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Washington D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
Marine Corps Marathon
50F / 10C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 30m 19s
Overall Rank = 1296/20667
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 186/1900
Pre-race routine:

LONG RR...BE PREPARED!!!

Got up early. Made sure I drank a protein shake, took my usual supplements, and gathered up my immediate-pre-race nutrition (Hornet Juice, gel, protein bar). Got everything together, and got out the door. Walked down to the Metro and met up with about 1000 other people waiting for the train. Rode over to the site to meet up with the BT peeps.
Event warmup:

Once I got to the Pentagon, I found the group where we said we'd meet (UPS Truck 7) and hung around with Betsy, Gina, Leslie, Max, and some others. The energy was building, we were almost ready to go. It was kinda chilly, but definitely not as bad as 2006. It was a bit windy though. As the time approached, we said goodbye to G and Max...and Betsy, Leslie, and I walked to the marathon start. We corralled ourselves in the front of the 3:21 to 3:40 area. We wanted to make sure we didn't fight too much. Next year I'm gonna start even closer up.
Run
  • 3h 30m 19s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 02s  min/mile
Comments:

Wow, this was just a great day for a marathon.

As we started, we tried our best to make sure we kept up a good pace. At the start, it was me, Betsy, and Leslie. We made our way through crowds and traffic. The first mile was all uphill but we worked it hard. Miles 2 and 3 were uphill as well. But at Mile 3 we finally hit that mile-long downhill stretch! We let our legs carry us as we made our way down. I think Leslie and I lost Betsy right around here. Our splits were low 8's at that point, but we picked it up at Mile 4 and kept our splits in the 7's for quite a while after that. After crossing the M Street bridge into Georgetown, we went left instead of going right. This was the change from last year's course. It was a bit tougher as last year, Miles 5 and 6 were downhill but this year were up and flat. There was a pretty long downhill between Miles 7 and 8 though.

As we made our way through the course, Leslie and I were blown away at the fact that we were just clicking off the miles at sub 8 minute pace. We felt great. We communicated great. She was a blast to run with. We ran, talked about first marathons, how we got into running, etc. It really made the time pass. Especially around Mile 10 when the course was a little less than exciting. So we relied on each other to stay motivated. Then around Mile 11 we ran down Constitution Ave., past the Washington Monument and onto the mall. It was fun! Lots of cheering spectators!! It felt great to still have that much energy in reserve. Last year I'd started feeling tired already. Mile 13 came and I felt great. We hit the halfway point at 1:44 and change...a full 3 minutes ahead of my split from last year, and almost a half marathon PR for me. I fueled up on extra energy supplements and an extra gel at this point. I'd been taking gels every two miles or so and even took some protein drink with me which I used up around Mile 10, according to plan.

After the halfway point we started to work a bit harder. By the time we got into Haines Point and Potomac Park (Miles 14 - 19) we were working and having to keep ourselves motivated. We cheered on other runners. We were passing ALOT of people who were looking really tired, and that gave us energy...to know we were working hard but still able to pass a lot of people. It was windy and that made it tough. But we worked through it and did our best. It looked like we were eating into our generous 8 minute time buffer so we sped up to make the time back up. We were still running sub 8 minute splits at Mile 19. Then came the bridge.

Leslie made me work the bridge. I was soooooo thankful for her on the bridge. It was tough. I thought we were losing time but we stayed on pace. Once we got into Crystal City though, things changed for me. The wind was HUGE there. Leslie sailed thru but around Mile 23 I started to fade a bit. I let her go ahead, she didn't need me to pace her to the BQ anymore, she had it in the bag!! So I relaxed and ran the rest of the race at a good pace...mid 8's. Around Mile 25 I started to really feel like I wanted to be done. The end of the course changed a bit from last year in that there was an extra out and back before Mile 26. It included a short uphill stretch. I ran my slowest mile of the day in Mile 26 - 9:18. But I kept telling myself as long as I came in around 3:30 I'd be overwhelmed with happiness. After all, I was here to run a 3:40.

When I got to the big hill at Iwo Jima, my face lit up, I was at 3:29:50 and I knew I'd have a 3:30 time. I ran as hard as I could up that last bit of roadway and crossed the line in 3:30:19. I was absolutely blown away at how well I'd done. I never thought in a million years I'd get to see a 3:30 this year. MCM is a tough course, so a 3:30 is way ahead of my plans for myself!

