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New York City Marathon 2019

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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

9 x NYC Marathon

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  

Personal:

Old guy - been running for 40+ years.  

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 3.10 Month: 33.35 Year: 1979.75
Race: New York City Marathon 2019 (26.2 Miles) 03:19:58
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Ran my 10th NYC marathon today, and it was actually in the top 2 of my favorite races at this event.  A friend of Richie's, a guy named Tommy who went to high school with him and whom I have met and run with a few times, was again at the race with a group that Richie assembled for his Team For Kids team.  Richie donates every year to the charity and as a result of the size of his generosity, he is awarded with a handful of race bibs to assign.  He generally tries to get friend, family, and old high school track and cross country teammates to run.   I have been the beneficiary of a few of those race entries.  

Anyway, Tommy asked me before the race this morning, if maybe we could run together as he was hoping to get a Boston Qualifier of 3:25.  His best time was last year at 3:29.   I really had no specific goals for the day, and decided in the moment, to pace him and as the day unfolded, I am so pleased that I did.

He wanted to be conservative and run 7:45's to 7:50's early-on, but the day was really favorable weather-wise, and we found ourselves running closer to 7:30-7:35 pace.   Most of the time, I allowed him to sort of dictate the pace, and I mainly just tried to keep us steady - and encourage him along the way.  The effort was completely manageble for me and my HR was in the mid to high 140's which told me I could have gone faster.  I thought that perhaps if the pace turned out to be too much for him and he dropped or needed to really slow to a walk, I could possibly finish out going faster.   But that never happened.  And as the race went on, I was completely comitted to getting him across the finish line with his goal time or better.

Tommy was a grinder and stayed with it; a very tough runner.  I was so impressed.  He only had a couple of late miles that were closer to 8 mins - but never worse.   When I was doing the math, I thought we had the chance of getting under 3:20 and really insuring that he would get into Boston with more than just the minium qualifying time.   I never said anything to him but knew it was going to be really close at the end.  I ended up crossing the finish line at 3:19:58 and was bit disappointed to find out that his time was 3:20:01.  Nevertheless it was a PB for him of over 9 mins.

The pacing role I had today, really gave me purpose and was quite fulfilling to see how well he ran and that I played a part of it.  

My daughter Riley also ran today - her second marathon - and though her training had some set backs - she had a decent race at least for the first 20 miles or so.  The last 10k was a struggle, but I was equally impressed with her determination and resolve to finish on what turned out to be a tough day for her.

Finally, it was last year that I did this race and had a very difficult time that later likely turned out a couple of weeks later to have been as a result of a significant blockage in one of the key arteries to my heart.   I ran 30 mins faster today and felt great.  As we crossed the Veranzano Bright in the opening miles I really took in the views and reflected on what a difference a year has made and felt very blessed. 

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