Thanks too all of you for your help over the last couple of weeks.
I finished the Silicon Valley Marathon (www.svmarathon.com) yesterday in 3:31:39. And today, I can barely walk (just really sore muscles, nothing serious)!!! That works out to an 8:04 pace, about 11 seconds a mile or 4:39 seconds off my goal of 3:27 (but I didn't care, I really was happy to make it across standing).
My overly technical race report (feel free to skip this, as I think it borders on dorky): The strangest thing about the race is the pacing. I did the first 10k at a 7:38 mile pace, and under my anaerobic threshold of 173 heart beats per minute. Then, about an hour into it, I started taking GU sports gel (before every aid station) to keep myself fueled with a sufficient number of carbohydrate calories, and I think that put a drain on my circulatory system as it probably started dedicating much more of its resources to digestion (and less to my legs). In any event, at about that point, my heart rate started going way up to about 181 even though my perceived exertion was about the same (my AT marathon pace as suggested by the TeamOregon site is about 174 (my max heart rate is 202ish). This also could have occurred as a result of IB pain on my right knee. So, I slowed down and was into the mid to high 8 minute miles through the half marathon (1:42) and through the 19.2 mark. My wife and the rest of my cheering gang showed up at the 20 mile mark and then drove around cheering me on for the next few miles. By now, the pain in my right knee was gone or adequately masked by endorphins! During that whole time, I was trying to keep a lid on my pace, but my heart was still doing a pretty constant 180 bpm, and I kept taking the GU (because I was more afraid of hitting the wall than going more slowly (was that a mistake, should I have waited with that stuff until mile 20?).
Anyway, by about mile 22, I was feeling more confident that I would make it, so I started pouring it on a little bit, but even as I got up to 186 0r 187 bpm, I started feeling a lactic acid buildup, so I settled at about 183 bpm. By about mile 24, I started going for broke and notched the pace up to 186 or so bpm. I came in flying with, I'm told, a very pained expression on my face at 191 bpm!! All, a very technical description, I realize, but I was amazed by the numbers I was seeing on my heart rate monitor!
All in all, regarding strategy, I think I should have gone out more slowly, started taking the GU later on and I'm not sure what to make of heart rate monitor pacing (I averaged 177 bpm for the whole race), as its hard to account for "cardiac drift."
I was really happy to make it through running and relatively problem free, however, as I saw a good number of people in relatively dire straights.
And finally, these are my split times and other relevant data:
2001 Silicon Valley Race Results Marathon Bib: 1324 Name: Ken Davis Gender: M Age: 31 Division: 30-34 Division Place: 35 Home Town: San Francisco, CA
SPLIT TIME PLACE Start Time: 07:28:22.80 10k: 0:47:28 Half Marathon: 1:42:36 19.2 Miles: 2:33:51 FINISH: 3:31:39 217
And that's that the full report!!! Your feedback, critique, criticism is welcomed and appreciated!
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