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Lake Placid Marathon - RunMarathon

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Lake Placid, New York
United States
Inspiration Sports
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 45m 13s
Overall Rank = 22/169
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 2/10
Pre-race routine:

Slept okay in the cabin at Kelly's parent's place. Had a normal breakfast, then we all rode into town together.
Event warmup:

None. Chatted with Steve about our strategy, as I was here to pace him to a 3:12 or so marathon so he could qualify for Boston. Forecast was for a pretty hot day though...
  • 3h 45m 13s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 36s  min/mile

Well, we started off pretty good! We were hitting our splits just a few seconds above planned pace for the first half of the race. I kept trying to pull Steve just a few seconds faster per mile, but he wasn't matching me, and I knew we might be in trouble later on as a result. You could really start seeing people struggle with the heat at this point too. Clouds disappeared about an hour into it, and everyone was getting cooked. We saw a girl doing the half in really bad shape, and on the way back out for lap 2, she was being attended to by EMS. Not a good omen for the 2nd half.

I'd say we were still fairly close to being on pace until mile 15-16. Then the heat and dehydration won out, and Steve blew up. From then on, he was just in survival mode. We were full on stopping at aid stations, mixing in walking, doing whatever it took. He kept telling me to go on, but I told him I was doing this race with him, and we were finishing together. We made it to the finish (after an unbelievably cruel steep hill to the finishing lap around the Olympic oval), and did it together.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

After making sure Steve had what he needed (ice, fluids, etc.), I started chowing down. I felt bad because I was trying to hide how fine I felt during the run, and Steve asked "how can you possibly eat like that right now?" It was just too hot for him (or anyone) to PR today, so the result was probably preordained.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I wasn't racing this one, and probably for the best. I would've tried to go out at my race pace, and who knows if I would've adjusted to the heat in time to avoid a blow up.

Event comments:

When you run a marathon in June, you can't get upset when it's too hot to PR. Fun course though, was neat running on (mostly) the IMLP route without doing the whole swim/bike thing first.

Last updated: 2017-09-05 12:00 AM
03:45:13 | 26.2 miles | 08m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/10
Overall: 22/169
Performance: Below average
Course: Started going clockwise around mirror lake, then two out and backs more or less on the same course as Ironman, plus a loop through the horse grounds.
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] 5

2017-09-05 4:51 PM

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