It rained the night before the race but by race morning everything had cleared up nicely. Conditions at race time
were low 40's and clear with only portions of the trail a little muddy. The course started and finished on about a
half mile of road and the rest was two 15 mile loops over fairly easy trails. My goal for the race was to finish
in around 4:30 and to place for my age.
With about 300 runners participating I decided to stay towards the front at the start to keep the trails open
later. I entered the trails in about 30th place and running a little faster than 8:00 minute miles. Faster than
my goal but I felt like it was worth the effort for clear running later. The first couple of 5K's were around 25
minutes as I settled into a rhythm. I managed to settle down a little and the next two 5K's were around 26
minutes. I arrived at my prearranged support station about 5 minutes ahead of schedule in about 45th position. I
got a fresh bottle and dropped my beanie cap for a ball cap since I was warming up nicely.
For the next 3 mile loop I emptied the fresh bottle and arrived back at the halfway point/aid station at 2:10 and
picked up another fresh bottle. Still 5 minutes ahead of goal pace but feeling very confident. The next 10K went
by very quickly as I got into a conversation with a guy that ran the 1979 Boston marathon. He was attempting an
Olympic qualifier at the time(2:22) but came up short and ended up finishing right next to Joan Benoit. We were so
busy talking we didn't notice that we just did two 5K's in 25 minutes a piece!
Things got a little more difficult after that as I dropped my new friend at an aid station but I really never broke
pace significantly. I was passing quite a few people at this point and that really helped keep me focused and
moving forward. I went through the marathon in 3:38 which I was very excited about. Not just because I became an
"ultra" marathoner but my Richmond marathon time 1 month ago was 3:34 on flat roads and this was on muddy trails.
The last 5 miles were definitely challenging but my last 5K was still a respectable 27 minutes and I felt strong
hitting the line in 4:22:38. I ended up 21st overall and 3rd in my age group.
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Sooo soo happy for you, Jeff! You ran a fast race and enjoyed yourself along the way - can't get any better than that.
Congratulations on your medal, your finish time and becoming an Ultramarathoner!
Use your momentum...keep going. You know you can make it.
Great job, Jeff and a great report. Thank you.
New Orleans Marathon - 2/24/2013 4:16:32
Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon - 4/27/2013 4:09:56 PR!
Honolulu Marathon - 12/8/2013
Yeah! We are really proud of you and the great time - busted right through your goal!
Thanks for the report, A
Nature is unable to make a really first-class job of anything if she is hustled...
Halifax Bluenose HM May 2014
Toronto Waterfront HM October 2014