I've been out running a few times this week. Sore hamstrings!! Haven't quite recovered from St. George.
I've got to put in 50 miles next week to get ready for the Santa Barbara half.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Chip Time -------------03:40:27
Overall Place ---------1221 / 5030
Gender Place ----------901 / 2850
Division Place --------89 / 309
Age Grade -------------65%
I completed the October 4, 2008 St. George Marathon with a 3:40.27 finish. I ran with wife's friends Mandy and Belinda, who beat me by two minutes, but they are like more than 20 years younger. (Big whoop de doo, therefore.) My previous best was at St. George at 03:56:12 in 2005. So, this was 16 minutes better than my best time. My later marathons were struggles around 4:00, and as late as 4:11.
I attribute my improvement to race conditions -- it was raining the entire way and cool but not cold. I also attribute improvement to better uphill conditioning. The last St. George Marathon I had lots of people pass me on the three major uphills. This year I generally kept up with my group or passed people. Lots of stairclimbing and trail hills helped.
One thing I did differently on this run is that when I was feeling good I simply booked it big time rather than holding back for fear of getting tired.
I also do not believe in tapering, having run 30 miles in the Big Bear 100 seven days before. I think all that tapering stuff is nonsense, but I did lay off two days before the marathon.