having some extra time on my hands i decided to drop in and visit my aunt videl and uncle jerry in prior lake. i was surprised that i found my way to their home without getting lost. when i arrived my uncle jerry was painting their garage. i offered to provide some assistance, but he made some comment about not wanting me to mess it up :)
after an enjoyable visit and lunch with my aunt and uncle, i got back on the road heading for new hope. i arrived at my host home around 5 p.m. i was hosted for the weekend by phi and marvin griffith. phi and marvin were my childhood neighbors and still live in the house next to the house i grew up in. given that my parents have moved to north carolina, staying with the griffiths was very close to going home. after visiting for awhile and getting my stuff squared away for the weekend, i headed to a local cafe to visit with a some of my old skateboarding friends: chad jasper, kurt decker, and steve hibbs. these are guys i spent a lot of time with in junior and senior high. i hadn't seen chad since maybe 1999, and i hadn't seen kurt since around 1992. we had a great visit and before i knew it i was past my curfew :)
saturday evening i enjoyed dinner with the griffiths and got to bed at a decent hour. i slept great.
pre-race: sundayi was up at 5 a.m. showed, dressed, and ready to drive to minneapolis by 5:30 a.m. marvin took the below picture of me in my racing apparel. he requested that i make an expression of how i might feel at 20 miles into the race, and the face is what i came up with :)
i got downtown and parked near the starting area close to 6 a.m. i did drive the wrong way down a one way for a few yards (whoops). it was nice to have an hour to warmup, use the porta-potty, etc. i was hoping to run into people i knew but was not having much luck. i settled into the starting area around 6:50 a.m. around that time i saw kurt decker and we visited for a litttle bit. then steve hibbs showed up. steve and kurt went up towards the "elite" area as i settled into the area marked for 7:30 pace. i met a couple other "marathon maniacs" in this area and we chatted a bit. a high school friend, kevin supple, got my attention from amongst the spectators and we got in a quick hand shake before the gun went off. it only took me six seconds to get over the starting mat.
in the days leading up to this event, i bounced all over the place with regards to how i was going to approach it. at one point i was thinking of taking a similar approach to the one i took at the "flying pig" (which seems to be a perfect fit for my present running fitness). i finally landed on a NOTHING-TO-LOSE approach. i am interested in finishing a marathon in boston marathon qualifying time (b.q.). for me that is 3:15 (about 7:28 per mile). i have been thinking that i will be ready to accomplish this goal at a 2009 fall marathon. i decided to use the "minneapolis marathon" as an experimental lab. i intended to get on my b.q. pace and see how many miles i could log at that pace. there was part of me that was dreaming of actually accomplishing my boston qualifying goal six months ahead of schedule.
the race started beautifully. i did not experience getting boxed in. i did not encounter runners who did not respect the pace signs. having opted to not wear my gps watch, i had some anxiety about not going out too fast and getting on my targeted pace. i was pleased to hit my first mile split in: 7:23. i noted to myself: one b.q. mile in the bank.
summary regarding the marathon
i was pleased with a sub-4 hour performance and i was pleased to make it through the first fifteen to sixteen miles at my boston marathon qualifying pace. this event was a confidence builder for me. i am confident that by 11.22.2009 i will be ready to smash the 3:15 boston qualifying standard for males 35-39.
given that this event had a timing mat down at the 15k location, i now have a 15k personal best of 1:07.33. this 7:15 average is faster than my second advent p.r. pace for the 5k and the 10k.
my fueling at this event involved primarily relying on the water, sports drink, and gel provided at the fluid stations. i did wear shorts with pockets to carry along a couple vanilla bean gels, some thermolyte tablets, and a handful of swedish fish. i fueled on the swedish fish throughout the race and hit the gels every forty-five minutes. i had no stomach issues and will probably take a similar approach to fueling in future road marathons.
regarding my feet: blister free! (drymax socks and vaseline prevail again)
regarding the event itself: very impressive. this was an inaugural event. the only kink i encountered involved snelling lake. possibly a well placed directional arrow would prevent that from happening in the future. the schwag was awesome. the spectator support was awesome. the gear check was excellent. i would very much be interested in participating in another "minneapolis marathon" in the future, and would recommend the event to other runners.
results for classmates and friends
pictured below is mike mcmahan and his wife krista.
this was mike's tenth marathon and he finished in 3:48.51. this was krista's first marathon and she finished in 4:49.25 (excellent). i got to visit with them a little at the finish and i am hoping to see mike at the "route 66 marathon" in tulsa on 11.22.2009.
dave connaker 3:50.53
steve hibbs dnf (three stress fractures)
kurt decker (half): 1:27.15 (1st in age division out of 156)
jody kleyman (half): 1:38.06 (5th in age group out of 268)
dave kleyman (half): 1:39.51
jen riewe (half): 1:27.42 (1st in age division out of 268)
finisher's medal and finisher's jacket
via facebook i invited friends to join me at marcello's pizza and pasta in plymouth, minnesota on sunday evening. maracellos was a favorite restaurant of mine as a child and i even worked there for a few months when i was sixteen. i had a great time visiting and eating. steve hibbs brought his family. chad jasper brought his boys. also in attedance: jed and kelly pulvermacher simi, jodi rabin kuretsky, matt preston, tim quenemoen, guido ebert, and rick kleyman (my high school running coach).
below is a picture of me and coach kleyman.
below is a picture of 5 of us that shared the kindergarten journey together.
on the way out of new hope i snapped the picture below of my childhood house (on the left) and the griffith's house where i stayed for the weekend.
on the way home i picked up the magnets pictured below. these are the states i have completed marathons in.