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2014 chevron houston marathon my first marathon

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Summary: The marathon did not go as well as I wanted but I am happy that I finished, that my family was there to watch, and that now that I have a knowledge of something to work from. I am comparing my previous 30k to this marathon

Breakfast: Gu Gel 15 min before race

mile 30 k marathon
1 10:23 10:23
2 10:54 10:22
3 10:51 10:20
4 11:08 10:28
5 10:48 10:26
6 10:59 10:30
7 10:44 10:15
8 10:41 10:16
9 10:20 10:22
10 10:32 10:21
11 10:22 10:17
12 10:11 10:16
13 10:02 10:19
14 10:11 10:58
15 9:53 10:34
16 9:50 11:32
17 9:30 14:39
18 9:28 15:03
19 9:10 14:56
20 16:16
21 18:45
22 25:15
23 12:02
24 17:06
25 17:48
26 11:20
27 10:45

3hr:12min 5hr:33min
18.61 mi 26.2 mi
10:20mi/min 12:42 per mile
t 32 c t 54 c
w 4 mph w 7 mph
humid 86% humid 100%

I started losing it during mile 16 but I finished. I couldn't eat any gu or Gatorade past mile 16. What I would change next time would be to start slower next time, perhaps start a larger breakfast before hand, and figure out what nutrition I want to take after mile 16. I would also add more hill work. I am happy with my time and will do it again next year.

My son at the expo.

and at the park next to the expo

and me at the finish line.

If you have any suggestions for what you nutrition you use during a marathon or prerace breakfast please let me know in the comments. Thanks for being patient in me putting this together. This was a great marathon for spectator support, and the first half of the course is covered by trees. It has only one hill. Elev gain per my garmin is
190 ft.

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    I think just the fact that you completed a marathon is great! I have noe suggestions for you only "attaboys"! Awesome!
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    1594 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS!!! No matter how well you prepare, it is rare for your first marathon to go perfectly. It's a new experience and there are many opportunities for things to go wrong. I had a horrendous time at the end of my first. As you log more miles and find out what works, it will become easier.

    No advice on nutrition because as a small female, I have enough calories stored to get me through 26 miles with no additional fuel.

    Hope the recovery is going well!
    1595 days ago
    Great recap--I was wondering how the race went. Wowza, 100% humidity? Could that have zapped you in the middle? You know I'm in no place to offer any advice, though. I think finishing the thing is a huge accomplishment and I totally understand the desire to understand what happened, I would, too. Hope you can figure it out and glad you want to do it all over again! Nice pics, too!
    1605 days ago
    Awesome effort all around! So far I have only completed my first HM on October 19th, 2013. I did my run on the weekend. Thru the week I added more foods with complex carbs to build enough reserve for the run. I ran an average pace of 11 minute miles. On mile 11 I started to feel hungry. Since it was my first HM I did not know really what to expect. I only brought two bottles of water along with me and no food. Next time I am going to bring some sort of food on the run...LOL not sure what yet. For my pre-race meal I make sure I eat plenty of carbs...oatmeal with raisins, banana, toast with butter or peanut butter. Then I wait one hour then do the pre race stretch, then run. I have noticed with me that if I run to soon after I eat it likes to try to come back up. I am training for my first Full marathon in 2015. This year my focus is on a Triathlon and my second HM. Keep up the great effort.
    1606 days ago
    I have never tried a marathon. So the fact that you completed another is fantastic to me. I am still trying to have negative splits in a HM..... Starting off very, very slow is just so difficult.

    1606 days ago
    I am training for a 1/2 - can't even imagine tackling a full. Great job on finishing! It seems like with the longer distances you have to see how your body reacts and make adjustments, it's more about learning. I will apply your advice to my 1/2 in May. Start off slow.

    1607 days ago
    Can't offer advice since that distance is beyond me, but CONGRATULATIONS!
    Amazing focus to finish strong.
    1607 days ago
    emoticon Such an inspiration to see the focus to finish such a race. CONGRATULATIONS!
    1607 days ago

    Finishing is a BIG accomplishment at that distance!
    1607 days ago
  • MAGGIE805
    Congratulations on such amazing achievement! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1607 days ago
    You crushed it! Congratulations!

    1607 days ago
    OMG you did great! I cant even having enough balls to sign up and you finished!

    you totally rock!

    1607 days ago
    During your training for the marathon, what were you typically eating before your long runs?
    1607 days ago
    Congratulations! The team is very proud of you!
    1607 days ago
    Congratulations. Finishing a marathon is something to be proud of ... and practice makes perfect so now you know what to work on for the next one. emoticon emoticon
    1607 days ago
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