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Greenville, South Carolina
United States
Greenville Track Club
30F / -1C
Total Time = 3h 09m 54s
Overall Rank = 22/342
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 2/31
Pre-race routine:

Woke up 2 hours before the race start and drank a protein shake and ate a yogurt cup.
Event warmup:

Walked to race start from parking lot, it was 30 degrees out and a little windy. Met up with a coworker by chance and sat in his car in the heat until 5 minutes before race start.
  • 3h 09m 54s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 15s  min/mile

My HR was a little higher than I would have liked, but I attributed it to the cold weather and race day anxiety and didn't adjust my pacing for it. I kept a pretty constant pace throughout the race until mile 21 where my legs began to stiffen up. Was cold the entire time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, for my first marathon this went great. Nailed all my nutrition and hydration requirements and kept a steady effort. I was never tired/fatigued or out of breath at any point; my legs were the limiting factor.
Post race
Warm down:

Attempted to stretch. Walked around a lot. Ate some bananas.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Conditioning my legs for longer runs. My longest run up to this point was 18 miles, and I only ran more than 30 mpw the month leading up to the race.

Event comments:

Good race put on by Spinx and GTC, will probably do it again next year.

Last updated: 2013-10-28 12:00 AM
03:09:54 | 26.2 miles | 07m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/31
Overall: 22/342
Performance: Good
average HR of 162
Course: mostly an out and back on the Swamp Rabbit Trail with some portions of the course (~6 miles) through Furman University
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2013-10-28 9:24 AM

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Greenville, SC
Subject: Spinx Run Fest Marathon

2013-10-28 9:34 AM
in reply to: #4886104

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Subject: RE: Spinx Run Fest Marathon
Holy cow! That is a fast time for a first time marathon! It was my first marathon as well, but nowhere close to your time!
2013-10-28 9:16 PM
in reply to: Tmanishere

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Subject: RE: Spinx Run Fest Marathon

thanks! you had a pretty fast time yourself.  i think the cold weather was an extra element no one expected to have to battle race morning.  

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