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2022.01.18 20:03 PiBrickShop Houston Marathon Race Report - AKA to to lose 2,000 pounds in under 4 hours.
Name: Houston Marathon
Date: January 16, 2022
Distance: 26.2 miles
Location: Houston, TX
| Goal | Description | Completed? |
| A |BQ (3:20:00) | *Yes* |
| B |BQ with good buffer | *Yes* |
| C |3:15:00 | *No* |
| Mile | Time |
| 1 | 7:43
| 2 | 7:38
| 3 | 7:40
| 4 | 7:42
| 5 | 7:41
| 6 | 7:38
| 7 | 7:36
| 8 | 7:30
| 9 | 7:37
| 10 | 7:32
| 11 | 7:26
| 12 | 7:29
| 13 | 7:28
| 14 | 7:31
| 15 | 7:18
| 16 | 7:25
| 17 | 7:23
| 18 | 7:20
| 19 | 7:20
| 20 | 7:17
| 21 | 7:19
| 22 | 7:22
| 23 | 7:17
| 24 | 7:16
| 25 | 7:20
| 26 | 7:20ish (buildings in the way)
Male, age 46, live in the Minneapolis, MN area. Ran my first marathon (of 5 total) in 2014 and clocked a 3:58 or something. Married father of two girls age 10 and 12. Work from home full time. Hired a local running coach in 2017 to attempt a BQ at Grandma's Marathon. Failed for several reasons, but set my PR (until Houston) of 3:32. Afterward, stopped working with the coach. Broke a metatarsal in my foot in August 2018 training for Twin Cities Marathon, which led to swimming and biking for recovery, and to two Olympic triathlon finishes in summer 2019. Ran a self-trained negative split 3:35 at Twin Cities in October 2019, which got me thinking "I should get with Coach again and try for a BQ." Hired my prior Coach again in November 2019. February 26, 2020 I sprained my ankle on a run really bad. Didn't run for 9 weeks - of course this is when the pandemic hit and I had all the time in the world to run, but couldn't. Soul crushing. Got back into the training and hitting 40+ mpw in 2020 with no races in sight.
Some time in late 2020, we set the BQ target race for Grandma's Marathon in June 2021. My BQ time is 3:20 but training for a 3:15. Coach and I started the training cycle at the appropriate time. Everything going well, workouts and paces firing on all cylinders. March 21, 2021 I did my 18-mile long run at 8:14 pace, and the next morning did a one hour lap swim. By lunch that day I was wiped out and ended up testing positive for COVID. At the exact time I should've been accelerating into high gear in the training cycle. Also, my positive test result was reported to me a mere 22 hours before my family was departing for a week spring break trip to Marco Island, FL. I was sick for 11 days, and in my comeback run I didn't even make it one mile and I had to stop and walk. Again, soul crushing - like depression setting in. Two weeks after that failed comeback run, I was already signed up for a half marathon in Sioux Falls, SD. I ran it anyway, just to see where I was at. Finished in 1:41:27, faded the last 5k, and was far from where I should have been without the COVID. Again, very bummed out. Coach talked me up and said it was a huge accomplishment to have done that, but I wasn't buying it. I was crushed. I sold my bib for Grandma's marathon and bought a half bib just to participate in the weekend.
Not one to give up, after Grandma's I set my sights on the BQ - but where? I didn't want to train for the BQ in the Minnesota summer heat and humidity and the variety of things we jam into summer weekends, so that eliminated Twin Cities Marathon in October. Doing some research, I found Houston, liked the time of year and course, and my Coach was super happy with that decision. He loves the Houston marathon, and used to bring a team there annually. Once again, 3:20 BQ time working toward a goal of 3:15. And better, I would be training with a teammate running Houston and also gunning for her first BQ and a 3:15-3:20 goal.
