Pete Tanguay

Little Rock Marathon

by on Mar.08, 2010, under My NF Hero, Races

Another marathon behind me.  It was a good race, perfect weather day and the added element of running for the NF Endurance team was great.  Children and adults with NF have such a challenge and yet I have to say that they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.  They have a wonderful support network and are out there cheering for eachother, helping those running on their team, etc.  I met my NF Hero, Mavia Evenson, and her brother and parents on Saturday night at the NF Pasta dinner and it was a great time.  Here they were at the starting line – Mavia, Maddox and Mommy (Karrie)

And then one with Ryan as well.

I ran the first 8 miles with the 3:45 pace group and had planned to run the first half with them if I could stay with them without burning up too much in the first half.  Going up an incline about mile 8 I let them go and kept a pace I felt comfortable with through the first half.  I finished the half at 1:54, about 3 minutes behind where they finished it.  Curt and Brad met me just after this point and began running with me.  This is where the hills started and this is where the work started.  I had planned to keep all of my miles under 9 min/mile and as I started going up these hills it was taking a lot of energy to keep this pace and I fell back.  The hills were pretty much mile 13.3 or so to mile 17 and even though I had lots of help, I could feel the legs getting tired. 

From a fuel and hydration standpoint I had an excellent race, always had plenty and felt good.  It’s just that by mile 18 or so my legs just couldn’t keep the pace I wanted.  I kept telling Curt and Brad to run a specific pace and I’d catch them and try to hang with them but the legs wouldn’t go.  I worked on different form issues, etc. to try to get back to this pace but couldn’t.  Here’s Curt and I coming in to the finish, my awesome pacer and you can still see that he is carrying the “fuel”.

All in all it was a good race.  I didn’t expect a PR as I hadn’t trained as seriously for this race.  I decided to run it after my 2 marathons in Nov and Dec last year, figuring I was already into my training and I did some long runs but not really a full training schedule.  Mostly 16’s a 20 and a 23, although my 23 mile training run was real slow.  The positives I take from the race are that I have finished another marathon, my 7th, I worked hard through the race and kept going, I finished strong and I ran for something more than a time on a clock.  As a result, we have a new family in our lives that we’ll have as friends forever and that makes it all worthwhile.  And here are the details.

My official time was 4:11:53, I stopped a couple times to try and stretch my legs to get me moving faster and my garmin must have stopped.

Added a new twist to the marathon day experience.  After the marathon I spent the afternoon at one of Madeleine’s dance competitions and then played a team tennis match at 6pm.  Fortunately you use different muscles playing tennis than running but the legs were pretty shot!  We won our match 6-0, 6-2.

8 comments for this entry:
  1. Dan Dobson

    Awesome Pete!
    Keep the good work going.
    Dan

  2. Shannon

    So proud of you and ALL you accomplished yesterday!!
    There is so much more behind the 26+ miles when you see a precious face as little Mavia at the starting/finish lines. Priceless!! Many praises to you – I know God will bless Mavia through your efforts!

  3. Will Fleshman

    You are a machine, Pete! Congratulations on another accomplishment.

  4. Susan Jarvis

    It was great to read your comments about this marathon. I’ve only been running for several years and my goal is to do the Soaring Wings half in October. Thanks for sharing your experience and wonderful to hear of your new friends that you were able to help!

  5. Anne and Roger

    Good for you Pete!!
    We are very proud of you!! You have a good heart!
    Much Love A&R

  6. Michael Cook

    Well done and you are looking strong in the running picture (not even sweating). Great to see the pictures of Mavia and so glad you made that connection. Keep up the good work.

  7. Dad

    Congratulations, Pete! Another successful marathon under your belt. Not only was this number 7 for completed marathons but, because you were running for a greater purpose than just attending to distance and time, you also made it number 1 by adding a greater purpose to the event. Great pictures of Mavia and family! I enjoyed reading your account of the race, especially “the lessons learned” in your analysis of the competition which will assist you in planning for, training for, and completing up-coming events. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to participate as a member of your NF team.

  8. Lesley

    Thank you Pete for sharing ‘our’ journey. You are now and will be forever a part of the NF Endurance team/family. You and your efforts give us (parents of children with NF) a great sense of hope for a brighter future for our children. Your efforts will not be forgotten. I feel confident, that one day – we will be celebrating better treatment options & a cure for NF. We can’t wait to celebrate that with you! Happy recovery week to you friend. You deserve it!

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