35,8:43,8:46,8:59,8:49,8:58,8:33,8:01,8:14,8:03,7:45,7:30
Course: Area B of WPAFB down to Kauffman Avenue past the Nutter Center, up the onramp to route 844, into Area A then out to downtown Fairborn, back to Area A, run all the way around the runways, back out to the 844 Ramp, back to Kauffman back to Area B.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-09-21 6:41 PM

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Subject: Air Force Marathon

2013-09-21 9:54 PM
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Subject: RE: Air Force Marathon

Awesome! You did it!

I remember that thread.  So cool you had such a strong and smart race and you rocked those last 6.   You got that monkey off your back big-time :)

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