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Myrtle Beach, SC
United States
38F / 3C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 53m 8s
Overall Rank = 9/1425
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, ate a pb and banana sandwich and sipped on Gatorade. At 6:10, headed out to the race start. Walked half a mile to warm up a little, then jogged a mile to the start.
Event warmup:

After arriving, jogged a little in place, did some dynamic stretching, then got in the front corral.
Run
  • 2h 53m 9s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 06m 37s  min/mile
Comments:

9th OA, 1st AG, but bumped up to 3rd Masters OA

Started off the run easy, but kept wondering if I should back it off a little more. I did not train how I should have for this marathon and I expected to run slower than my last marathon, which was a (PR of) 2:50:25.

After the first few miles, the pack thinned out and I found myself running with a guy called Patrick. We ended up running most of the marathon together. We talked about training, laughed about the lack of quality training leading up to this race, and then life in general.

It turns out this guy won the race in 2009. Great! He had great tips for me throughout the race. A few times, I thought I could run a little faster, but I knew this was not a PR effort, so I decided to hold back a little and just have fun. It made the marathon SO MUCH MORE enjoyable than just going all out.

During the early part of mile 12, I stopped to go potty, but b/c I was running with Patrick, was in and out in 15 seconds flat. It took me another 3 miles to make up those 15 seconds. During that time, at mile 12.6, I saw my family and it was a great boost. High fives all around and the energy of that encounter fed me until I caught back up to Patrick. I will admit that during this stretch, I thought of walking several times b/c of a STIFF, COLD wind, which made those miles miserable. My hips were also getting sore, but that's just prob from the lack of fitness.

In the last mile, a pack of 3 guys overtook Patrick and I, so I told him I was going to try and stay ahead of them. I ended up on the heels of one guy. The rest of the pack fell back. I chased, but I fell back 20 seconds off the high 5 minute pace this guy was cranking out.

All in all, super pleased with this race. My longest run and highest weekly average were 16 and 52, respectively, so I did not expect to come close to marathon PR. In fact, my only goal was an attempt at a sub 3, so pleasantly surprised to come close to a PR.
What would you do differently?:

Train more!
Post race
Warm down:

Massage, chicken broth, and macadamia nut cookies! I was going to walk the 1.5 miles back to my room, but decided that I'd just wuss out and ride the shuttle.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. My hips were also a factor in this race, but I'll attribute that to the lack of training.

Event comments:

Good race, but you better train with wind. It was brutal during the east-wardly run sections. If you plan to ride a shuttle back to your hotel, be prepared to wait in traffic, especially if you have to cross race routes. It took the bus I was riding 40 minutes to go 1.5 miles back to my hotel.




Last updated: 2015-10-27 12:00 AM
Running
02:53:09 | 26.2 miles | 06m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/
Overall: 9/1425
Performance: Good
Course: Myrtle Beach Marathon
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
Evaluation
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

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Nice work! I knew you would rock it - lots of good residual fitness from you IM cycle last year.  

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Chatting and laughing at that pace = pretty dang awesome!

Nice race and glad you both enjoyed it and ran so well.

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That is pretty dang fast for the old man section. Nice race with less than optimal training.
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