Saturday the day & night before
Flew in, packet pickup almost spend money but I was strong and walked away saying this is about economizing, felt like patting myself on the back because it was hard not to pass something up at 50% mark down, but I really did not need them.
Meet up with fellow marathon maniacs at a cool Italian place downtown Jacksonville called Carmine pie house.
It was a great group; I am not much on meeting before a marathon. I got there early so I left early because I had a marathon to run!
One of the Maniacs Bryan was going to pace a few of us for sub 4, no telling what he did because that morning he reported he only got 2 hours of sleep. I got up early meet charlotte first one.
She was unmistakable great gal it would have been fun to run with her but I really wanted to race this one
We all grouped to take a Marathon maniac group picture then I ran to the portal-toilets soon found the group I was going to run with
Bryan, Bambi, Kuldeep & me
At first we started at an even pace. Bryan & the group started going way too fast around mile 2 or so. I did not want to go that fast and tried to stay between 8:50 and 9:05 no faster no slower. It was hard to keep within those parameters but I knew it was best. I saw Bambi at mile 6, I screamed hi to her but she was going off to the side to stretch or something else and didn’t hear me. Between mile 10-12 I chatted with this son and father group they were trying for sub four but I may have been going too fast for them, they dropped back.
Course was flat which was fantastic was not too hot at first had brief breeze at times which I enjoyed, except coming back around mile 20 it started to heat up
27:26—- 1:28:23— 1:55:58— 2:58:42— 3:57:49– 3:58:36–47sec difference in gun time
Gun time adjustment
26:39—1:27:36—-1:55:11—-2:57:55(8:54p)—–3:57:49 –9:05 pace
My goal was to stay within 8:50 and 9:05 pace on my Garmin. Now my Garmin may say 8:50 I know I am not running that fast because it is generally off by about 3-5 seconds, which is why I picked those parameters. Also I set the auto lap to 1:05 and lapped the mile markers myself. Clock page off because I didn’t care what time it was but my actual time.
I had my Garmin scroll three screens:
Pace__ current lap (time) Timer
Lap pace cadence Avg pace
I did not need the distance because there are mile markers and also I did not have actual time on because all that matter is the time I was on the course.
I am listing the actual time and pace in my splits to show the variance between the two. I gauge by looking at pace but relied on the lap actual time and timer.
Lap-distance- time –pace
2-1:05-9:13-8:53-93 – had a -GU
I forgot or didn’t see the mile markers at mile 2 so that messed up my time base one miles. I know my Garmin is not right on so I set it on 1:05 and push lap at the mile markers.
6-1.00-8:42-8:42 (amazing right on!)
7-1.02-9:03-8:53— had a Gu
11-1.00-8:44-8:45—there was a father and son from Tennessee I talked to here they were going to sub4 also, I must have been going to fast they decided to drop back.
12-1.01-9:00-8:53—had a Gu
15-1.01-9:08-9:02- I was feeling pretty good, I usually slack around mile 15
16-1.02-9:06-8:56-had a GU, it was getting hot and I begun to pour the water over my head.
17-.99-9:11-9:16 starting to struggle here took that last endurance it helped, I fear how my system would react to it but did good, maybe ought to have had one at mile 22
18-1.01-9:00-8:57- back on pace
20-1.03-9:02-8:49 strange how the mile splits are not as close to 1.00 as in the beginning. I crossed the 20 mi marker on pace for 3:55I knew I had it then fell apart!
21-1.02-9:09-9:01- had a gu I think, or not
22-1.01-9:22-9:15 losing it again, went over the small bridge overpass of a canal to the river, was not too big of elevation but enough to slow us down.
23-1.00-9:21-9:20- I was passing some try my best to stay on pace.
24-1.00-9:44-9:42 OMG my worst split!!, it might have been the water station I tried to get a cup but a collision was about to happen so I went on. took another GU
25-1.03-9:47-9:33 and not better, really suffering to focus. I would wish I could latch a elastic belt around someone to pull me through, I felt I was going in slow motion.
26-1.01-9:44-9:36 I really tried to push, calves started to cramp I tried my best to use MindOverMatter and not let it happen, at the same time I could not kick it in, disappointed that I couldn’t. These last two miles felt like I was up on a mountain suffering from lack of oxygen hardly could get my legs to move.
.2 .26(I forgot to turn watch off till a couple seconds afterwards). Once I was on the course I tried to push myself I was able to pass the guy in front of me, we were both suffering.
It shows 9:30 pace avg but it would be wrong because of the stopping afterwards
My Son and Grandson Silver was at the Finish line, I gave my finish shirt to Silver. I was exhausted wish I took pictures with them but last thing on my mind, but here they are at the restaurant we ate in St Augustine on the way to their place.
Positive splits are the way to go for me, still keeping my pace at avg 8:50-9:05 goal worked well. Or always fade wish I didn’t, I ran well till the end.
2438 calories burned per Garmin, that is more than I eat in a normal day, It took about 5 Gus so that was about 500 Cal. I carbo load the best I ever had done, last 3 days about 80% carbs, 5% fat and 15%protien. I wish I knew what could get me over that fade.
Lost focus a little at mile 17 which usual is mile wall part but was able to get back on track. Then at mile 20 on I really lost pace. I tried my best to keep on pace watching the person in front of me trying to stay with them although I did pass some but then mile 23 it got worse. I hated it I wish I could have pushed harder I knew I had this but was looking at a big PR (for me 3:55 is big) at mile 20. At the end I tried figure I had enough water in my bottles left I did not pause at the stops which helped till the last one I was low and tried to get a water but turned into a cluster pluck.
As leaving I was talking to my son thinking about the next race whether I should race it or use it as a training run and have fun. He didn’t understand the concept he thought just have fun and if you run faster for a PR. Well I explained racing and enjoying the run as a training run is two different things, one either pushes their self to the best or just cruise and have fun. It is like college you can go there and not put in 100% and have fun partying being social get a C, or put more effort to get an A in the hard classes, well at least for me.