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Thunder Road Marathon

Thunder Road Marathon - Approaching my second Charlotte Thunder Road Marathon, I had four goals in mind. The first of course was to finish the race. I don’t think any marathoner ever gets beyond that basic goal: crossing the finish line. Next, I want to set a Personal Record (PR) for time in a marathon. The next two goals were much more daunting. I had trained to finish the race in under 4 hours, and if I felt good, I wanted to hit 3 hours and 50 minutes.

The night before the race I was a mess. I convinced I was getting a cold and a toe injury was bugging me to no end. We were also celebrating my daughter, Meredith’s birthday, so I didn’t get to sleep until almost 11:00pm with a 5:30am wake up call.

I woke the next morning, went through as much of my normal routine as possible and headed down to the starting line with my buddy Harry. We stepped out into the 28 degree weather, stretched, put as much food in us as possible, and prepared to race.

Thunder Road Marathon

During this time, I kept going over my training. This prep was very vastly different than the prep for my last marathon. This time, I paid closer attention to what I ate, I always drank electrolyte drinks while running, I drank protein shakes afterward, I ran hills and cycles, I dropped a full minute off my pace, and basically dedicated myself to running a more efficient marathon that sought to avoid the cramping that I experienced last time.

The gun sounded, and I took off. This race, I ran solo while by buddy ran ahead, so I was going to run alone the entire 26.2. After two quick miles, I found my pace group and settled in with them. If I followed them the entire time, I would easily hit my 3:50 goal. Within 8 miles, I knew it was not going to happen.

Thunder Road Marathon


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