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Great Tempo Today, CHILLY!…What to Wear On Race Day

October 14, 2009 1 comment

The tempo workout went better than I expected today. It was Hindy, Nate and I, the Michigan trifecta (we are all originally from MI)  I am always positive and optimistic but these aches and pains are lingering and I didn’t know how much I would be able to push. I woke up at 6am to get some heating pad action on my groin/hip and hamstrings.   I was excited to do the workout despite the cold weather and tight muscles.  –SIDE NOTE–I bought a new pair of shoes yesterday.  I don’t keep as good of track as I should about how many miles my shoes have on them.  Thinking back, I have about 400 miles on my current shoes.  I am fairly hard on shoes so, 400 is more than I like to go in a pair.  I am reminded to get new shoes when I start to get sore in weird places.  The trainers I’m currently using  are Brooks Adrenaline.

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9

But those aren’t the shoes I wore today.  I wanted to test out my marathon gear in cold weather. This morning at 6am the temp was 42F/39F wind chill.   Chances are marathon day won’t be in the 30s but it’s possible.  I wore my flats that I will be running the marathon in.  Brooks Racer ST 4 and as Brooks states “has enough substance to conquer the marathon but light enough for the 5K”…perfect

Brooks Racer ST 4

Brooks Racer ST 4

I also wore everything else I plan to wear in marathon if temperature is 38-45.  Here is the list.  Hat by Under Armour (over the ear) most heat is lost through the head, if it’s in the 50s I’ll probably switch it out for a rimmed hat.

Under Armour beanie hat

Under Armour beanie hat

I wore a nike short sleeved technical shirt, very lightweight, I think its polyester, loose fitting, and my team tank top over it.  Trek arm sleeves.  Which are nice because they allow free movement and can also be rolled down if you become too hot.  I wore them last year and they worked great. Basically they keep your arms warm without having to wear the shirt part, since your core should be fairly warm.

Trek Arm Warmers

Trek Arm Warmers

On the bottom, I wore 2XU compression shorts and regular running shorts over them, and 2XU calf compression sleeves.  Why not just wear the full tights?  1.  I think the calf sleeves look cool 🙂  2.  Full tights sag and bunch…maybe compression ones wouldn’t, I haven’t tried them yet.

My combo is more versatile in more weather scenarios.  Finally on my feet, a new pair of socks, dual layer to prevent blisters.  I have been using Injinji toe socks, but socks are irritating my foot tendon, so I found a great pair of coolmax socks that have a looser elastic.  I would like to use the toe socks in the marathon if my foot feels better, they almost ensure no blisters on your toes.

Injinji Toe Socks

Injinji Toe Socks

The workout itself was great.  4x10min tempo with 2 min jogging rest.  Warmed up 2 miles, then went into the workout.  Averaged about 620-630 pace and #1 and #2, then for some reason we hammered the 2nd half of the 3rd repeat, and it was uphill, must’ve been about 6:15 pace.  #4 started out around 6:20 pace, but was quickly dropped down to 6:10ish.  No one was visibly pushing the pace, it just kind of spiraled into FAST.  Oh well, it builds confidence for the marathon.  All the gear felt good.

My weight is down to 187 lbs pre workout, finished at 185lbs with 16oz water consumption.  So about 3lbs of water loss during 1hr run in cold weather.  Also had 6 Shot Bloks and a salt tablet before heading out.  Nothing was consumed during run.  After I had 2 scoops of R4 in

Black Cherry Shot Bloks w/ Caffine

12oz of water when I got home, then 20 minutes later, a USANA shake with frozen peaches and flax oil added.

Oh, one more thing that I love to use are the BreatheRight strips that go on your nose and let you get more air in your nostrils.  I have been using them for the last couple races and hard workouts.  I used them years ago, but forgot about them.  I think they make a difference, even if it slight, over the course of the marathon

BreatheRight Strip

it may shave some seconds.  (And Ryan Hall uses them).

Here is a good article about what to wear on Race Day from NYRR

What Will You Wear On Race Day?

All is Good at Grete’s Half Marathon–1:25:51 Race Report

October 3, 2009 2 comments

I was excited to test my fitness with a goal marathon pace run.  But I was dreading the weather forecast, thunderstorms, 100% humidity and 69 degrees.  100% chance of rain.

Race Stats

Amazingly the rain held off for the race.  I couldn’t believe it, and I actually saw the sun peak through at 9AM.  I’m not a fan of warm and humid for racing, but that is what was dealt, so I dealt.

