Saturday, December 10, 2011

White Rock Marathon Report No. 2: the other stuff

I thought I'd write a second entry about my first marathon to make a record of some of the details I'd like to remember for future reference.

38-40 degrees and raining, light winds.

Asics 2160s, long-sleeve tech shirt, long compression pants, shorts over the pants, and a nylon running jacket over the shirt. Gloves and a poly hat. This worked well for keeping a comfortable temperature, although not really much rain protection.

Increased my carb and salt intake for about 3-4 days before the race. Cut off caffeine by noon the day before.
Morning of, I had about 12 oz of gatorade G2 about 2hr before the race, then about 6oz of Gatorade G1 about 20min before the race. This was too much for these weather conditions.
During the race I carried 5 Gu's, no fluids. I hit most water stations for about 2-4 oz of water. About every other water station I would mix some gatorade with my water to make sure I was getting enough sodium. I ate the Gu's roughly at miles. 4.5, 9, 14, 18, and 22. I think that was about right.

Without any good way of tracking my pace, I ran by feel. I knew about the effort level I could maintain for 18-20mi from past training runs. I kept it easier than that, which worked. I have no idea what my splits were, it would be great to know. Can't wait to get my Garmin fixed.


  1. I ran White Rock along with you. Those were the worst conditions of any marathon I've done (and I've done about 17). Hope you stick with running, noticed you haven't posted in awhile.

    1. Thanks for the comment. White Rock was great and miserable all at the same time. Terrible weather, but great to complete my first marathon. I took some time off from running just to get a mental break and to nurse some nagging ankle problems. I started back a few weeks ago and I plan to run another marathon winter/spring 2013. I'm thinking Cowtown, OK City, or Little Rock.