|2013 Houston Marathon|
Today I finished my 13th marathon and my 8th Houston Marathon. It was fun!
Race/Date: Houston Marathon January 13, 2013
Results: 4:00:29, 13.1 mi split 1:57, about 7000 runners finished
Course: mostly flat
Weather: low to mid 40's, wind gusts 20-25mph, rain
Fuel Pre-run: 1 1/2 English muffins, jam, banana, Gatorade, & later, a non-caffeinated Powerbar gel
Fuel During Race:
Tangerine caffeinated Powerbar gel at mi. 3.5, 8.5, 13, 17, 20 miles w/H2O
Post-marathon Food: ice cream sandwiches (that's like chocolate milk, right?!) & Gatorade
On my way to the start line, I realized that I had just eaten a gel and forgot to drink water with it, but I didn't have any stomach trouble. Then, I took a gel a mile too early during the race. No problems with that either.
What I Liked:
- Chatting with other runners made the miles go by more quickly
- The encouraging volunteers and spectators
- Eating 5 gels
- Many goal marathon paced miles in training - a confidence builder!
- I remembered that the Maine Marathon had been in the rain. More confidence building!
I ran most of my long runs at a maximum of 16 miles and only ran one 20 miler. Next time, I'll probably do more runs that are longer than 16. At mile 18, my legs were tired. That's to be expected, but maybe longer runs would help. Not running in the wind would be a plus, too!
I ran in a rain poncho for exactly one mile. It kept me dry when it rained especially hard at the start, but it wasn't exactly aerodynamic!
Maybe you noticed that I missed a 4 hour finish by 29 seconds? I sure did! Everyone was complaining about the bad weather and there weren't any world records reached. That helps. I really wanted to get in under 4 hours at least, but I'm trying to put this into perspective. It's only 29 seconds!
Taken near the finish. I didn't see the big screen when I ran by because I was kind of focused on the finish line, but I must have been up on that big screen.
Tina's Houston Marathon Splits