Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

I’m alive!  26.2 miles later, I’m alive!  The first 20 miles were as good as they could be.  I felt fantastic.  Then the sun came out with a vengeance and pounded on me and my legs got tired.  For the last 6 miles I managed a brisk walk part of the time and ran the rest — I ran the last 1.5 miles or so, but it was a tough slog at that point.
I still felt good from the waist up — I never got winded, I was conversational and alert the whole time but my hip-flexors, quads and hamstrings were worn out.  If we could have had some better cloud cover I think it would have improved things dramatically.
My group did great, Susan, Jeanine, Cathy & Christine all finished and looked good.
So overall, I’m satisfied.  Would have liked to have a better last 5-6 miles, but I finished and that was my primary goal.  Next year will be even better.
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5 Responses to Reports of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

  1. Suzanna says:

    Hey Ben congratulations! Finishing is the big victory so I am glad you survived. I imagine you are pretty sore today and laying low. Congratulations on such a great achievement!

  2. The Running Pol says:

    Congratulations on the strong finish. I always try to run the last segment of any marathon, though sometimes that segment is fairly short. As a minimum, I try to make sure that the finish line spectators see me running.You seem to have found the same issue many have. Legs that just get wiped out in one way or another. My goals over the winter are to improve speed slightly, endurance massively.Great job. Now, let the training for the next race begin. Well, maybe after a well deserved 3 weeks of rest and light training.

  3. Ben says:

    Thanks for the kind words! I’m planning to start running again on Thursday morning but we’ll see. I’m not really as sore today as I thought I might be which is encouraging.I’m going to have an upcoming post on the two dimensions of fatigue — probably in the next few days — which hopefully will be interesting. January starts 5K/10K training for me, so that will be a transition into more speed work and strength work and I’m accompanying it with a substantially increased gym-load.-B-

  4. Suzanna says:

    Dang Ben that’s quite a plan, you’re an ANIMAL!

  5. Ben says:

    My running coach pointed out, correctly, that I was running a marathon and it was unrealistic to expect to run 26 miles and not have fatigue. :-)I decided to start my gym workouts tomorrow (Wed) instead of Thu but I won’t start running again until Thu.-B-

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