|It was a good day for Ibbetson PRs|
I made a customized pace band for 2:58:51, in fact. If there was a competition for the closest prediction on marathon time, I would have dominated that one! I am generally pretty good with knowing what times/paces I’ll run in various races based on recent training and races, and based on how well-rested I am (especially if I’ve run the course before, although I had not on this one) but have never been exactly this close for any distance.
|The pace band|
|Elevation per my Strava|
|Elevation per another runner's Strava|
|Run happy (and solo!)!|
My overall pace was 6:49.36 for the 26.2! My Gamin read 6:47 average pace and I was happy with how close it was since the course had a lot of turns. I kind of thought I’d have to average 6:45 on my Garmin to pull off my time goal since the course turned and weaved so much (my Garmin will be spot on the distance in certified courses without turns, but the more turns the more error, typically), but I mainly relied on my pace band and the course mile markers anyhow.
|Garmin splits - darn mile 25!|
Aiming to run the 5th fastest marathon ever run in Kansas was actually how I’d settled on trying to run in the 2:58:50s (after I ran the 6th fastest women's 15K ever run in Kansas and learned of this website), but “lucky” for me, the three women who beat me ran the 3rd, 4th, and 5th fastest marathons of all time in Kansas. The announcer also said that my time would have won this race almost any other year…yeah, rub it in a little more! Clearly, this was a deep field for this event, and also 2:50-2:51 is way out of my reach right now so it's not like I could have done anything to place better, and I am satisfied that I executed my race plan well. I feel very blessed to have reached my time goal!
I'm pacing my photo posting so I'll have some for each post (Will I negative split on that? We shall see!). We get free professional race photos so I hope to have some decent ones, but since I did not race in sunglasses it’s unlikely my face will look decent in any, haha!