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Hartford, CT Marathon 10/13/2012

I ran my first marathon 3 years ago, and decided I would run one marathon a year at different locations.  I ran a 50K this past May and that was going to be my big race for the year, but the Hartford Marathon was calling me.

Training:

My training for the Hartford Marathon wasn’t even close to your standard marathon training program.  My weekly mileage was extremely low, in fact I have no clue what my weekly mileage was because I stopped running with a garmin in May.  I just know it was on the low side because I was only running 3 days a week, and only got in one good long run of 3 hours three weeks out before the marathon.   My goal was to have fun and try to get a sub 4. My official time was 3:59:34, so I meet my goal.  But something inside of me wished I did better. For my next marathon I would like to knock my time down to 3:40, MAYBE 3:30. I just know that next time I am going to take my training more seriously and definitely increase the weekly mileage.

I woke up at 5:00am, got my stuff together and drove to Hartford solo.  Race time was 8:00am, it was 32F, but it was going to be a beautiful day with lots of sun warming up to 55F.  I parked the car about a block away from the starting line and walked there with a pair of socks on. I do the sock thing when I run a race in cold conditions. Of course I get the normal stares like what the heck is this dude doing with socks on?  I pick my spot in the corral and whip off the socks once the race starts.  It took about 40 minutes for my feet to warm up, I knew the sun would help out, and once the blood started to flow.

I was very tired at the start, and felt very tired throughout the race until mile 15, then finally started to shake out of the tiredness.  I had no idea what my pace was and it felt great, I am really enjoying running races garmin free.  Around mile 18 there is a horse shoe turn in which heads you back to the finish line, so you have runners on both sides of the road for 4 miles or so.  The really cool part of this is i got to see the “elites”, and extremely fast marathon runners.  I really enjoyed this part, I was amazed how relaxed these runners looked, it has a lot to say about how conditioned they are.   The winner of the Hartford marathon averaged a 5:11 pace!  I can’t even imagine.  Seeing this just put the fire in me to perform better at my next marathon. I have to say the marathon is my favorite distance to run now and really want to improve my time for the next one. For me, these marathons are like a tattoo you get one and you want more.  For my next marathon in 2013, I am looking to run the Newport RI Marathon which is the first week in Oct.  Not sure I can wait that long though, I just might have to kick it up with 2 marathons a year now, we will see.

Peace!

BG

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One thought on “Hartford, CT Marathon 10/13/2012

  1. Way to go! A sub-4 barefoot marathon on minimal training is pretty impressive.

    Posted by Rob | October 30, 2012, 9:36 PM

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