Dec 14 2008

Awesome Marathon in Huntsville

Marathon #14 is done.  It was fantastic – I finished in 4:39:21 which is my fourth best time of the 14 marathons that I’ve run.  The course was fantastic, the weather was perfect, and I had a great pace car (Matt Shobe).

As I mentioned in my previous post, I didn’t feel particular ready for this one.  My running has been solid and steady with a good base, but I was feeling tired from the cumulative effect of travel combined with four other marathons this year.  I had a great vacation a week ago, but last week was brutal and I didn’t really spend any time thinking about the marathon until Friday.  Oh – and I’m still heavier than I want to be (although lighter than when I declared a jihad on my weight.)

There were about 1100 runners in the race.  Matt and I started in the very back of the pack so it was satisfying to pass a number of folks (I was the 847th finisher.) I felt very strong at the half way point (2:18:36) and was able to hold the pace in the second half (a 10:29 per mile pace overall.)  I had a ton left at the end – I had an 8:46 pace for the 1.2 mile stretch from 25 on.

Once again Amy has been a phenomenal sherpa.  We’re sticking around to see Huntsville (US Space & Rocket Center anyone?) and are planning to have dinner with Andy Smith, the founder/CEO of Gyminee (one of the TechStars 2008 companies that is based here.)

I feel superb right now – a little sore but basically like I just did a long run.  I’m hopeful that I’m starting to figure out how to train for and run these things.