Thank you all for for your well wishes and good lucks. I was really trying to be as subtle with this one as my others, but I did let it out of the bag a little this time. :)
Not my best not my worst official: 4:29:42 net 4:33:33 gun my sixth a final marathon for the year , got them out of the system. Not sure what I was expecting from this one. Not a BQ, I know it was far reach but I was hoping for 3:59-4:00. Just didn't happen.
I got to packet pickup about 3:30 on Saturday. Took me half an hour to find parking. Then I had to wait in line another 20 or so minutes to get into the expo where the packet was.
Went to the hotel with a wicked head, took Advil, then went to the only restaurant on site and order a pasta dish I took back to my hotel room. Eat the fell a sleep woke up about 10:30pm could not go back to sleep. I did not sleep well.
Left the hotel about 6:15AM wanted to be sure to get parking. Still took me almost 45 minutes to find parking. Waited around 45 minutes for the race to start. When the race started about 8:15 my toes was frozen although I jump around in place allot. I only eat a half of a bagel I grab from the hotel this morning as I was checking out. The race started and I realized I did not even have one of my clif Bloks.
Although I saw people stripping down. This is the first time I kept on everything I wore to the race. I was planning on wearing a sleeveless top. The marathon had a nice top they handed out this year one that wicks and it was long sleeve. So I wore that under my own shirt. Tights, Gloves and Hat. Nothing came off!!!
I just did not have a good race today. I could blame it on allot of things, such as the stress of driving down, the head ache, not enough sleep, not eating and fueling properly before the race started, resting too much this week, when I knew this never worked for me before, not wearing my mp3 player because they say they were not allowed but I saw hundreds of people with them today and finally the fact that they added the half marathon and we started at the same time and did not separate until mile 10!!!!. But I will blame only myself for actually thinking I may have accomplished today.
Now that I got them out of my system my main goal next year BQ!!!. I will focus on a May marathon. I think it will be a new one. The LI marathon I ran in May was just too much high way!! So I'm looking at Delaware. I will not race the rest of the year except for the thanksgiving day 5 miler. I will begin my quest for a BQ after the New Year.
Well I finally made it home, what should have taken only about 2hr:40mins took about 5:30 hours because of traffic. I already took a long shower. I was very stiff from sitting all that time. I glad I walked around from 30 mins before I started home.
I started this marathon in 2003 but quit at mile 17 because of my first ITB. I did it again in 2004 with about the same results as this one 4:25:22 net 4:27:21 gun. 2005 I got lost going down to Philly because I went the Patterson way instead of the Newark way. If I BQ in May. I most likely will do this one again along with the others :) I'm going to bed!! I can sleep late. I took Monday off!!!