London Marathon 2008

London Marathon
London, England UK
Sunday, April 13 2008

Results
Finish: 2:59:33 (6:51 min/mile)
3rd American Overall
1063 Overall (of 35,000)

Splits
1st Half: 1:28:48
2nd Half: 1:30:45
Marathon-A-Month #20
Marathon #39
1st Marathon as a Married Man!*
*Yes, the ring WAS heavy to carry for 26.2 miles. Engagement ring in Tri-shorts pocket was lighter. I kid not.

Photo-Journal Race Report

Mile 26 - The clock, ticking 800m away, is still ticking well under a Sub-3 finish.
Mile 9 – Loving the course, enjoying the day and the deep crowds.

 Mile 24.8 - Hanging on with the guy in red, we worked together from 17 through 25, when I pulled away.
Mile 24.8 – Hanging on with the guy in red, we worked together from 17 through 25, when I pulled away.

London Marathon - Mile 25
Mile 25 – Holding on for dear life with the London Eye in the background and Big Ben out of picture to my left

Mile 25 - Slipping by Big Ben, knowing I could hold on, wondering if good enough for Sub-3 hour finish.
Mile 25 – Slipping by Big Ben, knowing I could hold on, wondering if good enough for Sub-3 hour finish.

Mile 25.9 - Rounding the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace running as fast and compact as I can.
Mile 25.9 – Rounding the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace running as fast and compact as I can.

33... 3rd American in London!
Finish – Official Time: 2:59:33 – 3rd American in London!

Detailed Splits
1 – 7:09 – bump and grind crowded
2 – 6:51
3 – 6:28 – I guess I’m racing this!
4 – 6:39
5 – 6:31 – fast but feeling good
6 – 6:50
7 – 6:45
8 – 6:42 – still can’t believe I’m running LONDON!
9 – 6:47
10 – 6:52
11 – 6:46 – pace starting to require more effort
12 – 6:54
13 – 6:50 – started raining
13.1 – 1:28:48
14 – 6:50 – pace still good but wondering if I went out too fast
15 – 6:49 – ignoring the tire feeling, trusting my ability
16 – 7:05 – now pouring and growing cold
17 – 6:56 – struggling with footing and pace
18 – 6:53 – first breathing room since start… too crowded
19 – 7:15 – really starting to labor, into stiff wind with driving rain
20 – 6:47 – course very technical 15 thru 22, manholes very slippery
21 – 7:02 – getting yet more tougher, cobblestones hurt to run on
22 – 7:02 – stopped 10 secs to kiss and hug my NEW wife!
23 – 6:58 – renewed focus, I can do this!
24 – 6:45 – rain tapers as I hold on for dear life!
25 – 6:59 – maybe I started too soon.
26.2 – 5:56 – giving it everything in my soul

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One Response to London Marathon 2008

  1. Paul Both says:

    Thor

    Amazing! Congratulations on the marathon and the wedding. You look like you were having a great time.

    Paul

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