|My elite racing bib gives new definition to elite.|
What a great race in spite of my not running a great race. The Little Rock Marathon has what is a pretty weak standard for what is considered an elite. Over 40 and sub 2:55 can get you there. My personal best is 2:44 and I ran 2:48 back in November so I got in as an "elite".
We drove in Saturday and toured the Old Statehouse Museum and enjoyed the pre-race dinner.
|Kids in front of the Old Statehouse Museum. Nice museum.|
I must admit that it was great fun to be so spoiled at a marathon. I tried not to let it go to my head but as we were being escorted the thirty steps from our nice cozy warm-up area to the front of the starting line I did begin to feel like a little bit of a big shot. They were so nice and treated us so well. But then again, they treat everyone well and I think LR is the best marathon in the country!
|Picture of the start line just as the sun is coming up! Celebrate!|
The gun fired and off we went. I tried to run very measured and if I am having a good day, then usually I hit the first mile in about 6:10 to 6:15. So we are running and I feel like I am going at a pretty easy pace and at mile one I look and I had just run a 5:59! Whoaaa! Slow those horses down. So I slowed down a bit and the second mile was 6:04! Alright, that's it, this is going to be a PR day and it is time to go with it. I was really cruising. This is the type of day that only comes every three or four years.
I was running strong and then at mile 5 my sciatic began hurting but only slightly. Not that unusual, maybe it would stay away. But then we hit some hills and I was hitting around 6:20's. Still good enough for a 38:20 10K. No longer sub 2:40 pace but still PR pace.
Ran strong for a couple of more miles and then around mile 9 and 10, sciatica let me know it was back. I hit the half in just 1:22:50. PR pace is around 1:21 but we were into the hills now and my stupid sciatica was not allowing me to go any faster than 7:15. People were passing me and it was frustrating because I knew I could be running sub 6:30 up that hill.
As the race continued, the sciatic would flare up and then kind of subside but I was never able to really race again. I could only try to sustain a 7 to 7:30 pace which I did but only after some suffering. I hobbled in at 2:57 and change but it was still nice to finish another marathon and to have the whole family there waiting for me.
|On our way up Pinnacle!|
|At the top!|
|Jim back at the bottom with Pinnacle in the background.|