|Shamrock Shuffle 2015:|
|Number of runners I passed after 5k mark:||
|Number of runners who passed me after the 5k mark:||
|My place at 5k mark:||
|My place at the finish line (8k):||410|
So my "tons of runners" translates to 106 runners passed in just over over 11 minutes - about 10 per minute. I went way down the list to see if anyone had passed me over the same stretch and could not find a single person. This info shows just how big a negative split I ran. However in the long run, the only time that matters is the one that displayed as I crossed the finish line. Lots of other runners who went out a lot faster than me then slowed down more than me, still beat me. Bottom line: While it's fun to pass other runners, you can still get beat by lots of faster "positive splitters" and "even pacers".
Anyway, I also saw that someone on reddit had downloaded the stats of every finisher of the 2014 Chicago Marathon into an Excel spreadsheet. So, using that data, I did the same analysis as above, except this time I calculated the number of runners I passed and was passed by after the halfway (13.1 mile) mark:
|Chicago Marathon 2014:|
|Number of runners I passed after 13.1 mile mark:||
|Number of runners who passed me after the 13.1 mark:||
|My place at 13.1 mile mark:||
|My place at the finish line (26.2 miles):||1,763|
The interesting thing with this is that I was down on myself for my "big" positive split during the Chicago Marathon, but I needn't really be. Of the runners who passed the half way mark at 1:32:52 or faster, I finished with a faster time than 481 of them. Only 117 runners who ran slower than me for the first half, had a faster time than me. That means that my positive split actually was decent when compared to how big other runners' positive splits were. I shouldn't get down on myself too much - I ran faster than most for the second half! Anyway, next year I hope to be one of those 117, which means starting even slower and finishing even faster!
|2014 Chicago Marathon Finish|