Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lincoln Marathon Recap

[Yeah, I neglected this blog for several months.  I got busy at work and just didn't really feel like getting on the internet.  But I did run an AWESOME marathon, my first race in a Runner's Roost uniform, and am finally getting around to doing the recap a month late.]

Race: Lincoln National Guard Marathon 
Date: May 5, 2013 
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Weather: Overcast, 41 degrees F, wind at 7 mph from the NNW
Course: Mostly flat, some rolling hills (good change up), great crowd support, well organized.


Both Jeff and I ran PR's and qualified for Boston.  This was Jeff's first time qualifying for Boston!!!  Jeff's brother also ran and qualified for Boston.  Jeff and Chris ran together the whole time and had a blast.  At the finish we all celebrated together, what an experience!!!

We all ran nearly perfect races, running the second half of our race faster than the first.  We also had enough in our tanks at the end to sprint to the finish and never "hit the wall."  I started off slow and picked it up to maintain my goal pace for the majority of the race.
Here are my splits from the race:
FINALLY a race that I can be really proud of from mile 1 all the way to 26.2.  I ran it as I planned and felt great the entire time.  I had GU's at miles 6, 13, and 19 and my parents drove all over the course giving me my handheld full of Nuun at 4 locations.  It was great!!  My parents are now required to come to every marathon as they were an big part of my (and Jeff and Chris's) success.

Next Half Marathon: Georgetown to Idaho Springs (Colorado), August 10, 2013.  Goal = break 1:30
Next Marathon: St. George (Utah) Marathon, October 5, 2013.  Goal = break 3:05
Other Races: Hood to Coast, August 23-24, 2013.  Goal = run 6:50 average pace