The plan for this year calls for one half-marathon and a fall marathon. I will run the Via Marathon in September. I am also in the lottery drawing for NYC. If I get lucky, I'll run two marathons in the fall.
I logged 378 miles on the bike, mostly on the Fuji but some of that, probably less than 20, was on the unicycle.
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I upgraded from a no-name 20" to a Torker Unistar CX 24". I had to hack off about 2" from the seat stem so I could lower the seat and freemount easier. The new seat is also not very male-friendly and I now need to wear "core support" when I ride. Otherwise, the bigger wheel allows for me to cover distance a tad easier.
On the second or third day I had it, I went three miles, which was quite a workout!
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The plan for this year calls for one half-marathon and a fall marathon. My fingers are crossed that I'll into the NYC Marathon this year. If not, I haven't decided on a backup yet.
Add another 361 for velo and that's 1268 miles moving forward; a big drop from 2011 when I logged 975/474.
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6730 out of 11422 finishers
My goal was a 4:15 and, up to around mile 15 or so, I was around a 9:10 pace and had a good shot at a low 4 finish. I never hit the wall but by mile 18 the feet and hamstrings were beginning to hurt. I didn't walk too much during this one, maybe 5-8 times for under a minute each time.
I high-fived Mayor Nutter at the finish line!
Overall, a well organized marathon; lots of enthusiastic spectators and great volunteers.
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From the start, I paced behind the 1:50 group but finally lost sight of them around miles 7-8. The 1:55 group passed me around 10 but I was able to keep them in sight until the end. I hit the halfway point around 55 and change, mile 7 around 59 and change and 10 around 1:26. Once I hit 7 at 59 minutes I knew I could PR if I could run the next 6.1 miles in less than an hour. The hills around miles 7-9 were a b*tch and that's were I did some brief walking. Nonetheless, it was a successful run. Rest week is ahead and then I'll drop back into 10-12 miles a week and try to get more velo in.
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Add another 474 for velo and that's 1449 miles moving forward.
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After a week off, I'll do some light running for the rest of the year; maybe 10-12 miles a week. Maybe I'll do a 5K or two before years' end but that's it for now. A spring marathon would require training to begin the day after Christmas so that seems unlikely at this point. For 2012, I'll initially plan on another half in the spring and then a full in the fall. I have some races in mind already. Let's see how I feel mentally and physically in six to eight weeks.
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Running: 548 miles, approximately 86.5 hours.
Cycling: 202 miles, approximately 18.6 hours.
I'll run a half-marathon in the fall and then another marathon next year.
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Update - Some rankings:
251/377 in my age group
Also, according to my log, I tallied 441 miles running during training, excluding the marathon.
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I did it. I ran twenty miles today in ~3:13; 9:40 pace. Pinnacle of training has been reached and the tapering begins. I feel pretty good, albeit a little sore. It rained, and rained hard at times, for the first fourteen miles. After you've run fourteen miles in heavy rain, it doesn't matter anymore if it doesn't rain for the next six.
I'm glad the big 2-0 is behind me. The marathon will be hard but I'm going to be ready.
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After this week, tapering begins. Mileage is reduced and runs are more for maintenance. It's funny to look down at a ten or twelve mile run instead up at it.
It is now twenty-eight days until the marathon and I'll be ready.
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