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Traverse City, Michigan
United States
Traverse City Track Club
68F / 20C
Total Time = 4h 39m 32s
Overall Rank = 1475/2017
Age Group = 34
Age Group Rank = 117/137
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:45am; had two pieces of toast w/ peanut butter, 1 cup of coffee, 1 banana. Pretty standard for me for all of my races. Normally I would just drive to the race site (about a 40 minute drive from where I was staying) and get into my routine. However, things do not always go as planned. I decided to take my mother's car to the race so my wife and son could some later to watch me finish. As I was driving to the race (about 10 miles away) the entire electrical system died. Awesome. As I coaseted through an intersection at 5:30am, a county sheriff pulled in behind me and turned on his lights. At this point, I assumed I was going to get a ticket for running a red light and/or not wearing my seatbelt.

I told the officer I needed to get to the high school to run my first marathon. As I tried to call a number of people to assist (with no luck of course) I politely asked the offier if he could drop me off at the race. He checked with his supervisor, and got the thumbs up. Picture me (or yourself for that matter), being put in the back of a police car, with all of my Gu's, iPod, running crap, etc to be driven to a race at 5:45am.

We get to the high school for registration, and I attempted to get out of the car. Of course, the back doors of a police car only open from the outside. So, the officer got out of his car, and let me the very curious look of many fellow racers.

Needless to say, this is not how I wanted to begin my first marathon. Uggh.
Event warmup:

Besides for the police escort, everything else went smoothly. Took some time to stretch, hit the porta-potty, and get in the zone.
  • 4h 39m 32s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 40s  min/mile

Very pleased with the first half...paced it well...2nd half...not so much. I didn't bonk, but I realized that my longest training run was only 16.5, and adding another 10 miiles WAS a big increase. whoops. At about mile 17, I decided the best thing I could hope for was to finish, and not worry about my 4:00 finish goal. This was my first marathon, and I knew I was undertrained for it. I was just hoping I could push through it....well, I did, but it was not without some power walking. Ended up running .5 miles/walking .5 miles. Average pace went from 9:08/mile to 10:00+ /miles. This is not what I had hoped for, but should have expected based on the previous few months of training.

The best part of this racfe was being able to run the last few hundred yards with my 4.5 year old son. He is my inspiration to race, and I cherish every time he crosses the finish line with me.
What would you do differently?:

The hills did not really bother me too much, but my body was not conditioned for the added distance. I would be more disciplined with increasing my mileage each week. I had a plan which I was following, but a bone bruise on the outside of my left foot derailed my training plan.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for a bit. Grabbed some food (fruit, bagel, soda, etc). Found my wife...stretched out the best I could

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not increasing my mileage in a more disciplinded manner. Foot injury a month out from the race.

Event comments:

This was my first marathon, and I felt the races was directed very well. Never had an issue with aid stations, or porta-potties. Plent for everyone. TONS of support from the residents and the volunteers. There were ~5,000 people racing (10k, Half, and Full) and there were 1,000 volunteers. Great Job everyone! I will see you next year!

Last updated: 2014-05-27 12:00 AM
04:39:32 | 26.2 miles | 10m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 117/137
Overall: 1475/2017
Performance: Average
Took the first half out perfectly at 2:00 flat. My initial goal was to negative split, thinking that if I ran 2:00 on the way out, I could run slight faster on the way back since it was more downhill...
Course: The course is beautiful The race data which says "pancake flat" is not necessarily true. Pretty decent rolling hills. Not a lot of major elevation changes, but rolling hills enough to feel it. Plenty of shade and beautiful views of Grand Traverse Bay.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-05-27 10:48 AM

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