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Burlington, Vermont
United States
Run Vermont
72F / 22C
Total Time = 3h 02m 23s
Overall Rank = 79/2122
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 16/171
Pre-race routine:

Didn't sleep great in Cory and Ashlea's place, but I'm used to that the night before racing. Had a normal race breakfast, and we all headed to the venue together.
Event warmup:

Some walking from the car to the start line.
  • 3h 02m 23s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 06m 58s  min/mile

I started out feeling pretty fresh, and was hitting my sub-3 pace splits with good consistency. The somewhat hilly out and back on the highway in the first half was tough with some hills, and starting to get a little warm out. I came through the halfway point at 1:29:30ish, almost exactly like Boston. And similar to Boston, I knew the biggest hill was yet to come. But I was starting to feel it a little bit more here compared to Boston, so I started to worry about the sub-3. The big hill was definitely a beast at mile 15-16. I kept good form and pace, and got up it without popping.

The race really got tough after this. There were these incredibly long straight away sections that were soo monotonous in the late teens. Twisting through the neighborhoods with all the people cheering was great relief from this. But I could tell by mile 18 that I was likely not going to break 3 hours. I felt bad, but kept telling myself the last 3 miles were downhill, so just get to that and you are good. I hit mile 20 still barely on pace for sub-3, but I was slowing down. I started cramping a little in my calves at about 22, and was fighting with that while waiting for the downhill that never seemed to come. I would say the last mile is downhill, not 3. I was counting on something that never came, but it didn't matter anyway.

In the finishing chute I had to all out sprint against this guy who tried to pass me, but I got him. Turned out he was a relay runner, the jerk.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, went for the sub-3 and it wasn't there today.
Post race
Warm down:

I was hurting really bad. I found a spot under a tree and just sat/laid there for awhile. Once I felt better I got some food, and eventually started meeting up with friends. Once I felt like I was somewhat able, I tried to stretch a little bit. Took awhile to feel human again.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was really hoping to break 3 hours here, coming up just short at Boston 6 weeks ago. But I took extended break to let my knee heal, and didn't have great training before tapering for this. Probably just too close to Boston, too much injury recovery time, and a bit too hilly and warm for the sub-3 to happen today. But to have a "bad day" and still run a 3:02.... I'll take it.

Event comments:

Really enjoyed this marathon. First time in Burlington, and it's a really cool city! I would do it again.

Last updated: 2017-09-05 12:00 AM
03:02:23 | 26.2 miles | 06m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/171
Overall: 79/2122
Performance: Good
Course: In and out of Burlington a few times, somewhat hilly, with the big one around mile 15-16
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2017-09-05 4:27 PM

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