What: Hawk Marathon
When: September 14, 2013
Where: Clinton Lake, Lawrence, Kansas
Start Time: 7:00
Finish Time: 5:42
The short of it, I ran the race with a friend and had a blast. I treated it as a long run and treated it as a gut check to see if I had a chance at a 50K being held on October 19th. All in all, I'm very happy with how the race turned out, after all, I finished! This race was about 10 miles longer than my furthest run of the year. Just to finish it feeling good was a great feeling! If you want to read the long report, or see the photos, just follow the below link:
Hawk Marathon RR
Congrats Eric! Sounds like great day and I don't think you have any worries about your 50 k!
Ooh, I see a Maniacs singlet!
Congrats! Great job and I concur with Beth. No need to worry about your 50K. I did marathons to prepare me for the 50K and had no issues even when the course was a mother fucker. Good luck!
Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner
"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."
Great pics! Can't wait to hear about your 50K, looks like you're ready
Cool pics and very nice report.
Congrats, I'm about to do my first full a d hope I have as much fun as you described.
Congratulations! I'm certain that I'm not ready for a full, but the fact that you ran 10 miles farther than you've ever run before gives me hope.
But not this year!
PS - looking at the pictures in your RR, it looks like a rather tough course. Very nice though!
Tom (formerly known as PhotogTom)
5K - 25:16, 10K - 55:31, 15K - 1:20:55, HM - 1:54:54
Ridiculously beautiful scenery but as I've said before here......"warmup" and "marathon" put together are just.....well......WRONG!
Ibuprofen and running are not a good combination because it puts enormous strain on your kidneys. I recognize that a lot of people take it but, here's the bottom line from one article summing up a study from runners at Western States:
"Iuprofen use by endurance athletes did not affect performance, muscle damage or perceived soreness but it was associated with elevated indicators of inflammation and cell damage. It’s a reasonable assumption that using NSAIDs has no positive effect on sports performance. It may, in fact, cause a serious health risk in some endurance athletes."
Short term goal: 17:59 5K
Mid term goal: 2:54:59 marathon
Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life. (I started running at age 45).
Oski - Thanks!
Jay - Thanks!
hog4life - Thanks! I hope you have as much fun as I did as well.
Tom - Thanks! The marathon is the 2nd longest distance I've ever covered, but 10 miles farther than I have ever run. The one time I covered more distance was about 80% walking. It is the farthest I have ever gone on trails.
Randy - It is a beautiful trail to run. I will agree that using a marathon as a warmup sounds wrong, but it feels right.
LTH - I didn't use the ibuprofen to increase my performance, I did it to lessen/ward off discomfort. In that regard, it seemed to work. I knew the risks of taking it, but considered them minimal. However, because of the risks I limited myself to taking the equivalent of one dose during the race.
Congrats on your first official marathon, Eric! Great pictures-- looks like it was a beautiful course and a fun day. You sound like you're ready for the 50K. I hope it goes great!
Up next: Front Runners New York LGBT Pride 5-mile 06/28 | NYRR Team Championships: Women (5M) 08/02
Goal race: NYCRUNS Haunted Island 10K 10/25
meaghansketch - Thanks! The course was beautiful and I have already registered for the 50K.
Congrats and good luck on your ultra!
MRT: This too shall pass