It was a great event and I was really happy with my performance. Notably, I hit faster and faster splits in the last five miles: 8:19 (mile 9), 8:02 (mile 10), 7:44 (mile 11), 7:51 (mile 12), and 7:23 (mile 13).
Leah bought me a combination GPS & heart rate monitor watch for my birthday. Coming from someone who’s been running as many years as he’s been alive, this watch has completely changed training patterns.
Before, training to me was running as far as I could, as fast as I could. In my infamous first attempt at a marathon, I’d string together an eight miler, a fourteen miler, a nine miler and do a six miles on my off day. Needless to say, it was too much — my body fell apart three weeks before the marathon.
Now, because I’m training for endurance, all I need to do is keep my heart rate below 155. I don’t have to come out of every run exhausted, needing a day of recovery. Instead, I feel invigorated.
If I was in the Army, my nickname at work tomorrow would be Major Chafeage.
This morning, Leah and I completed our first ever marathon with a net time of 4:01:51. Considering I, somewhat stupidly, climbed Table Mountain yesterday, it was awesome to have such a great finish. Highlights of the course include great weather, a beautiful jaunt across the St. Johns Bridge, and copious amounts of gummy bears. The first 18 miles were strong. After that, my energy level dropped significantly and I dosed on said gummy bears to get to the finish line.
“Let’s do the ultra,” Leah says first at breakfast and then again this evening, referring to the Autumn Leaves 50/50 happening at the end of the month. Heh, we’ll see.