Out of 800 runners, I came 13nth place for my age group (35-39 years), finishing in 00:46:47. After the race, I also bumped into my good friend Tony Andrews who came first in his age group (46-50) and finished the race under 40 minutes – that’s quite impressive!
Despite being its debut race around Lake Union this year, the race was well organized. Aid stations were at 2 and 4 mile intervals. I drank a cup of water at mile 2 and decided to skip the aid station at mile 4. Overall, I feel that I didn’t push myself hard at all. If I can manage to pull off a similar pace for Portland marathon on October 4th, I’d be able to finish 26.2 miles between 3:30-4 hours. The closer I get to the low end of that range, the more respectable it would be (at least in my book) as a first marathon :-). That being said, running 26.2 miles is a very different game than running 6.2 miles – so, a lot will depend on long weekend training runs between now and October.
Here’s a picture of me somewhere near mile 5.
Another one just before the finish line:
and at the finish: