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Kiawah Island, South Carolina
United States
20F / -7C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 54m 47s
Overall Rank = 311/910
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 21/59
Pre-race routine:

The usual: Woke up at 3:30, two bagels with coffee, shower, dressed. Out of hotel at 5:30, at race site for 6:10, caught shuttle to race site, easily there by 6:30. Luckily, the conference center was open so we could wait inside out of the cold.

Waited until 7:30 then went to clothing dropoff where we met Janelle (runnergirl), Katie (katiefrog), and Steven (Bluejack). Couple trips to the porta potti later, and it was time to start.

Coldest marathon start I've ever been to, lows right around 20, high by the time I finishaed was only 44. Ran the whole race in long sleeves, tights, and gloves.
Event warmup:

It's a freakin' marathon, people. Plenty of distance to warmup AFTER the start.
Run
  • 3h 54m 47s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 58s  min/mile
Comments:

As usual, had trouble sticking with pace early. Pacing was further complicated by difficulties with the Garmin, probably because of the tree cover. Practically every mile on the course measured long, per Garmin, which gave a total course distance of 26.59 miles. The following splits are per the Timex and the course mile markers:

Mile Split Elapsed Time
1--- 8:35-- 0:08:35
2--- 8:45-- 0:17:20
3--- 9:03-- 0:26:23
4--- 9:00-- 0:35:23
5--- 8:43-- 0:44:06
6--- 8:48-- 0:52:54
7--- 9:18-- 1:02:12
8--- 8:48-- 1:11:00
9--- 8:59-- 1:20:00
10-- 9:21-- 1:29:21
11-- 8:50-- 1:38:11
12-- 8:47-- 1:46:58
13-- 8:48-- 1:55:47
14-- 8:48-- 2:04:35
15-- 8:51-- 2:13:26
16-- 8:55-- 2:22:21
17-- 8:56-- 2:31:17
18-- 9:03-- 2:40:20
19-- 8:55-- 2:49:15
20-- 9:10-- 2:58:24
21-- 9:01-- 3:07:25
22-- 9:04-- 3:16:30
23-- 9:14-- 3:25:44
24-- 9:13-- 3:34:57
25-- 9:00-- 3:43:57
26-- 8:48-- 3:52:45
0.2- 2:02-- 3:54:47

After a too-fast start, settled down to a level, steady pace. Not sure what happened in Mile 7, but Mile 10 was a porta-potty break, as was mile 20. Middle miles look to be very consistent at an 8:50 to 9:00 pace. Started to sag a little in miles 21 to 24, hard to generate the mental effort at that point, physically I could feel it but no more than expected. Didn't help to know that from Mile 20 all I had to do was run a 9:40 pace to get a PR. Averaged 9:06 for that stretch and broke PR by 3:19.

Course didn't give half-marathon split, but I ran the first thirteen miles in 1:55:47 and the second 13 in 1:56:48. Not negative splits, but close enough to being equal for me.
What would you do differently?:

Muster the mental strength to push harder in those latter miles. Even then, I doubt I could have shaved 2 minutes off this time, so I'm very happy with the PR effort.
Post race
Warm down:

After finish, got medal and Mylar blanket, then drank several cups of Gatorade. Almost immediately my right foot began to hurt, self diagnosis is that it's a flare-up of plantar fasciitis, even four days later it's still hurting. Funny how I never felt it throughout the run.

Limped into the post-race party, food was fairly nasty, expected better from a classy resort like Kiawah but got a yucky pasta salad, disgusting cush-cush mush, and not much else. Decent bean and bacon? soup and brownies were good, though.

Went back out and found Janelle, talked with her until she left. Went back inside for a token massage, then waited for Angel. Ended up limping back out on the course to Mile 25, then heading back. She caught me with about 3/4 of a mile left, then I took a shortcut to meet her at the finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Genetics, mental effort. I'll keep whittling away on that PR time, hoping to get it down to 3:45 the same year I hit 55, which would then be a BQ.