I told Coach I wanted an "easy summer" and averaged about 45mpw despite lots of long weekends, vacations, heat and humidity, etc. So the dedication was there. Started the official training cycle at the end of August 2021. I PR'd the half marathon in September, PR'd the 10 mile in October, PR'd the 10 mile again in November, and PR'd the half marathon again on Thanksgiving weekend. The Thanksgiving PR at Schaumburg, IL was a 1:33:30 at 7:08 pace - exactly where I wanted to be to show I was capable of a 3:15 marathon.
Averaged 51 mpw during the cycle, with four races that reduced mileage on some weeks. My biggest week was 62.11 miles which included a very tough hills workout on Saturday followed by a Sunday long run of 15 miles with 5x 3 minute surges at marathon goal race pace. On most Saturdays and Sundays I trained with the team and my training partner, which really helped with training in many ways.
December 19th I ran the hardest workout of the cycle, 2x 8 miles at marathon goal race pace (7:25), 20.43 miles total. Averaged 7:27 for the first 8 mile set and 7:25 on the second 8 mile set - perfect. And, this day was 14 degrees F, 15mph wind, on snow-covered asphalt trails. Not one step of those 20+ miles was on solid footing. My confidence could not have been higher. Continued into the taper with slightly reduced miles but keeping the speed workouts going. I logged 2,346 miles in 2021, and 12 runs of 16-21 miles during the cycle.
The last few months, I spent time re-reading some sports psychology books I really like, visualized myself running a perfect race, and visited a great PT doctor a few times for adjustments to the mind and body.
Stopped drinking alcohol on January 1 to give two clean weeks, improve sleep and mental focus. Three-day carb load, getting 3000 calories per day with 80% of calories from carbs. My wife and I travelled from Minneapolis to Houston on Friday of race weekend (she ran the half marathon). Friday night had dinner in downtown with a co-worker from Houston whom I'd never met in person, only virtual. Saturday morning did a really easy 2-mile shakeout run ending at packet pickup. Got the packet, back to hotel room for about 5 hours of laying in bed and got in a short nap. Early dinner was at the pasta buffet at Marriott Marquis with my training partner, her family, and some people she knows from Houston. Back to the hotel bed, LOVING that the NFL playoffs are going on. Slept great Saturday night - the best I've ever slept before a marathon.
Race morning got up at 430am, ate a bagel with peanut butter and honey and a banana. Walked to the convention center to drop off our checked bags. Arrived at the Marriott Marquis lobby at 530am - I was meeting two teammates for a warmup at 6am. Being early, I grabbed a pillow off a couch and layed down on the lobby floor in a hidden spot to just relax and visualize success.
Met up at 6am and ran a mile. Circled back to my hotel room at the Hampton Inn to change into my Alphaflys, drink a Gatorade, change my pre-race "keep warm" stuff, and to pick up my wife to walk to the corrals. Met my teammates in corral A wearing a sweet used bathrobe, stocking hat, gloves, and my race gear. I had my butterflies flying in formation, and was feeling confident. I was loving the 36 degree weather, and wasn't concerned with the wind. I knew I had performed well in worse conditions, and I knew how to handle it.
Overall, I needed a 7:26 pace for a 3:15. First 5 miles plan was 7:45 pace, came in about 7:40. Next 5 miles plan was 7:35 and pretty much hit it. Then I was to slowly and methodically reduce to 7:25, 7:20, 7:15, and finish with the last 3.2 miles at 7:10 pace. I hit the half mark within 1 second of my plan (which was on my pace band from races2remember.com). I was feeling good, and confident, but I knew the 4-mile stretch into the wind was starting. I reminded myself that immediately after that was an 8-mile tailwind to the finish.
Made that critical turn at mile 18 still feeling quite good, and hitting my current target of 7:20 at a pretty consistent clip, but I was falling behind my 3:15 by maybe 30-40 seconds, the slow accumulation of a few seconds here and there. At this point I finally removed my long-sleeve tech shirt, reducing to just my racing singlet representing our team, Mile to Marathon. I looked down at my shirt, felt the pride and dedication, assessed my situation, and I knew I could do this. I'd been wearing my headphones the entire race, but with no music, just having them in place. I turned them on and fired up my playlist that I'd created just for this moment. My best of the best motivational songs put onto one 60-minute jam to carry me to the goal. Thank you to the likes of 5FDP, Bring Me the Horizon, Slipknot, Asking Alexandria, and a few others. I focused on shirts ahead as targets, and went into more of a racing mindset vs. a follow-the-plan mindset.
