Monday, October 11, 2010

Almost 13,000 Strong...

Competed in the marathon, half-marathon, 5K and marathon relay on Saturday in Hartford. The weather was perfect for running - cool to cold in the morning and cool at the finish.  Lots of folks were overdressed, in my opinion.  We did well in our t-shirts and shorts.  Hopefully I'll have a picture to post soon...obviously, though, the elites knew how to dress...
Start of the 2010 Hartford Marathon / Half Marathon
17 years old, the Hartford Marathon continues to grow and impress.  This year's field was more than 20 percent larger than last year - yet I couldn't tell.  In fact, I felt more supported and felt that there was more than enough "stuff" to go around - by "stuff" I mean gels, aid stations, post race bars/bananas, beer tickets and free hot dogs in the beer tent.  To make things even better, the race is also a certified-gold, Council for Responsible Sport race and Runner's World once ranked it on their list of the 10 Greenest Races

So, how'd we do?  AWESOME!  I went out to have fun - no pressure.  My goal was to get my buddy to sub-2:00 for his first half.  Well, we blew that up.  The training that he put in definitely set him up nicely.  We finished at 1:47:52 / 8:14 min/mile pace.  Even though my goal was for my buddy and this was just to be fun, this race did have some importance to me.  Only my second, open half-marathon, I just wanted to beat my previous time.  I know that I'm a different person now and that our "bummer" goal would beat my previous time, I am happy to report that 1:47:52 is almost a 16 minute PR.

Between Saturday's results and the results from the last two weekends, I am really pleased that I have been able to maintain some speed - despite training more for the Ironman distance for much of the year.  Maybe I am a runner.  Thanks to all of you for your well wishes.  I hope you all had a great weekend of training and racing.


  1. cool to read about this race. living on the west side of the usa, it's so fun to see all the races happening around the usa/and world. nice pic too!

    and you did WAY under your goal time for your friend. wow. nice!

    Thanks for sharing;-)

  2. Congrats on the time. That is incredible to be more then 1 min/mile under your previous PR. Nice job and you are a runner......

    Thank you for sharing. It is nice to read how others around the country are preparing for and racing in all types of events.