Got up at 4:45 and did a slow 1 mile loop around Welles Park. Met up with friends for drive down to U of C campus where we parked on the street. Was at least a 1.5 walk (which became a run) to the bag check and at that point the corrals were full. I had to make my way through the corrals and sprint to the bag check. Once bag was checked and pre-race routine was done, had to climb into my appropriate corral. Had 2 minutes before the gun sounded to catch my breath!
Analysis: Goal D attained: 1:27:53. That equals a 3:06:46 marathon.
First 5 mile pace 6:39
2nd 5 mile pace 6:39
Last 3.1 pace 6:52.
1) 6:43 2) 6:40 3) 6:40 4) 6:33 5) 6:32 6) 6:35 7) 6:33 8) 6:37 9) 6:43 10) 6:42 11) 6:51 12) 6:50 13) 6:44 13.1) 6:04 (Notice that I never did get above 6:52, which is a 3 hour marathon pace!)
Side note: First 43 year-old to cross the finish line! Click here to see the proof!
Conditions were humid, and lots of unprotected sun. Also, I had relatively no taper as I only went from a 70 mile week to a 62 mile week this week. Anyway, need to keep up the effort to get close to a 3 hour marathon!
Here is a picture of the winners. The third place male was not present for the awards:
14.2 of 63 miles for the week.