I had four goals for this race: (1) have fun..alot of fun; (2)don't get injured; (3) finish; and (4) shoot for 11 minute miles. How'd I do?
BOY DID I HAVE FUN!
I've never done anything active with tens of thousands of other people. It was a moving circus. I was runnng with the likes of Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, the juggling marthoner, Captains America, and on..and on..Runners blotted out the roadscape..And they were wonderful to watch..They ran for time; in the memory of lost friends and family; to cure autism; to support AIDS research; to make a personal statement about their new found health...AND everyone looked to running in celebration..of life..It was amazing..
NO I DID NOT GET INJURED!
But when you look at my successive time splits (below) you'll see that I held a consistent pace up to the half mark, and then..that darn (right) calf cramp reared up...I had to stretch every other mile from mile 13 on, and then walk a minute or so to be sure I stretched and massaged the knotted muscle..But I didn't spend time negotiating or refereeing the BBB...I focused forward, and followed Patt's advice to run with my heart...
YES, OF COURSE I FINISHED!
I ran the course with my neighbor and Bagel-running buddy Bob Hollis who was using the MCM as a training run for the JFK 50. I started running a little over 1.5 years ago; never done a race in my life until this March, 2006. Bob has been a runner off and on for the past 25 years. He's picked back up where he left off over the past 7 months, and this was the 2nd time I raced with him - we did the LEADstrong half-marathon up on the nCR trail this past May. And, we also ran with 2 other guys from the HC Striders that we drove down with to the race. I never doubted for a moment that I'd finish..
SHOT FOR 11 MINUTE MILES, I DID, BUT ENDED UP WITH 12:12/MILE AVERAGE!
Here are the unofficial results from the MCM as of 10/31/-06
MARTIN GOULD | Bib #27884 | COLUMBIA, MN - USA | Age 53 |
START=9:04:12AM EST 5 Mile=56:25 10 Mile=1:49:49 Half=2:24:35 15 Mile=2:48:55 20 Mile=3;54;34 23.5=4:37:01 FINISH=5:20:53
Note: I saw so many people who were hurt, some terribly hurt and in pain. Many people, like me, had to deal with cramps, pulls, and other physical ailments. Most of us managed the pain. Some people I knew and saw dropped out for safety reasons. One person had a heart attack at the start. One person died at mile 17. I learned a lot about people and what they're made of today, including me..