Pete Tanguay

Hogeye Marathon 2012

by on Apr.16, 2012, under Races

I knew I wasn’t ready for this one but I didn’t think it would be this hard!  After “locking up” at mile 22 in the Little Rock marathon I finished, somewhat disappointed and decided I would run Hogeye in a month to work some things out.  I didn’t do any long runs between them and have been focusing on “speed” races, 5 and 10k’s.  Well, that is no way to train for a marathon.

In the end I feel good about my race.  I went there to finish and I finished.  There is a certain amount of satisfaction by being able to go run a marathon whenever I want to – well I should say finish a marathon as I didn’t run the whole thing!!!

The morning started out with the expectation of very bad weather.  Kansas had gotten hammered with tornadoes the night before and there were clouds coming our way and a wet race predicted.

Fortunately the 30mph winds pushed this line of storms more to the north and we pretty much escaped the weather.  There was some rain in mile 22-3 and when we finished it turned into a monsoon.  But fortunately this was not a factor in the race.  The wind, however, was a factor, both from behind and in your face.

I felt good and got into my 9 minute pace, give or take a bit, and thought I would be ok.  I had a few fast miles in the beginning but those were due to mostly downhill portions.  As I got into mile 16 or so my legs locked again.  It was hard to run and so I changed to run/walk.  There were lots of up and down hills and yet I have done this marathon in a 4:08 before and so it wasn’t completely the hills.  It was the preparation.  I figured I’d be able to bring in a 4:10-15 but not today.

Leslie was doing the 4th leg of their team relay and the second and third relay exchange were in the same place so she had a drink and clif bar for me there at mile 12 and I was feeling ok at this point.

But by the time I got back around to her again, mile 18.2, not so much.  I took off from there, knowing she would catch me and she did, about mile 22.  She pushed me along, made me run, and we finished together.  Didn’t help the time of her relay team! And as you can tell, there is a bit of an uphill to the finish.

I enjoyed the race and even with a very slow time, I am not disappointed because I went out there to finish and to learn some things from Little Rock and get my head ready to start training for Chicago in a month or so.  I was reminded that you must be conditioned for the race in order to be able to run the whole thing.  When you get into the race and your legs are gone, they are gone.  There is no amount of mental that will bring them back.  I’m looking forward to a few weeks off and then ramping up to an “A” race Chicago training program.  Hope the summer weather doesn’t kill me!

Here is what the Garmin says.  And the Garmin doesn’t lie.

And as an added bonus, my brother Ed and I did our second “intercontinental marathon relay”.  He finished the Paris Marathon about 30 minutes before I started mine.  Click here for his marathon blog and pictures.

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