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Member Since:

Feb 10, 2013



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:


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



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


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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: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:48:09, Place overall: 1964, Place in age division: 190
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

AM:  This was my first marathon.  I chose the marathon as my first as it is a popular marathon in this forum and it has a great reputation among runners.  I was happy to make it to St.George: what a great place to organize a marathon. And how many excellent runners. At the starting line I met a 116 timer he ran the stgm 15 times; he, 71 years old, said he is starting to feel it a little bit since he turned 70; after hearing that from a 71 year old there was no complaining and it was clear I have to finish the race gracefully!

For the race strategy: I took it very very very slow from the beginning; i tried to be above 8:00 min/mile pace in the first 7 miles and then endure the 8 - 13 hill miles and then start the attack at the 13 mle marker. At mile 13 my quads were starting to hurt; Mile 13 is even before the large downhile part.  So i took it easy until mile 19; did the hill and then was resourceful until the finish. I was not able to split negative;  My quads were dysfunctional and my legs were not fresh enough to attack in the second half.  (Explanation: I ran 6 miles on the treadmill downhill every week; however i stopped doing this 4 weeks before the marathon). My legs were not fresh enough or better too unexperienced.  For this race, the mental challenge was moderate (not to challenging) that probably means i was running too slow; after i saw that i was not able to run my BQ time and neither was able to run my goal time of 3:40 (because of my quads and the lack of structural strength) my mind faded around the mile marker 13;  my focus came back around mile 18 so i prepared mentally for the hill at mile 19 and then kept it steady until the finish hoping not to hit any walls; also cardiovascular it was fine for; my pulse was 110 for the first 5 miles; the low temperatures resembled perfect race conditions. I walked every station and drank.  I wish i could have but I was not able to attack the whole race with the exception of the last .2 miles which i ran in 6:31 min pace.

After finishing i walked about 3 miles.  I hope this will speed up my recovery.   I missed the STG marathon award ceremony.  Congratulations to all the amazing runners of the blog; in particular, Fritz who obviously is now even better after his injury, which is good to read about.  I waited at the finish line until the end of the race and applauded all the other runners finishing the race (Somebody walked backwards through the finish line!).

I know it takes years of training to be a marathoner. I hope that my body will adapt to the challenges of endurance running with my future training; i hope that my marathon experience makes me faster in the short distances as well. I wish i could continue to train right now (maybe that is a good sign in terms of the mental aspect; this marathon felt a little bit like a training run for the upcoming marathon where i hope i am able to race the whole distance).

Thanks for the advice from the bloggers of this forum; without the forum i would have not gotten that far or in different words traveled that far.  Success isn't how far you got, but the distance you traveled from where you started, quote Steve Prefontaine.  And that distance was far for me!






Saucony Mirage III Miles: 26.20
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From seeaprilrun on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 at 08:49:34 from

Congratulations on your first marathon! Your legs will definitely adapt with experience, and you will be able to be more bold with pacing when you know just how much your body can take. I was incredibly sore and my legs were trashed after my first marathon, but each one since has been less painful as far as recovery. Excited yet to plan the next one?! St. George is beautiful indeed!

From Fritzelac on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 at 11:48:15 from

Yeah thanks, my legs feel much better after 2 days; and my mind is definitely up for the next one. In the marathon program i never run more than 16 miles in the long run (Hanson); the combination of a marathon pace run on Thursday and a long run on Saturday (not exceeding 16 miles). For the next one i will increase the distance of the longs runs and play more with the speed during the long run. Also, the long tempo runs will be easier; for me it is a success that i did not get injured during the training and that my mind is fresh 2 days after the marathon.

I plan to work on my speed. Now i know that i am able to run harder which is is also good for the shorter distances. Not yet sure about the the marathon somebody told me i could even pick one in February, maybe in Ohio for February or a local marathon in Albany, GA in March or Grandma marathon in June; not sure exactly.

Good luck on your upcoming race. According to your blog you are ready to go. Relax during the rest of your taper and the best for your race.

From allie on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 at 14:53:51 from

congratulations on your first marathon. it's one thing to prepare yourself for the marathon distance, but prepping for a downhill course like st. george is just an additional beast to tackle (and i think you prepared well, considering where you live).

i also think you were smart in your conservative approach to the race -- just getting a feel for the distance and learning more about what you want to work on for the next one. way to go.

also, that's great that you stuck around a cheered everyone in. i'm sure a lot of people appreciated the support, especially when the crowds start dying down later on in the race. kudos.

From Fritz on Mon, Oct 07, 2013 at 19:25:02 from

Nice job with your first marathon Fritz. Closing those last two miles like you did isn't typical for a first timer. I am glad that you had a good experience and are motivated to run more in the future. As Allie said, training for that downhill isn't easy to do and even harder given where you live. In hindsight and considering how my legs feel now, I know I didn't prepare enough either. The marathon is definitely a learning process but it looks you are well on your way to figuring it out. Enjoy your recovery and the rest of the fall racing season.

From Fritzelac on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 at 20:51:54 from

Thanks for the thoughtful comments. I thought growing up with skiing, my legs will appreciate a downhill marathon, but good things take time.

Next time i know more how hard i need to train (e.g. stair master, ...). STGM is still on my race calender.

From JG on Wed, Oct 09, 2013 at 10:00:41 from

Congrats on a great first marathon! You have made big strides of improvement & will continue to! One day I hope to return to St. George, an awesome race and fantastic place to visit! Good luck with your recovery and rebooting your training for your next journey.

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