As I wrote in Part 1 & 2, the BankTrust First Light Marathon of January 8, 2012 in Mobile, Alabama marked the second marathon of the Alabama 3N3 Challenge. I took the opportunity of having these 3 events relatively close together to experiment with a few different race strategies.
Goals for the First Light Marathon
- Evaluate a "no taper & short rest" for an open-26.2 race effort
- Pace for a sub-3 early and hold on for at least a Boston Qualifying 3:05:00
|Welcome to Mobile, Al|
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First Light Marathon
Relatively inexpensive and doesn't sale out. The race loot was a long sleeve shirt, a small bag, and a hand made medal rated #10 of the top 25 medals in America by MarathonandBeyond.com. The race doesn't use chip timing, so your time is from the gun to the finish line clipboard. The half marathoners leave the marathon course around mile 8 and rejoin at mile ~24. The course is mostly ran on one lane of a major road, but there are some interesting sections that wind around the water and through Spring Hill and USA colleges. The finish is the best part, lots of cheering through downtown as they announce your name and hometown. Big plus is the free beer and BBQ on the other side of the finish line.
-taper-none. 1 week rest at 35% of my average weekly volume
-breakfast-2 cups of coffee and a pair of Ensures (700C)
-nutrition-300C of hammer gel Espresso.
-caffeine-550mg as 200mg at 6 miles, 200 at 13 miles, and 150mg trickled through the flask.
-hydration-1 paper cup of water at every aid station 1-23
|The starting line. The Azalea Trail Maids |
and the Boy Scouts were in charge of security.
By the end of the first mile I had identified "Prancing guy." I say prancing, because he was a flurry of fist pumps and hand waves as he hopped along to his tunes and zig-zagged across the race line. He ran in random spurts ahead of me as if he could not make forward progress between music tracks. He only entertained me to mile 3 before he had some sort of electronic device malfunction and had to abandon his pace strategy.
|M-Dot, the IronMan Logo|
|M-Dot Seen in the background|
|9th Place Male|
|All the medal and awards |
are handmade by the community.
|I'm spent. Emily is always |
ready for another round
|Of course, it's nothing a little |
Gulf seafood can't fix.