Good luck Perfesser, you can do it!
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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
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:
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.
Go as long as you can, and then take another more step.
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.
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Way to go Russ! Big Sur is on my short list. Everything you said confirms what I've heard from others; hard and rewarding.
Great job, Russ!! From the photos on the web, the course looks Gorgeous!!
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