Sunday, December 03, 2006

2:37:32, 32nd place

Getting kicked out of the hotel room so I thought I'd save the drama. While it's a PR by 2:30 or so, I felt I had the training in me to go a few minutes faster. More tomorrow, but I have to mention what a pleasure it was to meet and run with Seebo, and I'm letting him tell you his time.

Thanks to Mystery Coach, my wife Kiera and family, The Running Shop and its awesome employees like Jason and Lucas (who happen to be good friends and advisors), and Nobby and the Lydiard Foundation for all their help and support. Thanks also to all of you for your kind wishes and comments. Oh, and I can't forget to thank Dragons!

I ran a very even-splitted race and hit the half at 1:17:09, which is exactly where I wanted to be. I ended mile 20 at 1:58:07 (5:52 pace), so I didn't slow much until after. Each mile was very close (within a few seconds) of 5:54 all the way to 18 or so, and then I started to slowly drift off pace as the hip flexors, calves and quads started to rebel and the breathing got heavier. I held on fairly well (within 10 seconds) until 23 or so, then started to drift closer to 6:30 pace.

That's all for now. I am not bowing my head by any means. I'm proud of how I ran this race, though my performance certainly leaves some room for improvement. I gave it all I had today.

32 comments:

Duncan Larkin said...

You are moving in the right direction, taking small chunks off your PR. Other days will be bigger chunks; today was forward progress. Fantastic!

Greg said...

You'll get no pity out of me on a PR day. Be proud and enjoy the day. You most certainly earned it.

Great job Mike.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the PR!! Room for improvement just means continued drive to catch that carrot! Fantastic time & good job on the even splits!

Look forward to reading your race report.

Anonymous said...

Good run, Mike. I would take a PR any day.

Hunter said...

Moments ago, I thought I'd be the first to congratulate...

Omniscient said...

A PR is a PR. You ran extremely well for a significant portion of the race and exposed what needs to be improved on for the next time around. Keep plugging away and a sub 2:35 is easily in reach.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mike on a very impressive time indeed. As long as you keep taking chunks of your PR, you will get closer and closer to 2:30.

Blaxabbath said...

Good job Mike.


If you are still beat up this Saturday, I'll help pace the half with ya if ya need company.

Love2Run said...

Cool, we were thinking about you today as we did our long run. Happy PR and many more to come!

Zeke said...

Mike, I agree with Greg - no pity on a PR day. Congrats.

Mark said...

Congratulations on your PR! That's awesome, glad to hear the good news.

Anonymous said...

Good one. Its all heading in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the PR Mike! I know it can be frustrating to feel like you left something on the course, but like Greg said I don't have any pity for you.

Andrew said...

Congratulations Mike! Excellent job and great PR.

Bart said...

Congrats on the PR. I look forward to watching your progress continue.

Bart

Marc said...

Well done!!

Anonymous said...

Great job, Mike. Your training paid off and didn't fail you. It makes all of those hours of lonely training feel rewarded. Force yourself to enjoy what you have accomplished. You've earned it and it is what keeps you coming back.

Runneroftrails said...

Way to go Mike! It is fantastic to see the PR. You planned for it, trained for it, tapered for it, and deserve it.
Blair

Yvonne said...

i'll add my congrats onto the pile.

not even for a second can I imagine running at the pace you're keeping for 26.2 miles!

looking forward to reading a more detailed race report if you feel like giving us one!

Anonymous said...

Mike,
That's about 2:30 off a bit over 2:30. A very solid level of improvement. Congrats!...and isn't that "there was a little more there" a *@$%buster!

Anonymous said...

Great PR! This one is just one on the road to a faster marathon. You say you can go faster -- that is a huge positive! Congrats on a great time.

bapp said...

Hang your head? I agree no. Put your chin up high in the sky like you are going to scratch a bad neck itch. You deserve it. Nice job. BTW, if you do not already know, you can watch online stories of the race at the website for Sacramento's local news channel: www.kcra.com/cim/index.html.

Phil said...

Congratulations Mike on another PR. You’re making great progress and just in the way you described the race you can tell that all your training really paid off.

I still can't even imagine keeping up with your avg pace for 1 mile, let alone 26.2 Just an awesome performance.

Anonymous said...

Aces Mike! Lydiard Year #2 has been 'textbook'. Keep building.
On the 'shoot for the moon' track, you must have been somewhere past 39K when the hallowed 2:22 time went by. Let's see how much further you can get in 2:22 the next time. I know, but I'm just sayin.

Anonymous said...

Well done, Mike. :)

Deb

Anonymous said...

Excellent job! Congrats on a new PR and simply a stellar time.

ian said...

There's something poetic about you having 26 (!) comments on this post, but I have to chime in and make it 27.

Sure, the runner you are now would have liked to finish a tad faster, but the runner you were before Lydiard is watching this race and wishing he could be like you.

Great work.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Mike, very solid run. This was my first CIM as well. I was surprised the beating my quads took from all the rollers early on. I was able to hold pace for the entire race, but my quads were trashed by mile 21. Great race and organization, but not quite as fast as I would have imagined. I definitely need to work on hill training more during my next cycle. Look forward to your report.

~Scott

D said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your PR and a well executed race!

Big Bro Joe said...

Nice work little bro. I hope you recover from the welt you must be developing from all these nice folks patting you on the back ... but then, I guess that gives you yet another nagging injury to blog about ...

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the PR.
I understand disappointment with a goal just missed.

evan said...

Congratulations Mike. Excellent run. An inspiration to lots of us. The feeling you could have run faster is motivation for the next training cycle. Enjoy the recovery.