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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Marathon
40F / 4C
Total Time = 3h 13m 2s
Overall Rank = 790/10,066
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 9/581
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Ate half a pb and banana sandwich. Walked to the start in the misty rain.
Event warmup:

Did some easy jogs and pickups, then headed to the corral.
  • 3h 13m 2s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 22s  min/mile

Started strong, but at mile 14, the rain had soaked into my shoes and I legit couldn't feel my feet anymore. The headwind along the river hit me hard and I struggle to draft properly (either folks were going too fast or too slow). So I suffered on the way out. On the way back, I was able to capitalize off of the now tailwind and dig back in, but I was hurting. At one point, I passed some cyclists on the course (weird) who muttered bizarrely encouraging things to me ("Yes, smooth, strong, you got this" and "That's right, work together"). Turns out they were a group called "Psychs on Bikes" -- actual sports psychologists practicing their craft. It was pretty amazing and effective. Several teammates were out on the course and their energy and support really helped. As I approached mile 21 I just told myself, "Do you REALLY wanna do this again if you fail?" That was enough to push me to hang on to the pace.
I'm still super proud of this new PR even though it was a little slower than I ultimately wanted. It's faster than two years ago at Wineglass, which was an easier course. So, yeah. Pretty badass after all.
Post race
Event comments:

Really great weekend, solid course, totally PR'able. Nice "big" race with a great local feel too it.

Last updated: 2019-12-31 12:00 AM
03:13:02 | 26.2 miles | 07m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/581
Overall: 790/10,066
Performance: Average
10k 45:29 - 7:19 /mi Half 1:36:22 - 7:21 /mi 30K 2:17:04 - 7:21 /mi Finish 3:13:02 - 7:21 /mi
Course: The Philadelphia Marathon is a mostly flat to gently rolling course that consists of a 14 mile loop to start the race followed by a 12 mile out and back section along the Schuylkill River. The only two major hills are relatively early in the race - at approximately 7 and 9 miles.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2019-12-31 11:30 AM

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New York
Subject: Philadelphia Marathon

2020-01-07 3:29 PM
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Robbinsville NJ
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Marathon
Great PR!
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