|At the finish line. Toughest marathon yet with all the hills.|
|many of our "Brickyard" group at Roxbury.|
I didn't prepare properly and knew going in that the race would be a challenge. So I tried different things such as a slower start pace, different fuel/hydration regiment, and focused on how I felt not how fast I would run. This was my first "hilly" marathon. Previous runners at Roxbury estimate that the challenging hills add 30 minutes to ones typical finish time. After my experience today I would have to agree. I finished in 4:52. Take off 30 minutes and that brings the time back to 4:22 which is about where my previous times have been. The most significant fact today was that I felt great after the race.
I hit "the wall" between 22-23 miles. That is much farther into the marathon than ever before. Therefore fueling, pace, and training is allowing me to become more comfortable with long distance running. I enjoyed the race and feel good with the results. Now to look for my next maraton which will be early in 2013.