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When I got myself into the NYC Marathon I decided then I'd set myself up for a little challenge. Since I knew the 30s were planning a huge get together at the Philly marathon and since Philly is my hometown I decided to try to run both. Two marathons in two weeks.<br><br>
Now I haven't been running long as most people know. Some called me crazy. Some said I couldn't do it. Some said I should wait.<br><br>
I don't like waiting.<br><br>
I decided to give it a shot.<br><br>
I had finished the NYC two weeks ago in 3:45:21.<br><br>
There's a lot to say about this past weekend and I'm sure I'll leave things out but here's my little report.<br><br>
The weekend started for me on Saturday morning. Team Greenberg made the decision to stay home. The weather forecast for Sunday's race just looked too nasty to drag three small kids out into.<br><br>
I headed down to the Expo where I ran into <b>Kris</b>, <b>Nick</b> and <b>Voo</b>. Later I met <b>Doc. Wu</b> and then <b>Bob</b>. <b>Bob</b> and I left the Expo together and after checking into to our hotels headed out for some lunch at a local Irish Pub. We had gone looking to watch some football games. I guess picking an Irish pub wasn't the smartest choice since all they seemed to have on the dozen or so TVs was English "football." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> We did manage to find one or two with American games on.<br><br>
After lunch we went back to the hotel, changed and reconvened to head over to the first annual SB Run. Now <b>Jen</b> (Big G) had joined us. On the walk over to the Art Museum we heard a car honking at our direction. Looked over to see <b>Trevor</b> and <b>Tim</b>. The drove away towards the run - no ride offered. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> We spotted Tom's sign from a few hundred yards away, or maybe it was his chicken legs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> up on the steps of the museum. There also was <b>Winter</b>, <b>Liam</b>, <b>Voo</b> and soon arriving <b>Nettie</b>. Tim played bag check while we went out for a nice three mile trot.<br><br>
After the run we headed back to the hotel, changed again and were off to dinner. Dinner was amazing. It was hard to comprehend just how many of us had come together. It was a fun filled night.<br><br>
Got to bed early. Sleep was another matter. I think it was close to 2 AM when the DJ finally shut down the music in the ballroom. I had been hearing it all night.<br><br>
Woke up at 5, met up with <b>Bob</b>, <b>Frankie</b>, <b>Jen</b> in the lobby and headed over to the start.<br><br>
The weather was holding off. The temperature was in the forties. No rain but cloudy. I found my way into the start carol and into the 3:50 pace group. I also met up with my neighborhood training buddy. He was running his very first marathon and we planned to stay together if we could.<br><br>
I also met up with a CR named Craig. I managed to spot him right at the start. He had said he planned to run with the 3:50 group as well. I ran with him for the first 100 yards and then never saw him again.<br><br>
The gun was off and we immediately lost the 3:50 group. I was able to maintain a line of site with the balloons but we were far back.<br><br>
Mile 1 - 8:44 - I knew we were on pace so I hadn't done much weaving through the crowd.<br><br>
Mile 2 - 8:28 - Somewhere along this mile I head "LARRY!" Look over to see Alexis and Jen running together. It was great to see a friendly face.<br><br>
Mile 3 - 8:09 - The pace group was getting away a bit plus the narrow streets were packed so we were trying to break away a bit. My neighbor was still with me.<br><br>
Mile 4 - 8:20 - Still in the downtown area and still trailing the 3:50 group.<br><br>
Mile 5 - 8:19 - At this point it made sense to bank a little time knowing the hills would be coming later.<br><br>
Mile 6 - 8:18 - I had caught the 3:50 pace group but lost my buddy. I ended up right next to the pacer. More on this later.<br><br>
Mile 7 - 8:14 - I don't want to go into too much detail but let's say I couldn't stay with the pace group for more than a mile. The person pacing the 3:50 group had a style which I didn't care for. She was trying to keep everyone motivated but it just wasn't for me. I took off.<br><br>
Mile 8 - 8:21 - I was ahead of the 3:50 group. The hill was coming and it wasn't as bad as I'd remembered.<br><br>
Mile 9 - 8:16 - Somewhere here I hit the water stop and spotted Merigayle at the end. I said a quick hello and see ya later to her as I went through.<br><br>
Mile 10 - 8:37 - I think I lost some time here on the hill but that was to be expected.<br><br>
Mile 11 - 7:57 - I saw my friend up ahead and sprinted a bit to catch him.<br><br>
Mile 12 - 8:10 - It was tough seeing all the half marathoners speeding towards the finish knowing I'd only be halfway done.<br><br>
Mile 13 - 8:18 - The half way point was packed. It was very uplifting to run through this portion. I had moved to the right side of the road in hopes of spotting my father and uncle who were there. I didn't see them and I also lost my running buddy again.<br><br>
Half - 1:55:14<br><br>
Mile 14 - 8:14 - There was a little hill during this stretch and a surprise for me. I had though the last part of the race was entirely on Kelly Drive and was surprised when we took a little loop away from it.<br><br>
Mile 15 - 8:23 - Back on the drive and perhaps for me the most boring section of the race.<br><br>
Mile 16 - 8:23 - I think I saw the two leaders come though at this point. The followed by the rest of the pack. It was cool seeing everyone in the front but also tough knowing they were headed home where as I was not.<br><br>
Mile 17 - 8:31 - I was feeling slightly fatigued but getting to Falls Bridge was a boost. Nice crowds there.<br><br>
Mile 18 - 8:29 - Heading towards Manayunk. It was nice knowing the turn around wasn't far off. Somewhere along here I passed <b>Voo</b>. I knew he and <b>Bob</b> started with the 3:40 group and I was surprised to see him since I knew he was primed for a big race. I asked if he was okay and he told me he'd hurt his hip at mile 4 and had been struggling ever since. Ever the tough competitor that he is he was still gutting it out though.<br><br>
Mile 19 - 8:32 - I spotted <b>Pacer Chris</b> along here and shouted to him. We exchanged hellos. I also saw <b>Tom</b> and figured he'd decided to do the full part as a training run. I missed the 3:40 pace group and though I'd therefore missed <b>Bob</b> but I was wrong. I ended up seeing him coming the other way about half a mile from the turn around.<br><br>
Mile 20 - 8:29 -Made it to the turn around and was headed home. Now I saw my buddy not too far behind me.<br><br>
Mile 21 - 8:15 - Running through Manayunk was very uplifting. I heard my name shouted and saw <b>Dave</b> running towards the turnaround. I also managed to spot <b>Trevor</b> and <b>Lora</b> too.<br><br>
Mile 22 - 8:22 - I made it back to the Falls Bridge and got a lift from the crowd there.<br><br>
Mile 23 - 8:43 - I spotted <b>Bob</b> up ahead and caught him. He told me he was struggling a bit and I tried to pace him for a little while.<br><br>
Mile 24 - 8:32 - Bob and ran together for about a mile and then I sped up a bit.<br><br>
Mile 25 - 8:16 - I knew I was close and my legs felt the best they had felt all day.<br><br>
Mile 26 - 8:26 - I felt like I was flying to the line.<br><br>
As I entered the finish area I looked to the bleachers and spotted the KR pack cheering for me. I heard my name being called and raised my arms. I can't tell you how great it was to see everyone there.<br><br><b>Final time - 3:46:20</b><br><br>
A 59 second difference from my NYC time two weeks ago. I can't ask for anymore than that.<br><br>
I gathered my stuff, made my way to the bleachers and got to see <b>Voo</b>, <b>Bob</b>, <b>Lora</b>, <b>Dave</b> and <b>Trevor</b> all come in.<br><br>
When I started running last year I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to run a marathon. Now I can say I've run three in seven months. Wow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
It was a weekend I will not soon forget.<br><br><b>ETA - I just heard with this effort I've been accepted into Marathon Maniacs!!!!!!!!!<br><br><a href="http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/" target="_blank">http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/</a><br><br>
Now I'm both LL and MM. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"></b>
 