My plan going in was 6:50-7:00 pace for all the miles, uphill and downhill.  My ankle felt good, my groin felt good.  I felt rested and carb loaded.  The morning breakfast consisted of double portion of R4 and a banana at 7AM.  I also brought an extra R4 for after the race to start the recovery process.  I also brought a water bottle filled with Accelerade.  As you may know from my last post I planned to experiment with Succeed Sodium Capsules.

I met Nate and Trisha at the Subway station at 7:20 and we were on our way.  The weekend subway craziness is a neccesary evil in NYC, but we managed to time the subway and transfer perfectly, so we got to the 68th Street stop in about 45 minutes.

We got our numbers and free t-shirts, checked our baggage and started our 10 minute warmup.  I stretched out with some leg swings and the usual routine.  We got into our corral and listened to Mary Wittenberg the leader of NYRR talk, heard Grete Weitz (who the race is in honor of, 9 time NYC marathon winner) talk, God Bless America was sung, Cha Cha gave the race instructions…by now my warm up is long forgotten and I’m feeling not so warm anymore.

I should backtrack, at 8:30 I took my sodium capsule, and 2 No-Doz, 8:45 ate 3 Black Cherry Shot Bloks.

The gun sounded and we were off.  The first mile was crowded even though we were in the front corral, it was also downhill, so despite the crowd we went through we were still out quick

Mile 2

Mile 2

Mile 1–6:28  Felt good, felt like I was walking, but I could feel it was not 7 flat

Mile 2–6:40 Pulled it back a little but still fast

Mile 3–6:35 Still feel good, really trying not to get carried away, its a long race

Mile 4–6:37  Ok, I’m holding this and it feels good, so I’ll run by feel.  I know I’m in good shape, just didn’t think THIS good

Mile 5–6:42 big hill

Mile 6–6:33 started running with a guy from Central Park Track Club, he was doing the race as a tempo workout, I heard him talking with another runner, so I decided to stay with him (39:36 total time).  Took another sodium capsule at 35 min.

Mile 7–6:14 some downhill but got a little excited staying with CPTC guy.  Done with the first loop, 6 miles to go and I wanted to run negative splits…I’m going to have to hustle.

Mile 8–6:32 5 miles to go, I will pick it up a little on the next one

Mile 9–6:18

Mile 10–6:38

Mile 11–6:42  big hill again

Mile 12–6:33  Wanted to finish a little quicker, but foot started hurting, so I eased off and finished even (39:30 total time 6-12)

Mile 13–6:33  Very even

.1– :40

Total 1:25:51

Finish

Finish

Putting it on paper like this I’m seeing I ran a dead even race.  Since it was a 2 loop course, Mile 1 and 7 were the same spot, 2 and 8 and so on. Except for mile 7 and 9 where I got a little fiesty, I ran almost exactly even splits, very happy with the effort.

Food consumption…altogether I had 12 cubes of shot bloks, 6 black cherry and 6 margarita 3x sodium.

Water consumption… Took some water at most stops, probably 3oz each time, used to wash down shot bloks and stay hydrated.

Overall Brooklyn Road Runners ran well.

BRRC Team Results

BRRC Team Results

As you can see we have a couple of impressive age group guys.  John Shostrom in particular is one the top 55-59 year olds in NY.

Flirting with Disaster…

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment

I have been flirting with a couple random injuries.  The first occured on Sept. 13th during a planned 18 mile training run.  My training partner Nate and I took the subway up to Inwood Park in upper Manhattan and planned to run down the West Side Hwy and back over the Brooklyn Bridge to Brooklyn, Prospect Park.  The workout plan was 3 mile warmup, 4×5 min tempo, 1hr Run, 4×5 min tempo.

Well, since we were taking the subway up, I need my Metrocard (subway card) and I always take a little money in case something happens and I need a cab or some food.  So we meet at the subway station and I take off my shoe to retrieve my Metrocard, enter the station and replace my card and money back under my insole of my shoe.

At about mile 6 in the workout I felt a little pain on the top of my right foot, but thought nothing of it.  It resurfaced at about mile 12 and I thought it was just a normal running soreness, but by the time we stopped at mile 15 to cross the street it hurt a lot more.  I loosened up my shoelace and started across to the Brooklyn Bridge to start our second set of tempos, but the now sharper pain did not allow it.  I had to walk the bridge and skip the last 3 miles.

