I knew you'd kick my ass from watching your training on Strava. You're clearly in 2:55 or better shape in decent weather conditions. I ran 3:00:24 in 2015 and 3:17 this year by comparison.As I crossed the painted line on the road saying one mile to go I got an unexpected adrenaline burst and rode that to Hereford. At that point it was a flat sprint to save a PR. I crossed the line at 2:58:38, just beating my 2015 time of 2:59:23.
Overall a good race under the conditions, but it would have been nice to see what I could have done in cooler weather. I need to find a winter marathon somewhere.
Nice work on the half. I'm not surprised at your conclusion - that Boston was no way to judge your conditioning. I've got five races in the next five weeks to figure out where I really am, and then it's on to training for Chicago.Anywho, a prologue of sorts. This weekend signed up for a half marathon. My body was hardly stressed from Boston, so it didn't seem too crazy running 13 days later! I approached it as having nothing to loose. Ran hard through the first 8 miles...average was under 6:30 mpm pace. As this distance/pace was consistent with some of my Boston tempo runs, I knew the finish could be a challenge. Lost some time in the rolling hills of Cheshire, CT (closer to 7 mpm pace). It was a conscious decision not to race up the hills given how hard I ran through the flat front part. By mile 13, I was nearly spent. Overall finished 1:27:10 which is less than 2 minutes from my PR on a super flat course.
This raced showed me that all the training worked. Boston just happened to be a bad race day for me. I'm sore as all get-out these past two days, so it was a solid or "honest" race (as my son says).
Thanks - I haven't run enough to actually know where my limits are, so maybe if I were a bit smarter about it I could have recognized there was a problem before I actually couldn't continue. In the week leading up to the race I mainly ate the same things I normally would, with the exception of eating an extra, carb-heavy meal the night before. Most of what I drink tends to be carbonated (flavored seltzer, things like that - it's Europe), so maybe that's a bad idea?Congrats on the race! Bummer about the leg cramps, but still finishing is awesome - you wouldn't have been the first to say screw it and quit when you start cramping. It sounds like you were hydrating and fueling pretty well (although maybe mixing in some water instead of going all sports drink may help), but what did you do to prep? The week leading up to the race is just as important, you can't just drink a lot on the course to avoid cramping.
Personally I cheat a bit and drink a bottle of Pedialyte (in a 1:4 mix with water) the day or two leading up to a marathon. It's worked pretty well, as I've never experienced any cramping during my races (knock on wood). I'd also challenge you to try and run more outside. I think people take shorter strides on treadmills, so the change in gait may contribute a bit to the calf issue. If you have the right apparel you can still get out there on the cold and rainy days and be fine. It's miserable at first, but I think there's something fun about training in crappy conditions. At the least, you're better prepared if the weather during the race isn't ideal.
Hope that helps and congrats again! It's great that you're already looking for your next race, I hate running by the end of most marathons and wonder why the hell I do them. It usually takes me a while to forget the misery and sign up for another (and that's when I finish without any problems).
Syd, you are in much better shape than my initial foray into marathoning. It's probably in this thread somewhere...lost 8 weeks in the prime of training, picked up 2 weeks before the race with a 20k, and hoped for the best. The last 10k were torture though I got it done with only walking the water stops. Just be sure to have a realistic plan about performance so you can be properly ready your target race(s).Anyway, the cut off for entry was yesterday so I just fucking bit the bullet and signed up. Heading into a marathon sure I'm not ready isn't the best feeling, and totally different to the 50 I did a couple months ago which I was dead certain I was ready for.
None of the above really matters, I was just sort of posting my stream of consciousness to get it all out.
Here's to not getting hurt!
Are you ready to go dixie? I ran the Army 10 Miler on a similar course a couple weeks back and the weather was brutal. The humidity was unbearable. It's looking much better for this weekend, thank goodness.I did! It was at the top of all of the "best first marathon" lists I could find, so I'm really excited! Here's hoping the weather holds out!