As for a summary of the results: my chip time was 3:21:28, which comes to 7:41/mile. I beat my goal pace!
Other fun results for the day include being 34/326 in my division (M 25-29), 199/2235 among men, and 224/3638 overall! I really couldn’t be more happy with the results.
Many thanks to everyone at Conley Sports, who put on the LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon & Half Marathon, for such a well run and fun event! It’s really a great course and fun day, and that’s largely because of the crew they’ve got running it.
I’ve had that nervous energy that comes with race weekend for the last couple of days. I’ve been re-reading an Austin Marathon course-guide written by Rob Hill (he coaches Team Spiridon), and it’s getting me excited and scared. Which is good.
It’s just that weird time of training… where I’m not actually training any more. And it’s irrational, but I’m terrified that I’ve lost everything over the last two weeks of tapering because I haven’t done anything recently to show myself it’s still there. So… basically I’ve gone ’round the bend.
I did get a nice little run in last night, and I got to see a short section of the course I hadn’t seen before (just the part going up Jackson to Bull Creek), but it’s nice to be able to visualize it all. In various pieces through many different runs I’ve almost run the cumulative length of the route. The only part I didn’t get to is the the part right at the northern end of the course: going east from Great Northern Blvd to Duval. (And also, the time I ran Duval was going the wrong direction: it was going uphill. But I think I can mentally make the adjustment to running downhill to the finish!)
Anyway… I’ve been trying to fine tune my nutrition plan, and visualize the race. Here we go… less than 48 hours to go.
For anyone interested in tracking me, you can follow me using the Austin Marathon App (just click the picture!). My bib number is #2715. Assuming everything works out there, you should be able to see my 5k, 5mi, 10mi, Half Marathon, 20mi, and Finish times as they happen. The app also will use my pace (up to the last check point) to guess where I am, so you can sort of follow me as I run the course, too!
Good luck to everyone who’ll be out there with me!
Whelp… I’ve officially done my last pre-marathon double-digit miles run. Now, let the relaxing and true tapering begin. Runs now will be mostly about getting some blood flow and stretching out my legs, not so much for performance.
These last two weeks went really well: every run (including the longer ones) was at tempo. I think that bodes well for race day, but we’ll see!
In other news, I participated in the Strava “Base Miles Blast” Challenge, which was basically a collective challenge to run as many miles as possible during the month of January.
I think I did pretty well on this one: 122 miles total last month! That put me at 1455 out of 9519 participants, which ain’t too shabby. I didn’t even come close to the guy who won… who ran a ridiculous 602.5 miles last month (jaw hits floor).
So anyway… training basically complete. There will be no more gains in fitness other than the general recovery that comes with two weeks of a lighter load. The big challenge now is to not gain weight in the meantime.
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