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Charleston Marathon

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Member Since:

May 01, 2008



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2007 Highlights:  Litchfield Road Race (7.1) in 58:36

2008 Highlights:  New Jersey Marathon in 4:12, Bay State Marathon in 3:10:30

2009 Highlights:  Boston Marathon in 3:13:26, Litchfield Road Race in 49:30, New Haven 20k in 1:25:03, Bay State Marathon in 3:09:09

2010 Highlights:  Bradley 10k in 39:58, Litchfield Road Race in 48:06, New Haven 20k in 1:23:59, Ghost Trail 1/2 Marathon in 1:29:12 (trail), Philadelphia Marathon in 3:06:59

2011 Highlights:  Litchfield Road Race in 47:44, Ghost Trail 1/2 Marathon in 1:28:35, Goshen Turkey Trot in 40:46, Jingle Bell 5k in 19:05

2012 Highlights:  Finished Boston Marathon in 3:41:59 in 89 degree heat, broke the top 100 in Litchfield Road Race (82nd), 1st Place (overall) in Solstice 5k, Hogsback 1/2 in 1:29:36, and bq'd in Bay State Marathon (3:14:20).

Personal Records

1-mile:  5:39/track (2008)

5k:  19:05/Jingle Bell (2011)

10k:  39:58/road race (2010)

20k:  1:23:59 (2010/New Haven)

1/2 marathon:  1:28:35 (2011/Ghost Trail)

marathon:  3:06:59 (2010/Philly)





Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub-3:05 marathon in Fall

Sub-1:23 in New Haven 20k

Sub-46 min in Litchfield RR

Sub-19 in 5k

Sub-5:30 in mile

Upcoming Races: 






Long-Term Running Goals:

sub-3hr marathon

sub-5:15 min mile

become a competitive master's runner

win age division in smaller marathon



Married w/six daughters (9 year age span)

Pastor a church in NC

Enjoy travel and recreation with family

Began running in November of 2007



Miles:This week: 17.50 Month: 66.50 Year: 1520.70
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 110.25
Pureflow 6 (black) Lifetime Miles: 422.50
Brooks Launch (spotted) Lifetime Miles: 280.25
Nike Free RN Lifetime Miles: 303.55
Kinvara 9 Lifetime Miles: 374.30
Kinvara Silver Lifetime Miles: 167.00
Race: Charleston Marathon (26.55 Miles) 03:57:08, Place overall: 163, Place in age division: 20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

Ran a Marathon. Wasn't sure how I'd do. Decided to have 3 goals- 1) sub-4. 2) sub-8min pace 3) BQ- 3:25.

I didn't feel as though I had quite the training to last 26, yet I had definitely broadened my base over the last few months. Decided to go out as if I was attempting a BQ and then if I were to hit a wall early, slow down as to not overly abuse myself in the process. First mistake...left my shoes at home, so purchased a pair from Dick's at 9:20 on Friday night (actually liked the shoes). Second mistake, got lost from the hotel to the starting line- ended up jogging 2 miles and walking .5 mile (hotel was just under a mile from the start). Once the gun started, I felt pretty good...

Mile 1- 7:05 (decided to slow just a tad, felt great)

Miles 2-5- 7:15 pace (still feeling good)

Miles 6-10- 7:25 pace (realizing that my pace is slowing down, yet felt fine and realized I'd banked time if a BQ was in sight)

Miles 11 & 12- 7:30 pace (noticed at mile 12, my garmin said 12.3 miles...stayed about the same the rest of the race).

Mile 13- 8:05pace (Still felt fine, just went slightly up hill and ran straight into a very strong wind)

Miles 14-17- Held 7:50 pace (overall pace needed for BQ)

Mile 18- Definitely hit a wall (not with body, mostly feet burning)

Mile 18-21- Stopped 3 times take off my shoes and rub my burning feet, even put mudd on them- when I was running, kept about a 9min pace.

Miles 22-26- My daughter caught up with me and helped me keep the 9min pace until the end- she stopped w/GI issues once for bathroom break (I grabbed my feet again);  I then stopped again on mile 26 when we'd done the math and realized we'd finish well under 4 hours. This was her first marathon and she did great. I ran firm for 17 miles and viewed it as a solid training run. I think it can jump start my transition back into some distance running. I came out with no real physical issues other than sore feet. Walked gingerly on Sunday. Feel fine today on Monday. In fact, went to the gym, lifted weights for an hour, and did the stair climb for 35 minutes. May wait a day or 2 before jogging again. Overall, I'm not quite ready to really race marathons, yet this was a solid building block. My wife also ran her first marathon in 4:20- something. She looked strong at the finish. 

Nike Free RN Miles: 28.55
Weight: 0.00
From jtshad on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 14:09:54 from

Congrats and nice job getting to run with your daughter! Congrats as well to your wife on her first marathon!

From rockness18 on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 15:29:13 from

Thanks Jeff! It was a nice day.

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