✓ finished without walking
trained for distance
✓ under estimated distance
✓ had fun
My experienced marathon advisors told me to forget setting a goal time but focus on having fun, finishing the thing, and not getting injured. Although not by design, as it turns out, this is exactly what I did.
I found a pace where I felt good and after 3-4 miles I saw my average was 9:45. Oh well, the 3:59:59 would not happen today. Little did I know, 4:59:59 would not happen either. (5:08)
So I decided to enjoy the experience and take it all in. A few observations from the 1st half of the race:
- It's not fair that a race walker can pass me on an uphill.
- All girls with red hair have tattoos.
- I was excited to see my family (sue-devon-craig-brian) in Hyde Park at mile 10 or so.
- Putting those chew type gels in a small pocket is not a good idea. They merged into a gooey clump from my body heat.
- 1st half 2:18
I had slightly different observations in the 2nd half.
- "Long" training runs of 12 miles may be fine for a half, but not a full.
- Why are girls in pink tutus and old guys passing me so easily?
- It is possible to pee and run at the same time.
- It is possible to "run" at a pace slower than walking.
- It was great to see the family at the finish line!
So, I'll do it again next year, and I'm thinking 3:59:59