Saturday, May 21, 2016:
I doesn't get much better than this. Fargo is a great marathon and I highly recommend it. Despite the unseasonably warm weather I finished my 96th marathon in 6:40:44, ending up first in my 75-79 age group. Alas I was also last in my age group of 1 runners, but I didn't finish last in the race, crossing the line ahead of 34 others. In fact, according to the official results, in the last six miles I passed 16 runners, walking as fast as I could, and was passed by just two. This is the eleventh marathon in a row that I have finished between 6:00 and 7:00 hours, seven of them between 6:30 and 7:00.
|The mighty Red River of the North|
Most important, I had a great time in this marathon. The weather was warmer than we would have liked, high 70's or low 80's toward the end, but with low humidity and a bit of wind I never felt as though I should slow down to avoid overheating. I did carry my own water and was glad of it, especially toward the end of the race, refilling my bottle twice and taking at least 24 ounces from it during the race, in addition to water from cups at aid stations. Also, in the second half of the race, I dumped a paper cup of water on my head at each aid station.
|We ran through Concordia College|
in Moorhead, Minnesota. The bell
tower isn't leaning - the runner is.
During the race I took six Clif Shot gels and about that many salt tablets, plus a couple of capsules of magnesium taurate, 125 mg, to help avoid cramps. Indeed there wes never a hint of a cramp during this marthon, quite unusual for me.
Whining: The right knee started to complain at about mile seven. I took a naproxen sodium liquid gel at about mile nine, and another later in the race. Those did seem to help - the knee did not slow me much.
The Fargo Marathon:
|My girls finished the half marathon|
This year the race started and ended in the FargoDome. This worked perfectly, as far as I am concerned, offering excellent pre-race toilets (go upstairs for shorter lines), and a dry start if it had been raining. The medal is impressive. The expo was a nice-sized one. Post-race food included ice-cold bottles of water, chocolate milk, and pizza.
Signs along The Way:
- "Turn around, it's a trap!"
- "Run faster - the Kenyans are drinking all the beer"
- "If Trump can run, so can you"
- "You run better than Congress" (this one is a continuing theme from many marathons ...)
- "Runners will escape the Zombie Apocalypse"
- "GO random stranger, GO!"
|The finishers, with friend Karin.|
Photo by Josh
Splits: 13:12, 13:40, 13:26, 14:03, 17:48 (nature break), 14:15, 15:31, 15:25, 15:13, 14:23, 15:49, 15:45, 14:15, 14:56, 31:46 (2 mi), 15:51, 15:01, 33:21 (2 mi), 15:54, 15:38, 15:21, 15:52, 15:45, 15:30, 3:08, total 6:40:44, pace 15:17.