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Grandma's Marathon update (Read 22 times)


Hungry

    Here is the short version. I ran a 3:09:40 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. A good training plan and ideal weather conditions combined to result in an all-time PR by over a minute (and an “old guy” PR by about 12 minutes over my Fall 2012 race). My previous PR of 3:11:00 was set in 1994, when I was 29 – I am now 48. (The old 1994 PR of 3:11:00 missed qualifying for Boston by 1 second under the old “59 second grace period” rule on top of the 3:10 standard for me at that time. So I've completely erased that one from the record books.)

     

    Sorry for the "subdued" report. I’d like to say that my “bad luck” streak has ended at races. Unfortunately, while I was up here, my house got hit by straight line winds (possibly a tornado). There are 6 trees down in our yard; one has taken out a power line, another took out our deck. We’ve got a hole in the roof and more flooding in our basement. My wife is battling all this while I am basking in the glow of my race. After I get home and things get sorted out, I’ll provide a more detailed race report. But I just wanted to post a quick update. Thanks for the many well wishes along the way. You guys rock!

    JML


      Congrats on a VERY solid result.  Running Wizard strikes again!

       

      I hope that the damage at home gets sorted out quickly.

       2014 goals: run a bunch....race some.....repeat...

        Oh no!!! I hope your house - and everyone in and around it - is ok! That does not sound good. Really hope your family is safe.

         

        Awesome race. Not surprised at all Smile Congrats dood.

         

        Here is the short version. I ran a 3:09:40 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. A good training plan and ideal weather conditions combined to result in an all-time PR by over a minute (and an “old guy” PR by about 12 minutes over my Fall 2012 race). My previous PR of 3:11:00 was set in 1994, when I was 29 – I am now 48. (The old 1994 PR of 3:11:00 missed qualifying for Boston by 1 second under the old “59 second grace period” rule on top of the 3:10 standard for me at that time. So I've completely erased that one from the record books.)

         

        Sorry for the "subdued" report. I’d like to say that my “bad luck” streak has ended at races. Unfortunately, while I was up here, my house got hit by straight line winds (possibly a tornado). There are 6 trees down in our yard; one has taken out a power line, another took out our deck. We’ve got a hole in the roof and more flooding in our basement. My wife is battling all this while I am basking in the glow of my race. After I get home and things get sorted out, I’ll provide a more detailed race report. But I just wanted to post a quick update. Thanks for the many well wishes along the way. You guys rock!

        northernman


        Fight The Future

          Congratulations on a great race, and terrific improvement! We need to hear the details, but sure, yeah, OK I guess go dry out the house. Sorry about that, but glad no one is hurt.

            Congrats, SubDood!!  Your 2012 5k indicated you should run 3:11 so you're right on!!  I'm in Canada right now (St. John's) and the storm hit on the day we left MN.  I was wondering if you went ahead and managed to run Grandma's because I know of a guy who had to turn around and come home because his basement had 5 inches of water!!  We lost electricity and got about an inch of water and my relatives and neighbor are helping us out to clean out the basement...  I know I got some damage--I think I had some of the autographed magazines were on the floor...  One in particular was from Reiko Tosa and, while I can get it again from her, it was a commemorative issue of a Japanese magazine when she won the bronze medal at Osaka World Championships!!  Lesson to be learnt; if it's valuable, don't leave it on the floor!!

             

            I was going to comment before your Up-Tempo but, obviously, you must have done it correctly.  I'll be back on Thursday night; maybe after we get our house under control, we'll get together for coffee or something.  Congrats and great job!!

             

            Here is the short version. I ran a 3:09:40 at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. A good training plan and ideal weather conditions combined to result in an all-time PR by over a minute (and an “old guy” PR by about 12 minutes over my Fall 2012 race). My previous PR of 3:11:00 was set in 1994, when I was 29 – I am now 48. (The old 1994 PR of 3:11:00 missed qualifying for Boston by 1 second under the old “59 second grace period” rule on top of the 3:10 standard for me at that time. So I've completely erased that one from the record books.)

             

            Sorry for the "subdued" report. I’d like to say that my “bad luck” streak has ended at races. Unfortunately, while I was up here, my house got hit by straight line winds (possibly a tornado). There are 6 trees down in our yard; one has taken out a power line, another took out our deck. We’ve got a hole in the roof and more flooding in our basement. My wife is battling all this while I am basking in the glow of my race. After I get home and things get sorted out, I’ll provide a more detailed race report. But I just wanted to post a quick update. Thanks for the many well wishes along the way. You guys rock!

              Congratulation Subdood!! Awesome race, can't wait to hear the details, but in the meantime I hope things are going okay at home. I am so sorry for all of the damage to your house! I hope that your insurance company is awesome and things get put back together quickly!

              zonykel


                Good job subdood. Hope the insurance takes care of the damage to your house. (And of course, hope everyone is safe as well).

