Sunday, October 01, 2006

A Run Done Right

Can't stop smiling... 2:57:08, 12th place.

Borrowing Marc's computer here, so I won't take too long. But what a race. Here are the splits:

Mile 1 & 2: 14:14 (I missed the first mile marker)
Mile 3: 6:51 - 80% HR
Mile 4: 6:50
Mile 5: 6:53
Mile 6: 6:50
Mile 7: 6:41 - brought the pace up 4 bpm and this made a big difference
Mile 8: 6:41 - gaining confidence
Mile 9: 6:46
Mile 10: 6:47
Mile 11: 6:49
Mile 12: 6:43
Mile 13: 6:41
Half Marathon: 1:29:30
Mile 14: 6:42 - starting to get anxious. Trying to wait until 18 before I go.
Mile 15: 6:41
Mile 16: 6:37 - engines are warming
Mile 17: 6:28 - liftoff. brought HR up to 90%
Mile 18: 6:28 - accessing fuel reserves in faster fibers
Mile 19: 6:18
Mile 20: 6:21
Mile 21: 6:37 - fuel stores lowering, a tough mile on a busy highway
Mile 22: 6:31 - mistake made pressing too hard into headwind
Mile 23: 6:42 - pace slows at 90%, fuel running low
Mile 24: 7:06 - vapors now
Mile 25: 7:33
Mile 26: 6:56 - last mile gut run, runner hard on my heels
Finish: 2:57:08 - outkicked competition

Chip time was 2:56:59. 2nd half in 1:26:30 for a 3 minute negative split. I learned a lot in this race but I'll save for it a future post.

Now I take my first sub-3 and the 6-minute Personal Best with me back to Maine for a full post-mortem. See you then.


Blogger Mark said...

Congratulations on your first Sub 3-Hour Marathon! That's huge and welcome to the club. Looking forward to your post-mortem.

10/01/2006 7:19 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Oh yeah!!! I was waiting for this post. Congatulations Andrew, you deserve it!

10/01/2006 7:29 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Phenomenal job!!! Congrats and I'm super happy for you. That's an amazing time. Great job!!!

10/01/2006 9:06 PM  
Blogger Duncan Larkin said...


10/01/2006 9:22 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Woohoo!!! I told you you were due a sub 3-hours time after your last marathon. What a race, and negative splits to boot! Can't wait to read the post-mortem. Congratulations!

10/02/2006 4:35 AM  
Blogger D said...

Congrats Andrew!

10/02/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger Dusty said...

Holy cow, that is AWESOME! Under 3 hours AND negative splits. To watch those mile times go down like that is impressive! Will check back for your full race report! Congratulations!

10/02/2006 3:49 PM  
Blogger Mark I. said...

That's a tremendous race. Congratulations!

10/02/2006 4:26 PM  
Blogger edinburghrunner said...

Stunning! I've been enjoying reading your blog along the way.

10/02/2006 5:45 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Great racing, Andrew! Negative splits, and mile 19 was particularly impressive. Recover well.

10/02/2006 9:05 PM  
Blogger Love2Run said...

You're the man! Congrats again on an amazing performance and thanks for the great weekend!

10/02/2006 9:39 PM  
Blogger Arcaner said...

Holy crap, a sub 3 hour, 3 minute negative split marathon. Looking forward to the report. Congrats!

10/02/2006 11:23 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

Great Job Andrew! Nice job on a well executed race and a negative split gives you proof.

10/03/2006 12:09 AM  
Blogger Arbit said...

Great time..congrats on the pr

10/03/2006 6:17 AM  
Blogger Chad Austin said...


You know there are some bloggers that I just think "Man, they are ready to pop a great marathon." You definitely fell into that category. Congrats on an awesome performance.

10/03/2006 8:53 AM  
Blogger katesun said...

Congrats !! You are amazing !

10/03/2006 10:12 AM  
Blogger Hunter said...

CONGRATULATION to the breakthrough! And thanks for your conern of my knee injury.

I am looking forward to reading your further report, and particularly interested in reading about the details of your taper: how do you feel in terms of energy level and how does the feeling change over time in the taper period. I know that you felt easy during the taper, I am curious about the fluctuation of the energy level. After those consecutive 100+ mpw, did you feel lousy at the beginning, then it bounced back later in the taper? Do you have any thought about comparing this taper with those previous ones?

10/03/2006 1:05 PM  
Blogger Lawrence said...

What a race you ran! Good job, congratulations!

10/03/2006 2:54 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Awesome job. Can't wait for the full report. Enjoy the moment!!

10/03/2006 5:39 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

Andrew - Finally at the computer after the post race trip and must say, what a great race and a great weekend!!

10/03/2006 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Evan said...

Congratulations on a great race. With that kind of negative split you can probably go a minute or two faster with a slightly quicker start. Great work.

10/04/2006 4:09 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Duncan's mention brought me over here. Wow, that was a disciplined race. I'm impressed and jealous. I run about the same way...just reverse the order of the splits! That's my goal for my next training cycle is to try and learn to run negative splits. Great race.

10/17/2006 12:14 PM  

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