Showtime at the Full Monte/Huntsville Marathon - September 21, 2019
It was a pretty great day running the Full Monte/Huntsville. At the starting line it seemed to be about 32* or at least you could see your breath. There was a heated tent but you couldn't get all 380 marathon participants in it. Troy and I hung out in the tent long enough to get prepared for the run down the mountain to the Huntsville City Park finish line. At about 10 minutes before the starting command we finished preparations for the race, putting our throw down clothing bags in the cargo truck and then worked our way to the starting line where we met up with our respective pacer and pace groups. I was disappointed to learn that there wasn't an exact match pacer to the pace that I wanted to run the race, so I jumped into the closest one which was the 3:50:00 pace group. This was probably a fatal mistake in my plan. The marathon seemed to start right on time and the herd of 380 marathoners were off and running. I was really amazed at how well I was acclimating to the 8500 ft of altitude and my increase pace. I went on to hit the half way point or my first half split in the race (13.1mi) at 1:56:22, which was a bit faster than I was planning on. Meanwhile Troy was running with the 3:25:00 pacer and was way ahead of me on the course. Earlier before the race began I stated to Troy that if I was able to pass him during the race it would mean that his plan had fallen apart. At the halfway point my race seemed to be going fine, but as my race continued somewhere about 17 to 20 miles out I really started to become fatigued and started to experience some muscle cramping and fatigue in my right hamstring and lower glute all the while suffering reduced pace times. This situation continued to with me to the finish line. Sadly enough I didn't accomplish all my goals for this race but I am quite satisfied with my final results. My chip time for the Full Monte was 4:28:59, a bit slower than I had planned on but better than several of my more recent marathon races. I am most impressed with the recovery of my left knee to the point that I am even able to get out and run at an advanced pace! Troy finished the marathon at 4:18:08 which was an all time PR in his marathoning, almost a 25 minute improvement over his last marathon ! So now it's time to get recovered and get ready to do the University of Utah Homecoming U5K race on Saturday September 28th, I've got to defend my 1st place Age Division Title/ranking from previous years!!!