MY FIRST MARATHON IS IN THE BOOKS!!!! And I might add, at a much faster pace/time than I anticipated. I ran the Monster Mash Marathon in Dover Delaware on this past weekend, and finished 5th in my AG, completing the race in 3 hours and 50 minutes at an 8:48 pace. If you remember any of my earlier posts, my goal was run a 9:30 pace so I am totally stoked about this!!! Below I have included a Mile by Mile Pace breakdown!
Mile 1: 7:58
The first mile was a lap around the inside of the Nascar Track at Dover. It was pretty awesome lit up as it was still pretty dark at 7:00 am in the morning!
Mile 2: 8:07
Mile 3: 8:13
Mile 4: 8:20
Mile 5: 8:04
By this point all my early run aches and pains have numbed away and I began to pick up the pace bit. I was also in the historic downtown Dover area at this point and the scenery was really nice!
Mile 6: 7:56
Mile 7: 7:43
At mile 7.5 we split off from the Half Marathon runners. At this point the crowd thinned out a great bit, and it became quite lonely! My pace also appears as if I slowed a bit in the next two miles, however, I was trying to eat my Stinger Gummies, and did slow down a bit through one of the water stations!
Mile 8: 8:10
Mile 9: 8:15
Mile 10: 8:15
Mile 11: 8:07
Mile 12: 8:27
Almost at the half way point!!! There were quite a few spectators in this area, including my awesome family!
Mile 13: 8:31
HALF WAY POINT! Still felt pretty strong at this point! No aches, pains or stiffness to speak of yet! I think the Electrolyte tablets I took really helped!
Mile 14: 8:21
Mile 15: 8:47
Mile 16: 8:55
I slowed up a bit here to eat again! I started to feel a little swelling in my right foot at this point. I actually came to a complete stop and loosened the laces a bit!
Mile 17: 8:21
Mile 18: 8:24
Mile 19: 8:58
O boy…. Here comes the GREAT WALL! I could really feel myself starting to cramp up at this point. I am not sure if this was due to lack of the correct nutrition, hydration, or simply because I had been training at a 9:30 pace, and was averaging more than a minute faster per mile during the race, but I was definitely winded at this point!
Mile 20: 9:24
Something really neat happened for the next mile, as a really nice runner girl caught up to me here and we began to talk for a while about running, the scenery, even a really low flying airplane that was landing at Dover Air Force Base near by. Before I knew it, my pace was back in line as my mind again was totally not thinking about running. I was only able to hold her pace for about a mile and half before I became winded again!
Mile 21: 9:41
Mile 22: 10:22
Really hitting the wall at this point!!!!
Mile 23: 9:58
At mile 23, I caught up to a runner guy and we began chatting over the next several miles. Turns out he was in the Navy, stationed nearby, and has run quite a few Marathons in his day. We chatted for the next two miles and again my pace had sped up without even knowing!
Mile 24: 9:21
Mile 25: 9:32
Down the home stretch!!!! As we rounded the last turn, I could finally see the race track again. At this point I thanked my running companion for chatting the last several miles and then sped past him to the finish!!!!
Mile 26: 8:48
Mile 26.2 total time: 3:50:40
What a totally awesome feeling to complete my first ever marathon. The only injury sustained during my run aside from the normal soreness was that my right foot, small toe was a bit bruised and it hurt to walk on the past few days. I have been using my trainer this week to stay active, and plan to start running again tomorrow! I hope to be ready again in time to run the Philly Marathon in November!
Anyone else here planning to run Philly?
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