|Beginning of the race. Let's get this party started!!|
My buddy Jerrad made the trip with me to watch me run and for moral support. It was great to have him there. Really glad he got to make the trip with me. It was a huge help. He is an awesome friend.
My goal was to go under 4 hours for the first time but the ultimate goal in the back of my mind was to go under 3:40. This would mean an 8:24 per mile pace. I know, pretty aggressive for someone who had never ran one under 4 hours before. I used my garmin just to track the run but for pacing I used my stopwatch with a pace band. This is so much more accurate than a garmin and it worked quite nicely as you will soon see. Matter of fact, I couldn't even get in the corral. I was in corral A and was looking for pace groups. I couldn't find any of the pace groups in the corrals so I guess I would be pacing myself. This was the largest turnout ever for the Columbus Marathon and people were standing outside to corrals at the start of the race. It was a sellout for both the full marathon and the half marathon. The race started and even though several of us were outside of the corral to start with it transitioned quite smoothly. We were off!!
|End of the race. I was all business in this one.|
Mile 14 7:40, Mile 15 7:57, Mile 16 7:53. Still feeling great!! Mile 17 8:06, Mile 18 8:09. At about mile 18 we got to run through Ohio Stadium where Ohio State plays football. The stands were packed in the end zone side to cheer us on as we ran through. It was awesome motivation to keep you moving!! Mile 19 8:21 my worst mile yet, Mile 20 8:29 starting to feel a little tired but not bad. Nothing like previous marathons I had run. My legs had been dead at mile 16 at some previous marathons so I knew I was still in a position to finish strong. Mile 20 I'm at 2:41:17 which is 19 minutes faster than I had ever done 20 miles at. My fastest 20 miler up to this point was a training run 6 weeks back where I was right at 3 hours. Mile 21 8:44, come on legs, keep moving. Mile 22 8:58, Mile 23 9:12 the 9's for the first time. Mile 24 9:22, Mile 25 9:43 come on legs, move it now!! 1.2 miles left!! Here goes nothing. I know there is something left in the tank. I feel this renewed energy at this point when I realize I am going to go under 4 hours for the first time. JUST DON'T FALL DOWN!! Mile 26 8:12!! Wow, where did that come from. The last 2 tenths of a mile I see Jerrad and hear him cheering me on. He said I blew by him so fast he couldn't even get a picture. Last 2 tenths I had a 7:18 pace. Finished in 3 hours 39 minutes and 9 seconds!! NEW PR BY OVER 29 MINUTES!! I really needed this one to help build my confidence that I can run fast(well, fast for me) at the marathon distance and don't just die at the end. This one gave me hope that I will one day qualify and run in Boston!! That is my ultimate goal and I will get there!!