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Location:

London,UK

Member Since:

Feb 10, 2013

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

MARATHON

St. George Marathon

  • 2013 - 3:48:49

Maine Coast Marathon

  • 2014 - 3:38:10

No Highschool/College running

Short-Term Running Goals:

 

Race Schedule - tentative

Santa Claus Run Battersea Park, December 5, 2015

Edingburgh Marathon May 29,  2016

Long-Term Running Goals:

Learn something new every day.

5K: 19:30

halfmarathon: 1:30:00

marathon: 3:10:00

 

Personal:

I live in London. I grew up skiing and played soccer my whole life.  Started running in 2012.

 

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Newton Momentum Lifetime Miles: 191.52
Brooks Cascadia Lifetime Miles: 314.02
Nike Turf Shoe Lifetime Miles: 106.51
Nike Luna Racer Lifetime Miles: 37.67
Bike Lifetime Miles: 528.34
Newton Distance Lifetime Miles: 10.65
Brooks Cascadia 7 Lifetime Miles: 150.57
Swim Lifetime Miles: 8.10
Montrail Bajada Lifetime Miles: 78.97
Saucony Mirage Drei Lifetime Miles: 235.16
Altra Olympus Lifetime Miles: 112.72
Race: Maine Coast Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:38:10, Place overall: 85, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
26.200.000.000.0026.20

Overall the experience was great.

Race report:

Interesting course for sure, it was fun passing nice New England Houses, running through a little fishing town, running next to the Atlantic and passing the Bush compound, also very scenic.

First third downhill 1 percent, second third rolling hills no incline, third third 1percent incline (more than 700 feet elevation gain overall).

Mentally it was ok, did not fade was always there with my head. Kept it together when my left calf started to cramp at mile 20. Lots of Gatorade. It was a very emotional race, I felt some stuff in my legs- hamstring-early on, the the cramping was a bummer, I never had the experience of cramping legs like this. The heat made me work hard. Scary. With the cramps I knew I need to take it easy and be resourceful. So I flushed down Gatorade and made it to the finish. good advice to focus on Gatorade rather than water. Most of the runners had cramps too, it was basically too hot. The race started out hot in the sixties and got hotter 70ies. Physically it was not so bad legs held up despite the cramping which was heat induced so I. In terms of the spiritual aspect, the race was good, I was able to invest myself, although I did not go all out, as I did not want to get injured.

Bottom line weather was way too hot, which was good too as I was able to hang out on the beach after the race.

My splits were 1:42:49 for the first half and 1:55:21 for the second half explained by the cramping and suboptimal race strategy; I needed to slow down; lost about 2-3 min per mile for the last 6 miles of the race. positive splitting for many runners ( heat and hills)

My time was 3:38:10 and I placed 3rd in my age group. I wanted to run 3:30 which was not possible because it was too hot so I think. I ran 10 min faster than in my first m in October 2013. Lessons learned no shortcuts in marathoning. The journey goes on.

Adidas Boston 4/II Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
Comments
From jtshad on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 08:39:55 from 141.221.191.225

Congrats on the PR!

From Kam on Tue, May 13, 2014 at 08:51:23 from 68.66.163.179

10 minutes off your last year time is a great improvement. No doubt it could have been more with cooler conditions...

From Fritzelac on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 07:00:30 from 76.105.101.210

Thanks for the comments. I am happy for the progress because it tells me that some of the things i am doing are good. I like to rather improve slowly than to rush into things. The plan is to recover, work on form, and train for the next marathon (Chicago).

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