May 2, 1999....I ran 26.2 miles at the Lincoln marathon in 5:03:00.....It was my first marathon and this weekend, I will run this event 10 years later and, assuming everything goes well,
it will be marathon #74.....It will be fun to retrace my steps.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Craig, Kim and I headed down to Bolivar, Mo to run the Frisco Highline Trail Marathon Saturday morning.....a 2 am alarm clock and hitting the road by 3 am. This was the inaugural race for this event, with about 30 marathoners. There was a 50K and a 10 mile race that had a lot more runners, so there were over 100 people for the three races. We parked at the finish and grabbed a bus to the 50K start and then grabbed a second bus to the marathon start, which was at an intersection of the trail and a gravel road. The race started at 8:30 and it was already getting warm and humid and after 2 miles, I was soaked. The combination of the humidity and the soft trail really took it out of me, but I was expecting that to happen, so I just ran at my pavement pace until my legs started to burn out.....then it was just run-walk to the finish....5:30:12. I waited around for Kim and Craig to come in so I could get some pictures for Craig's first marathon finish. Congratulations! That was a tough marathon for a first one and I am sure he is suffering today....
This was a nice race...they had a few problems, but nothing that can't be fixed for next year. The race shirt was a dry fit and the medal was very nice also. It is a trail race, so don't expect manned water stops....I would also recommend a carrying a water bottle, because some of the waterstops seemed like they were spaced 3 or so miles apart. It is an easy drive down to the finish area and most of the course was crushed gravel. Tough but fun.