Monday, December 6, 2010

Marathon #3 – White Rock Recap

I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but I’m SMILING! I could beat myself up over my time, and how I walked more than I wanted to, but it doesn’t matter!  I saw so many runners out there overcoming physical challenges that my time really doesn’t matter.  Sure I’ll try again and gain to get faster and stronger, but the time is not going to be the only way to determine the success of a race.

It’s all about the entire race experience! Here’s my race experience recap…

A week leading up to the marathon, I have nothing but anticipation and excitement.  I cannot think of anything much but the race and what’s going to happen.  With 24 weeks of training leading up to the big event, I think of it as planning for a wedding, except there’s no frilly dress. 

Again, I like to consider the whole experience, because if I wasn’t running… I’d still be sitting on the couch watching Saturday morning cartoons and not much of anything else.

TweetUp Lunch-4 On Saturday afternoon, I had an awesome lunch with friends that I met through running.  A few friends I made through the Dallas Running Club and others through Twitter.  We had lunch at All Good Cafe in Deep Ellum.  I brought Briana along so that she could check out something other than the normal chain restaurants that are up in Frisco.

Briana and I had a fun time at the Expo.  Although it was crazy packed!  I wish there was a little more room to walk around or just stop to check something out.  It always seemed like you were in someone’s way.

Now for the race recap…

2010-12-05 06.56.31_Dallas_Texas_US It was definitely colder than I like, but I dressed appropriately.  I was more worried about my cheering section.  Thanks to Ursula, Briana & Cairo for following me all over Dallas!  You guys really provided the motivation for me as I was getting near the end.  Also, it was great to ditch the belt toward the end.

We got down to Fair Park extra early at about 6:20am.  Stayed in the car for a little bit and then waited in the Automotive building.  We were able to grab a table and chill until it was time to walk over.  It was great to see Brandon (FT Developer) and his wife, Autumn before the race.  They were both running the Half Marathon.

Before the race, I had 2 goals… beat my previous Marathon time of 4:18:48… I certainly thought that’d I’d be able to achieve that time.  My bigger goal was to finish between 4:00 and 4:10.  I thought these goals were attainable as my training was good and my Half Marathon time showed that I was capable of running that fast per the

I started out right behind the 4:00 pace group.  I wanted to run an even pace throughout the race and thought I could hang with them.  After running a few miles with them it seemed like they were ahead of a 4:00 pace.  I slowed to a comfortable 9:30min/mile pace.  I figured that I surely could hold that pace.

I was suppose to see Ursula and the kids at mile 7.5, but they called after I passed and said they missed me.  However, I did get to see one of the soccer moms from Briana’s team.  It was great to see Margaret out there!

Urs and the kids surprised me at mile 11.  Originally they were going to go onto the 2nd viewing location at mile 14.  I was feeling great at that time.  Hugs for and from the family – great feeling to have their support.

I next got to see my family at about mile 15.  I was still feeling good at this point.  :)

At mile 18, I got to see my boss, Scott.  It’s so cool that he came out last year and this year to see me run.  I told him that I was starting to feel the toll of the race on my legs.  He gave some encouraging words and I was back out there.

IMGP1243 I saw my family one last time on the course at mile 20.  My legs were so darn heavy & achy at this point.  I ditched my water belt and got rid of the long sleeve shirt.  I felt so much lighter.  However, my legs didn’t.

At mile 23, I got to see some running friends that were cheering everyone on.  So cool to see them!  Thanks to Corina, Running Couple (Lee & Isis), Mel, & Kris.

The last 4 miles were very tough for me.  I long ago gave up my first 2 goals of time and just wanted to finish the marathon.  As mentioned before, I gave into walking more than I wanted to, but I didn’t give into quitting.

As I finished the race, I gave it all I had as I sped across the finish line.  It was cool to hear my name called as I finished.  I finished with a time of 4:36:10.  A consolation prize was that I beat last year’s White Rock Marathon race by a couple of minutes.  Afterward, I joked that I liked the Cleveland Marathon much better since I ran it in 4:18.  Hmmm… maybe I’ll be going back to Cleveland.

All in all, I enjoyed the race experience! I didn’t get the time that I wanted, but everything else was awesome with family and friends!


Milano Running Mom said...

I loved meeting you and Briana. You ran a great race and you have a lot to be proud of. Dallas was brutal this year. No doubt. But you totally kicked asphalt! Woot!

Mama C said...

You always have such a great attitude & see the positive side of things, Mark! I love your energy & enthusiasm. I was so glad to see you & get a hug!! Congrats!!