I went over the run in my head trying to figure out what caused this.  Maybe the trails at the beginning, maybe the rocky railroad tracks we had to run on for 3/4 of a mile when the trail ended, maybe overuse…and it finally dawned on me after some internet searching.  It must have been my shoelaces being too tight on my right foot.  How could this have happened?  I have never tied my shoelaces so tight a painful injury resulted, what did I do different?  Then I remembered.  I had my card and money in my right shoe.  I re-tied my shoe after getting on the subway and must have been a little more aggressive than my usual routine when lacing up.  So the result was a red lump on my “extensor flexor” the tendon on the top of my foot.

I started icing immediately, 15 minutes max, sometimes with an ice bag, sometimes with a ice water bucket.  I also purchased a slew of different anti-inflamatory creams.  I’d also heard of MSM and decided to get some in cream form to try.

I took the next 2 days off from running, continued icing 3x/day.  Ran 4 miles on the Wednesday following with some slight discomfort, but much less than I expected.  I found that if I unlaced my shoe 1 eyelet, there was no pressure on the tendon and I could run relatively pain free.  At this point, I’m so close to the marathon and even closer to the taper, I just want a few more quality workouts and long runs.

On Thursday I was able to run a solid workout of 1 hour run Easy, 6×5 min tempo, 15 min Easy.  Foot a little sore after but getting better.  Took Friday off and planned to run the Continental First Avenue Mile race on Saturday.  This may seem strange to do in the middle of marathon training but let me explain.  The following day (Sunday) run was planned to be 22 miles, so I wanted to re-test my carb load process, called the Western Australian carb loading, which is basically a 1 day carb load.  The key to it is a 3 minute hard effort before the 24 hours of carb loading.  So I was planning on using the mile as my hard effort.

I got a late start leaving my house and then the trains were messed up due to it being the weekend.  I didn’t have as much warmup time as I would have liked.  I jogged to the subway (3 minutes), then from the subway to the start (4 min), changed into my race shoes, did a few strides and stretched out.  Then it was time to line up for the 35-39 year old Males.  My ankle felt good warming up and I planned not to run at all if the ankle couldn’t handle the stride outs in warm up.  But it felt fine, I had the top eyelet unlaced again.

The gun went off and we were cranking down 1st Ave.  I went through 400m in 1:14, I wanted to hold that pace, after 400m there is a slight uphill and I settled in.  At about 750m I felt a slight twinge in my left groin and pulled up immediately and started to job back to the start to get my baggage.  On my way back I remembered we checked our bag on a bus and it would be at the finish.  Oh well!  I guess I will have to finish.  So I jogged ever so gingerly to the finish, clocking a 7:51 mile :), I did get a metallic water bottle for finishing.  I’m not sure it the groin was due to lack of warm up, running so fast, or fatigue from possibly favoring my right foot and putting more stress on my left side, maybe a combo of all of the above.  Whatever it was….DAMN IT!!  I do not need this to be happening right now, not with the marathon so close and being in such good shape.  I was having flashbacks to last year when after my 18 miler in Sept. my training essentially stopped due to an impending stress fracture.

I am determined not to let any setback deter my planning.  So, I continued with my carb loading process, drinking R4, Ensure, eating powerbars, bread, and intended to make an attempted at the planned 22miles the next day.

So, now I’m icing my groin and my foot, and I look like the walking wounded around my house.

Sunday, Sept 20th arrives and Nate and I are on our way to Central Park at 5:45 AM for the 7AM start time.  It is called the NYC marathon tune up, it is not actually a race but has the feel of a race with mile markers, water stops and about 3500 runners.  The course is 3 loops around the hilly Central Park. My goal was to treat the start very similar to the marathon and do only a very brief warm up since in the NYC marathon you have very little time to warm up, and any warm up you do get in is virtually wasted since you are standing in the corral and at the starting line for about 45 minutes.

Nate and I did about 5 minutes of warmup with some light stretching, my groin was sore even with light running so I told Nate, I may not complete the run if my leg get worse and I will text him if I drop out early, so as not to wait around for me.  Nate’s plan for the race was much different than mine, he wanted to run marathon pace which for him, is 6:50 pace.  I was just doing an easy pace long run at about 7:45 pace.

I really wanted to concentrate on going out slow.  The beginning of my marathon last year was way too fast.  I succeeded in going out in 7:48, then at around 2 miles I met up with another fellow Brooklyn Road Runner, Steve Remy, who was 30 days away from his Marine Corp marathon in DC.  His goal was 7:30 pace, so we worked down to the 7:30s and then by mile 8 I told him, I was easing back a bit and to go ahead.  My groin at this point is warmed up and while I feel it, it has gotten no worse, so I continue.

