My second marathon is now behind me. My goal was to beat my time last fall at the 2015 Portland Marathon to ensure a spot at the Boston Marathon next spring.
Why would I try to go faster when I had already qualified for Boston? The simple answer is that just because you meet the Boston qualfiying standard does not mean you are guaranteed a spot. The marathon is capped at 30k runners; therefore, they take the fastest in each age division. I was pretty sure my Portland time would get me a spot at Boston, but just incase I wanted to beat my qualifying time by about 15 mintues.
The race I used to accomplish my goal is the Foot Traffic Flat at Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. The race was on the 4th of July, and couldn’t have offered more perfect weather. It was a little overcast in the morning, and that cool weather made for a perfect start. Until mile 21, I was cooking right along at about 7:50-7:55 pace no problem, but my legs got very, very stiff by mile 22 and to be honest, I was just tired. My pace slowed a bit and I still made my goal time, but not by much.
I also changed up my typical wardrobe for this marathon. I decided that I don’t like to run long distances in a tank top because I chaff under my arms. After experienting on several training runs, I decided on the following gear:
- Trusty Nike Hat
- LULUlemon sports bra with pockets
- LULUlemon swiftlytech crew neck tshirt
- lululemon compression shorts with side pockets
- Oakley glasses
- Garmin watch
I like the idea of the sports bra with pockets; however, it chaffed me big time, the rest of the choices were perfect.
I trained differently for this marathon, I added in about 7 runs between 18-23 miles versus last fall I only did 2 runs that were around twenty miles. In addition, I threw in a half marathon about 2 months before the marathon, just to get a baseline read on my time. That was a good workout and helped me with my pacing goals.
The race start and finish were at the Pumpkin Patch. Brent and I lived in Portland for years and always hit the Sauvie Island, Pumpkin Patch in the fall, they have a corn maize and all!
My family all ran the 5k and did well, they were waiting at the finish for me, which always makes the whole event so much more fun.
Next time I run 26.2 miles it will be Boston! I can’t wait to check that off my bucket list.