The marathon last Saturday was a lot of fun. It was a chilly day because the temperature was below freezing at the start of the race and it didn’t get much warmer as the miles went on. The good thing about it though is that the purpose of the race was for training purposes only and the plan going into it was not to carbo load or taper, but just go into it like a normal training day.
My overall time was 4:15, which I was happy with but I think I went out way to fast in the first few miles at a 7 minute mile pace because I wasn’t really sure how to pace myself in a marathon distance and I wanted to see how far I could go at that pace. At the half marathon point I started to find my rhythm and at mile 21 I hit the wall lol, which I figured would happen, but it was a great learning lesson.
The support crews and volunteers were amazing and the course was beautiful, which made the race even more enjoyable.
Here is a small news segment that NBC news ran the night before of the race:
2009 Suntrust National Marathon Preview – Brian Boyle