Charlottesville Marathon - 3:11:49 / 7:20
Final Time: 3:11:49 (PR)
Age Group: 8/77
I'm pretty excited with the PR. I came into the race with a goal of hitting a 3:20-3:25. From the reviews, I knew it was going to be a tough course. With all the rolling hills, turns here and there, I knew what I was getting into. Nevertheless, the course was beautiful with the ridgefields, vineyards, historic sites, UVA with the darden & Mcintyre folks, farm lands, and of course Foxfields. Damn, I remembered those keg days at Foxfields (circa 2005), precious memories ;).
I originally planned to run the half marathon but then changed it to the full because I figured if I was going to drive down 6 hours from NYC, I may as well go for the whole thing. I didn't want to have any regrets in San Francisco where I opted for the half instead of the full in 2007.
As for the course, the hills are endless. Just when you are done with the uphill then a slight downhill, you will encounter another hill. It was ok for the first 20 miles; however after that, you kinda want to sucker-punch yourself for getting into this mess. To my surprise, I was hitting a pretty good pace and realized that I had a chance to qualify for Boston through mile 20. However with the hills in the end, it was just too tough and I just didn't have it in the end. By the way, there was this crazy hill on mile 25 where I wanted to flip the bird when a douchetard screamed to me "you've got one more hill to go!" My reaction was "great...one more effing hill to go...thanks for the reminder". I crossed the line in 3:12 with a chip time of 3:11:49. I have to admit I was a bit heartbroken for 2 minutes to have missed the qualifying standards, however I was excited that i was able to pull off a good time on a tough course. In addition, there's still plenty of marathons left in my tank that if I'm ready, my time will come so no rush. Would I do Charlottesville again? That would be a hands down yes and with a vengence :)
Anyway, Wongster put on a pretty awesome half-marathon time of 1:36 and kieran qualified with a 3:09:03. We weren't surprised at all since he consistently hits 1:25s on halves and 3:11-3:12s on fulls. He passed me on mile 15 and once again on mile 20!!!!! Bastard!!!!!! Congratulations to both of my training buddies.
Someone's giving you the "Sheetz"!
Pit stop in Ghetto-Baltimore...
Adidas 4 Miler
I was a spectator after the marathon for the Adidas 4 Miler. I gotta' root for my Sigma Epsilons and reservoir dogs. By the way, I couldn't believe the phalanx of clusterphucks. The race was insane; I doubt I would've raced this one given the crowd and such.