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Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon - RunMarathon

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 57m
Overall Rank = 297/1626
Age Group = 20-24
Age Group Rank = 20/75
Pre-race routine:

Forrest and I left the house at 4:45 and arrived about an hour before race time. We sat on the curb and listened to the sunrise service. I drank a Gatorade. We went to the bathroom and then stood and waited to race for half an hour.
Event warmup:

Not really any, who needs to warm up for a 4 hour run?
  • 3h 57m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 03s  min/mile

It was a good run. I accomplished my main goal of finishing in under four hours.
Two Negatives--Cramping problems, and Forrest getting hurt.
I dont know if it was the heat and humidity or if I didnt drink enough the first half but the last 5 miles were a fight with my body to keep from cramping. I was drinking 5-6 cups of Powerade at each aide station for the last few miles to try to keep from cramping. It turned into me running for 5-6 minutes until I thought I was going to cramp and then I would stop and walk until it stopped (usually about 30 seconds or so)
What would you do differently?:

Drink more in the first half.
Post race
Warm down:

As soon as I crossed the finish line, I stopped and had massive cramps in both legs. I eventually walked them out. Then just walked around the venue with the parents and Jenny waiting for Forrest to hobble across.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cramps. I would have been really close to 3:45 if I didnt have to deal with the cramp. Lessoned learned. Drink more in the first half. If you think you are drinking enough, drink some more.

Event comments:

Awesome race!! They do an awesome job.

Last updated: 2007-01-10 12:00 AM
03:57:00 | 26.2 miles | 09m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/75
Overall: 49/1626
Performance: Good
51:20---10K 1:14:38---15K 1:49:27--Half 2:19:27--27K 2:51:06---32K
Course: Hilly, and somewhat windy on the back side. It was a lot more hilly than you would think an Oklahoma running course would be.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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

2007-04-30 8:07 AM

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Austin, TX
Subject: Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

2007-05-08 6:27 AM
in reply to: #781056

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Los Angeles
Subject: RE: Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Great race and you just squeeked in under your goal pace. Hope your friend made it across alright
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