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Location:

Vestavia,AL,USA

Member Since:

May 31, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Marathon Top 10 Finishes: 7 Bridges ('15), Utah Valley ('13), Salt Lake City ('08), Top of Utah ('07), and St. Louis ('04). Ran around the equator (24901.55) in 4,388 days.

Personal Records
Marathon 2:39 (SLC '08)
1/2 Marathon 1:12.30 (Provo River, aided '08)
10K 34:16 (Track, sea level '00)
10K 33:15 (Des 10K, aided '08)
8K 25:32 (Crack of Dawn, aided '13)
5K 16:44 (Track, sea level '00)
5K 16:07 (Running of the Leopards, aided '12)
 

Short-Term Running Goals:

NYC Marathon November 3, 2019 done 

London Marathon October 3, 2021 done

Tokyo Marathon 202#???...

And my largest challenge to date, raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my cancer survivorship and in memory of those lost to blood cancer...
DONE! $26,403.70

https://pages.lls.org/tnt/al/london2021/awende

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Masters Runner.

Get under 3 hours one more time...

Personal:

Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 35.00 Year: 35.00
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 136.06
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 177.93
Nike Vaporfly Pink Lifetime Miles: 105.22
Brooks Launch Blue #31 Lifetime Miles: 163.50
Brooks Launch White #32 Lifetime Miles: 160.50
Brooks Launch Green #33 Lifetime Miles: 163.75
Saucony Rides Black #31 Lifetime Miles: 161.25
Saucony Rides Grey #32 Lifetime Miles: 163.07
Saucony Rides Turquoise #33 Lifetime Miles: 160.25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
1166.8126.000.000.000.000.000.001192.81
Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 279.00Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 282.75Brooks Launch Neon #7 Miles: 287.75Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 279.75Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 26.00RM 090416 Miles: 0.83Asics Japan #1 Gold Miles: 10.00Saucony Rides Neon #12 Miles: 15.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Hard to believe another year has come and gone. Or that it has been well over two years now since we moved South. The year overall was good but a lot of work ahead for 2016... All the best and Happy New Year!

Family pond loops.

Avg. 9:13

Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Family bike loop.

Avg. 8:27

Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.000.000.000.007.50

Perfect temps, nice run.

Avg. 8:06

Brooks Launch Neon #7 Miles: 7.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Treadmill run.

Avg. 8:25

Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Treadmill run.

Avg. 7:53

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.000.000.000.006.50

Finally made it outside. Did a quicker middle loop and have been lifting a little. Trying to get a little more balance back with the healthy living side of things. Such a nice night out, mid-40s.

Avg. 7:52

Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 6.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments
From jtshad on Thu, Jan 07, 2016 at 08:33:58 from 141.221.191.225

Happy New year! Sorry I forgot to send you a happy birthday note back on Dec. 18, so belatedly happy birthday!

Hope 2016 holds great things for you and your family!

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Work, missed run.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Evening run to end the week. It was nice out but I was tired.

Avg. 8:44

Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments
From bgrun on Sat, Jan 09, 2016 at 20:35:31 from 107.139.157.84

Not bad.

Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Family pond loops.

Avg. 7:50

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Morning loop before family woke up.

Avg. 9:13

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Lazy morning run.

Avg. 9:43

Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Hard loop after hard day. Broke the 37,000 lifetime mile mark today.

Avg 7:35

Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Easy, cold morning run.

Avg. 9:25

Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Early AM run before work.

Avg. 9:24

Brooks Launch Neon #7 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Bummer into work by 5:30AM so no run. Tough work week.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Family pond loops but then work day :(

Avg. 8:38

Brooks Launch Neon #7 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Busy day, got church/family time in. But up early to work. Needed to see the sun so snuck in a long run instead of lunch.

Avg. 8:45

Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Family MLK scoot/run. But otherwise a work day.

Avg. 8:18

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Josh is recovered from his Dopey challenge so back to the old routine.

Avg. 9:40

Brooks Launch Neon #7 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

No run, work

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.000.000.000.006.50

Got out for some.

Avg. 9:23

Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 6.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Treadmill is better than nothing.

Avg. 8:25

Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

No run, work and family chores.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

NEEDED a break. Got out while it was still sunny, which was nice.

Warm enough for shorts and shortsleeves.

Avg. 8:15

Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Going to change the trend of this year. Work or no need to keep up with the running...

Avg. 8:33

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Plugging along. Early AM with Josh.

Avg. 9:11

Brooks Launch Neon #7 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Only time and energy for 3 today. What a shame it was so nice out.

Avg. 8:07

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Blah, work...

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Double blah, work...

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.000.000.000.003.00

Family run.

Avg. 8:24

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.000.000.000.0013.00

Way better than the month I had...

Avg. 9:02

Saucony Rides Silver #18 Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Well, blah.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.000.000.000.005.25

Loop with Josh.

Crazy hot.

Avg. 9:22

Brooks Launch Neon #8 Miles: 5.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Blah too much work...
 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Blah too much work...

22 hour day...

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Blah too much work...

But ended it with family sushi dinner.

