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Savannah Marathon Revisited


Sunday, November 10, 2013

I couldn't help but compare this race to last years Savannah Marathon. Most all of this years attempt was better. But, not all.

Had a good night's sleep in my comfy RV. Woke up on time and had my usual pre-race breakfast of oatmeal, banana and coffee.

DW and I made the walk to the start line and waited for my corral to start.



I had estimated a 5 hour race, which put me in corral 14. I met some nice young ladies while I stood there, and DW got some pictures.



The start got off went well - being a larger race it was slow to pick up speed. Not a bad thing, because I wanted to start slowly anyway. Whenever I got behind slower runners, I'd just start walking, and resume running when they got far enough ahead. That worked out fine.

The beginning miles racked up slowly, and I felt great. The streets were lined with cheering supporters. I was enjoying the crowd support and funny signs people made up. I interacted with the crowd when it was convenient, and thanked them for being there. I didn't feel any competitive pressure, and I wanted to enjoy the atmosphere more this time.

I ran comfortably for a long time. We split from the half marathoners at mile 11 and we were in it for the long race now. I passed my half marathon mark at what I thought was a good time. I didn't make a note of it, but it might have been around 2:20 or so, a tad too fast, but okay.

I never felt tired until around mile 18, then I could feel it. This time, when I was at the Savannah State University around mile 15, I still had lots of energy, unlike last year. I was very tired at this point in 2012, so it was nice to talk to the students and tell them how much I enjoyed their enthusiasm. They are so full of energy, and couldn't be more supportive. That was, again, my favorite part of the race.

So, as I said, around mile 18 I was getting tired. No cramps or real discomfort, though. Just before mile 22 is the uphill onto Harry Truman Parkway. This is a 'bad' part of the race for me. Two and a half mile of steady incline, and it hurts. I had to slow and walk a lot here, but at least it was not hot like last year. The sun was fully out, though, not 'cloudy' as the weatherman had promised us. There we some cramps threatening to rear up, I could feel twinges, so I slowed even more, and walked as necessary. I plugged along.

Finally reached the top of the hill, no downhill, just a flatter running surface to the end of the race, another mile and a half to go. I'm pretty tired, and not enjoying myself so much. The banter from the crowd was not so amusing at this point, but I appreciated the effort.

Eventually I got to the finish chute, and the spectator support was truly unbelievable! They were cheering and screaming at us, just wonderful. Even though I was pretty beat up, I really appreciated this, as I chugged down the corridor and crossed the finish line.

Dw got this picture. From a distance, but not a bad shot.





I did my usual smiling/posing pictures, but she also got a candid shot of me looking as I really felt.



Went to the after race festivities at Forsyth Park to rest up a bit before the walk back to my RV.



The bad thing about this race was my level of pain and discomfort upon finishing. I could hardly sit down, or even get up once I finally did get seated. My feet and legs were very stiff and painful. Not at all like last year, where I was relatively pain free. I'm thinking my cardiovascular fitness exceeded the strength of my old limbs, so I was able to push my body harder. Just my best guess on what happened. I did have a much better finish time, so it seems I was able to push myself harder this year. My time was 4:58:50, not bad for a geezer. This was good enough for a 3rd place in my age group. Last year I won 3rd place too. But, it was taken away when an error was discovered. Apparently there was a chip malfunction of some kind on the actual 3rd place winners chip. Let's wait and see if I really won this year.


So, there it is. Another marathon in the books. I enjoyed the challenge, now to relax and take some well deserved time off.





Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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MARGARITTM 12/4/2013 11:57AM

    I do think it is a great idea to go over a race when you have a bit of distance and look at what went right and wrong.

This sounds like a great race, would love to try it sometime.

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/21/2013 3:28PM

    What a fantastic memory that you made!!! :-D I love that you managed to beat your time from last year and still slow down a bit to enjoy the moment, and enjoy the energy of the event. I'm excited to run my first race ever in May, a half marathon, and definitely will be thinking of you when I'm at the starting line. You're amazing!

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RAINEMARIE214 11/13/2013 12:33PM

    Congratulations!!

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LEWILL1982 11/13/2013 10:41AM

    Congratulations on a great race! I'm impressed and inspired!

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JULISKA09 11/13/2013 9:55AM

    Awesome, awesome, awesome job! I hope to run a marathon someday - my first half is coming up on the 24th. You're an inspiration. Make sure you take enough time off to rest up your poor legs - they did 26.2 miles of work for you and deserve the vacation. emoticon

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VICKI1215 11/12/2013 11:12AM

    Congratulations! That's a great achievement!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 11/12/2013 10:47AM

    Congrats on a job well done.

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LISAINMS 11/11/2013 11:41AM

    Way to go! Yes, the soreness and fatigue is from pushing harder. That's what happens when you have become fit enough to fully utilize those muscles you've been training, lol. Congratulations on your 3rd place achievement.

