Houston Marathon Recap
|Wearing My Marathon Finisher's Medal!|
Results: 3:57:09, 9:02/mi average. Age group placement: 63 out of 349. In the last 4.5 miles, 14 runners passed me and I passed 269 runners. It's not a PR (need to beat 3:54:03) or a BQ (need 3:55), but it's my second fastest time.
|Waving at the Houston Marathon Start|
Weather: nice 42-57°, cloudy to sunny. I took off my sweatshirt and pants at the start. I wore arm warmers and gloves until about mile 4. I was comfortable in a tank and skirt the rest of the way.
|Thumbs Up to My Husband at Mile 17! (I'm the 3rd from left.)|
Spectators: People almost along the entire course yelled out your name, which is on your bib, like you were somebody special.
|Running down San Felipe to Tanglewood|
Fuel Pre-run: I increased my carbs about 100 grams a day to 300 for the 3 days before the race. The morning of the race, I had 1 1/4 raisin bagels, a banana and a cup of Gatorade.
Fuel During Race: I took 5 tangerine with caffeine Powerbar gels (200 mg sodium each) with water at miles 3.5, 8, 12.5, 17 and 21.5. I drank Gatorade Endurance 6 times starting at mile 6. In Maine, I took 4 gels and I drank more Gatorade and didn't cramp, but it was cooler.
They had lots of food, including Oreos(!), but I could only stomach some chocolate milk and half of a banana.
|That's Me Waving at Mile 21, Way Down the Road|
- At 1.5 miles into the race, there was a confusing fork in the road. A bunch of us stopped, ran across the road and decided to go forward anyway where I finally saw race crew who said it didn't matter which way we went.
- I nearly missed my first planned stop because it wasn't where the map said it would be. Later, I had to run back to a Gatorade table.
- My Garmin stopped about mile 21 for some unknown reason and I didn't notice it right away. I had been keeping a close eye on my pace up until then, but by that point, it didn't matter too much - I just ran as fast as I could. My Garmin only recorded 23.88 of the marathon.
- I ran a fairly even race with only an 8 second difference between 5K splits!
- I ran my first mile at 9:11 and my last recorded .88 mile at 8:24/mile.
- I turned my music on halfway through the race which was nice in the very few quiet moments. Besides listening to music, I thought happy thoughts: I'm getting close to goal pace, I'm at goal pace and make it hurt - not so happy, but motivating at the end!
- Sometimes I talked to other runners like Steve Boone (I met him and his wife at the Kona marathon and this was his 500th marathon!), Jack Lippincott (he said he's 38 in Houston marathon years, the number of times he has run this race!) and a runner who has run the 50 states three times!
- I ran a 10 minute cool-down in the downtown area after the race to keep from getting too stiff. People told me to stop running because the race was over! ; )
- My legs didn't feel heavy in the last few miles like they have in the past, but I was tired around mile 21. However, when I saw the "you only have 1.5 miles to go" sign, I felt okay about it, unlike last year when I really did not like that sign at all!
- I only walked through water stops when I drank and ran up all of the hills.
- They moved the pre-race porta-potties outside this year. I only had to wait in line once out of three visits and the line only had three people in it! This was a huge improvement from previous years.
- I beat last October's Maine marathon time by 5:35 minutes!
|Mile 20-21 is Only a Few Blocks from Home, But I Kept Running!|
- I have a huge blister on the bottom of my right foot like the one I got after a recent long run. I felt it forming and then I think I felt it pop at mile 18. I just had to ignore the pain. It didn't feel bad the whole time, though - it just came and went. I Body Glided that area (and other places, too - no chafing today!) and wore my hot weather Drymax socks (maybe the blister protection on my old socks has stopped working because I've never had trouble with blisters until recently), but now I wish I'd worn my new padded Experia socks even though they say not to try anything new on race day. The good part is that I could have a lot of problems much worse than blisters, but I don't.
- I had a cramp in my right foot like I did at the Kona marathon, but not as bad. I had to try not to wiggle my toes which seemed to make it worse.
My Garmin stopped, but the Houston marathon timekeepers got my splits, so no worries!
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