|Crossing the Finish Line|
I finished my 14th marathon! It was a great race day. I ran the Bob Potts Marathon in York, Pennsylvania. I chose that marathon because my husband needed to make a trip to PA and I thought it would be fun to run a marathon there. We visited some historical places like Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and DC, too.
Date: May 26, 2013
Results: This race is gun timed and the finishing clock showed 3:58:11.
Course: From the race page: "Our race is fast and flat! See the beautiful scenery of this historic trail (Heritage Rail Trail) along a railroad line. This is the same line that took Abraham Lincoln to Gettysburg to deliver his address."
|Waving at the Marathon Start|
Weather/Clothes: Nice weather: temps from 40-55 and clear skies.
Volunteers and Spectators: So thankful for them! I didn't have music, but the water stops, volunteers, spectators and keeping track of my time kept me occupied.
Parking: I don't think that the 500 or so runners had any trouble parking at the college where the race started and finished.
Expo: If I had needed something for the race, they probably would have had it even though the expo was tiny. They sold gels, Spibelts, Nathan water bottles, etc.
Fuel Pre-run: pancakes with jam
|Race Shirt and Race Fuel|
Fuel During Race: 6 Tri-berry GU gels taken at miles 4, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22; 1 pkg salty margarita Clif Shot Blocks taken between gels (total taken: 6 pieces). This was more fuel than I have ever taken during a marathon - an experiment!
Post-marathon Food: They provided pizza, but the banana and soft salty pretzels sounded best to me. I had some milk, too.
Unplanned Occurrences: I slowed quite a bit each time I ran through the dark tunnel. During the last few miles, my body wanted to veer/fall to my left. I think this has happened before. The last mile was the hardest. It felt too quiet - the crowd was waiting at the finish line where I couldn't see them. All I had to do was make it up the hill, but that seemed so hard.
To Improve: I needed 3:54:02 to PR and 3:55 to BQ. My goal is to do one or both of those someday!
|Water Bottle Hand-off: Mile 20?|
It's the Little Things: My husband met me during the race to take the Nathan hand held water bottle and to give me a fresh one. Although there were plenty of water stops, it was nice not to have to stop (except once) to grab water.
The race is an out and back. I like to see the runner's faces and to cheer for other runners. One woman who I had only seen from the back for miles was smiling to herself. I knew she was having a good race. Update: She won 2nd place in the 50-54 age group with a finish of about 3:56!
One other woman came up from behind me and said something about how we had been running nearby for awhile, but I didn't recognize her until she ran ahead and I saw the soles of her shoes! I realized that I had been staring at them for the first few miles.
|I Finished my 14th Marathon!|
Now I've run a marathon in 7 states. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to run another marathon. It felt so great to finish and get that medal!