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The post race party is incentive for Hyannis. Depending on Portland it will either be the half or full for me. See you at the bar.
I have run the Hyannis Marathon 4 times.
It is a such a unique race in many ways.
First winter, and the weather possibilities.
The excitement of running the first loop with the half marathoners.
The second loop which is a lonely loop.
When I ran it in the early 1990's there were no finishers medals -- not a big deal to me. But unheard of today.
The traning for this race can be absolutely insane if training in the north. I had great traning weather this year. But last year I got out 7 time between the 2nd week of January and the race at the end of February.
Congrats you are a Marathoner! Everybody goes thru a tough patch in a marathon. You will be more mentaly prepared for the next one. 70 is warm. Glad you are not a one and done.
Great job on finishing your marathon! Now everytime you look in the mirror you can smile because YOU did that.
Our stories share some similarities.
I too completed my first marathon in April and I used the Higdon Novice2 plan.
I followed a pace group for the first 13 miles and then the second loop was extremely lonely and quiet. I held my pace steady through 21 miles and was aiming for a finish in the low 4:30's and , as you said, "that's when it happened...". My left hip cramped up painfully and bothered me the rest of the way. The 4:45 pacer passed me in this stretch and for a moment I felt deflated but then I figured there was no way I wasn't going to finish and I kept going - finish time: 4:48:10. I am very happy to have finished but my time also haunts me. All I can think is what could have been.
My wife asked me after the race if I was done running now. Yeah right. I'm training for a 1/2 marathon now but I could easily transition to training for a fall marathon.
For my next I plan on using the Novice2 again and just add 1 running day per week and not skimp on the cross training. I felt like my training served me well and I never ran out of energy but the distance exposed an instaility/weakness in my hip which I am addressing.
Will your time haunt you for that course if you PR on a different course? I certainly want to PR on any course but I fell like I've got some unfinished business on my first race course.
2012 Minneapolis Polar Dash 1/2 Marathon 2:06:56
2012 Brainerd Jaycess Run for the Lakes Marathon 4:48:10