So it’s been over a week since the Hamptons Marathon and finally now have the time to write a proper recap. First let me say that Diane and Amanda did an AMAZING job organizing this race. Between the training runs, constant emails, race day organization, everything… it was just a great experience. The medal is awesome too! You can tell it is a true labor of love for them and I just want to say THANK YOU! I will definitely be back!
My race plan was to run the first half (13.1 miles) conservatively and then makeup some time in the later miles if my legs were up to it. I went out way too fast in My last marathon and learned my lesson! At the halfway point I was at 2:06 which was a little slower than I would have liked, but I felt great and was really enjoying the extremely scenic run.
Unfortunately, my race plan didn’t workout to well on this specific course. I knew the second half of the race was hilly, but I had no idea how hilly it really was! Needless to say, I didn’t “make-up” and time in the second half of the race, but I think running the first half conservatively allowed me to tackle all those hills without losing too much time. If you look at my “Elevation Gain” and “Elevation Loss” fields in my Garmin Split Data, you will see that miles 18, 19, and 21 were particularly brutal.
The end result was a 4:24 finishing time. It was a little disappointing not breaking 4 hours, but I did drop 11 minutes from my previous marathon. Also, this was a much more difficult and hilly course, so its all relative. I felt much stronger when I finished and my recovery time was much less. In fact, I felt pretty great within a few hours of finishing. Overall I am happy with my results.
I also wanted to say a quick thanks to my cheering section. My wife did any amazing job organizing everything and was able to see them several times throughout the course. So THANK YOU Lisa, Mike, Maggie, Joe, Linda, Anne, Paul, Elissa, Kellan, Beth, and Mom. Thanks to Kyle too for running most of the race with me. It was a blast. I love you all.
Also, Yoong wanted to know “Where are your Lunarglides?”. Whelp, here is what happened. I was averaging around 35-40 miles per week building up to the marathon. The Lunarglides felt amazing on short runs but weren’t so spectacular on my long Sunday runs of 15 miles and up. I started to develop pain in my calf muscles and my pinky toenails where starting to turn black (gross I know). I think I will be wearing the Lunarglides on my short runs and races (5k’s, 10k’s, etc…), but some anything longer I am going to stick with what works. For me, the Nike Vomero 4′s are still my distance shoes!
I am not sure exactly when my next marathon is going to be, but probably no earlier than February. It’s difficult to find marathons in the winter unless you fly somewhere warm (which I may do, but doubt it). Even though I don’t know where or when my next one will be, I have begun training.
My training regime this time around will be completely heart rate based. I have read (and re-read) Heart Monitor Training for the Compleat Idiot by John L. Parker Jr. This is the same author of Once a Runner and Again to Carthage. Those are both awesome reads and are highly recommended.
I will be documenting my heart rate training in future entries, but from what I have read… John Parker knows his stuff and the principles behind the training make alot of sense. I have read the Lance Armstrong (among other elite athletes) utilize these methods. If it’s good enough for them, its good enough for me!