I felt pretty good as we headed south along Lake Washington. I passed Rick a few times then felt good so picked up the pace to 9:15 or so. Around mile 12 my legs started to ache, kind of like the lactic acid burn you get towards the end. That was a big concern to me. They never got better. Th course gets pretty hilly the last 8 miles or so. My legs were gone by about mile 21. They just hurt and didn't want to go any farther. Walking was just as bad but I did walk probably a third of the last 4 miles. Rick the speed demon passed me at about mile 21. He looked real good so off he went after we chatted a bit.
It really started to rain the last couple of miles but I was pretty warm so it wasn't a concern. I ended up running a 4:43 which is my slowest marathon yet except for the Vegas one I got sick at last year. Rick ran a 4:35 and Gail a 4:59. All some of the slowest we have done. I noticed other runners I knew where pretty slow too. This course is not for a PR for sure.
Well ultra/marathon number 12 is done. The 31 miler 3 weeks ago was much easier than this one. And I am pretty sore in the quads and hips today. Also didn't get sick after this one. Only one other time have I not become nauseous afterwards. I forced my self to eat Mo's clam chowder and have a coffee. I think the coffee is the common denominator! Which is music to my ears.
Well the race was about 30 hours ago. Now I am thinking...."which marathon is next?" Crazy isn't it. Well I guess that's why I'm a Maniac (http://www.marathonmaniacs.com) number 228.
Meet Prez Steve of the Maniacs after the race. He took some pix of Gail and I, and we had a good chat. Super nice guy. Probably be seeing more of him in the future.