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BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon - RunMarathon


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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
United States
26F / -3C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 45m 43s
Overall Rank = 442/1795
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Borrow a page out of jeepfleeb's book (though he doesn't know it....thanks Aaron!). Woke at 3am and ate my leftover pasta from the prior evening. Chased with some water and then went back to bed for another hour of sleep.

Things I wore:
Trishorts beneath, dri fit shorts over top
Drifit shirt, long sleeve hooded cotton T
Fleece headband
Garmin w/heart rate monitor
Fuel belt (empty except to carry my gel flask along)
Gel flask with 5ish gels in it
Ipod
8 enduralytes
2 layer socks and my Asics 2010's - green ones

Cool expo things:
Seeing Rizzo get a "the stick" workout on the floor by thestick guy.
Seeing Janelle tell the Bi-Lo people (the main sponsor of the race) that she shops at Krogers. The dude then loads her up with a bag full of free oatmeal. ROFL!
Event warmup:

Did a few strides and butt kick drills to warm up the legs. It was 26 degrees at the start. Ditched the sweatpants and ran with shorts.
Run
  • 3h 45m 43s
  • 26.28 miles
  • 08m 35s  min/mile
Comments:

MY FIRST MARATHON IN MY LIFE!!!!

25 F no wind at start which got up to around 40ish with light wind.

Plan was to go out at a 9 min pace and gradually drop down into the 8:15-8:20 range. Goal was to be on pace at mile 10. Big problems with both the garmin picking up signals and with the mile marker placement. This lead to me making crazy ass adjustments to my race. Splits starting with lap 5 were when I hit my lap button on the garmin, but the distance is what the Garmin recorded and the pace is based on the garmin distance and time.

miles 1-3: 3.04 mi 8:44 pace 165bpm
mile 4: 0.98 mi 8:36 pace 166
mile 5: 0.98 mi 10:22 167 (I call bullshit on this one)
mile 6: 0.53 mi 14:08 169
mile 7: 1.09 mi 8:14 170
mile 8: 0.90 mi 8:02 171
mile 9: 1.04 mi 8:10 170
mile10: 1.11 mi 8:15 169
mile11: 0.90 mi 8:16 171
mile12: 1.01 mi 8:21 170
mile13: 1.02 mi 8:23 170
mile14: 1.01 mi 8:13 171
mile15: 1.01 mi 8:20 172
mile16: 1.02 mi 8:18 173
mile17: 1.22 mi 8:27 173
mile18: 0.80 mi 8:14 175
mile19: 1.00 mi 8:33 177
mile20: 1.04 mi 8:23 176
mile21: 1.02 mi 8:23 177
mile22: 1.01 mi 8:31 180
mile23: 1.01 mi 8:45 178
mile24: 1.01 mi 9:09 178
mile25: 0.86 mi 9:00 178
mile26: 1.17 mi 9:08 178
last.2 0.25 mi 7:51 182

MB official splits:
13.1 split: 1.53.51
20 mile: 2.52.16
Chip 3.45.43

Drank water every aid station - which was every 2 miles.
Gelled every 4 miles
Enduralytes every hour.

The first time I saw a 10 min mile I nearly shit myself. I figured that I had totally screwed myself for the whole race unless I did something...so I banged out a faster pace than what I wanted to do the following mile to get the time back. Even when hitting the lap button for each mile marker I saw, my times sometimes said 7:15 min miles. It was totally screwed up in that regard.

The race was pretty cool though. I had a blast though throughout the race I didn't see one person I knew until mile 26ish when I saw runnergirl cheering which was an awesome boost for me.

Wow - those last two miles were tough. Around mile 21 we started a slow uphill into a slight wind. The effort level went up at 21, but I was really hurting for 25 and 26. Reallly hurting!

I ran mile 18 for G84SAX....and I even said so during the race. It got me a few funny looks. I ran 25 and 26 for Mike Barrett (a coworker fighting cancer), and all the rest for my awesome family....though pretty much everyone from BT crossed my mind at some point in the race.

I think I screwed up my end game race nutrition. You know that gatorade commerical where the dude staggers around and falls down crawling around on the ground? That was how I felt - very shaky and wobbly. I never really recovered until I wolfed down about 18 orange slices. There was some kind guy (Steve Davis...my former boss) who brought me a bunch more. He also bought me that pace band which is an awesome investement. It will be nice to buy a few more different times for future races. :)

What a race. I can't believe I did it. I felt absolutely flawless though 15. And when I hit 20, I remembered back to my brutal 20 mile training run that I screwed up and was so happy that I finally conquored 20 at race pace.

And one last thing....Myrtle Beach is NOT flat. There were no really big hills but the freaking course is rolling in sections.
What would you do differently?:

Try some solid food around mile 20....or chicken broth.....or something...

I wouldn't do much more different. Everything was so brand new and I didn't know what to expect - especially from miles 20+.

Stay on the outside lanes during the start.
Post race
Warm down:

Stagger around. Watch people watch me wondering if this dude is going to go down.

