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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
United States
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
63F / 17C
Total Time = 3h 09m 45s
Overall Rank = 17/1011
Age Group = M20-24
Age Group Rank = 2/75
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:10 after only sleeping maybe 2 hours. Took a shower and tried to work anything I could out of my system one more time. With an hour drive to Oklahoma City my brother and I promptly hit the road with our two bagels, a cup of coffee, and bottle of water. Once we got to Oklahoma City at 5:45 we had to scramble to find parking (very poorly coordinated) and find the bag drop-off area. We finally hit both those by 6:15 and were off to the starting line. About this time we were asked to observe 168 seconds of silence in memory of the 168 people who died in the federal building bombing 12 years ago. Following that was the singing of Amazing Grace. Very cool ceremony, but neither of us had the time to enjoy/dwell on the moment as I was busy stretching and setting up my Garmin watch. Made it to the front like we wanted and waited for the countdown.
  • 3h 09m 45s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 14s  min/mile

What a run. Before the race my brother and I planned to run the marathon together unless it became evident that one of us was falling off our race pace. Simply, our goal was to qualify for Boston with a time under 3:10:59. The race started at the OKC Memorial and then wound through Bricktown, by the capitol building, through expensive neighborhoods and along Lake Hefner. This race had only a few “boring” stretches and most of the run was very enjoyable. The support was awesome from the crowd, and any excitement shown by my brother or myself evoked loud cheers and applauses from the onlookers. Of my three marathons, this was by far the best
The first 14 miles flew and we stayed at our dream race pace. We hit the halfway point at 1:33:36. Almost 2 minutes under our goal. We were real lucky to avoid any nasty winds, because from mile 14 to 17 were along the lake. Anyone from here knows that winds in excess of 20mph are common but instead the wind was non-existent (what a relief).. About mile 17 my brother began weakening physically but continued to push through the pain until the final 10K my brother lost all ability to keep our 7:12 pace and had to walk. We walked for about 100 feet and then started up again but it was obvious he had run out of energy. As a side note, he is stubborn and refused to take any gels besides the one they gave us at mile 16 for energy. I really believe that this limited his performance. Anyway, during this walk break I watched my overall pace climb up on the Garmin and realized I had to take off or risk not qualifying for Boston. At my brothers urging, I left him. It was at this time that I knew I needed to really bust out a good final four miles or risk narrowly missing my goal. My final four miles were (7:05, 7:16, 7:03, and 6:57) and I snuck in at 3:09:45. In those four miles I passed countless walkers and even passed the eventual women’s winner at mile 23 or 24. I crossed the finish line elated and waited around for my brother. He ran walked the final 5 miles and finished with a 17 minute PR in 3:18.
I think the difference for me was that I wore an OSU t-shirt and heard "Go Cowboys, or Go Pokes" continually.

What would you do differently?:

In my next race I will not base all my decisions off the Garmin. Although it was over 99% accurate it could have beem the difference between qualifying and not. The watch said I ran 26.44 miles and according to it my average pace was 5 seconds faster a mile. If I had stumbled through those final 4 miles I would not have quailified
Post race
Warm down:

Gave my brother a big hug then went and lyed down in the grass. Ran across Danny (dww2) and a college buddy before driving back to Stillwater.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

nothing. It was a dream race.

Race Nutrition:
6 Double Latte power gels (2x caffeine and 4x sodium)
2 cups of water at each station while running.

Event comments:

Great race with water stations every 1-2 miles. They had both powerade and water at all the stops. Volunteers cheered loud. Very flat course with a couple tough hills/overpasses. Great course layout and sponsorship!

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Last updated: 2006-11-08 12:00 AM
03:09:45 | 26.2 miles | 07m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/75
Overall: 17/1011
Performance: Good
Course: Great Course. Most every mile had some visual excitement.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-05-01 1:19 PM

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2007-05-01 1:36 PM
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Spokane, WA
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You got 2nd in your age group...! That is awesome. Congrats on qualifying for Boston. Enjoy the rest of the race season!
2007-05-01 1:42 PM
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Great job Richard! To bad you brother couldn't pull through, but your on your way to Boston! Congratulations.

2007-05-01 9:00 PM
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Chicago, IL
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wow!!, great race to you and your bro!!  I was there too, but sure didn't come in sub 3:30 on a marathon, more so sub 2:30 on a 1/2, LOL!

Good for you!!  I loved the race too, and the course was definitely fun!!

Congrats to you and your brother on Boston!  After I finished, my friend and I went and watched the marathoner's come in... but that was at a finishing time of 3:25 and later... I missed you by some minutes

Again, great job and enjoy Boston, you deserve it!!

2007-05-01 10:19 PM
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Bay Area- California
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I'm so happy for your great success!  You must feel so proud and accomplished.  Way to go. 

2007-05-03 8:03 PM
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Great race report and congrats on an outstanding finish. It is great that you and your brother were able to encourage each other on the run.

2007-05-04 8:51 AM
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Congrats on qualifying for Boston!  You rock!

Sorry I missed you at the race ... you better be doing the Tulsa Tri so we can catch up there!

Way to go!

2007-05-08 4:41 PM
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San Francisco
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Richard, sorry I've only had a chance to read this now. First off, major congrats to you on the BQ. You're damn fast and you kicked on your training and you totally deserve it!
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