Akron Marathon Relay: The Results

There’s our team results! A marathon in 4:02. Not too bad, with a team of injured people, sick people, undertrained people, and undertrained sick injured people (yours truly).

My leg was leg #3. That’s 7.5 miles in ~74 minutes (the clock time includes a handoff, and my watch time included a lag as I worked my way out of the crowd). I’m… okay with it. I wouldn’t say I’m happy with a 10:00/mile pace since I ran a longer leg in 9:00/mi last year, but seeing as I ran 7.5 miles with bronchitis and a pinched nerve, after 10 days of complete inactivity due to said bronchitis, I think I’m more unhappy with being sick/broken than I am with the time itself. So, I’m okay with it.

My Garmin tracking of the race is here. Another thing to notice is that I started off way too fast. My first mile was a 9:17, and it just went downhill from there. That’s mostly my own fault; for some reason I thought if I started off at a faster pace I’d be able to keep it up for all 7.5 miles — NOPE. You’ll notice my speed just decays over the whole run; by the end of it I was feeling awful, my legs and lungs were both burning and I didn’t even have anything left for one final sprint. When people say start out slow and try to negative-split your races, they mean what they say! I wish I’d used the first mile or so as a warm-up and gone from there; the end of the race was hilly, and I could have used a little extra punch there, rather than one fast mile and then done.

However, it’s done now! Congrats to us for finishing with so many obstacles in our way, and here’s to being done with running (in terms of a training plan) for a little while — maybe my body can finally start to heal…!

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