Monday, October 02, 2006

The Marathon Gods Have Smiled v2

Update is at the bottom...Just time for a quick post

Perfect day and weather... cloudy, cool temperatures and light winds

Perfect course...flat and downhill with a few tiny little hills along the way

Perfect friends to run and share the weekend with...

Check out the results at Wineglass

Andrew 2:56:59 (major PR)

Mike 3:14:56 (PR)

Marc 3:38:11 (good run on no training!)

More later when I get a better connection. What a day, what a race!

Here are a few more pics for now...
Pre-race at the start line before we drove the course for the 1st time.
Andrew reminded us not to forget the standard 'butt' shot for the Pink Lady.
At the expo I was lucky enough to meet Dick Beardsley and had him sign my copy of his book Staying the Course which tells his amazing story.
At the 8 mile mark, right on pace but didn't see my photo lady because of a vehicle that was in the way.Here's Andrew flying by the 19 mile mark looking very in the zone.

Still smiling at the 19 mile mark and about to kiss my photographer for good luck. It worked too!
Here's Andrew at the finish wavng to the crowd. I don't see who he's outkicking, perhaps they were roadkill back in the distance?
Looking for the finish that couldn't come soon enough and no idea what my watch was down to at all.
Here I'm getting the best post marathon massage of my life by two (count em, 2) lovely ladies. Thanks to Rebecca and Jessica, you're the best ;-)
The three amigos with their hardware. Thanks guys, great times and a great weekend!

16 comments:

Andrew said...

It was so great to run with you two. Marc & I have decided we have to choose another to do together for next fall.

Great post race photo!!

Mike said...

A PR is nothing to sneeze at, great work Mike! So glad the three of you had such a great time, and I'm happy to hear about your result. Rest well.

Arcaner said...

Nice job! Congrats.

robtherunner said...

Congrats on the PR! I am happy to see that the training paid off for you and even better that you got to share it with firends.

Phil said...

3:14! Great PR Mike. Your my hero. You keep demonstrating that life doesn't end at 50 and one can (with a lot of hard work) continue to improve. You set your sights high and went out and did it.

Thanks for the great photos.

Thomas said...

Congratulations on the PR. Your training deserved it. Did you follow the 6-mile pacing plan?

Love2Run said...

Thanks all for the nice comments. Still haven't debriefed myself and in the happy afterglow stage. Did the 6 mile cutback pacing thing (more or less) but more on that soon.

D said...

You guys all kicked butt at this marathon. Congrats - I loved the race report!

Paul said...

Good job Mike! I swear you marathoners are starting to get into my head. The camaraderie, the triple digit weeks, the dedication. I guess I have many miles to run before I sleep!

Hilda said...

Congratulations on your PR, that is not easy to set, how fast you are!!

DawnB said...

Congratulations, on your PR outstanding job by all three of you, you guys were really having fun!!!

Marc said...

Mike - Again, congrats on the PR and a great race. What a wonderful weekend! I hope you are enjoying a much deserved vacation with the photographer.

Now we have to plan on next fall's marathon.

olga said...

Congrats again, I was right after searching for results at the marathon site!

Jamie said...

Awesome job! Congrats on a great race!

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Awesome pictures, awesome race. Congrats on the PR. And heh, thanks for the Butt shot. Nice to know you guys still think of me even though I haven't been by all that much.

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