I looked for Leslie, but she'd finished about a minute and a half before me (3:28:35) so she was already further up than I could see. I went thru, got my medal, and thanked the Marines for being there. They were really awesome. They congratulated me as well, and I was so proud to hear that from them.
What would you do differently?:

Start up closer. Our actual distance (by Leslie's Garmin) was 26.9 miles...that's almost 3/4 of a mile more than we should have run. For that distance, my actual average split was 7:49, not the "official" 8:01 for 26.2.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked around. Had to stay loose. There were a lot of refreshments...water, Powerade, Pineapple juice, pretzels, etc. I grabbed a bag and loaded it up with stuff so I could take in as much as I needed. I sat down a bit to let some of the crowd by, but then I decided I was cold and I wanted my drop bag. So I went over to the UPS trucks, got my bag, met up with Terri and her aunt and uncle, and relaxed...waited for Betsy to finish. Made some phone calls and walked around a bit more so I could stay loose.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wind. I think that was it. I don't think there were any physical limitations this time. I felt great, I fueled great, and I ran with good form. Plus I had the most awesome running partner, I'd definitely run another with Leslie, she rocked!!!

Event comments:

MCM is just the most fun race I've done all year. I can't wait to do it again. I'll do this one every year, it's just awesome. Great scenery, great atmosphere, great crowds, just an awesome time and a super great race.


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Last updated: 2007-05-23 12:00 AM
Running
03:30:19 | 26.2 miles | 08m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 186/1900
Overall: 1296/20667
Performance: Good
Course: A beautiful tour of Arlington, Georgetown, Downtown DC, and Crystal City. Past monuments and buildings of interest, great scenery, trees, parks, and lots of MARINES!!
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
Evaluation
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

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2007-10-30 4:19 PM

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2007-10-30 4:28 PM
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how the hell you can run that fast for that long is beyond me!!  You are such a little stud!!  And of course you made it a totally fun time as well.  Way to rock it!!
2007-10-30 6:02 PM
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Simply fantastic, no other words needed!

Well, OK, a few then.  That was one of the best weekends all year long.  Couldn't wait for it to get here, and then everyone made it so much fun.  I kept talling Patti that you were a blast to hang out with and she finally saw I was right.  Awesome job, keep on doing the cross fit stuff along with your regular routine...I see a BQ for you in the future too!

2007-10-30 6:12 PM
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Jeff you are amazing....fast and cool!

Congrats on an awesome race 

2007-10-30 6:56 PM
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Great job Jeff. OOO-Rah 

It was fun hanging out w/ you too. Our reports are very similar though I was nowhere as fast as you. Crystal City is where it all changed for me too. Afterwards, it got crazy over by the "B" family meet up area so i bolted for lunch and free beer. Next year huh? hmmmm.

Again, awesome race!



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WOW, I am in AWE!!


2007-10-30 11:14 PM
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You're a beast!!!  Congrats on your awesome finish!!  I think that's a race I'd like to do next year.  It also gived me a reason to visit my old home.  Cheers!

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2007-10-31 8:19 AM
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amazing!  Makes me wanna be there..... 

 

 

2007-10-31 9:27 AM
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You are amazing! Just such a stud. Great race!
2007-10-31 11:41 AM
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I'm so happy for you Jeff Congrats again


2007-10-31 11:52 AM
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Jeff, that is awesome.  Congrats.  I hope I can run a 3:30 mary someday.
2007-10-31 1:40 PM
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Great race, Jeff! Congrats on another PR!
2007-10-31 3:41 PM
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Great Race!
2007-10-31 6:51 PM
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2007-10-31 8:28 PM
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Awesome race! Big congrats to you!!!


2007-11-01 3:05 PM
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Thanks all!  Yeah...BQ would be nice.  Gonna shoot for it this coming Feb. at Gasparilla, but that's a big hairy scary goal...2009 is more like it. 3:10 is still a big 20 minutes away!
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Congrats Jeff...3:30!  Awesome...

I need to come back here and read your RR for motivation before my next marathon...

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