I signed up for this marathon, my first ever, in an attempt to gear up my running for the triathlon season, as the run is my weakest of the three sports. I decided I would go out at a consistent pace an try to hold it. The first 5 miles was about 37:30. Well that was too fast! Had to make a long potty break at the first turnaround. Then 2 more short ones later in the race - probably added about 2:30 to my run but the breaks were nice. Felt pretty good till around 10 miles, when my back started to get sore (it had been bothering me for a few weeks). I taped my right shin because it had been sore also. The tape realy works. Completed the first 13 miles in 1:42. On pace to break the 3:30 goal I set. Kept an 8:00 minute pace through 20 miles - 2:40 even. Then I slowed on mile 21 (about an 8:45). Then I lost count as every muscle and joint in my body started to hurt. I didn't walk, but felt like it. The last 3 miles were the most painful thing I have ever experienced during exercise (well maybe not as bad as the 24 hours of Canaan mountain biking relay race where I was so dehydrated on my second lap I got sick and had a splitting headache the whole 12 miles, 2:30 ride, in the mountains of Timberline ski resort). Finished in 3:40:44. Not too bad for my first ever marathon. Quite a bit different that a half.
This race was the precurser to the Hinte Hat Run in three weeks. Lessons learned here - go out a lot slower. The pain will probably be just as great, but if I go slower, hopefully it won't be too bad.