But I finished. And I hope to train harder this sumer and make up for it in Berlin in September!
It was also in a good location for the marathon, as we could walk to the start line in the morning. I highly recommend the Hallmark Inn if you plan to run the Newport Marathon!
Sometimes I think I’m better off not knowing what’s coming…By driving the course, we knew that there was an evil hill at mile 4, and again at mile 25. Mile 25 is an awful place for a hill!
|clam chowder and Rogue beer!|
At the finish line, you could also immediately go to the results booth and receive a printout of your finish time/place/pace, etc, which was really rewarding.
Immediately after the race, we soaked our legs in the freezing cold Pacific ocean…brrr!
Newport is a charming town, and there were plenty of unique restaurants for a post-race celebration. For lunch we went to a funky seafood place on the south side of the town- “Southbeach Fish Market” I believe it was called. Dustin had the steamers, I had the crab sandwich, and the others had fish and chips. So good!
I went into this marathon battling a cold and with the unfortunate timing of a visit from “my special friend.” (You’re welcome for that tidbit of TMI) so I was a little worried that I might have issues (excuses, excuses!). My plan was to stick around 8:45 min/miles, and hopefully have some gas in the tank at the end to pick it up. I was confident for the first 15 miles that I would have a PR. Unfortunately, this did not happen. I clearly hit a wall, and struggled at the end, finishing with some 10 min/miles.What could I have done differently? What should I have learned from this marathon?
I’m still trying to figure that out…I definitely hit a wall, and I don’t want that to happen again.
Next on our Oregon tour is Bend! Stay tuned for some “Fits on the Road”- both shopping and athletic activities. Yes, we did lots of hiking in the two days after the marathon, and our legs are feeling great!