Official Time – 1:37:27 (7:26 min/mile pace)
Mile 6 ended up being slower, only because I saw a runner with a 2009 Ironman Louisville hat on and we chatted about Ironman during the whole mile. Once we hit mile 7 and I noticed that the chit-chat had slowed me to a 7:41 pace, I said goodbye and sped up.
Miles 7-8 took us through Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby will be run exactly one week from the day of this race. I held a steady 7:30 pace through Churchill and since I knew if was mostly flat the rest of the way, I decided to see what I had left once we turned back toward downtown.
Mile 9 was a 7:21 mile and once I hit mile marker 10, I started to feel myself wanting to slow. I kept pushing, but my legs were getting fatigued. Miles 10, 11 and 12 were in the 7:33-7:36 range. I could tell that my heart rate, which had been steady all race, was climbing. I reached mile marker 12 and decided to empty the tank and finish strong.
I ran the last 1.1 miles in 7:48 (7:05 mile pace) and finished with an all-out sprint down the stretch (see how I through that horse racing phrase in?). I crossed the finish line and was happy that I had finally turned in a good miniMarathon. The dragon had been slain!
My average heart rate for the first 11 miles was 162, which is right in the middle of zone 3. The last two miles had average HR’s of 174 and 179 – up into zone 4 and pushing zone 5.
I waited around after I finished and was joined later by my wife, infant son and mother-in-law. They had all come down to see Becca finish her Marathon. As we were waiting, I had the pleasure of watching hundreds of people cross the finish line. This isn’t something that I get to see too often, but I wish it was. The amount of pride and happiness (and some pain) on people’s faces as they are about to accomplish a huge goal is amazing to see. The people from Team Reeve were the ones that really had me fighting back tears. To see these people getting up out of their wheelchairs and walking the last 100 yards to the finish line with walkers, crutches or just the hand of a loved one was amazing to see!
We were all overjoyed to see Becca come around the corner and complete her 26.2 mile journey that had begun nearly six hours earlier. I know the mental and physical battles associated with running a marathon. I’m very proud of Becca and I’m sure that she will remember that moment forever! Here’s a picture of me, Adrian and Becca after the race:
4/27/11: Swim – TrainSmart Group Swim (3000m in 1:11:03)
4/28/11: Bike – High Cadence Ride (16 miles in 46:49)
4/28/11: Swim – Steady Swim (2400yd in 43:42)
4/30/11 Run – miniMarathon (13.1 miles in 1:37:27)
5/1/11: Bike – Recovery Ride (37 miles in 2:00:01)
5/2/11: Swim – 1000yd TT (1248yd in 25:36)
5/2/11: Weights – Superset Series I – 4 sets