our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world
but in being able to remake ourselves.
Kieran Day won the race with a time of 27:50. I was a close 697th with a time of 51:35 (1727 finishers). Kieran had ate, finished 4 interviews, showered, and received his award by the time I finished. This is his third year in a row as winner. Now that is a guy who knows how to run in a dress!
No alcohol for this race - no alcohol for 1 week before this race. Of course I drank alcohol right after! Hydration and electrolytes were well managed, I ate small meals and added a little extra carbohydrates for the last few. I was well rested. I trained well, and kept a good attitude for the race. But it was still tough!
I felt much better for the first 35 minutes of this run. I kept to a good 10:18 minutes/mile pace, setting myself up for (I thought) negative splits at the end, and then at a the 40 minute mark about 3 3/4 miles into the 5 miles I started to fade. I felt like I was cooking on a grill. At the 40 minute mark my heart rate was 160 BPM (92% of Maximal HR). I was breathing easy, smiling at the pipers, the harp, and flute players. I started to slow down, more to give my heart a break than because I felt my muscles were tired. I was doing good, but my body was fighting the heat. Definitely all the extra weight I was carrying.
One high-light was that for the last 400 yards I managed a sprint that brought my split pace down to 7:50 minutes per mile. For others that's not a sprint that's a pace, but for me it was a sprint. At one point near the finish line I had accelerated to 5:18 minutes/mile. (My finishing HR was 174 - 100% maximal HR.)
In brief, I improved in every area in this race, even if only slightly. A minute and 17 seconds improvement should count for something. I didn't keep to my running strategy entirely and this will be addressed later.
10:34 min/mi (6:34 min/km)
10:20 min/mi (6:25 min/km)
6:35 min/mi (4:05 min/km)
5:18 min/mi (3:18 min/km)
Here's the start, I'm the blue-shirted guy in the middle of the road from 0:46 to 0:51 - slow and lumbering 11:15 pace out from the start. (It took almost 5 minutes to get all the runners out of the gate!)