I got a massage - which was so painful. I thought that post race you don't want to be pressing on things too hard. OMG! I think I cracked a tooth gritting my teeth it hurt so bad.

Ice bath back at the house. These things are amazing. I felt great afterwards. Must always do this in the future. Its painful to get in, but worth every bit of it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My long distance running began in Oct. I think that if I had more of a base for a longer period of time, I think I could have done much better.

Event comments:

Thanks to Rizzo and Runnergirl for putting up with me this weekend and giving me a place to sleep. :) They are both awesome company.

(I need a nap)






Last updated: 2006-11-03 12:00 AM
Running
03:45:43 | 26.28 miles | 08m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/1795
Performance:
Didn't do a good job getting splits...apparently the folks at Myrtle used someone who was drunk to mark their mile markers and the buildings interfered with my Garmin reception.
Course: Winding course
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2007-02-17 3:04 PM

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2007-02-17 3:17 PM
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Congrats on finishing your first marathon. You must be so proud of yourself.
2007-02-17 3:21 PM
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First time anything is so special.  Gosh I can't believe you went sub4 on your first marathon.  Ok, well I can believe it, but I think that is the coolest!  Thanks for the race report.

 

2007-02-17 3:33 PM
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Wooo Hooo!!

3 freakin' 45 for your FIRST mary?!  Yowsers.

I hope you had a few free beers after the finish, buddy!!  You earned them!!

2007-02-17 4:07 PM
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WHOOOOO HOOOOO JEFFER! GREAT race buddy!! You did it!!! Holy crap, that is a long way to run!

Have a good long rest and grab some brew to celebrate! AWESOME!!!

2007-02-17 7:58 PM
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Awesome job honey.  I knew you could do it.  You are well on your way for IMFL


2007-02-17 8:05 PM
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Congrats!  (I'm jealous)
2007-02-17 8:12 PM
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You ROCKED the course, man! I was so stupid by the time I finished my half ... I couldn't remember the people I had been looking for!

Great RR and great run!

Congratulations!
2007-02-17 9:13 PM
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you rocked!! it has been a blast hanging with you..can wait to meet the awesome other half too!

wow so this is what you can do when you train?

2007-02-18 5:33 AM
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great job!!! Can't believe it was that damn cold and you were running in shorts.

2007-02-18 7:54 AM
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Great job dude! You did awesome! I can't believe that was only your first marathon!


2007-02-18 8:23 AM
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Wow - 3:45! Great race. Congratulations!
2007-02-18 12:58 PM
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Jeff, I know you could do it! I remember following your logs a while ago and thinking that you were really fast. Now I know that you're fast at long distances too!

Great learning experience for IMFL and an excellent confidence booster.

2007-02-18 1:17 PM
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Ahhh, the ice bath.  Yes, they suck getting into, but they are sooooo worth it in the long run.  Or after the long run as it were. 

Nice first marathon dude. 

2007-02-18 1:42 PM
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2007-02-18 2:08 PM
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WOW crazy Fast Jeff...congratulatins


2007-02-18 4:57 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS JEFF!!  You are freakin awesome!!  Thanks for the thoughts at 18, although I'm disappointed your splits didn't reflect the rolling in the street princess fit!!   I can't wait to see you show IMFL what you've got!!
2007-02-18 6:31 PM
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Great Race!!!
2007-02-18 7:55 PM
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Good you didn't **** yourself after that 10 min mile. That would have made for a messy race.
Great job!! You da man.
2007-02-19 1:09 AM
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What a great race!  I can't believe you did a race in 26 deg. weather in shorts!  I couldn't have survived that!  See ya at IMFL!

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2007-02-19 3:03 AM
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Hey, Great Race!!
I am impressed that you were able to pick up the pace after a couple of miles and keep it there....what an absolutely solid effort.
Your comment on my RR regarding the good view of the long uphill at mile 22 was dead on....looked like a mountain at the time and it went on forever. I remember thinking "aren't these people EVER going to turn right?"
Congrats on a great race. Look forward to meeting you at the next one.


2007-02-19 9:53 AM
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Damn boyeee!  What a rockin' 1st marathon.  You kick !  You wanna do Flying Pig with me and a bunch of cool people in May?!  Oh wait, you GOT IN to White Lake, nevermind !

Congrats again... quite an accomplishment!

2007-02-19 11:28 AM
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holy cow man...
I did the same race and was super happy to get 3:29...and I did the HALF!!!

I love running...

only here can we both have such drastically different goals and feel good about it.
2007-02-19 3:12 PM
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Jeff- what an awesome first marathon!  You were completely on target with your goal, which is the most impressive to me.  Had I known you were sturggling that bad when I saw you I would have given you some oatmeal, becuase ya know I had a little extra.  Great race- I can't wait to see how you do an IM FL!  You are going to rock it!
2007-02-20 7:53 AM
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You da man Jeff, way to go. 3:45 is awesome!!
Take some time to rest the legs and enjoy the fruits of your hard work, you earned it!
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