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Well I had hoped to make a run at a marathon PR this year. I felt like I had some pretty good training runs and I had a very good 1/2 marathon on Thanksgiving day. The week leading up to the race, I ignored the weather reports like I always do since they can't seem to get it right unless it is 2 hours before hand. Well yet again they got it wrong. All week long the weather people kept on saying that by Saturday afternoon a cold front bringing thunderstorms should roll in and drop the temperatures from the high 70's down into the 40's. By the time I had gone to bed on Saturday night the front still had not arrived. Sunday morning 3 AM rolls around and our weather alert radio starts going off for the next 30 minutes as it announces all the different severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and marine warnings. That really put me in a foul mood. Why didn't I just unplug the radio you ask, because my wife wants to keep it going in case a tornado pops up. Whatever. Finally at 3:30 I give up and I go sleep on the couch. A little after 4 I get up and start getting ready.<br><br>
I get out in my truck and it says 71 degrees. [email protected] Today is going to suck. I get to the race about 90 minutes early and I take my normal pre-race nap. I get in line to take care of natures business and I make it to the start line with 5 minutes to spare. That is the closest I have ever cut that part of my normal race prep. They had timer problems so the race started a little late. No big deal either.<br><br>
The gun goes off and I settle into what I feel is a comfortable pace. I know my first mile or 2 will be a little off pace due to the 2100 runners or so. By the time I got to mile 2 I can feel the sweat pouring off my face already. I know I am in trouble today. I make plans to walk through every water stop to ensure I drink enough and hope that I can survive the race. I continue to count off the miles. None of the people I run with during the week were doing the full marathon so I ran the race "solo". I get to the half way point and I see my wife and kids as they take a few pictures and cheer me on.<br><br>
I start heading back to the finish line and my legs are starting to hurt. The cooler temps and the humidity finally start arriving at about mile 16. Where was this back at mile 1 I was wishing and wondering. I continue to struggle along. I continue my routine of walking the water stops until I had drank 1 cup of water and 1 of PowerAde. I am trying desperately to keep my pace near 9 minutes a mile now and I am failing. It feels like I am walking at times. My lungs and brain are saying lets go faster, but my legs are saying heck no.<br><br>
I went through the normal mind games of I hate running this far, why do I do it? I am never doing this again. Why am I this nuts to do this to my body every year?<br><br>
All I could do was plod along and finish the race. As I hit the final 2 miles of the race I start seeing all the half marathoners that are now walking back to their car's etc and they are cheering on the marathoners which is always nice to hear. It didn't help me get my legs moving like it usually does when people are cheering me on. People are passing me in the final 2 miles and I hate it. I tried very hard to catch at least one person but I don't think I did.<br><br>
I crossed the finish line and all I could think was thank god, I am done. I drank some soup, grabbed some PowerAde's and a bottle of Life Water and heading home to pick up a 4 pack of Guinness. Nothing like limping through Publix to buy some good beer as a reward.<br>
I hate using the weather as an excuse when I don't run well but today was another example where the weather, especially the high humidity, knocked me in the mouth and I had a run that did not meet my expectations.<br><br>
Now can I turn it around and get ready for another one in February?<br><br>
Short Summary:<br>
Overall: 204/523<br>
Age group: 33/78<br>
1/2 M Chip Time: 1:47:41<br>
Chip Time: 3:50:52<br>
Raw Time: 3:51:49<br><br>
Splits:<br>
Mat:0:0:57 (139.7 ft)<br>
Mile 1: 1.01 in 8:18 (8:13)<br>
Mile 2 .99 in 7:48 (7:52)<br>
Mile 3 1.00 in 7:59 (7:59)<br>
Mile 4 1.02 in 8:09 (8:00)<br>
Mile 5 .97 in 8:08 (8:25)<br>
Mile 6 1.01 in 8:04 (7:59)<br>
Mile 7 1.00 in 8:08 (8:09)<br>
Mile 8: 1.03 in 8:16 (8:04)<br>
Mile 9: 1.00 in 8:11 (8:11)<br>
Mile 10 1.01 in 8:18 (9:13)<br>
Mile 11: 1.02 in 8:20 (8:11)<br>
Mile 12 1.01 in 8:41 (8:37)<br>
Mile 13: 1.01 in 8:23 (8:20)<br>
Half marathon: .11 in 57 (8:29) (Running time = 1:48:44)<br>
Mile 14: .91 in 7:26 (8:09)<br>
Mile 15: 1.02 in 8:33 (8:22)<br>
Mile 16: .99 in 8:54 (9:00)<br>
Mile 17: .97 in 9:28 (9:45)<br>
Mile 18: 1.02 in 9:06 (8:54)<br>
Mile 19: 1.01 in 9:02 (8:57)<br>
Mile 20: 1.00 in 9:35 (9:3<img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br>
Mile 21: 1.08 in 9:46 (9:03)<br>
Mile 22: 1.15 in 10:19 (9:00)<br>
Mile 23: 1.01 in 9:29 (9:26)<br>
Mile 24: .99 in 9:44 (94<img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br>
Mile 25: .96 in 10:10 (10:35)<br>
Mile 26: 1.00 in 9:29 (9:30)<br>
Finish: .24 in 2:01 (8:35)<br>
Watch time: 26.56 in 3:51:52 (8:44)
 

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Nice job on running in the heat and humidity... Nice report... and Nothing quite like a Beer after a run.... (especially a dark beer)!!!!
 

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I am pretty well physically recovered and even mentally. I think race mentally wise I will have moved on in another week or so. I just hate how much the weather impacts my running. I know i can;t control it but it still bugs me when it beats me.<br><br>
Does that make sense?<br><br>
All the race pictures are now up:<br><br><a href="http://purduejax.org/currentrun.html" target="_blank">http://purduejax.org/currentrun.html</a>
 

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I ran this too; after DNFing Twin Cities due to the heat, I thought I'd get nice running weather at last. Wrong. Like Floridaboiler, I suffered from the higher-than-normal temps and humidity, plus the headwind that plagued us much of the second half of the race. No PR for me either this weekend. One day, I swear, I'll get to race in good weather!
 

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Florida...awesome awesome job...the elements play mind games with us and make running so hard at times..but you kept going even when the heat and humidity were trying to beat your ass.<br><br>
Great race and great report. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I think you did GREAT in those humid conditions! You did the best you could do with what you were given, which is all any of us can do. Even with trying to keep a good attitude, it can be hard to work with humidity over any other weather factor, because physically it does affect your ability to cool and properly hydrate.<br><br>
I hope your next 26.2 is in much better conditions. Maybe come north for one?
 

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Great job and under the humidity and heat you did excellent.
 

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Great job in the heat & humidity. That's very respectable time, but even so, it's never a bad day when you finish a marathon. And a Guinness afterwards, even better. <img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif">
 

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Humidity s^cks! Sorry it affected you, but even still you had a great race! Good luck with training for the race in February.
 
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