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in pursuit of Boston and other great April runs and races (Read 15 times)

    Good luck Perfesser, you can do it!

    Dutchie
    I go running in the early morning, before my brain figures out what I'm up to.

    Run the day, or the day runs you.

    Actions determine state of mind - Aristotle

      Finished the week with a 12 miler, finally felt good with a steady pace - took some concentration at the beginning but I had a pretty even split. Very relieved and I got some sunshine.

       

      Have a great time at Big Sur, Perfesser... I would love to travel to all of the places you race. Happy Sunday, A

      Nature is unable to make a really first-class job of anything if she is hustled...

      Halifax Bluenose 10k May 2014

      Halifax Navy 5k August 2014

      Annapolis Valley Harvest, NS  HM October 2014

        Finished the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon with a 4:09:56, trimming a little over 2 minutes off my PR and beating my goal of 4:10.  Great day for racing: temps in the 50's, overcast, little wind, no rain (unlike Nashville which got swamped, apparently).  Ran a pretty well-managed race. Plan was to do the first mile at 10:00, then run 9:30's the rest of the way and actually stuck to that the whole way for the most part  There is a significant climb (150 ft over .75 miles) around mile 12 and I survived that with no problem, felt great at 20 and was starting to pick people off very regularly.  Another climb at mile 22 (100 ft over .75 miles) that almost did me in.  Had to walk the top third (which I'm not ashamed about at all), but my calf/achilles problem finally flared up for real and really had to cut back my effort.  The last 6 miles were 9:18 (flat), 9:38(flat/up), 10:03 (up), 9:59 (up/flat), 9:10 (downhill) and 9:32 (flat).  I'm claiming victory for running my last mile at race average pace plus the only walking I did, other than at water stops, was that little stretch of hill.

         

        I can highly recommend the race:

        • The course isn't easy, but it isn't hard either.  Other than the two big climbs (which have corresponding descents) it is essentially flat the whole way.  Most of the time I thought we were running downhill.
        • Everything was very well organized: very smooth start, plenty of water stops (although hard to spot at times), plenty of food at the end (which was a complaint from last year)
        • Even though it is run in conjunction with a half-marathon, there were plenty of marathoners around me. More than in Nashville or New Orleans for sure.  Also, there is a three mile stretch where we rejoin the marathoners (our mile 18, their 8.5) and they had gates and cones to divide the road so half-marathoners stayed on one side and marathoners on the other so no dodging packs of walkers.
        • Louisville turns out to be a great city to visit.  We found plenty of great places to eat, plenty of free or cheap parking.  There wasn't much crowd support, but where is there?

        Now, to anxiously await Russ's report.

        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

          YAY BRIAN!!!  NEW PR!!! Thanks for the detailed report. Don't think I'm not taking notes. Someday I may get there too.

          Use your momentum...keep going.  You know you can make it.


          Imminent Catastrophe

            That was memorable. Beautiful course on a beautiful day. It's rolling hills until a tough 2-mile climb at mile 10, complete with fierce headwind (now I know why this is called Hurricane Point), quad-pounding down to the famous bridge at the halfway point with the pianist playing there. So far so good, but about mile 18 we hit a series of nasty rolling hills that just went on forever, a lot of the road was steeply cambered. That lasted to the finish and I was wiped. It was nice to have a special tent for Boston 2 Big Sur runners. Overall probably the toughest road marathon I've run, right up there with Crater Lake. So I ran about 3:50:30, and I'm very pleased with that on this course.

            "Able to function despite imminent catastrophe"

             "To obtain the air that angels breathe you must come to Tahoe"--Mark Twain

            "The most common question from potential entrants is 'I do not know if I can do this' to which I usually answer, 'that's the whole point'.--Paul Charteris, Tarawera Ultramarathon RD.

             

            √ Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 20/21 July 2013

            Boston Marathon 21 April 2014

            Tahoe Rim Trail 100M 19/20 July 2014

              Way to go Russ!  Big Sur is on my short list.  Everything you said confirms what I've heard from others; hard and rewarding.

              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

                Nice touch.

                 

                Great job, Russ!!  From the photos on the web, the course looks Gorgeous!!

                Use your momentum...keep going.  You know you can make it.

                  Woohoo, us Dutch have our first King in 120 years ! Let's party  Clown  wear orange, eat orange, drink orange.

                   

                  http://londonist.com/2013/04/koninginnedag-2013-celebrate-the-dutch-throne-exchange.php

                  Dutchie
                  I go running in the early morning, before my brain figures out what I'm up to.

                  Run the day, or the day runs you.

                  Actions determine state of mind - Aristotle

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