My second marathon. So, I've figured it out. If I run a marathon, it will rain. And rain it did. It wasn't as torrential as the Blue Ridge Marathon, but for a barefooter, rain can be a problem. Or can it? We had 5 miles of mist and wet pavement followed by 5 of warmth and dry pavement. Then 3 of wet and 3 of dry. Then the rain, cold and wind set in. The temp dropped 10 degrees and wind picked up when not protected by trees or buildings. This made for a challenging run.
I set a new marathon pr. I was hoping for 4:30 and finished with 4:37:17. I started out fast as usual, keeping pace with the 4 hr pacer. After six, I watched them pull away. At mile 12 (or 14?) the 4:15 pacer caught me. I stuck with them for a while, but they too pulled away. At mile 21, the 4:30 group reared it's ugly head and my hopes were dashed. I was really feeling good with the 4 hr group and thought I could make a move. Pain arrived and hope left at about mile 15, having seen the 4:15 group go, but I thought I could hold off the 4:30's. Not to be.
The race was flat. I really don't remember any hills, aside from the shoreway bridge. I did walk at a few aid stations and near the end, but only for seconds - 20 or 30 at most. There were no hills to slow me down. Only age, lack of conditioning and pain.
Congratulations to Dan who finished 1st in his age group. Much faster than I can dream of. And to Steve, a colleague of mine who finished the half in a 8 mile/min Pace.
Here are some photos:
|My race uniform - note the sleeves. I received many complimentary comments on the sleeves - some thought they were tattoos at first - and the shorts. Although, Jennifer says they are making fun?|
|The guitar actually spins|
|Left foot - only a slight big toe blister. I felt this late in the race, but it's a non issue.|
|Right foot - big blood blister on the long toe. I was dealing with this almost from the start. I popped it, post race and watched the blood flow. The mid section is interesting, but not a blister.|
|Top 'o the feet. Right big toe is a 2 week old nighttime sidewalk smashing. It wasn't an issue during the race. It hurts when I put boots on. Damn shoes!|