I went thru the half marathon in 1:38, feeling good, then the hills started to take their toll, and I kind of zoned out and stopped concentrating on my form and pace, and my pace crept up to the 7:50s.  Not good.  After some Shot Bloks I felt better and wanted to see how it felt to crank out some faster miles after 14 miles…the answer, pretty fantastic.  I averaged 7:20 for miles 15, 16, 17, and 18 and felt good doing it, tired, but good.  Good enough in fact to run 25 minutes after the 18 to get a total of 21 miles in.

By now it is raining steadily and the temp seems to be dropping to the low 60s.  I get changed and head home, very proud of my effort.

Took Monday the 21st off of running, did some lifting and cycling at the gym.  Tuesday 22nd is today and Nate and I ran 4 miles easy.  Groin is getting better, foot is at 90%.

There is a half marathon this Saturday in Central Park that I plan to run at Marathon Goal Pace of 6:50/mile, maybe a touch faster.

This run will be a key to my confidence.

My Current PR’s–Lifetime

September 17, 2009 Leave a comment

1 mile-4:28 (1992) SCC Conference Meet

2 mile-9:44 (1990) Regional Meet

5k-16:04 (1992) Gallup Park, Ann Arbor, MI

4 mile- 23:29 (2009)

8k-27:35 (2003) Rothman 8K, Philadelphia, PA (76.9 age grade)

10k-32:53 (5:18/mi pace) (1992) Heart of the Hills 10K, Bloomfield Hills, MI

15k-1:01:14 (2007)

10 mile-59:50? (1995) Crim, Flint, MI

Half Marathon- 1:23:05 (2007) NYC Nike 1/2

Marathon- 3:25:22 (2008) NYC

My Dad ran only one marathon in his long running career.  His time was 3:29 at a very small marathon in 1978 in Saginaw, Michigan.

My Mom ran Chicago in 4:48 in 1997 at age 48, and came back in ’98 to run Detroit in 4:22, impressive, started running in her 40’s.

I plan to crush my Marathon PR this year at NY, low goal is sub 3:15 (Boston Qualifying), Medium goal is sub 3:05, Ideal goal is 2:55

Here is a link to all my races that Athlinks has access to.

http://www.athlinks.com/myResultsAdv.aspx?rid=21347139

It’s difficult to find results that are pre 1997

Reflections on my First Marathon, NYC Marathon 2008

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Here I am.  Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009, 54 days to go before I test my fitness again at the marathon distance.  Last year was my first attempt at the marathon.  At age 34, I felt it was time to venture into the unknown.  As you may know (from previous post), I’ve been running for most of my life, but usually 5k, 10k races.  In 2007 I started running more 1/2 marathons, which at the time was about the distance of my longest long runs.

Last year, 2008, I decided to run the NYC marathon as my debut at the distance.  I felt that I trained consistently but not as focused as I needed to be, in hindsight.  I only really did one “long run”, during training, I now consider anything 18 miles or over a long run.  The problem was my mileage build up was not sufficient to support these longer runs.  Ideally you want long runs to be about 25% of your weekly mileage, mine were 50%.  Needless to say a developed an injury, guess….stress fracture of the lower leg, right shin to be exact.  And it really became noticeable in my 18, which turned into a 20 miler in Sept 08.  It was a formal training run hosted by NYRR in Central Park.  3 loops of the park, it ended up being 20 because I needed to pick up my number and when I got the the park I was told the numbers were at the NYRR office, about 1 mile away.  So my day of running started with a sprint back to the NYRR office and then back to the start line.  The run was going well pace wise and body wise thru about 13, 14 miles then I started to slow, cramps and tight hamstrings started to become more prevalent, shins started to hurt more.  I ended up with a 2:12:51 effort, which is a 7:22/mile pace.  Not bad for the first time running that far, but health wise I was whipped.  I would have loved to continue with my 40 mile weeks and get up to 50 before the taper, but I decided it would be better to take it easy and not get a full blown stress fracture and be unable to compete come November.

So, my training from then on consisted of easy runs in the 3-8 mile range, with the last 3 weeks before race day of minimal running.  I felt rested but not very fit, and not very confident about the task of 26.2 miles.  Race day arrived and I psyched myself up mentally, I was ready.  My father flew out from Cali to watch and my girlfriend would be cheering me on.  They traveled around the course by subway to see me in 3 locations, very impressive.  They saw me in Brooklyn, near our apartment, then on 1st Ave and 50th, then again in Central Park for the last few miles.