At mile 20 I was to reduce down to 7:15 pace - I was close, but not quite. And then at mile 23, cut to 7:10 for a hard 5k to finish. I started to get just a tad nervous - I knew I had my BQ in hand with about a 3:16 if I could just keep this pace of 7:15-7:20 going to the finish. I didn't know if cutting to 7:10 too early was going to lead to a blowup downtown. I was also feeling a blister form at the ball of my left foot. I knew I could run through what it currently was, but again concerned about making it worse. So, I continued on at that 7:15-7:20, feeling confident. At about 25.5 there's a quick left-right and making those turns I felt the blister pop or something. I assessed it for the next 10-15 steps, and carried on. Accelerated through downtown, feeling strong, feeling the crowd, reeling in runners. Finished at 3:16:28, and let out a loud yell and felt the weight of the last two years of training drop from my back. It was an amazing feeling. I think I floated down the walkway to the medal pickup.
Walked with the crowd through medal pickup and into the convention center. Found my wife waiting along the walkway, met her with a huge smile and a hug, and she shed a few tears of joy, knowing how much this meant to me. We stood and talked for a while, me still in the walkway and her on the other side of the fence. Received and replied to texts from my family following from home, and told my brother to pack his bags for Boston. I saw my training partner talking to the Medical team – she was targeting a 3:18 and finished around 3:20. She ended up with an IV and I never got to meet up with her.
Did the slow walk of gathering the t-shirt, beer mug, checked bags, and post-race food. Reluctantly sat down to change from race shoes to sandals. The blister was OK, not a total mess at least. Walked back outside to the post-race party and enjoyed a couple Mich Ultras on the lawn. The sun felt so good, and I was feeling pretty good as well.
Walked back to our hotel, showered and changed, and grabbed a Lyft to Truth BBQ in Houston. It was, without a doubt, the greatest lunch I’ve ever had in my life. Afterward, our plan was to hit a few craft breweries, but decided taking a nap sounded better for both of us. Back to the hotel, bed and football and short naps. Walked to the grocery store for dinner, back to the hotel for dinner and beer in bed, and more football.
And further Post-Race
Monday morning we rented a car and drove to Galveston, TX. Rented electric bikes and cruised the seawall for two hours. It was amazing – and little effort required for these tired legs. Benno’s Cajun Seafood for lunch, and it was, without a doubt, the second greatest lunch I’d ever had. Ventured over to the cruise ship port area and did a little wandering around. Back into Houston about 5pm. Then walked to a local brewery / distillery, and dinner at Rodeo Goat.
And the emotional part
At Monday dinner, I confided to my wife that I had known for quite some time that the stress and training (and COVID, life, etc) was making me a more stressed and difficult person for probably all of 2021. And it wasn’t fair to my wife and kids, and it was hard, and I was being selfish, and I’d treated them all differently, and I had a few meltdowns on them at times where I blew something little way out of proportion. And I told her how when I crossed the finish line, BQ’d by 3.5 minutes with a 16 minute PR, a 7-year goal accomplished, that I felt a ton of bricks come off my back in an instant. And how, when we get back home, I need to have that conversation and apology with our daughters as well. Explain how it’s good to have really big life goals and put in the work to succeed, but be mindful of yourself and others as well. It was a good talk, we really got to reconnect on a lot of stuff this weekend.
Houston was a top notch host and race. I’d recommend the race weekend and staying downtown to anyone I know, and all of you on here. Everything went off without a hitch for us, and it was special to be a part of a historic weekend for USA running. I promised my wife that my next full marathon will be Boston 2023, and I’m running it for fun, not PRs.
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