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<span style="font-family:Verdana;">Twin Cities</span> <span style="font-family:Verdana;">Marathon</span> <span style="font-family:Verdana;">Race Report</span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Best way to open is to cut and paste something I wrote Sunday night in the 30s thread.</span></span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I learned a great lesson today gang, running is not always about a PR, sometimes just going the distance is enough and today going the distance, no matter the time, was enough.</span></span></b><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I trained to run this marathon and break 4 hours, little did I know mother nature had other plans.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">At the start of the race it was already well over 70 degrees with dew points in the high 70’s. it only got warmer. If I ever enter these conditions again, I will throw every goal but finishing out the window before the race even starts.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">We got started on time, I was in Wave 2 so the first wave went out and think we were then 4 minutes behind them. My goal was to average 9:20ish in the first three and hit the 3 mile mark at 28 minutes. Mile 1 went off at</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:05</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">-too fast, but not terrible, Mile 2</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:18</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">(perfect) and Mile 3 was like</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:15</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">, I came through 3 miles at 27:45 so a hair ahead of pace, but not bad at all.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Mile 4 is</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">8:51</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">and mile 5 is</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:09</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">, mile 6 is</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:07</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">so I hit 6 miles at 54:49. damn near dead on goal</span></span><br><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">The problem is I am working way to freakin hard to run just over 9 minute miles. I run Mile 7 in</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:29</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">and at mile 8 my pace is slipping so I tell the guy I am running with that I am backing way off and he should head out if he is fine. He wishes me luck and off he goes.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Miles 8-10 are tough and my pace is erratic (</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:37</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">,</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:04</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">,</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:17</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">) but I am still very close to pace for a 4 hour finish so I keep fighting, hoping I can find a grove and it will get easier.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Then in mile 11 is where it started to get ugly. My thoughts started to get foggy, and my legs just would not go and yet I somehow ran a sub 9 mile, but I would pay the price. I saw my DW and three friends at about 11.3 miles and told them I had no idea how I was going to finish. I must have looked much better than I felt. they said I looked strong. I have never even had a training run like this and I am on autopilot.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I am not sure I have ever felt like I did over the next 2 miles or so. I am trying to listen to my body and decide if I am in danger and need to get myself off the course.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I figure the only way I am getting through this is to implement a serious run/walk plan. I start running 3 minutes and walking 1 minute. I am in survival mode. Miles 12 and 13 are at</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:39</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">and</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">9:59</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">. My split on the results page shows I hit the HM mark at</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">2:02:03</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">. My fastest HM time recorded (back in January) is</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">2:08:15</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">so I am dying, but still kicking ass in the grand scheme of things. I took a gel at about 11.5 and I actually start to feel better around mile 13.5. The run/walk is working.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">My pace continues to fall in miles 14, 15 and 16 as they are all over</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">10:20</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">. However I feel so good all of a sudden I try to pick it up right after I pass the mile 16 marker and almost instantly my body revolts. By the time I hit mile 17 I feel worse than I did back at mile 11 when I wondered if I should be walking off the course. Mile 17 is</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">12:45</span></span><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">, I have nothing left I am actually thinking if I see an</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">EMS</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">person they may pull me off.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Right after I passed an aid station that was just past the 17 marker, my buddy shows up at my side and says he is trouble. Misery loves company and we decide it is time for the death march to see how far we can go and if all goes well walk enough to recover and just finish. Having him next to me is key to my survival right now.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">We walk the next full two miles and during the 18th mile I am not even sure I can keep walking at times. I feel like I am standing still. However, I kept putting one foot in front of the other and as approach the 19th mile marker I am suddenly getting my wits back about me and I am taking time to look around. There are hundreds of people walking and those running are only a hair faster than us walkers. We saw 4 people ourselves enter an ambulance. People were sitting at the roadside talking to people, sitting by themselves stretching etc. it was crazy.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">As I see all of this I realize I am far from alone in what has turned into simply a test of our will to find the finish line and more importantly stay healthy doing it.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">My buddy and I have survived the storm and are feeling almost normal as we hit 19 miles still walking. We had connected with a gal who was running her 19th marathon (first time in TC). She has only run 4 of them before today over 4 hours so she is no slouch and she said this is by far the worst conditions she has run in. She is also a nurse and makes it very clear to me that walking is not only okay, it is the right thing to do. She really raised my spirits and we stuck together until mile 23.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">As we leave the aid station past mile 19, we decide to start implementing run 2 minutes and then walk until we feel ready and run 2 more. We still take over 15 minutes for this mile, but I am ready to start picking it up, I feel as close to normal as I have since before mile 11! When we get to the mile 20 mark I am 100% certain I will finish, I am no longer in trouble. 10K to go and no matter how long it takes me the TCM will not make me its bitch.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">We keep this method rolling and we are passing a ton of people during our running and very few are able to catch back up with us even when we walk.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Mile 21- 12:33- I See my DW and friends right after the 21 marker and I am thrilled to let them know I am okay and will finish for sure!!</span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Mile 22- 12:20-feeling way better than a</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">12:20</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">mile sounds!!</span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Mile 23- 12:29-I let my buddy and that gal go here and started watching for Craney and Sage</span></span><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Mile 24-13:15-I spot them right past the 23 aid station and I stopped and talked to Crane and Sage for about a minute.</span></span><br><br><b><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Special shout out to fellow 30’s Crane and Sage for being on the course for me!!! I have never even met Sage until then and she got out there to see me…GIANT {{{{{}}}}}} to both of you!</span></span></b><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Mile 25 is well over 13 as I decided to save something for the final 1.2</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Mile 26 is like</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">11:40</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">and then I brought it home in just over 2 minutes for the final .2</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Final time</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">4:51:01</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I wrote elsewhere that this finish was more satisfying than my</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">4:27</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">in</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">Fargo</span></span> <span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">back in May and I still feel that way. This run was about guts, plain and simple.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">In spite of the ugliness, I did it. I walked a freakin ton, but that is what had to be done or I would not have made it, no question.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">The Twin Cities fan’s were flippin amazing, especially from miles 17 on. We passed no less than a half dozen people standing in the front yard with a hose spraying runners down. Heck at one house they had simply duct taped a sprinkler thing to a step ladder and left it out there. In the last 6 miles or so I high-fived as many kids as I could, thanked every fan I made eye contact with and even danced a bit when we passed music…it was great.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">I am already looking ahead to 2008. Add me to the list of people who has a date with a revenge marathon.</span></span><br><br><span style="color:#000000;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;">No PR, but I went the distance in this one and I am thrilled</span></span>
 