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CONGRATS!! What a gutsy performance! Sorry I underestimated you in the prediction/giveaway thread. I'll never make that mistake again!<br><br>
Great to see you on the course for a brief moment. And nice calves, by the way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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LLYouRockBerg. Sweet! Nice running and nice report!<br><br>
And despite your warnings, KrisE was quite pleased with my pacing services. Next time my rates are doubling! Or tripling!<br><br>
Who won the guestimate contest?
 

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Fantastic report and an impressive race. You are a natural runner and it is so great to watch you race (well, finish at least!!). Only thing missing was your real cheering section (good call on keeping the kiddos home!!) but glad we could be a sub for the day! Can't wait for your next challenge!
 

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<b>Larry</b> - very impressive. Just how sore are the legs today?
 

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Great racing Larry! You've done an amazing job in two short weeks, 2 marathons ... wow! Congratulations <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> It was wonderful meeting you. Wish we could have more chance to talk, so many people. I know I'll be seeing you around at some more local races.
 

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2 marathons in a month. Yipes. You're probably racing on Thursday too, aren't you?<br><br>
I realized that Saturday night I was completely wrong when I thought we hadn't seen each other since May. I had kind of blocked out some of the memory of my nightmare 10K in September, although I had used it to get me to focus hard on learning to negative split my runs. Unfortunately, focusing on that had seemingly caused me to forget that you had been there that day.<br><br>
Anyhow, you doing Brian's Run in a couple of weeks?
 

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Awesome job! Really great to knock out two in two weeks! (you should check the marathon maniacs site, you might qualify for membership with that effort).<br><br>
Guess I should'a drafted you onto my philly fantasy team. Sorry.
 

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Great report and even better race! You did such a wonderful job having just raced two weekends ago. It was great to finally meet you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Not as bad as I thought they'd be. They were actually more sore last night than today. I've been trying to walk as much as possible today.
 

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Was that the Kennet Run?<br><br>
Actually I am. I'm going to to the Chester County Running Store Turkey Trot.<br><br>
I am planning on doing the 10K at Brian's Run.
 
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