Time: 3:29:58 (12 AG, 51/240 overall)
This was my third marathon, and had been running a lot all winter preparing for it and the HAT Run at the end of March. I had done several long runs in preparation and was not going to these long races get the best of me this time. I had run out of energy at the 4 past marathons/ultras. My goal was to break 3:30 bettering my PR slightly. I set out at an 8:00 pace, and hit that goal through 13.1 miles, the half way mark where most all the people in the race turn to complete the half marathon. Both the half marathoners and whole marathoners start at the same time. For the next 2 miles I ran past a girl who tried to keep pace with me. But I got lazy and my pace started slowing to hers instead. I noticed it at about 16 miles and picked up my 8:00 pace again, but had lost about 25 seconds. At the final turn around, I wasn't sure if I'd be able to make my goal, the distance and speed were catching up to me quick. Last year, my first marathon, I hit this mark and slowly faded hurting a lot ending 12 minutes off the 3:30 mark. I kept wondering if it would happen again as it had happened at the HAT Run, Baltimore marathon, and JFK50 all in 2007. But something as a little diiferent this time. The pain didn't seem to appear, not the slightest bit. In fact, my energy level seemed to increase with each mile. At mile 23, I didn't had about 45 seconds to make up, and started pouring it on, passing people each 1/4 to 1/2 mile, slowly increasing my speed. I rounded the final turn with about 1/4 mile left in the race and just started sprinting (at least if felt like I was). Finished just under my goal, felt great, and confident that HAT Run would be different as well in three weeks.