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the austin marathon course open time was reduced from 8 hours last year to 7 hours this year.

last year, my first  marathon, it took me 7 hours and 20 mins.
According to my 3M half marathon time, I'm projected to finish in 6 hrs and 59 mins and 18 seconds.

Also, the way the marathon works, because there are thousands of people, runners usually line up in the start line according to their expected finish time.. so when the race starts, by the time i get to the start line, it may already be 5 mins since the course was open. so i may have to start closer to the line, run real fast, and immediately veer to the side walk so i can be slow again. hopefully that doesn't confuse my body.

i'm assuming by the time i finish, there'll hardly be anybody there and the afterparty at Stephen F Austin will almost be done. But at least I'll finish. Hopefully.

Yesterday as I was driving away from my house, I saw the 15k marker. I'm seeing road closure notices everywhere. The Downtown Alamo is open during the race and showing the webcam from the race. It's a big city party. I'm planning to stay at Andy's tonight since he lives near the start line.

I'm excited and worried. This race is really going to be a challenge for me. Must trick my mind.. (it's only a 10 miler.. oh, there's a half-marathon now, oops, just a 5k left!)

Mind over body.


edit 1:23 pm: apparently distance challengers get to start with the seeded runners as a bonus. This is optional but heck I need all the time advantage i can get.

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fritz_et_al
Feb. 17th, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I hope it goes really well!
ripresa
Feb. 17th, 2007 05:02 pm (UTC)
thanks. send me good fast thoughts.
jonobie
Feb. 17th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
Good luck!

With regards to the start line, my understanding from last year's marathon (I wasn't there in time for the start, given the snow and traffic mess) was that people actually were surging forward so much at the beginning that there were runners on the sidewalk. You might consider psyching yourself up for a short burst around the half marathon point to make up any needed time. I find sometimes having a short burst of speed to look forward to really helps.

Anyhow -- hope you have a blast! I'm looking forward to the LJ post afterwards.
ripresa
Feb. 17th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
apparently there's a saperate holding pen for distance challengers.. we get to start with the seeded runners!!

yeah, i was at last years and defintely i was at the sidewalk and grass.
mdf356
Feb. 18th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
I think you can do it no problem -- just keep power-walking. I was amazed how little effort delta there was from "exhausted" walk to power-walk during my walk breaks.

Cheers,
Matt
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