Monday, May 05, 2008 9:58 AM
15 Seconds Off
I finished my sixth marathon yesterday, the Eugene Marathon, and missed qualifying for the next Boston marathon by a mere 15 seconds. My time: 3:36:14. The qualifying cutoff time for my age/gender group: 3:35:59. Bummer.
Overall, a great race. Perfect weather. Cool, not cold. No precipitation. A little wind in places but nothing too bad. One thing of note: while it was not a "hilly" course, there were enough rolling hills in the last seven or eight miles to make it tough. I would not call it a "flat" course.
My pace was pretty constant around 8:00 most of the race until the last 4 miles where I slowed down to about 9:00 a mile. The average pace was 8:16. The difference was that I took a 2 minute potty break around mile 7. In retrospect that made the difference.
Stay tuned for more complete posts on the race and leading up to the race to come...