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Five Points of Life Marathon 2015 - BQ!

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Photo via Five Points of Life (Facebook)

In February I finished my third marathon, the Five Points of Life Marathon 2015. Here's all of the good stuff... Official finish time was a BQ of 3:12:50 (should meet the 2016 Boston Marathon qualifying standards), Masters Winner, PR by over 13 minutes, top-10 overall, and just a few places out of the overall cash prizes.

I had 3 possible marathon goals going into the race, in increasing level of difficulty (always have multiple race goals says John Davis):

1. run a PR (my previous personal best was 3:26:14)
2. run a BQ time (under 3:15 for the 40 - 44 age group)
3. break 3 hours

I am glad that I was able to hit my intermediate goal. I don't think I would have done this without the last 6 miles of pacing from Matthew Howland (thank you sir!). I started getting some cramping in my hamstrings a little before mile 20 where Matthew started running with me. At around mile 22 I was handed a Strawberry Banana gel that tasted amazing and shortly after that the cramping subsided. I never got my pace back down but I was able to keep moving and finish the race.

I was definitely in the best shape of my life going into the race, but wow, the marathon is a beast! Muscle cramps are frustrating since it isn't a matter of mentally "pushing through the pain". The pace calculators / projections say that I can get under the 3-hour mark based on my 1:23:40 Half Marathon, it is just a matter of putting in the training (more miles!), avoiding the muscle cramps, and bringing it all together in a race. I'm pretty happy I was able to run the time I did averaging around 40 miles per week.

I plotted my mile splits (some are estimated) and the following graph definitely looks different than my first marathon attempt where I had severe muscle cramping:

It will be a while before I contemplate another marathon attempt. It is time to run short and fast for a while.

BB Action Photo was on the course and took some great photos.

During the first mile near the 34th Street painted wall:

Photo by BB Action Photo

I ran with some half marathon runners targeting 1:30 to help keep me on pace during the first half of the race:

Photo by BB Action Photo


Photo by BB Action Photo


Photo by BB Action Photo

A few more details on fueling for anyone still reading...

I tried to run the race without consuming any gels or sugar since that is how I always train. I ate an EPIC Bison bar just before race start and another at around the half marathon point. I love EPIC Bison for my long runs (20+) and I especially like that they don't give me "the burps" like some foods do. However, I don't think I was sufficiently "fat adapted" to pursue this strategy. I had finally managed to get myself down to "racing weight" last fall, but in the months leading up to the marathon I put a few pounds back on, a sure sign that I was not maintaining my optimal diet and eating too many carbs.

Five Points of Life Marathon was held on February 14, 2015 with Results posted here:

Photo of the t-shirt, awards, and Altra 3-Sum shoes:
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