MARATHON COMPLETE!!!

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!

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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!

Mike

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!

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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

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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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FULL WEEK IN

This week, I have logged more miles than I have ever logged in a week’s time before.  Tuesday I ran 8 miles, Wednesday I ran 4.5 miles, Thursday I ran 4 miles, and this morning I ran 15 miles.  Much to my surprise, I am not as sore today after running 15 miles, as I was on Tuesday after running 8.  I have began using KT Tape, as I experience an occasional flare up of Arch pain in my left foot, however I did not use it today during or after my run.  Could my body be adjusting to excess mileage this quickly?

I have also being taking a fish oil supplement and drinking an occasional glass of Cherry Juice to help decrease inflammation.  My brother-in-law had suggested this, and it’s still a bit early to say if it’s helping or not.  But it’s clearly not hurting after feeling rather fresh when running 15 miles.  Tomorrow my training plan calls for a Cross-training session (I plan to swim), and then Monday is a rest day!  If you have not read any of my earlier posts, I am following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Training Guide!

One thing I have noticed when running longer distances, is how often my mind tends to wander while I run.  I am sure anyone who reads this and runs can relate.  For the first 3-4 miles, I tend to focus mainly on my pace, and feeling in my legs to make sure everything is working properly!  However once I get into a rhythm, my mind shifts into what I call, “Imagination in High Gear.”  I think about anything from my work, family life, past and upcoming races, and sometimes things as silly as what it would be like to be a bird, I wander who’s in that helicopter, Will I ever get to experience space travel in my lifetime, and other silly meaningless things!  Once I hit about mile 10, or 75% through my run, I begin to shift my imagination towards how good it will feel to finally cross the finish line in Dover at the Monster Mash Marathon, and this always motivates me to being running at a slightly faster pace.  I think this is most important to remember when training.  If you consistently remind yourself of just how good it will feel when you finally get there, you tend to forget about your running pains, being tired, or discouraged, and become instantly motivated.