As with other recent successful recent marathons I made the decision to run with a pacing group, on today's occasion the 3:20 group since I was hoping to beat my prior personal record of 3:19:38 set on Houston's flat course one-month ago. The two Austin 3:20 pace group leaders did a fantastic job of keeping the group organized, motivated and encouraged. They demonstrated incredible running discipline and strength by holding an extremely consistent pace - whether running up or down hills. As I didn't possess the strength to easily match their pace on the steepest up-hills I ran behind the group at those points (though always keeping the group in sight), then caught them on the ensuing downhill. Even more-so than in prior marathons the pacing group was pivotal in allowing me to set my narrow personal record. Thanks again, pacers!!
- Another P.R. on my Newtons!
- Encouraged by Houston's recent success I ramped-up even further my use of Gu's Roctane (to one every three - versus every four) miles. Again, no stomach upset or digestive issues.
- Credit, again, to the Kenyan Way training program for my clearly improved personal fitness.
- I successfully used ThinkGeek.com's "spy" sunglasses with built-in digital camera and remote control shutter release (in my hand throughout the race) to capture these photos. While the picture quality is nowhere close to that provided by a conventional one-megapixel digital camera the quality was certainly acceptable!
- Official Stats:
Overall: 221/4039 (top 6%)
Males: 196/2462 (top 8%)
Division (50-54): 6/202 (top 3%)