Running race 3:03:00 42.53 km (4:18 / km) +105m4:15 / km ahr:168 max:189 shoes: Saucony Kinvara 10
Pelorus Trust Marathon, 4th overall, 3:02:59.
Entered this a few weeks ago as my flatmates were doing it and I thought I'd give it a crack before I take some time off and then train for one properly next year. Hadn't really done any proper long runs or any specific marathon training, weather was pretty good so thought 3 hrs might be on the cards. Course was up and down the Hutt river, gradually up and then gradually down, about 50/50 gravel and bike path, alot more small hills and twists and turns than I was expecting. Went out pretty easy, rolled along at 4:15's all the way up to the turn around, only issue was that my first gel turned out to be well past its use by date, not pleasant. Got into a Rhythm on the way back and was ticking off 4:07's for about 12k feeling like I could do it forever. A few things started feeling worse through 34, 35, 36k, especially right knee and just generally muscle soreness. Ran 4:14's for those k's but then dropped right back 4:40 and couldn't recover my pace. 3hrs slipped away and I wasn't invested enough in the race to push myself. Ran it in (bit of walking up the little hills) and happy enough with 3:03.
Overall easier than I expected, no chafing, no stomach problems, no cramping, no injury flare ups. Lots of room for improvement: 1. actual marathin training with long runs (surpised I had the endurance for 36k to be honest. 2. Emotional investment in the race, if I've put in a big block of training I'll push harder to make it worth it. 3 Faster course, lots of gravel and small hills/turns on this one compared to chch. 4. vaporflys, ran this in my trainers and vaporflys will definitely get me to the final 5k feeling fresher.
Time for 2 weeks of ice cream and pizza before I get back into things.