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It was a dark and dreary - no wait, that's a different story!<br><br>
It was a chilly morning if Fort Worth on February 23, 2008. But it was one of the best weather days for the start of the 30th Cowtown Marathon. The temperature was in the mid thirties with a prediction of about 50 by noon. There was a little wind to remind us that we were in Texas and the wind usually blows in Texas.<br>
There is little or no effort to control the line up of the several thousand half marathon runners and the few hundred marathon runners. There wasn't even any fencing or flagging to be sure folks went over the start mats. there was also very little fanfare with some chatting on a microphone about 20 minutes till the start - 10 minutes - less than a minute - and then a gun fires and people start meandering towards the start line. I don't think I was able to start running until we were well over the mats and headed down the street!<br>
The first part of the course heads downhill towards North Fort Worth. The first 6 miles of the course is the most open - industrial and retail business. After mile 6 it starts going through neighborhoods and parks for the rest of the course, at least until we get back to the downtown area for the finish.<br>
The half marathon course splits off from the marathon course somewhere between mile 8 and 9. Up until that point there are lots of individuals to maneuver around. Nothing worse that 5 people running together shoulder to shoulder across the road - well not quite shoulder to shoulder but not far enough apart to between them.<br>
The course has a nice mixture of flat and hills. Nothing very steep but a few longer hills that were noticeable. I made one strategic error about mile 22. The course left the greenway to go back out on the road. I followed the arrows. Everyone else stayed on the greenway. So here I am, out on the road running about 25 yards away from all the other runners as we go around a long gradual curve - me being well outside on the curve. I know that I picked up my pace for that half mile just to stay even with the runners I had been with. Everything came back together after the curve!<br>
The wind did kick up after 10 or so. I didn't mind it too much because it helped me keep cool. By this time the sun was out in full force and there was not much shade on the course. I had elected to run in tights for two reasons - the cool start temperature and the support they gave a sore muscle in my right thigh.<br>
I had a few problems in the last mile. There was a concrete road, almost like a freeway ramp that I just couldn't run up. I don't know if it was the fact that it was uphill or if the beating on the concrete was hurting me. I had also messed up my watch so I didn't have an idea of how I was doing towards my goal pace - I had turned it off for a short period, but I didn't know how long it was off before I got it going again! So once I could see the clock at the finish, I knew it would be close to a 4 hour marathon but I could not pick up the pace to the finish. But I technically had a 4 hour marathon - my chip time was 4:00:59 - not 4:01!<br>
I finished 12th of 37 in my age group. Diana was 3rd in her age group and she finished about 2 and a half minutes behind me.<br>
It's a great race for those who don't want to fight crowds. There were only 689 who finished the marathon!
 

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Tony - Great job on the run.
 

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Lucky break on your chip time. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Just think, you would have broken 4 hours if you'd stuck to the inside of the curve.<br><br>
I remember having to drive around the Cowtown marathon to go to work, about 10-11 years ago. I wasn't running then...had never run more than a mile, and 26 miles was just incomprehensible.
 

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Yes, I think back about running on the outside of that curve and how my big brother always told me way back when I was in track - each lane is worth seven yards! I may have added a 100+ yards in that long curve!
 

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Good Job. I ran the half marathon; my first. I finished in 2:59:14. I do remember that hill around mile 6 to be a killer.
 
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