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Marathon Number 10 Complete

Posted Sunday, October 1st, 2006 07:48 pm GMT -5 in Running

Wow, did that feel like a long race this year. I went out fast (for me), hit the midway point at 2:14 and really thought I had a chance at another sub-five-hour time. As the sun came out in force and the temperature continued to rise, though, leg cramps hit me all over my legs (some in spots I didn’t think could cramp). My blisters felt OK for most of the race and turned out to be much better than I expected when I got home. I had put moleskin patches on both arches before the race and that seemed to do the trick.

The Nike+iPod thing turned into a total joke. It had been accurate on short runs, but was terrible at the marathon distance. It thought I was finished after about 25 miles and got further and further off each mile of the race. The total time recorded was also off by a lot. Thank goodness for the ChampionChip on my shoe or I would have no idea what my true time was this morning.

Here are the complete stats according the TCM 2006 results page:

  • Start: 8:06:48 AM CST
  • 5K split: 00:30:25
  • 10K split: 01:01:46
  • Half split: 02:14:41
  • 30K split: 04:27:26
  • 20 mile split: 03:45:39
  • Finish: 05:09:32
  • Pace: 11:48

Here’s what the Nike+iPod adaptor thinks I ran:

Nike Marathon Graph

As of today, I’m officially retired from marathon racing. At least until my kids make me run one with them…DK

Originally published by DK on October 1, 2006 at 7:48 pm

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