Event comments:

Nice flat, fast course, two loops makes it dull, very little spectator support, but all this allows you to focus on the run. Plenty of friendly volunteers at the aid stations, course is well marked and marshalled.

Post-race food and activities sucked, expected more.


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Last updated: 2006-09-11 12:00 AM
Running
03:54:47 | 26.2 miles | 08m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/59
Overall: 311/910
Performance: Good
Course: Double-loop course theough the Kiawah development, each loop includes a 2-mile out, 2-mile back stretch at the end of the loop. Pretty uninteresting even the first time around, nice homes, golf courses and ponds. Never expected to run an island course and not see the ocean. Course is very flat and heavily wooded, thus sheltered from the wind.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2006-12-12 4:27 PM

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2006-12-12 5:49 PM
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Congrats on the PR! Well done.
2006-12-12 6:07 PM
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Thanks for the RR..sounds like you were right on. for this race....Hope the foot is feeling better?>...Congrats on the PR...!
2006-12-12 6:09 PM
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John:

Congrats on the PR ... even splits throughout means you had the discipline to stick to your pace and therefore be able to claim the prize.

Rest that foot.  We can't have something like that making you grumpy through the Christmas season

 

 

2006-12-12 6:13 PM
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Nice race.  Congratulations on the PR. 

TJ

2006-12-12 8:23 PM
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Nice RR, congrats on the PR.  It looked chilly there. Brrrrrr.



2006-12-12 8:26 PM
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great to finally meet you. Maybe next year I'll join you for the full Mary. Great job on the PR!
2006-12-12 8:31 PM
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Congrats on the PR!  Hope your foot is feeling better.

2006-12-12 8:35 PM
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John, Congratulations on the PR, and moreover, kudos on a helluvan effort.  Cold isn't fun, and neither is PF, but somehow you convinced all that to take a back seat to banging through consistent, fast miles.  Nice work.
2006-12-12 8:44 PM
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Nice work Bear!  You looked strong when I saw you after the turnaround and at the finish!  Your splits look pretty darn good!  Congrats on the PR- you will definitely get down to your BQ time!  I hope that you take care of your foot so it doens't get worse!

Also, I thought last year's post race buffet was better than this year's.  The only thing I really ate was the brownie and the soup.

2006-12-13 8:16 AM
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Congrats on the PR and another state down!

I'd suggest doing the Pfitzinger-Douglas plan to get that BQ time .... you'll have no problem hitting it!


2006-12-13 9:42 AM
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Congrats on the PR!  Nice race. 

I'm sure you'll be able to take another 10min off your time--you know the secret. 

2006-12-14 8:16 AM
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Great Job!  It was nice to meet you and your wife finally.  Thinking back on the post race food, I'm thinking they made pasta salads out of all the leftovers from the pasta party the evening before.  I remember eating that couscous that you mentioned for dinner the evening before, and the pasta I had, had the veggies from the night before.  I hope your foot feels better soon!
2006-12-14 9:42 AM
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Great race.  3:54       I can only dream.

Just think if you didn't have to hit the potty break.

2006-12-14 10:59 AM
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Good job! Always nice to set a PR.
2006-12-14 2:52 PM
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Nice sub 4 PR Bear.    Time to check off another State. 


2006-12-14 3:23 PM
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captantony - 2006-12-14 2:52 PM Nice sub 4 PR Bear.    Time to check off another State. 

Already have:

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2006-12-14 5:41 PM
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Congrats on the PR John, nice even splits there.  Impressive
2006-12-15 8:00 AM
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Hi Mr. Bear! Great job on a PR. I am most impressed, but then again, this has become a norm when I think about you. Have a wonderful holiday and week off and a merry christmas to you and your family.
2006-12-15 10:21 AM
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awesome job.
2006-12-17 10:47 PM
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Awesome job with the PR John.  That BQ goal is in  your sights for sure.  (Long-term, that is, when you get THAT old!)

 



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