I wanted to be that guy.
|I was that guy. I'm about to annihilate that runner in the bright green.|
The good (during the race)...
Pacing. The most crucial part of my race plan involved the first seven miles, the fastest part of the course. I vowed, however, not to start out fast like most runners do on this course. If I was going to error, it was going to be erring on the side of caution. I stole the first seven miles. I knew that many of the people passing me on this stretch would be wishing they were me in the second half.
Negative splitting. I didn't necessarily plan on negative splitting, especially with the first half having more of an elevation drop, but I did. I ran the first half in 2:00:55 and the second half in 2:00:00.
|Still felt good at the end|
The good (training)...
Miles. I ran considerably more miles in preparing for my second marathon. I set monthly distance records three times.
Slow miles. The first time around, I did every training run as fast as I could. That was stupid. This made recovery difficult.
Base building. I used a heart rate monitor and applied the teachings of Phil Maffetone to build a strong aerobic base. That allowed me to set multiple prs over the last nine months.
Consistent schedule. I had a basic schedule. Run on Monday, semi-long. Run on Wednesday, tempo or mile repeats. Run on Thursday, recovery (In the building phase I would do 6-8 mile slow runs on both Wednesdays and Thursdays). Saturday, long run. Although I had to alter the schedule because of life, I knew when the week started that I was going to run four times, one would be long and one would be fast.
Long run difficulty. I knew the course had a tough hill at mile 7 and mile 16. I tried to put a hill at mile 7 of medium runs in training and, more importantly, I put a long hill (about 5 miles) at around mile 15 of my long runs. I was also lucky enough to get strong headwinds at the end of those runs too, just in case (there was no actual head wind at the marathon). The uphill segments during the race had little effect on me.
The bad (the race)...
Piss problems. I drank way too much the night before and the morning of the marathon. I stopped five times to pee in the first ten miles and used the port-a-potty at mile 13. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why I barely missed that 4:00 marathon time.
Too conservative. I may have run the first half too conservatively. Oh well.
Tangents. Running to the side of the road to pee five times makes it difficult to run the tangents. I ran over .25 miles too far.
The bad (training)...
Hip. I got injured in the middle of February. Since I'd never injured my hip before, I had no idea that that hip flexor soreness would cost me six weeks of good training. I was really in a groove up to that point.
Fat. I'm too fat. I weighed about 186 for this marathon.
Running from Mediocrity
I finished 605/1471 overall; 402/823 for men; 62/128 for my age group. That's the top half in all three, but still dangerously close to mediocrity. But at least I'm running from mediocrity and not running to it like I had been.
What about Boston?
Well, the ultimate goal is to qualify for Boston. I'm not even close. Will it happen? Probably not. But I'll keep trying.
|That's one fat marathoner (with good chi-running form)|