Pete Tanguay

Little Rock Marathon 2012

by on Mar.05, 2012, under Races

The 2012 Little Rock marathon is in the books.  It was a tough day out there.

I have been running but not on a strict marathon training schedule.  My focus has been fewer runs that are faster and running less to try and resolve the injury in my leg.  Although I still feel it, I think it is on its way to being healed.  It was not a factor at all in the race.  I went out today to try and run the first half faster than I usually do without using a lot of energy and seeing how well I could do the second half.  I also went out to run for Mavia and Danny and having them their in my thoughts helped me through my race.

The morning started with some cool weather but it heated up to about 50-60 by the end of the race.  The wind was light to begin but got to about 15-20 mph by the end of the race.  My first half felt good.  Felt like I was running a half marathon at a nice comfortable pace.  The few hills in the first half didn’t really feel like hills.  I was working my way through the race just fine.  I didn’t feel like I was laboring that much, just felt like I was running a very smart race.  The 3:45 pace group caught up to me about mile 10.5 and I ran with them for a bit while everyone in the group was trying to come up with the 10 states that had two words in the name of their capitol (like Little Rock).  They went on and I crossed the half marathon mark at 1:52 four minutes faster than last year.  Everything was on track.

Then came the hills.  And the wind.  I worked my way up the hills from mile 14-16.5 and felt I was doing fine.  The race was becoming work and I could tell I was slowing but that was to be expected.  I had very good nutrition and hydration and as I ran down the hill to mile 17 I thought, ok, let’s get this race done.  The 3:50 pace group had not passed me yet and I was going to turn on the gas around mile 20 and run it on in.  I still felt this was doable.  From mile 18-23 is an out and back along the river and running out against the wind (not too bad) I knew I would have wind at my back to finish.  Again, good news.  Then about mile 19 a pace group caught up to me that I thought would be the 3:50 group but there was no 3:50 group.  It was the 3:55 group led by a good friend of mine.  I stayed with them only briefly and then began thinking that I was now being chased by the 4 hour group.  Almost to the turn around.  At mile 20 I was just under 3 hours and I thought, all I need is a one hour 10k to finish under 4.  This is going to be work but I can do it.  The 3:55 group passed the turnaround and I timed how far behind them I was at it was 2 and a half minutes.  Ok, it’s time to run.

The rest of the race just hurt.  My thighs locked and it was hard to run.  I gave my last effort in mile 22 but could not hold it.  The 4 hour group passed me about mile 23 or so and I ran/walked in.  Two friends tried to encourage me to run with them but it wasn’t to be.  Here I was finishing the Little Rock marathon with a tail wind and couldn’t run it!

In the end it was a good race and my 12th marathon (plus I ran 20 miles of the Chicago marathon once with a friend – starting at mile 6).  I left it all out on the course and although I’m not pleased with my time I know it is what I had on this day.  Running for Mavia and Danny was very special and the event will go down as a positive day!

As the day after the race goes on, though, disappointment on not being able to run the last 6.2 in an hour is creeping in.  What would it have taken to battle harder through the pain to get in about 10 minutes earlier?  Why could I not keep up with the friends who were saying come on?  Why did I let my legs win the battle of will?  I did the best I could and take a lot of good away from the race.  So let’s try and leave it there!

Time to recover (my legs are shot) and then lose some weight, build some core strength and train for the Chicago marathon in October – my 2012 ‘A’ marathon race.  This should be a challenge as much of the training will be in the heat of the summer, not a good training time for me.  It will all add up to a good challenge for 2012.

Finally, special thanks to Lesley who is our fearless NF leader who got me into running for NF, Hannah who was my course support in miles 18-23 and without her providing me my Amino-Vital drink and Clif Bars I hate to think what would have happened and to Madeleine for being there at the finish line to give me a hug (and of course to my awesome wife for being there as well even though she is not in the picture!).

And one more mention of the two people who I ran the race for, Mavia and Danny.  Thanks to so many friends who “ran with me” and supported me financially, I reached my goal of $5,000 and our NF Endurance team reached our goal to raise $20,000.  If it is still March 2012 you can click on the image below and still add your financial support to a great cause!  Who knows where we will finally end up, but we do know that the money will be put to good use to solve the NF puzzle.

4 comments for this entry:
  1. Bob Skold

    It’s not the Speed.
    But the Purpose of the Journey.

  2. Lesley

    Man, wish my slow time was 4:07…you still kicked its butt in my opinion (even if you did have to walk a little). And, you accomplished a major goal – you raNFor a reason…several reasons…good reasons! And, you helped our team reach their goal of funding an NF Research Grant. So – I think you knocked this one out of the park Captain! Congrats.

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