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That's a story and a half and even more than that. I don't know if there's much I can really say except that just finishing that yesterday is amazing.
 

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Blame this one on me - this is my 4th marathon in Minnesota and not one of them has been in cool conditions (though this one was probably the worst - maybe tied with Grandma's last year where they black flagged the race midway through). Way to persevere and earn that medal...time is irrelevant, like you said, so be proud of the accomplishment!
 

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Wow! Totally different than what you expected and yet totally rewarding. Way to gut it out. That's an awesome effort. Way to Go! You should be proud that you made it to the finish line!
 

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<b>Mr. Korbel, Sir, you have my very great respect.</b><br><br>
Congratulations on having a great set of guts!<br><br>
You're a freakin' Superhero!
 

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Wow, Dom, what an effort! That there sounds like the definition of Death March. Kudos to you for knowing when to throttle back and big time ups for finishing. Great job.
 

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Congratulations, Dom! A fantastic report, an even more impressive marathon showing. Your spirit and attitude with this race are amazing. Thank you!
 

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Amazing story. I'm glad you played it smart and allowed yourself to walk as needed, even a whole 2 miles straight.
 

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Great job, <b>Korbel</b>! It was definitely a first-class effort!
 

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This was a tale of guts, willpower, and smarts, and you excelled on all three of those, <b>Dom</b> - major kudos to you.<br><br>
You have every right to be extremely satisfied with this one. With that said, the thought of a revenge rematch with TC I'd say is a pretty nice one right now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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To make it through all 26.2 is quite an accomplishment - you really did something amazing! Congratulations and can't wait to hear about how you triumph next year!!
 

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<b>Dom</b> - unbelievable effort my friend. More impressed by your ability to recognize the day for what it was.
 
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