Saturday, March 25, 2006
Race Recap: Nano version
I survived my first marathon. Notice I said "first" and not last? That's a good sign. I think.
Just the facts: I finished in 4:15:48, or about a 9:44/mile average pace. I was doing so well in the first half (a familiar story for runners), averaging 9:09/mile, right on track for a 4:00 or under marathon.
Then the course veered to the left for the half-marathoners and the right for the masochists. And the hills began. One after the other, unrelenting, long, steep and soul-sucking. For at least 7 miles. The remaining 6.2 miles were long, undulating uphills and downhills.
Oh, and the photo above? As I was jumping up on a curb in the first half-mile, while we were rounding RFK Stadium, I fell hard, landing with all my weight on my right patella. Ouch. I jumped up and kept running, although I limped badly for the next half-mile before my knee settled into a dull throb that alternately waned then roared to life for the next 25.2 miles.
Besides bruising it, I didn't realize I had badly scraped it up (despite my tights) until I went to ice it at the end of the race.
I'm going to collapse on the couch. The real race report comes tomorrow. Stay tuned.