4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

New York City Marathon DONE!

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Crossposted from DailyMile. Full blog post later in the week:

My 7th New York and 11th Overall. 4:44:05 is good for my 2nd fastest NYC, and 4th fastest overall.

I had a great race on so many levels. Unfortunately, my finishing time doesn’t necessarily show it, 15 mins slower than my goal.

Highlights:
– Getting almost right to the front of wave 3 and starting up the bridge almost in the ‘lead pack’
– Perfectly executing my strategy. Purposely held back in the early miles and in the classic ‘awesome crowd’ spots, hoping it would lead to a strong finish. 2:09:17 in the first half, right in my goal range.
– Seeing Michelle at mile 17 and CW (someone I work) with at mile 18
– Not stopping for a walk break AT ALL on 1st Ave (outside of water stops), a first for me. Not only that, but I also ran the entire way through the Willis Ave Bridge. Even running half of it would be a first for me
– Running the full last mile – from 25.2 to 26.2

Lowlights:
– I could tell in miles 19-21 that 4:30 was probably not going to happen. Even though I was ahead of schedule and wasn’t walking, my times were gradually slowing too much. Would have to turn it up to meet goal
– Just past mile 21, started cramping in my quad. Well not quite quad, maybe more like just above the knee? Anyway, stopped to stretch several times, and had to do a lot of walking.

In all, had much fun, as always. Finishing, and pushing through the adversity, is such an accomplishment., and I’m proud I was able to do it. I know others out there had a worse time. Saw a 4:15 pacer having a tough go in the last miles, way behind schedule.

Future plans – my next marathon will be Rhode Races, in Povidence Rhode Island on May 2. I’m thinking of running Chicago next fall, as the race falls on 10/10/10 – I think that would be so cool.

In the meantime, I’ve got to get some speed back and will focus on shorter, faster runs through the winter, and sub 2 hour half marathons in Manhattan and Bronx.

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Written by SCL

November 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

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  1. Ahhh, I had the same strange cramping just about the knee last weekend at the Marine Corps Marathon. So strange and so frustrating. But I’m glad you still had an awesome race! Congrats!!

    prettyladycmu

    November 2, 2009 at 1:55 pm

  2. Congrats and nice job on not taking a walk break. Definitely can relate to that.

    Do you take in salt during your run to try and avoid cramping?

    Allen G.

    November 6, 2009 at 10:52 am

    • Hmmm. Need to experiment with salt. Never tried it before… Thanks!

      SCL

      November 6, 2009 at 11:36 am

  3. Scott high five! Hope to see you at some half-marathons in 2010.

    TK

    November 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

  4. WOOHOO!!! It was great to see you out there Scott. You looked incredible!!!

    michelle

    November 15, 2009 at 8:01 am

  5. […] 2009 experience, including expo, can be found in several installments.  I’ve also got my 2008 race report […]


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