Saturday, October 12, 2014
2:57:35. 54th overall of 2,408. 1st (of 144) in age group. Full results here.
Goals for Marathon #17: A) sub-2:50, B) PR [2:51:55], C) sub-3:00. (That "C" goal saved the day! I need a wider band of goals next time.)
Way back in mid-summer, Tommy convinced Mike B and I to join him in running the Hartford Marathon. Fast forward a few months to the fall, and we had an injured FiveK serving as spectator and crew support to Mike B, Shara, and I.
This was Mike and Shara's debut marathon, and accordingly, we had all put in some group long runs together. Chris even joined us for one or two, and I was hoping we could pull him into the marathon "fun", but he ended up joining the Tommy 5K Injured Athlete bandwagon.
Marathon eve: Friday after work (yeah, I'm back to being a work stiff again), Mike and I made the trek up to Hartford. At the expo, we saw lifesize posters of running notables Matt Pelletier (eventual marathon winner), Galoob (whatever happened to him?), Katie Edwards (Surftown winner), etc. Packet pickup was a breeze. We ran into a few other runners we know, including Don Weller, and were off to a dinner of shrimp scampi to get our carbo load fix. Great dinner. Mike even talked them into giving us 20% off, because, well, because we're awesome. Back to the hotel where a final weather check confirmed that the entire long weekend forecast was awesome except for the exact time we would be running the marathon. Figures! We laid out 87 different outfits, from singlets to long sleeves to jackets for post-marathon to garbage bags.
|Start of the road trip. Notice it's not raining!|
(Photo by Julie Boumenot)
|Tried to get a decent night's sleep.|
Marathon morning: Breakfast buffet at the hotel. You could tell the runners from the spectators based on what they had on their breakfast plates (oatmeal, bagels, and fruit for the runners, and sausage and bacon and deep fried unidentifiables for the spectators). Dropped our dry clothes at the bag drop, and shuffled off to the seeded corral where we met up with Shara and her entourage (parents, friend, and this FiveK character). I settled towards the 2nd or 3rd row of the seeded section (which is just behind elite corral), and awaited the gun.
|The gang awaiting the start. We opted for the latest fashion by Hefty garbage bags.|
(Photo by Tom)
|Mile 4 - along the Connecticut River, and two of Tom's fingers|
|Mile 6 - had the whole expressway to myself crossing over to East Hartford|
(photo by Tom)
Photo by Beth
Great shot by Beth before I start my decline
|Nice etched-glass age group award for my efforts|
Post-marathon: I watched Shara (3:16) and Mike (3:22) finish great first marathons in less than ideal conditions, but by then I was shaking and shivering, and asked Mike if he minded if we leave. Off to the baggage pickup for a coat and dry shirt, but it really didn't help much as I was shivering for the next hour until after we got food, picked up my award, and ambled back to the hotel for a hot shower. I'm happy with my overall time and thrilled to win my age group, but not happy with the rapidly declining paces that I took to get the finish. I'm sure I'll be analyzing this for a while. Did I go out at too fast a pace? Entirely likely. But I do also feel the weather had some play in this. Did I underdress by just wearing a singlet (and of course short-shorts)? Not sure on that one. Yes, I had much more exposed to the weather and cold rain, but anything I wore would have been soaked. Overall, a great experience and thanks especially to Mike for the company on the road trip, but it does leave me feeling a tad anti-climatic now and that I now long to run a marathon in cool temperatures and DRY weather.