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The trip to Dublin Ohio for the Last Chance For Boston Marathon was fun. I met up with Yoshiko and we drove together getting lost only once. I used to live in the Columbus area but was not familur with that side of town. We stayed at the plush host hotel with the start and finish right out the door! The one mile course was just outside the complex! We decided we did not need to preview the course!<br><br>
The weather reports were looking pretty bad with temps in the 30-40 and rain showers. We had a hard time deciding what to wear. At 7:00AM we went outside to see what it was like and it was pouring rain and 38. At the start of the race it was raining not as hard but someone was looking out for us because soon that rain stopped and it was mostly overcast for the whole run! Never trust the weather reports!<br><br>
We started .2 miles away from the start/finish line and then it was 26 laps. The miles seemed to go by pretty fast. Every quarter mile was marked. There was quite a crowd to begin with and then when the half marathoners were done it lightened up. I didn't mind repeating the loop. I knew just where the windy spot was and the aid station. 4 boys mom Cathy came out with a nice sign for us. Thank you Cathy!<br><br>
My race went pretty good untill around mile 18 when I started to slow down and the wind did pick up. My training was not the best. My 20 mile run was 5 weeks ago followed by a 16 two weeks after that. I thought I could break 4 hours but I finished in 4:03:49. It was a good training run for Boston though!<br><br>
Yoshiko had calf problems. Around 10 miles she passed me and looked strong. A few miles later I saw her on the side of the road stretching her calf. She might post more details. She kept going and gave it a good try but just couldn't co on. She then stayed out there and cheered me on untill I finished! She was limping. This must have been so hard for her!<br><br>
When we left it was sunny and 55 for a bit. It was raining when we got back. I will take it easy this week. I have nine weeks left untill Boston! I need to hit the hills!
 

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Good job Jane! I checked the results this morning and didn't see Yoshiko<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
I don't know how you managed to stay sane-26 loops?! Blech.
 

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Great job Jane. 26 loops is insane but I guess you could just zone out. I wonder about bio mechanics running in a circle like that?
 

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Great job! You really were looking strong towards the end. That last lap you were flying! And didn't you miss mentioning a small detail--like HARDWARE???<br><br>
Sorry I wasn't able to meet up with you at the finish. I was having a blast cheering people on, so I stuck around there. With a 1m loop, you get to know the runners. They'll even start to tell you how many laps are left.
 

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Awesome job Jane! Does that mean you'll be at Boston this year? Woohoo! Another KRMSer to help take Lance down. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Jane, thanks for joining me in running this seem-to-be-crazy marathon! It was fun. You are still 9 weeks away from Boston - I bet you will feel more ready with hills/LT workouts as we talked about. Way to dig deep and beat your last marathon time!<br><br>
jkaiser/kate - it is not as bad as many people think. I was concerned too about many left turns and getting bored. Actually I highly recommend it if you are nearby. You know exactly what your pace is every .25mile. You get hydration and bathroom every mile. You know where windy spot is. You pass some colorful characters and see the same spectators (i.e. 4bm) many times!! As a matter of fact, Jane and I probably will be there again. Next time, we will drag 4bm and any other Buckeyes (btw, what happend to Buckeye Chris??)!
 

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Great race Janie! When I first read that it was a loop course, I did a slight cringe, but when I thought more of it, doing 26.2 loops like that could have its advantages such as no terrain surprises and knowing where you are pacewise.
 
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