Because Marathon.

I finished the Hyannis Marathon earlier today.  Not podium time, but my goal was to participate, and finish. 

Brush with fame at the expo prior to the race:  Dick Beardsley (ran first marathon in Hurley, Sconnie - only man to have ever run 13 consecutive personal bests in the marathon.  Still holds the Grandma's course record.  Also Bill Rodgers was hanging out (won Boston and NY Marathon races four times each between 75-80, twice breaking the American record).  Eric Alexander (Patriots) was running the half - every female was trying to get in a selfie with him.  I did not.

Back to the Cosmonaut - I had done practice runs up to 20, and today that worked as well with no problems.  The last 6.2 miles were a slugfest, with a constant debate between Monkey Brain and my feet.  My feet were really sore, just beat up, and I had to alternate between walk/run for the last 3 miles.  Some blisters, but they weren't a factor.

Temps were perfect - 40-43F.  There was some sweat, but nothing to worry about.  I wore the right gear for the weathah, and glided appropriately.

A really picturesque and historic run, passing thru Craigville Beach, Kalus Beach, Hyannis harbor, Lewis Bay, JFK Memorial, Kennedy Family Compound, and Hyannisport and Centerville.

It was difficult to understand the Cape Codders, tho.  Pahk your cah ovah thahr.  I had the same problem in Northern Ireland.  I would look over to NBBW and she would translate.

9 thoughts on “Because Marathon.”

  1. NBB: Just did a marathon. NBD...

    Anyway, does anyone have an opinion on these:

    Plus, minuses? Benefits, pains? Awesome to have access to that much data, terrified that such data now exists?

    1. Yeah, I've seen some other training plans that went North of 20 - I would recommend them.

      I've always read in training that you should never go 10% more than a previous run. This was 23.7% more than any run I had ever run. Listen to the maths!

      I was sore afterwards, but after providing relief (and subsequent Tea Tree Oil) on the two blisters I had earlier today, I am back to a made man.

      Also, I did learn that you need to glide every inch around your running shorts waist band. Enuf said.

      I'm amazed how quickly I've recovered from everything. I haven't signed up for anything next, but the pattern has been that it will happen in the next week.

      1. Anything yet? I spent the day after my marathon in bed with ice packs, waiting on hold to get tickets to this game.

  2. Way to go!

    I finally bit the bullet and signed up for Grandma's. Haven't done a full marathon since the TC in '09, but did the Bjorklund half last summer and a few 7K's the past couple of years. Next race is the Get Lucky 7K in a little less than 3 weeks. All I can say is this 'Polar Vortex' can suck it. My training has been a flop.

  3. Congrats NBB. It sounds like your first marathon went better than mine. I'm not sure if I ever want to do one again, but I do like training for and running halves. My first half of the year is in 2 weeks in DC.

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