I spent the morning and early afternoon running the Sedona Marathon. That was easily the most difficult physical thing I’ve ever done. But I finished. That’s me and Herb (who thoroughly kicked my ass) rejoicing together.
5:47. A new personal worst. There was nothing pretty about it, but I got it done. I was in decent shape and before I saw the course thought sub-5:00 would be pretty straightforward. We drove the course the day before and I started thinking sub-6:00 was a better goal.
It was an out and back course. Yes – that’s a three mile downhill before and a three mile uphill after the halfway mark.
This is an even more exciting chart. Note the amount of +/- 10%-15% grade. I haven’t seen the final times, but my understanding is the winner was around 3:00 (last years winner was 2:55.) Herb nailed it at 4:14.
Something happened between 18 and 20 and my left knee blew up. I’ve had a tight IT band for the past few weeks and have been being careful on it. I must have stepped on a rock funny because suddenly I had real pain in my left knee. I struggled on for a mile or so but was reduced to a walk at mile 20. At this point a sub 5:00 was long gone so I was just determined to finish. Which I did.
Herb’s wife Terry did the half marathon (her first) and came in right on schedule at 2:28. After showers and ice, we all went out for mexican food, tequila shots, and beers. I expect I’ll be in bed by 9:00.
My next marathon is in eight weeks (4/13/08) in Washington State (Whidbey Island) assuming my knee is ok. I’m focusing my training (and diet) on getting comfortably sub 5:00 for this next one as 5:47 is way too long to be running.