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2011 Rudi’s Organic Bakery Boulder Backroads Marathon

September 5, 2011

First of all that is a silly name for a race.  I really do like Rudi’s bread, but a silly name none the less.

Today was my first attempt at a solo marathon and I was nervous as can be.  I ran the same course five years ago and after a lot of anger, frustration, yelling, and cursing I did cross the line, but a lot slower the I ever wanted.  That was when I stopped running for about a year so this race was a big deal.  To make things harder I had just run (on Saturday) a fast (for me) 10 miler.  I got everything ready, planned everything possible even down to what time to start the coffee and get in the shower.  SO when I arrived 30 minutes earlier then planned I felt a little silly.  But after a Honey Stinger Gel, Honey Stinger Chews, and the usual breakfast along with a Vega Meal Shake, and Chia seed with Vega Exlectrolyes I was ready to run or explode.

If you have not been to Boulder (if anyone is even reading) you need to.  The best place I have ever been.  The views out there are amazing.  Not only do you have the mountains, but the back roads go past some of the coolest houses.  Despite my IPod dropping out of service after just 30 minutes I was never without conversation or a great view (thanks for talking people).

A wonderfully organized race.  With high heat in the forecast they added a few aid stations and they were all fully stocked with awesome supplies.  Or if you are looking for a great race I recommend training for next year.  There are hills and some tough stretches but a wonderful experience.

I love to run in my Vibram KSO shoes.  They are light and I can feel the road.  But after driving the course on Saturday and seeing how rocky and rough it was I decided to upgrade to the thicker Vibram Kamodos.  Best decision I ever made.  I passed two other minimalist shoe guys out there and one called for a ride and the other guy was limping.  I felt bad for them, I have been there a few times while training and it is a blow to the ego.  But anyone even making an attempt like that deserves a lot of respect.

I had a fleet of bikes out there with me for support so a huge thanks to my mom Cathy, Mark, and my wife Amy for helping support me.  An extra thanks to Mark for taking pictures, my mom for running the worst hill ever with me, and my wife for riding out the dreaded Oxford out-n-back.  Also thanks to John (my father-in-law and running inspiration at times) for riding in the end with me.

I was hoping to break 10 minute pace with a long shot goal of sup 4 hours.  I limped my way across the line in 3:57:22.  That is almost 90 minutes faster then my last and only other marathon attempt and I could not have been faster.  My feet were bruised and painful ( i need more barefoot training and maybe thicker shoes), but the rest of me felt great.  I had a fleet of bikes come in with me with Ma, Mark, Amy, and John riding the last 2 miles or so, I really needed it.

After crossing the line I decided that it was time to stop pushing the distance and work on short and fast.  But after eating something I realized that I cannot stop now.  I was 71st overall and 6th in my age.  By the end of next year I want to place in my age group and I also wanna do sub-3hr in the next two years.  I have some lofty goals and now time to really get serious.  No reason I can’t train for long and short is there?

  1. Cathy permalink

    Congratulations on a sub 4 hour marathon! I was so relieved to see you smiling on the dreaded Oxford Road. (Oxford Road sucks!) What an inspiring mental and physical transformation you have made since that first marathon. I’ve enjoyed watching you on this journey. Ma

  2. I love reading your blog!!! I’m your biggest fan!!! Whoo hoo!!! But seriously, I am so proud of you and that you have found such a wonderful passion! ❤ Peace!

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