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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-02-2011, 09:58 AM Thread Starter
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I guess I can sport the 26.2 sticker on my car now! LOL

I finished my first marathon Saturday down in Champaign. I trained, stuck to a nutrition plan, ran conservatively. Still, the last 6 miles of that race ranked right up there with the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I ended up finishing in 3hours 44minutes. I said I wouldn't do it again unless it was for Ironman, but I don't know. I guess you should never say never! It's 2 days after the race now and my legs are still on fire! I'm taking some much needed R and R from the workout routine, and will be getting back on track slowly for my HIM training. HIM is coming up in July!!!

This has been pretty difficult to train for while keeping maintainence on my triathlon stuff. I know my cycling has suffered from all the time I spent running. My body is running on fumes. I've kept a pretty heavy schedule so far this year.

Bike: 48h 16m 50s - 940.94 Mi
Run: 72h 57m 52s - 481.74 Mi
Swim: 23h 35m - 58000 M


Now the focus will shift to the bike!! I crossed the 1/2 point of the marathon under 1:40. I'm hoping my 13.1 mile run in the HIM will be close to that. So for now, I'm going to put my run in maintainence mode and strengthen up on the bike so 56 miles won't put a hurtin' on me and my legs will be nicely warmed up for the run!

Good luck to all you others doing Racine this year too!

Also, congrats to Hans!! (Solo) another CLSB'er who rocked out 26.2 Saturday and ran with me!

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Very nice!!!!!

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Damn dude, that's freakin' awesome.

I didn't know you've been training this hard, pretty incredible. Now I know why I haven't heard from you in so long.

Congratulations dude.

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Good shit Brian. Yeah my Dad always said it was right around the 17-20 mile mark where the real race starts.

Well done man, take it easy for a few. So did you try the 2 beers before the marathon trick?

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Good shit Brian. Yeah my Dad always said it was right around the 17-20 mile mark where the real race starts.

Well done man, take it easy for a few. So did you try the 2 beers before the marathon trick?
No, I did not! You know me better than that. But I'm ready for some beers NOW!!!

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Nice work dude. Anything under 4 hours is pretty impressive for a non-Kenyan. That is what Rick said too, that the last 6 miles were pure torture. Time to hit the bike now and hope I don't get too far ahead of you in that for you to make it up in the run. Congrats.

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No, I did not! You know me better than that. But I'm ready for some beers NOW!!!


Hey, you could also try the vodka shot at mile 22 as well...plan B so to speak

Ah the days before energy bars

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Great job and congrats on finishing!
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Nice work man, that is an awesome time. Can't wait to do more riding with you this year.
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Impressive as anything Brian! Congrats! And finishing it so quickly, friggin AWESOME!

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I trained, stuck to a nutrition plan, ran conservatively. Still, the last 6 miles of that race ranked right up there with the hardest things I've ever done in my life. I ended up finishing in 3hours 44minutes. I said I wouldn't do it again unless it was for Ironman, but I don't know.
Congratz on finishing.

Funny thing about finding a limit (one of the hardest things)...
It just opens up the "Bar" for new limits.

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First Marathon

Yeah X, building the distance in training seemed like huge leaps and bounds to me. During the 3 weeks peak training it seemed I was adding full miles to my long run at the same pace every week. I actually think if I did the plan again and raced in October there would be a good chance for a much better finish. As much as I'd love to do that I need to focus on the tri's now.

Thanks everyone!

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congrats! you runners are a different breed
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Congrats. Thats unfuckingbelievable. I can barely do 9 minute miles for 5k when I'm at my peak let alone for 26.2 miles. Rest up. You deserve it.
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