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LOLA_98CHIC 11/11/2013 9:38AM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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SYNCHRODAD 11/11/2013 9:31AM

    "Old geezers" call themselves that with respect and only other old geezers understand which is me. Congrats and thanks for a great blog of truth.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/11/2013 9:12AM

    That's an awesome time! You may be right about the cardiovascular exceeding the physical capability. That seems to be a problem for me, not that I can even approach that time. You are a rock star!

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CAROLCRC 11/11/2013 8:50AM

    Sounds like a positive experience overall. I was surprised how fast I was sore after my last marathon - ie about 100 yards after I stopped running! Hope it eases up fast.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/11/2013 2:14AM

    Inspiring!! Thanks for sharing. Great job!!

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MAGGIE805 11/10/2013 10:21PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/10/2013 9:56PM

    Wow those pictures made me smile. I so want to do Savannah again. One year I will.

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STRIVERONE 11/10/2013 9:35PM

    Still lighting the way for those who follow. Thank you.

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DALID414 11/10/2013 7:11PM

    You truly don't run the same race twice!

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BLUENOSE63 11/10/2013 6:58PM

  Two words...EPSOM SALTS. You know I don't know why those things work but when I finish running, I head toward a hot bath with the EPSOM SALTS. I really don't think you should be surprised at being so sore etc....as perhaps the taper wasn't what it should be? I reread your blogs from before and you were still going at it pretty hard up to the week before. I wish I could run like you do!

Enjoy the fruits of your labour and relish in the victories.

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CHANGINGHORSES 11/10/2013 6:52PM

    Wow! It sounds like you had a great run! Way to go. Congrats on your placing 3rd! I think that you deserve the rest and need some time to recoup. You are one amazing man! Such an inspiration.

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SUNNYLIFE72 11/10/2013 6:51PM

  Way to go! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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MASRITE 11/10/2013 5:26PM

    Another marathon under your belt. You're my hero!! So proud of you for finishing and just keeping up with it all!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/10/2013 5:05PM

    So happy you made it to the finish chute. Wonderful! Hope you have a chance to rest and recuperate.

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COOP9002 11/10/2013 3:35PM

    Awesome accomplishment! Thanks for sharing your experience.

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BIGPAWSUP 11/10/2013 1:50PM

    You are always such an inspiration. congrats on a terrific race. I love your reports.

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JACKIE542 11/10/2013 1:16PM

    emoticon So very inspiring to me. Your wife got some great pictures too. Hope you get emoticon all the rest you need. emoticon

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MJZHERE 11/10/2013 12:55PM

    I am not a runner, but at first I see you are planning a 5 hour run. 5 hours! I am in awe. I keep going over your blog to find out exactly how many miles you ran - I finally google marathon to learn 26.2 miles (is that right?!!). Great job! I really like that you interacted with people AND did the race also. Good for you!!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 11/10/2013 11:59AM

    emoticon Great job!!

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 11/10/2013 11:12AM

    Congratulations!! Thank you so much for sharing! Wonderful blog and very motivating!! emoticon

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RUN4FOOD 11/10/2013 11:06AM

    Congratulations on another great run. 3rd place in your age group shows how good a runner you are.
Take some time to rest, evaluate the run, learn and hopefully even improve for the next one.

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STRIVER57 11/10/2013 10:58AM

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LAURIE5658 11/10/2013 10:31AM

    I am so proud of you, Vic! Congratulations!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/10/2013 10:00AM

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I've got bad news for you, that last 10K will always hurt if you are running closer to your peak pace than training pace. That's true even for the young guys. So that's the choice you make. If you want to finish relatively pain free, stick with training pace. If you want to run your best time, embrace the pain (as long as it's not from injury).
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NATPLUMMER 11/10/2013 9:44AM

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ROXYZMOM 11/10/2013 8:48AM

    Fantastic job! You did great! Thanks for sharing!

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MWWENSIN 11/10/2013 8:34AM

    Great job, time, and accomplishment. I get to do my 17 mile training run today hopefully this will motivate me.

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FITFOODIE806 11/10/2013 8:32AM

    Congrats!!! Not bad at all :) I think people mistake running for a solitary sport. Your blog does a great job explaining the positive interactions with the crowd and other runners. Hope you're feeling better today.

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PICKIE98 11/10/2013 8:28AM

    WOW!! Under five hours, uphill, sunny, and a year older!! I would say you passed the big obstacles very nicely. Your main goal was to enjoy the day, be out and test your skills. What an accomplishment!! I give you first place for any age group for staying the race and making it a fun day.

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TIME-4-TINA 11/10/2013 8:28AM

    No surprise that you found some young ladies to take a pic with! Congrats on your 3rd place win. Great job! I'm sure your relaxing right now. Hope your not too sore.

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THEIS58 11/10/2013 8:24AM

    Great!

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