Great fall day out on the course! It was literally below freezing at the start (31 F). But the sun was shinning, the trees were in full autumn colors and I finished the Twin Cities Marathon with a new personal record!
I could probably write 5,000 words right here, but I will spare you. Partly because I am tired and partly because I won’t be running the rest of this week and will need topics to cover. Tonight I will focus on the new big thing I learned today.
When the temperature is low, and there is a breeze keeping you cool, you don’t sweat as much (duh!). This isn’t the issue. If you really work on hydrating (say by wearing a fancy fann.. er hydration belt) then you need to get that liquid out of your body somehow (not breaking any new ground here either). If you drink water at the same rate you did during your summer runs, except you aren’t really sweating much; the water has to come back out another way while you are Marathoning (right this seems obvious to me now too)! So I spent a lot of time during the “Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America” in line for, or using a, port-a-potty.
Still an incredible day! I finished in 4:47:58, which was 27 minutes faster than my previous best! I was 25 minutes (almost a mile a minute) slower then my plan. But we finished the race! I got lot’s of support from my friends and family along the way. My wife Jenn, Mother in law Linda and two little girls (Elise and Harper) met me out on the course multiple times to take items of clothing I no longer needed, provide moral support and chapstick (Elise was all about making sure I had chapstick to use on my run today). I saw my coworker Mike a couple of times as he was out supporting his wife (great job on your first Marathon Jessika!) and my friend Darik as he was out supporting his wife (awesome job Joy! you totally killed me today). Congrats to all of the finishers out there!
26.2 miles is a long way, but I can’t wait until the next go around Twin cities marathon. You are a worthy opponent. Today I added another medal and shirt to the collection, and tons of memories to my life………