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Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 4h 43m 19s
Overall Rank = 3626/8115
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 354/669
Pre-race routine:

Got the normal shuttle from St Paul to the metrodome from my lovely bride.
Event warmup:

No warmup needed. It was 75 at the start
  • 4h 43m 19s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 49s  min/mile

Ran with my IM buddy Dave C. We did IMWI a month ago and were doing TCM 'for fun'. We both wore IM finisher garb so it was fun to get recognized by folks that know what am M Dot logo is. We didn't really know how much fun it'd be in the heat/humity. Of course we haven't run anything over 8 miles since IM so we didn't really know what to expect.

He locked his GPS into ~9 min miles and we held there till about mi 13. The rough part was that my HR was about 20 pbm over normal for that pace. I parted ways with Dave at about mi 13.5

Pounded endurolytes/gel and as much water at the aid stations as my body would handle.

Highlights: Run/walking with all sorts of injured folks. Too funny. Kinda tells you what pace I was going at today.

We ran into a guy names Hans from Germany who is running IM Florida next month. I hope TCM didn't hurt his prospects for his first IM finish.

An ambulance came down the road right at the runners to pick up a runner who had crashed in the heat. Emergency personnel had their hands full today!

This was the first marathon that I seriously thought I wouldn't be able to finish. Legs were just toast and started cramping in the 22+ mile area. Made some pretty decent decisions to walk/hydrate and hit the electroytes to manage to stumble home.

This was a really tough run.
What would you do differently?:

Prolly not run a full marathon quite so soon post IM
Post race
Warm down:

Hit the chicken broth pretty hard after the race. My sweet wife also had some flat coke for me to sip on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

80 degrees, sunny, windy, 69 degree dewpoint. IMWI

Event comments:

This race is very well run and had a TON of volunteers at all the aid stations as well as EMS sites. Love it.

Last updated: 2007-09-14 12:00 AM
04:43:19 | 26.2 miles | 10m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 354/669
Overall: 3626/8115
Performance: Bad
Course: TCM pretty flat for 20, uphill for 3, then flat.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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

2007-10-07 7:44 PM

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, Minnesota
Subject: Twin Cities Marathon

2007-10-07 7:52 PM
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Mishicot, Wisconsin
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Congrats on the effort!!!  I know it was hot out there...I was just watching and I was sweating!!  Glad to hear you came out okay!  Congrats on finishing!
2007-10-07 8:06 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Nice job under tough conditions, Jeff.  Is it time to take a break yet?    Congrats
2007-10-07 9:22 PM
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Wylie, TX
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Earlier in the day, I talked with a friend that was hoping to run 3:30 to qualify for Boston. He said the heat and humidity were pretty rough and he could only manage 3:55. Sounds like it was a tough day. Good job sticking with it.

2007-10-07 9:28 PM
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Blaine, MN
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nice going under such lousy weather... humidy + heat = tough run!!!  nice to see you stick it out... glad you were able to finish!!!
2007-10-08 8:10 AM
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Way to persevere.  It's time to take a break.  Enjoy some much needed rest.

2007-10-08 8:12 AM
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Lakeville, MN
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IN those conditions, 4:43 is amazing, especially coming off of IMWI a few weeks ago.  Great Job!

2007-10-08 8:18 AM
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Sioux Falls, SD
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Oh man, we should have met up!!! I loaded at St. Paul also...I actually stayed there!!!

How about that weather.....this was the first race that I actually thought I wasn't going to finish...but I did, and just kept it slow and kept the water coming...

Next time we needed to meet up and chat!!!

How is your recovery going? I met a lady that just finished Canada I saw her tat. on her leg.

Well congrats on the finish in such hot weather...


2007-10-08 1:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Twin Cities Marathon
Good job on persevering!  That humidity is just wicked.
2007-10-09 12:32 AM
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You got a funny idea of runs you do 'for fun.' Great job on a terrible day, especially coming off an Ironman.
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