The race started at 7:30 am at Severna Park HS with temps around 30 degrees. Did some pre-race chatting with some fellow MMTC’s: Shaun, Melissa (Emery), Jenn, Jesse, and Geoff.
I paced with Geoff for about the first 9 miles on his first ever marathon. Since he was an avid cyclist, he had no problems smoking the course like Lance at NYC.
Saw Jesse pacing a friend around 8 miles after the 1st turn-around and later saw Shaun and Jenn with a strong steady pace minutes before their 1st turn-around. There we exchanged verbal pleasantries then I resumed my gimpy stride after they passed.
By mile 9, I felt a little tingling in my right leg. And I don’t mean the ‘good’ tingling you get when opening presents on Christmas morning. But a familiar precursor of my injury back in AZ. So I took it easy and dropped my pace several notches and watched Geoff trot ahead with a Lance Armstrong pace.
Around mile 11, I thought about taking the half-marathon finisher exit but decided to continue with the full. Figured if I could finish the brutal conditions of GW Marathon (2weeks prior), then this race was a cinch.
I finally reached the 20 mile marker after the 2nd turn-around point and then hit my ‘mental wall’. At this point, I reevaluated my vitals and felt my left (other) leg hurting. Then tried running backwards and sideways to relieve the pain but just ended up walking and half-stepping the last 10K.
Somewhere on the last 10K, I convinced myself to retire my 'marathon-a-month' quest… or atleast right after my next marathon in DC at the end of this month. Apparently, you need more than a couple weeks/months of recovery between marathons when healing from injuries.
Needless to say, I finished my 6th marathon in 6 months which qualified me as a ‘Marathon Maniac’ or for a Lobotomy. Been off crutches now for almost 4 weeks and my legs felt fine 1 day after the run. My time was 4:59:08 which was way faster than my GW Marathon time of 6:16:01 to weeks prior. Surprisingly I didn't come in last place like GW.
Again Congratulations to Goeff Matrangola on completing his first full marathon and other finishers that braved the cold.