Scheels Fargo Marathon
May 21, 2011
Fargo, North Dakota
11th Marathon Completed
Official Time: 3:22:52
Avg Pace: 7:45
Avg HR: 166
Finish: Overall 153 out of 2,211 (top 7%), 40-44 Age Group 19 out of 199 (top 10%)
Weather: 63 degrees, 80% humidity, 10mph wind
Comments: Good run overall, 3rd fastest marathon to date ... a little disappointed with finish
Garmin Connect Link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/87533668
I went into the race thinking I could possibly PR, even though I'd just PR'd at Boston about 4 weeks prior. And at the end of the day I was close, but couldn't quite pull it off. There were a lot of external factors that kept me from running my best race, but the bottom line is, I just didn't quite have enough that day. I've seldom experienced such a dichotomy in a race event. On one hand, the pre-race organization was top-notch and created a very relaxing environment for the runners. However, the race and post-race finish area were, in my opinion, disasters. But overall it was a good event that I would recommend and run again.
Race Weight, Nutrition, & Conditioning
My weight on race day was about 180 lbs. This is a few pounds heavier than I like to be at the starting line, but not horrible. I probably carbed up a little too much for this race. I ate my typical carb load two days before the race on Thursday, including 1/2 box saltine crackers, foot-long turkey sub, and chicken salad ... among other carb snacks including two bananas. I also ate the second half of the box of saltines, bananas, and chicken pasta on Friday night before the race. I drank a total of 3 bottles of Gatorade the two days leading up to the race, and I'm glad I did based on the high temps and fluid I lost during the race. But the additional carbs I consumed played a big factor in stomach issues at miles 23-26.
I used most of the two weeks after the Boston Marathon to get my legs healthy, running very little mileage and taking a few unscheduled days off. I tried to maintain my core strength, but wasn't as committed to it as I should have been. When I did run however, my times were relatively fast and I felt really healthy. As a result, I felt light and fast for the race, but I only had one run of 20 miles, which I completed the Saturday before the marathon. Not ideal, but mostly for psychological reasons, I wanted to get a long run in before the race at Fargo.
|Hmmm, PR today???|
I took my typical two ibuprofen two hours before the race, and a caffeine pill an hour prior. I also ate my usual C2Max Power Bar for a few final carbs about a half-hour before the run. The only fluids I drank were to down the pills. This was a good plan too as I didn't have to make any pee stops during the race.
Before approaching the starting line, I went through my stretching routine and then went outside and jogged about 1/4-1/2 mile to warm up a little and get my heart rate elevated. The race was very non-congested and I was able to use the port-o-potty one last time, only standing in line behind one person. Also, I was able to start near the front of the pack without any crowding. I typically like to start in a group that's a faster pace than what I plan to run. Runners will be flying by me in the first mile, but I would rather be able to run my pace with people passing me, than be in the back fighting the crowd to run my planned pace.