It being my first marathon, I was a little nervous, I didn’t know what to expect.  I’d read articles and blogs extensively on the internet and magazines, so I had an idea of what was to come.  I’d read all the tips and top 10 lists and tricks,  I felt like I wouldn’t be surprised by anything.  I read in an article that putting your name on your race shirt is very helpful and motivational since spectators will cheer you on by name.  I decided to do this and it was great, for a while.  I felt like I had a million friends in NYC, all saying “Go Chad, Cmon Chad, Keep it Up!!”  On the day of the marathon I was ready, all my racing clothes were neatly piled, all my gels, fluids, and other gear was stashed in my racing bag, and I headed out to catch the subway at 5am.  After catching the 2,3 subway from Brooklyn to the Wall St stop, I walked to the Staten Island Ferry pick up spot in South Street Seaport.  There I waited for about 30 minutes with a few thousand other runner waiting for that pickup time.

Night Before Race Day

Night Before Race Day

Once to Staten Island we all walked to a bus stop pick up and were transported closer to the start line.  Once we exited the bus we walked several hundred meters, thru a police check point for a bag search and arrived at the main staging area where thousands of runners were gathered.  There were also about 50 UPS trucks to transport our baggage to the finish line, all coded by our race number.  Oddly, there was coffee and doughnuts to eat while waiting for the start.  I’m hoping that was to cater to the volunteers who planned on a sugar caffeine brunch , because I can’t see how that would be a smart pre-race snack, coffee maybe but not doughnuts!  I stuck with my power bar and gatorade.  I snuck in about 5 minutes of light jogging.  It was about 47 degrees and breezy so I didn’t want to get too sweaty and then cold, we still had about 1 1/2 hours before start time.

I changed out of my real warm-ups into my $10 warm-ups I’d purchased at the expo a few days before, they were cheap, but were meant only to keep me warm for the last hour before the start and then tossed to the side once the gun went off.  So Nate and I made our way to the color coded, number coded corral.  We were in the front group which is key, we had good seed times based on our half marathons that year and our NYRR club affiliation also got preferential placement.  Each corral held about 4,000 runners, luckily we had 10 port-a-johns for our exclusive use.  I made 1 last trip to the port-a-john about 40 minutes before start time, and when I exited, the stampede had begun.  They were moving the runners from the corral to the starting area, and I wouldn’t see Nate again until the finish line.  We did a 1/2 mile jog/walk to the start line, even though I was in the “front” group, I was still about 40 rows of people back.  It would take me less than 1 minute to reach the start line once the gun went off, for people in the back of the pack it would take 20+ minutes to reach the start line.  Thankfully most races are chip-timed, which means your clock doesn’t start until you cross the electronic sensor at the start line.  The problem with races of this size 30k and up is it will take at least 2 miles to weave your way through all the people to finally be able to run comfortably and not have to dodge slower runner/walkers.

Verrazano Bridge

Verrazano Bridge

I looked backward and forward for Nate for about 15 minutes to no avail, and saw 40 others doing the same, trying to locate their friends.  We stood at the start line for a good 30 minutes listening to announcement, National anthem, Elite runner intros, the mayor, celebrities, more announcements, Peter ChaCha giving the race course description as he does in every NYRR race.  If you find a way to get lost on the NYC marathon course, you have big problems.  At least it was semi-warm in the tightly packed group.  As a side note, runners can be gross.  I’ve been a runner my whole life, so maybe I’ve become caloused to it.  I was also warned/advised that the start takes a long time once you leave the corral so hang on to your empty gatorade bottle and use it as a personal port-a-potty, OK fine, fair enough.  But one forgetful gentleman apparently forgot his gatorade bottle and proceeded to just squat amongst the thousands and urinate while waited to start.  Thankfully I was off to the side, I felt bad for those downhill from him who got a surprise creek.

My goal going in was 3:10 (Boston qualifier) but since it was my 1st marathon and I had no idea how I would feel, I was open to faster or slower, I knew both were possible.

dad with sign

My Dad at Mile 22

Finally it was go time…the gun went off and adreneline surged through my body.  Keep in mind that we are starting at the base of the Verazano Bridge, which is the biggest hill of the course, and the biggest down hill.  http://www.nycmarathon.org/documents/elevation.pdf   I decided to keep my warm-up top on, just for the first bit since it was so cold and the bridge was really windy.  We started out and everyone was going so slow, I was weaving in and out, got to the top of the bridge, crested it and started the decent, passed the 1 mile mark in 6:45…not good, but I felt great.  Now we are on the downhill so I can’t slow down.  I come off the bridge, now the crowd starts to appear, first a few people, then more, right off the bottom of the bridge is 2 miles, 13 flat!, that was a 6:30 on the downhill, oops.  OK, I really have to slow down, I come through 3 with a 6:50, better, but that’s 3 hour pace.  So, I’m thinking, OK, maybe I can get 3 hours.