Only way was by waking up at 2AM to hit my 4PM deadline...

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Race: Adam Heart Runs 10 mile (9.94 Miles) 01:08:39, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Well today was my 3rd running of the Adam Heart Runs 10-miler. It was also my slowest but considering my poor training this year I'm happy with it. I've really fallen off since October between work demands, etc.

The weather was perfect. No wind cold (upper 30s).

I started out "easy" with the only goal of hitting sub-7. Which I somehow managed.

Now to see how the marathon next weekend goes with the poor training and work stress.

5th overall, 1st in age group! I also got to meet the "Adam" the race is named after.

Unfortunately, then had to go strait to work that is just finishin up now (Mon 1AM...).

Keep on running...

 

Saucony Rides Silver #17 Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Still working... At least I had a little family/church time.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Taper

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Taper

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Taper

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Taper

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

Taper

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.00

About 1 mile or so running around for the finally of the Mercedes Kids Marathon...

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments
From jtshad on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 07:29:36 from 141.221.191.225

Good run at the marathon! Hope you are doing well!

Race: Birmingham Mercedes Marathon (26.06 Miles) 03:16:31, Place overall: 48, Place in age division: 9
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.000.000.000.000.000.0026.00

Chapter 15: What’s a Marathon?
Pre-race: Well it has been only been a few months since Chattanooga but it feels like a few years. After the overwhelming success of that race my work life just took over (the holidays mixed in there didn’t help any). However, the main thing was just the reality of my work schedule, balancing trainees, grants, manuscripts, etc. While still making sure my kids remember my face and my wife knowing I was alive. But the biggest thing was a loss of the balance I pride myself on. Once I skipped a run it became all too easy and for the first time since I really started running distance (Spring of 1995) I missed more runs, not related to an injury, than I ever have. In fact, I think I skipped more runs in the first 1.5 months of 2016 than all of 2015 combined.
With that said I was really thinking about not running this marathon. The actual numbers really highlight the dip in training. For Chattanooga I put in 1,005 miles pre-race and for this attempt at Birmingham I put in 540 miles pre-race. In fact that is my least miles of all 15 marathons, by 81 miles (over 18-wk). But with a helpful push from my wife I decided to run anyway. So what is “run” in this case? What is a marathon? It is not a distance to be trifled with. However, it all depends on what you want out of it and what you’ve put into it. In this case I’ve put 21 years of training into despite the slight lag in training. However, since I only had a few runs in the double digits going into it I knew endurance was going to be an issue. So my only plan was to hold on to 7:## miles as long as I could. So again, what is a marathon? It is so much more than a random distance dictated to us by the “Royals” at the 1908 Olympics. To me it is a challenge we face and for me that challenge has been maintaining the family/work/life balance.
Race: I picked up a friend from church on my way to the start. She was running the half marathon. Once to the start we went our separate ways. I struggled to find the “Road to Narnia” but once I did realized I had the whole wardrobe to myself. They were a couple blocks off the start this year and I wasn’t the only one who didn’t immediately find them… But once nature was taken care of I did a light warm-up and then just got into the mix waiting for the start. It was colder than I would have liked and I actually started with a double long sleeve covering and my “Flying Squirrel” singlet. The one layer was over the top with the intent of taking it off at 8 miles. I started up a bit too far and just went with my pace. I was surprised how disciplined I actually was. I did head out “too fast” but 6:52 with a goal of 7:00 with dozens of people passing me is not too bad. The first four miles were actually too fast by this standard but once I hit the 8K mark I seemed to settle into a rhythm. Now I have to say this was my least eventful race. The main thing was having half marathoners and some marathoners pass me. But I kept my cool, new I was out just to run and not race and went with it. My family was at the 8-mile mark but in the against the wind segments I was chilly so I just kept the two long sleeves. I stopped for another Narnia visit and swapped my singlet to above to two long sleeves. I took Gus at miles 4, 8, 13, 18, and 21 and BeetElite pre-race and mile 21. Around mile 12 a guy caught up with me and tried to encourage me to run with him as we only had a mile to go, but when I informed him I had a lap to go he wished me luck and went on. That was really my only contact. Strange to be along in a race with 100s of people. The crowd where present was great and the BUTS banner was hit both times around this year as in 2014. My C standard was 3:30, my B standard was 3:20, and my A standard was 3:15. So even though this was my slowest marathon it was also my least trained and I about lived up to the best I could have expected. Official time was 3:19ish but minus the pit stop Garmin was 3:16:31. I’ll take it.
Post-race: I stopped on the way home and bought 40lbs of ice. Cooled the tub down to 50F and chilled for 15 minutes. I kept the rest of the ice and cycled between hot/Epson salt baths and 50F ice baths for the next three nights. Surprisingly no training or not I felt pretty good and was evening walking down stairs at a normal speed by Wednesday, not the strenuous hike on the why home like after Chattanooga J… I took a week off and hopefully this experience motivates me to reclaim my balance and repeat the Chattanooga performance (or better) soon.
All the best,
Adam