MMTC Logo MMTC Banner
Ironman Sponsors

Princeton Sports

Columbia Triathlon Association

Elite Chiropractic & Sport

Moran Insurance

70 Point 3 Sponsors

TSource

Center for Integrated Manual Therapies

Road Runner Sports

P.F. Chang's

24 Hours of Booty

Ulman Fund

Team Inspiration

Olympic Sponsors

Cara Zaller, Nutritionist

Life Fitness Physical Therapy

Kelley Williams Realty

Sprint Sponsors

Spin90

XTERRA Wetsuits

Swim4Purpose: Doug Saar

Race Result

Racer: Geoff Matrangola
Race: B&A Trail Marathon
Date: Sunday, March 4, 2007
Location: Severna Park, MD
Race Type: Run - Marathon
Age Group: Male 35 - 39
Time: 4:30:51
Overall Place: 114 / 149
Age Group Place: 14 / 19
Comment: My First Marathon



Race Report:

Race Report B&A Trail Marathon 3/4/07

In the weeks leading up to my first marathon the weather and my work scheduled conspired to prevent me from getting in a long run outside. I tried to cover by doing extra mileage on the treadmill but could only stand the monotony for about two and a half hours. I had to hope that my aerobic base was still up to par to finish.

So I started with Sunday with a plan just to finish. Part of my plan included pacing with two very experienced runners, Dave (a friend from a gourmet dinner club) and the famous Arnat. You all know Arnatís impressive credentials and Dave has done over 30 marathons from all over the world. I also used my Polar H/R monitor and pedometer to help keep pace. My plan was to keep my H/R in the same zone I use for the bay swim with puts it between 160 and 165. I run about a 9:00 m/m at that heart rate. So I planned to run the race as 26 1 mile runs at a consistent pace.

We held together with a fairly consistent 9:00 m/m through with splits..
10 mile = 1:23:10
13.1 miles (1/2 way) = 1:50:30
I slowed too much going through an aid station (loved those oranges) and couldnít get back to a 9:00 m/m pace for Ĺ mile or so. I lost track of Dave ahead of me and Arnat behind.
20 miles = 3:04:20
Caught up with Dave again and we chatted. He was pleased with the 9:00 pace but warned that heís seen this before where ďit only takes a couple 12:00 m/m to keep you from getting in under 4 hoursĒ.
I slowed and Dave went ahead. I was keeping at between about a 9:40 and 10:40 m/m for a while. I was pacing with and talking to a guy named Hugh who just happened to be from my home town. I was getting grumpy and should have realized that I was starting to burn considerably more fat than normal. I kept my grumpiness to myself but finally had to let Hugh go ahead while I dropped to the 12:00 m/m pace after mile 24. I shuffled in at that pace and decided that as long as I didnít switch to a full walk Iíd call it a victory.

It was great seeing Jessie and the other Mid Marylanders there! It looked like everyone was having a great day.

I have to say that Arnat was a driving force in getting me to do this. His Baltimore Race Report last year was inspiring. Thanks man! I have a lot more respect for distance runners now. Though, I donít think Iíll sign up for any other Marathons for a while. Iíll stick to triathlons and maybe in a few years Iíll do my next 26.2 miles after a good long swim and Bike.