Verrazano Empties into Brooklyn

Verrazano Empties into Brooklyn

I was so pumped running through Brooklyn, I knew Alex (my girlfriend, now fiance) and my Dad would be cheering soon, and of course I wanted to look good for them, I came throught 10k in 41:46 (6:44 pace), I hadn’t slowed down at all. I was still on sub 3hr pace, I really had to ease it back. I did, whether I wanted to or not, by the half way point I was at 1:32, overall 7 min pace average, but I was now running 7:30/mile and it wasn’t going to get better…

Mile 7

Mile 7

I was mentally relieved to reach the 1/2 marathon, the sun was out, and I felt pretty good still.  We meandered through Queens and finally arrived at the Queensbridge, the connection to bring us to 1st Ave.  The bridge was long and quiet since there were no spectators.  From the base of the bridge to the end is roughly 1 mile.

Now coming off the bridge, I’d heard from many people it was like a “rock star” welcoming.  I was not impressed.  Maybe because I was expecting a roar.  There were a lot of people cheering but it wasn’t anything different than Brooklyn 4th Ave.  I’m a good downhill runner, but sometimes I go too fast, coming down the bridge and into Manhattan was an example of this.

Wow.  I clocked a 6:34 mile and I didn’t really realize it until I analyzed my splits.  I forgot to hit my lap button various times during the marathon.  Not because I was “in the zone”,  more like in a daze.

I was now eagerly looking for my Dad and Alex they were around mile 18.  Before I got there I had to stop and stretch.  Quad, Hamstrings, Calves, groin.  Everything was starting to give the indications of cramping.  And my upper back was on fire, it hurt to turn my head.

I saw my family and gave them a wave.  The next time I would see them is at mile 23, they would walk directly West to Central Park.  I had signed myself up for email race updates as I crossed 5k, 10k, 15k, etc and my Dad had my Blackberry so they could follow my pace.  Needless to say, they expected me at mile 23 much sooner then I actually showed up.

So, after seeing them at 18mi and heading toward the Bronx, the crowd thinned dramatically, it was hard to stay focused.  My splits were getting slower and slower

I was able to stop and stretch and hold off the cramps. I could feel the pre-cramp twinges, so I would shorten my stride, adjust my gait, anything I could do. I was drinking gatorade at every station, consuming Powergel every 30 min. but to no avail. My lack of training and going out too fast was blatantly apparent. I also don’t think I was consuming enough sodium.   Adding the trouble was the cold windy air. I was forced to stop and stretch once per mile from here on in. Even when I had some energy and tried to push, the imminent cramping suggested otherwise. So, I struggled, and struggled, and struggled, eventually being held to 9+ minute miles for the last 6, I was able to dig down and manage an 8:30 for the last mile. 3:25:22 was the final time, 7:49 average, nothing to be ashamed of, especially for my 1st.

Mile 23--Struggling

Mile 23--Struggling

People on 5th Ave and in Central Park really encouraged me, even though, “Go Chad” was the last thing I wanted shouted at me as pain shot through my legs with every short stride.  I still can’t believe how long the last 3 miles felt.  Never did I think I would quit and not make it to the finish.  I didn’t have any guess to what I could run, but I knew I would finish.  And finishing felt good, for 1 second, then walking hurt more than when I was running.

After the finish, probably my biggest complaint about the NY marathon was the “death march” after the finish line.  We had to walk (crawl) approximately 1 mile to retrieve our baggage from the numbered UPS truck.  I guess in the long run it was good to “cool down” after, but it was the last thing I wanted to do.

Are We There Yet!?

Are We There Yet!?

Debut Marathon In the Books 3:25

Debut Marathon In the Books 3:25

My beginning stress fracture hurt during the race but I forgot about it once the cramps started.  I took 5 weeks off from running and started back with very light jogging.  Although due to lack of activity I had ballooned up to 208 lbs by Christmas time.  Now it was time to re-focus and get back into shape for my 2nd marathon the next year…I was hooked.

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