>Look What I Can Do!>Fargo Marathon RR - longish
So I’m left to wonder that I wasn’t really in 3:20 shape after all, but rather something like 3:30
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Good race. Yeah 3:20 was probably a bit agressive (and I feel a tad responsible as one of the people who voted for going for it), but I realyly think it was worth a shot. This is a good result--a big PR and knowing you can go faster.
That would be my guess. Clearly you were not ready to sustain that pace, that's a pretty big slowdown (been there, done that).
Otherwise, nice race! I'm glad they were still able to hold the race.
Congrats on the PR despite it not being what you wanted. Maybe more importantly, great job on the training that got you to where you are. There will always be more opportunities for good races (which you don't have full control over) but you do control the training.
I read this with great interest because we are the same age, similar build, and I plan on my log in 4 months looking like your last 4 months. If all goes well, I hope to have a goal of 3:20 this fall as well. So it's interesting to read about your experience, and your wondering whether you were in 3:20 shape or not, because I am positive I will have the same exact question. I wish I had the answer on where you fell short (if you can even callit that) now so that I could avoid it.
Regardless, great job, and you've got the 3:20 in front of you, I'm sure.
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Great job on the 9 minute PR. Recover, keep running, and the next PR is waiting for you. It's all about the climb. Wll make running Boston that much more great when you do run it.
I bet you were cold without the long sleeve shirt. I was rather sparse back in the four hour group too after the half dropped off. Although it was nice to not be so congested, but not the same as running say TCM where you get into a pack that is just moving. (Although i noticed there was less people walking the last few miles than TCM...think those guys were all walking the half.) I had fun with the course because I got to see and cheer the leaders on, but I don't like all those turns. Also were the beginning miles marked? I also thought some of the markers were off.
Did you get pizza? Had i known the half marathoners were going to eat all the pizza i would have stopped at mile 13 to grab a few slices.