                  Great work, SubDood. Now, try to enjoy a recovery from race while recovering from storm, if such is possible.

                  "So many people get stuck in the routine of life that their dreams waste away. This is about living the dream." - Cave Dog
                  frank777


                  Phew!

                    Well done mate. For now attend to family and home and update us when things have settled.

                     

                    Frank


                    Hungry

                      I previously posted the short version. Here is the much too long version:

                      Woke up at 3:45 and ate breakfast, then went back to bed. Got up around 5:00, put on my Saucony Virratas, and walked about 4 blocks to a parking lot where buses took us from Duluth to Two Harbors, about 22 miles northwest (basically, the marathon course in reverse).  On the bus, a young man sat down next to me. His gear bag had his bib number on it, #38. I assumed that a 2-digit bib number meant he was fast, so I asked him what his goal time was. He said his goal was 2:12. I laughed and said that was awesome, and that I’d be very happy to come within an hour of that.

                      The bus dropped us off in a large parking lot. I was in the very first bus to arrive, and there was a seemingly endless row of porta johns and no other people. I looked at my watch, and there was at least 90 minutes to wait until the start of the race. I quickly realized that this would not be a fun place to hang out for that long – nowhere to sit, nowhere to go indoors and warm up, etc.  So I walked around as the crowd of people grew. There was a guy who looked EXACTLY like Forrest Gump during his running phase (HUGE beard, red Bubba Gump baseball hat, short shorts, etc.).  I saw another guy doing some kind of martial arts warm-up routine – he almost kicked a young lady walking by.  As race time was approaching, I thought I had taken care of my bathroom needs. But at the last minute, I felt a sudden strong urge to go one more time, and I headed to use the porta john with just 5 minutes until start time. Despite the endless array of porta johns, there were long lines now, and I waited for quite awhile before I could “go.” [In hindsight, I am quite sure that I saved my PR with this last “move,” so to speak.]

                      Because of the last minute pit-stop, I started pretty far back in the pack. Well, I thought it was too far back because I felt claustrophobic and I had to dodge and weave my way around other runners for the first 2 miles. In retrospect, this was probably a good thing, because I was pretty amped up and would’ve gone out at too fast a pace had I not been so constrained. Here are my splits:

                       

                      Mile

                      Time

                       

                       

                      1

                      7:19.1

                       

                       

                      2

                      6:57.5

                       

                       

                      3

                      6:49.4

                       

                       

                      4

                      7:00.3

                       

                       

                      5

                      7:03.9

                       

                       

                      6

                      7:05.7

                       

                       

                      7

                      7:05.8

                       

                       

                      8

                      7:14.5

                       

                       

                      9

                      7:14.5

                       

                       

                      10

                      6:59.1

                       

                       

                      11

                      7:17.6

                       

                       

                      12

                      7:25.2

                       

                       

                      13

                      7:08.6

                       

                       

                      14

                      7:04.1

                       

                       

                      15

                      7:10.6

                       

                       

                      16

                      7:30.9

                       

                       

                      17

                      7:12.7

                       

                       

                      18

                      7:16.9

                       

                       

                      19

                      6:56.7

                       

                       

                      20

                      7:12.1

                       

                       

                      21

                      7:08.2

                       

                       

                      22

                      7:03.7

                       

                       

                      23

                      7:18.9

                       

                       

                      24

                      7:34.8

                       

                       

                      25

                      7:57.1

                       

                       

                      26

                      7:08.4

                       

                       

                      27

                      2:28.3

                       

                       

                       

                      The race fans/spectators were pretty darn cool. Around mile 5, there was a guy all by himself, sitting in the parking lot in front of a place called Russ Kendall’s Smokehouse, playing guitar in the drizzle. He was awesome, and I imagine he had a medley of running-themed songs that he played for the runners. Unfortunately, he was playing Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” when I went by. I just couldn’t stop thinking about how inappropriate the song choice was – we were only at mile 5, so a bit too early to be “on empty.” (Yeah, these are the crazy thoughts in my head when I run.)

                      For the first 6 miles, I experienced shin splints. (I think it’s shin splints -- extreme tightness and soreness around my shins that seems like it might get worse??) I’ve experienced this feeling twice in the last year: during the first 6 miles of the Twin Cities Marathon last fall, and during the first 6 miles of Grandma’s. It suddenly went away both times, at roughly the same point in the race. Could this have anything to do with tapering? I never had this during any of my training runs. It went away both times, but if there is a simple fix, I’d love to hear about it.

                      I followed my fueling strategy pretty closely: Gu at miles 7, 13 (strawberry banana at 7, peanut butter at 13), part of a banana at mile 19, then PowerAde® Ion4 Mountain Berry Blast flavored energy drink at every mile marker thereafter. (I wished for Nutella, I really did.)

