My first STGM is in the books! What a perfect day to run a marathon. Run was about as good as I could've hoped for with my training the last few months. The only real bummer about the race was getting a serious blister on the bottom of my left foot. I knew I was in trouble about 3-4 miles into the race! My foot was already aching so I was running in all kinds of positions. I didn't listen to the advice I got to take the first half of the race a little easier then the second half - it caught up to me. The wheels started to fall off around mile 18 and were off the last three. Here's the damage:
Mile 1 and 2 pretty strange running in the dark: 8:20, 8:34
Mile 3-7 feeling great except for the burning foot: 7:40, 7:41, 7:47, 7:36, 7:25
Mile 8 Veyo Hill: 8:51
Mile 9 - 11 roller ups tough section: 8:19, 8:17, 8:33
Mile 12 - 14 starting to think I pushed a bit to hard on the first half: 8:05, 7:40, 8:17
Mile 15 - 17 some needed down hill (legs starting to feel it): 7:38, 7:39, 7:52
Mile 18 - 23 Just trying to hold it together walking through the aid stations at this point to hyrate - starting to get a bit warm: 8:33, 8:46, 8:40, 8:16, 9:49, 8:59
Mile 24-26.25 my brother Anthony jumped in here and ran the rest of the way with me. I'm sure he was like what is wrong with you. He kept me from completly falling apart. 8:47, 9:08, 9:09, last .25 at 8:13 pace.
After the race had to jump in the car and head back home! The legs are starting to feel it, but all in all I would say - had a great time!!
Distance 26.25 Avg 8:19 Time 3:38:29