Went to packet pickup and and found that to be very disorganized. I pre-registered for the marathon mid-August, only to have to stand in one huge line to get my bib and chip. Then directed to another huge line to pick up my goody bag and T shirt, only to get to the front of the line and be told they were out of T shirts. Every one who knows me, must be saying Dawn do you really need another T Shirt!! no I don't, but that's not the point I'm making. Why didn't it happen like it normally do. You get in the line where your # is posted, get your bib and chip and walk over to the table that gives out the Tshirts' and goody bag. OK I'm entitle to complain just once.
Not sure if I told everyone that I have been trying knock the IPOD habit. I've been without an Ipod for about 3 months now until recently I've used it.:(. Today was one of those day I wanted to use it. I even put the thing on the charger all night. Went to use the Porter Potty and I decided to put it on because the marathon was starting in about 5 mins!! there was one strength bar on for whatever reason the Ipod did not charge overnight. I couldn't ditch the Ipod as I was parked at least 2 blocks away and the race was about to start. I guess I could have hid it somewhere until I got back. Exactly what I thought would happen, happen the IPOD died at mile 4!!. So here I am in a race no watch and no music. Thank God it was a gorgeous day!!
Good news there were plenty of Gu on the course!!! and I did get out on lunch on Friday but it was a run to the Athletic Shoe store to buy a brand new pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS7. I know what everyone is saying new shoes for a marathon!! Dawn you know better and I have made that mistake once before, but somehow it worked out today. And after Kelly's Game which I only got to watch the last quarter because I was late getting out of work, I went to sports authority and found cliffbloks!!! didn't use but one pack though!! there was enough GU.
Now to the marathon, I was getting a nice groove until my IPOD die was a little disappointed but the race must go on. The day was beautiful can't talk about splits much because I did not have a watch. My first 10k was 56:52 @9:10 , 10 miles 1:32:32 @9:16 and 20 miles @ 3:09:59 @ a pace of 9:30. I believe the worse I did was the last 3 miles, although Hartford change the course after 8 years and boast this is a flatter course I found it to be more difficult. All the same hills was there to include quite a few more rolling hills, if you were look at the course elevation on the site you would think its flat. I must admit I took 2 walking brakes(not long less than a min) the last couple of miles on the uphills. The last three times I've run this marathon I have never taken a walking brakes.
The course is a nice welcome!!! allot more scenic. Out and back at mile 11.5. I really enjoyed myself out there. The volunteers were great. The crowds were great!! the bands along the course was great!! I would not have heard if I had the IPOD on. At one point we got to someone singing "what the hell am I doing out here" we all gave a big chuckle and ask the same question.
Conclusion: wasn't my worst and wasn't my best in fact I improved by 5 seconds over last year even with the walking!! Final Results 4:16:20 net. last year Results was 4:16:25. I'm feeling great. My only regret didn't put in enough 20milers!!!
Thank you all for your well wishes!!!