                      There were some good signs along the way. “Smile if you pee’d a little.”  I smiled. Another said, “Show us your boobs,” which seemed strange because it was a young lady holding the sign. She pointed the sign right at me and yelled it out, so I grabbed my singlet and pulled it down as far as I could to expose my chest, much to the delight (or horror, perhaps?) of the gal and those around her. (I would later learn that I had slightly bloody nipples, something I didn’t even realize until later when my bath water hit that spot – Youch!!  I haven’t had that happen in years, and I thought I had applied plenty of Body Glide.)

                      I felt great, really great, until about mile 22 . . .

                      At mile 22 is the most significant hill in what is really a very flat course overall. They call it “Lemon Drop” hill, and there are a couple of people at the top of the hill playing bagpipes to “welcome” you to this landmark. I climbed the hill, then promptly hit the wall somewhere before mile 23. I blame the bagpipes.

                      My legs got very heavy. My calves AND my thighs felt like they were cramping (I have a history of leg cramps), and my energy level was suddenly lacking. I started counting my cadence, 1 thru 8, 1 thru 8, to try to keep my steps quick and light and to focus on something other than the pain. Nothing felt quick or light at that point. I got passed by a few people that I had easily passed going up Lemon Drop Hill.

                      I walked a bit and consumed the entire PowerAde at mile 24, which seemed to help. By mile 25, I had a little bit of a kick left (or maybe adrenaline kicked in from the awesome spectators cheering us on), and I ran pretty well from there on (7:08 pace for mile 26). I was enjoying running the final 0.2 miles with the crowd cheering (apparently for me!!)  … then some guy behind me kicks into really high gear and passes me like I’m standing still. He’s waving his arms up and down to coax the crowd into a frenzy of cheers, and the crowd is eating it up! It was cool, except he was stealing my thunder. So I pointed at him and mocked him with my own arm gestures, which caused some of the crowd to laugh.

                      I finished in 3:09:40, better than I really believed I could do. It beats my 19-year-old PR from 1994 by over a minute! It qualifies me for Boston by more than 15 minutes! I am very pleased with the result.

                      [After the race, I checked on my pal from the bus, #38, Eliud Ngetich. He also met his goal; he ran a 2:11:59 and finished 3rd overall!! Holy crap that’s fast!]


                        I finished in 3:09:40, better than I really believed I could do. It beats my 19-year-old PR from 1994 by over a minute! It qualifies me for Boston by more than 15 minutes! I am very pleased with the result.

                         

                         

                        Awesome! Congrats!

                        Mt Cheaha 50k 2/23/2013:  7:34 :D

                        Lake Martin 50; 27 miles: 5:29:07

                        Run For Kids 50k, Birmingham, 5/4/2013: 6:26:33 Woot!


                        Boston Strong in 2014!

                          Awesome race! Thanks for the detailed report; there are lessons to be learned there. I hope your house situation is not too bad and that you can recover soon from the storm.

                          2014 goals

                          2000 miles; 5k < 24:30; HM < 1:56Century Bike Ride

                           

                          Upcoming:

                          NYC Half Marathon 3/16Boston Marathon 4/21


                          Hungry

                            Congrats, SubDood!!  Your 2012 5k indicated you should run 3:11 so you're right on!!  I'm in Canada right now (St. John's) and the storm hit on the day we left MN.  I was wondering if you went ahead and managed to run Grandma's because I know of a guy who had to turn around and come home because his basement had 5 inches of water!!  We lost electricity and got about an inch of water and my relatives and neighbor are helping us out to clean out the basement...  I know I got some damage--I think I had some of the autographed magazines were on the floor...  One in particular was from Reiko Tosa and, while I can get it again from her, it was a commemorative issue of a Japanese magazine when she won the bronze medal at Osaka World Championships!!  Lesson to be learnt; if it's valuable, don't leave it on the floor!!

                             

                            I was going to comment before your Up-Tempo but, obviously, you must have done it correctly.  I'll be back on Thursday night; maybe after we get our house under control, we'll get together for coffee or something.  Congrats and great job!!

                             

                            Thanks, EVERYONE, for the really nice comments! It is motivating, just the sort of thing I need to keep the momentum going!

                            And Thanks, Nobby! The Running Wizard plan worked very well for me. Coffee sounds good. I'm buying!!

                            perryw


                              Ha!  I saw a Forest Gump dude at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (I ran the half, not sure what he was doing because it was before the split) last fall.  If memory serves, he even had on old school Nike? trainers.

                               

                              Good job on the race!

                              frank777


                              Phew!

                                Wow, what a great effort. You must be very satisfied with that, and deservedly so. Congratulations.

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