My first marathon of 2010 is in the books, and it was a good start but a painful one. I set a new personal record (PR) with a time of 2:45:45 and got 2nd place overall, but I did it the hard way. Overall the Minneapolis Marathon was great, with 1146 marathon finishers, nearly perfect weather the whole time and a really nice course that takes you through a lot of Minneapolis it really was a great race.
I felt excellent for the first 16 miles, but as you can see from the miles splits below that after miles 15 I slow down quite a bit, the big problem that I ran into was my legs, they felt fine for about 15 miles but the last 10 miles were the toughest 10 miles I have ever ran, that includes the last 10 miles of the 50 mile trail race that I ran with two blown hamstrings. I would have done that over again in a heartbeat. I think the combination of going out a bit fast, not doing as much strength training and running in racing flats for the first time contributed to the pain. Though I did set a new PR by 5:42, so I really don't have anything to complain about, other than the miserable last 10 miles of the race.
I am optimistic that I can run a 2:40:00 marathon this year despite today's effort, the reasoning being that if it weren't for my legs feeling so bad I would have been able to put together a more even 1st and 2nd race, my cardio was fine the whole time, so hopefully I could even try and improve upon my this time in two weeks at Grandma's Marathon in Duluth.
Minneapolis Marathon 2010 by jhanlon31 at Garmin Connect - Details
Overall Place: 2nd/1146 finishers
Chip Time: 2:45:45
13.1 Time: 1:18:45
Average Mile Split: 6:18
26.2-2:18 (.2 miles)