Road Running race 3:10:45  26.2 mi (7:17 / mi) +100m 7:12 / mi
shoes: Newton MV3
Loco Marathon in Newmarket.
My third attempt. Ended up being 1 min faster than last year, but I also considered it a first success: I paced myself! I targeted a 7:15 min pace and finished at a 7:17 pace. Loco provided pacers at 7, 7:15, 7:25 etc. to help those who tried to gain Boston qualifier status. I hung on to the 7:15 pacer and his group of 2-4 followers. The pacer was not very exact and ended up doing the fist loop (1/2 marathon) 2 minutes fast, which was fine by me. I just tried to relax, and keep my form (keep body high, reduce weight on feet). That worked quite well and I entered the second loop fairly refreshed. However I need to stop for goo (which they did NOT distribute BEFORE the water as usual, so I took the goo, then stepped back to get some water to rinse it down.
So I ended up being 1 minute behind the second loop pacer, but kept him and another runner in sight at about a constant distance. That worked fine for the 3rd quarter of the race. The 4th quarter was mostly trying to overcome fatigue but it was much easier than last year when I blasted throught the fist half, and totally faded towards the end. So I kept going, minimizing extra movement, keeping good form, regular breathing, etc. Various aches and pains kept coming and going, but more or less I was able to keep the pace. I passed 5 runners on the second loop.
I was very pleased with the effort, and the successful pacing, as well as race preparation (good breakfast, training leading up to the event etc.)
The weather was great temperature-wise (40 - 50 F), although intermittent wind gusts (10 - 20 miles) required extra effort, but kept the body cool. I wore the calf warmers that were given to all marathon participants. They really helped!
Very happy with my result. 13th overall. First in M60 - 69 with 25 minutes to spare. (our field is thinned out ! - second placed was Art F... a glider friend of J.J.'s from upstate Vermont). I also beat all the M50 - 59 as well. No fierce competition in the Masters categories.