Somewhere around Mile 5 I started to cramp up, but I was on pace for a 1:03 and didn't want to fall back... So even though it hurt like hell, I managed to push it out and maintain my pace. I just popped a Gu and the cramp managed to subside in about 3 minutes or so afterwards.
Unofficially (the results probably won't be posted until later today), I ran a 1:03:05. All things considered, I'm not complaining whatsoever. It was a blast.
Even more crazy was the fact that my split times were only two seconds apart (Miles 0 - 5 in 31:31, and Miles 5 - 10 in 31:33), which, with all the variables thrown in is pretty odd.
That'd be pretty rad, dude... I'm looking forward to making this a regular race.
The crowd is huge (even larger than the pack at the Los Angeles Marathon), but it's well organized and the timed start waves make it easier to get up to your race pace without having to elbow people out of the way.
Now if they'd only post those stinkin' results already...
Yeah, it's pretty crazy. Just last year my 10mi time was 1:27... But just last year I didn't give two craps about what I ate (or lots of other things for that matter)... So I guess it's just the result of disciplined dieting and more focused training.
But whatever the case, I'm definitely stoked... I never thought in a million years I'd ever break 1:05 in the 10mi.
Hopefully Baltimore will yield similarly awesome results this Saturday.
I've been totally slacking off all week... Although, last night I went swimming for about 20 minutes at a hotel a friend is staying at... Yeah, it'll be some time before I'm ready for a triathlon. Swimming is hard.
I did a relatively short run this morning too... Just to loosen things up a bit before Saturday.
I ran 9 on tuesday instead of the 10 I had planned. I just wasn't feeling it and I didn't want to push myself so soon before my race. This morning I did a very leisurely paced 4.2 to stay loose. It was lovely, I need to take more recreational-non intense runs just to remember how fun running can be!
I feel I should mention that I've found a way to effectively eliminate my long battle with shin splints. The second I get home from my run, I do a bit of light stretching and then take an ice soak for about 20 minutes. I fill my tub up with cold water and all the ice my freezer can make and just sit in it. It's terrible getting in but after a few seconds it's ok.
Someone told me I should try icing my shins when I finish running. I read up on it, and there were a lot of studies vouching for the good it can do. I tried it with frozen bags of vegetables and ice, but it wasn't working. I thought I'd take it up a notch and just ice my entire lower body. It's tough to sit through but my shins have felt great since I've been doing this.
When I looked on the Philly Marathon site, it showed the course (at least some major highlights). Maybe you should plug in the marathon route into your "Map My Run" and see for yourself about hills - utilizing elevation. Then maybe you could kick up your hill training, if necessary or desired.
(yeah.. I'm giving a marathoner advice.)
good luck, Josh!! and good job today!
...*just wants him to qualify for Boston 2009 so we can hang out (if we still live here)* (and if you don't, you'll end up doing a marathon in whatever state we live in sometime anyway.)
So I finally got out of bed and did 4.25 this morning, which is measly, but better than nothing.
I've gotta figure out how to tie my left shoe better. I've got this bone thing on the top of my foot and it was sore the ENTIRE time I ran and I can already tell that it's going to be sore for a day or two. I have to figure out how to take the shoelace pressure off of it, but still keep the laces tight up top.
Well I had my first official race experience today. I wasn't too pleased with my time or my overall performance but I guess it was good for a first race.
It was definitely different from running alone. I guess I got too excited at the beginning and didn't pace myself well enough to finish at my target time. I also had to walk for about .2 miles between 8.5 and 9.5. I was dumb enough to wear a long sleeve shirt and got too hot. Fashionable, but not smart.
Besides that, my unofficial time was 1:23:15. They haven't posted the official results yet. I'll post those and some pictures later.