Monday, May 28, 2007

Vermont Marathon Race Report

Well, I'm back in DC, a bit sore from yesterday. It was a great day for a race, overcast, around 55 at the start. The plan was to run with my friend from college, who was running his first marathon. His original goal was 2:40, but he hurt himself at the start of May playing softball, and as his training suffered the time got slower: 2:45...2:50. We actually started out on pace for 2:40. By mile 10 he couldn't keep it up, and told me to go ahead. I went through the half in 1:20, right on pace. (He did the half in 1:23 then crashed and burned and finished in 3:08). I stayed on pace for 2:40 through mile 20, and then hit the wall big time. I am going to try to erase the memory of those last six miles permanently from my mind. As bad as I felt, I am surprised I only lost 6 minutes to finish in 2:46. The goal for training for Chicago is going to be to concentrate on being able to follow through on those last few miles. I'll try to post photos soon.

1 comment:

MAX said...

Big Money,

you are the most equpied out of all of us to run the marathon. your body expends the least amount of energy when running. this is a gift. my advice is to focus on a few high intensity speed workouts a week that really beat you up. Fartlek of 20 12 miles or more with Wilson on the canal and you will get much stronger.

also, go to a real gym once a week and do a hard core upper body workout with a trainer who knows what he is doing. this will pay off in a big race towards the end when you need a strong upper body.