Manchester Marathon

Manchester Marathon
Manchester, New Hampshire
November 2, 2008
Marathon Number 45

Results (splits at end)
Finish: 3:07:18 (7:09 min per mile)
16th overall of ~500
6th of 53 age group

Race Report (pseudo)

Manchester Marathon in New Hampshire. Clocked a 3:07. Very tough course. Definitely not a PR course for those with 8 or 10 marathons under their race belts. Just too much up and down of all varieties — long graduals, short and steep, long and steep, one after another. Seriously a tough to PR marathon for those racing for a few years.

I went out with the 3:10 pace group. We grew to 12 people by mile 10. Held strong with 8 to 10 until 15. Then it slowly dwindled. I watched a youngster — doing his first marathon — make a break from the pack at 18. He seemed to be running good, but somehow I knew I’d see him again. At 19.5 I decided to make a break. Caught the youngster right away, and as soon as I did he dropped back to the group again. I knew he went too soon. At 18 miles you still have a long way to go — and even moreso on this course.

I put the hammer down and dropped pace to about 6:45 or under for the rest of the way in. Had a few miles that were slower, about 7 minute miles, but that was only because of up hills. To add insult to injury of a tough course, there was a very stiff wind on the chilly day, and it was a head wind for the last 5 miles back to home base.

Picked off 5 or 6 runners in the last 3 miles, and a total of about 10 since leaving the pack. Clocked 3:07 feeling fairly strong — well, as strong as you can at the end of a marathon. All was good for 16th place overall of about 500-600.

Pace group came in at 3:09:40, along with the youngster and the pace leader. None of the other 8 to 10 were able to hold on. And honestly, I can see why, because it really was a pretty tough course. Certainly not a course to go for a BQ or a PR.

Good day all around. Bumped into a friend who was on Team USA at Worlds in Holland. We reminisced and chatted up goals. Sucked down a few celebratory beers and called it a solid day.

Splits

1 – 7:04
2 – 7:23
3 – 7:15
4 – 7:15
5 – 7:15
6 – 7:29
7 – 7:29
8 – 7:29
9 – 6:40
10 – 6:52
11 – 7:03
12 – 7:04
13 – 7:11
13.1 – 1:34:xx
14 – 7:09
15 – 7:18
16 – 7:18
17 – 7:18
18 – 7:18
19 – 7:31
20 – 6:57
21 – 7:04
22 – 7:04
23 – 6:48
24 – 6:44
25 – 6:50
26.2 – 8:20 (6:56)

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