Saturday, September 17, 2016:
My 98th marathon is in the books – I finished in 6:38:10, second of three in my age group. I’d like to do better, but the guy who finished first did it in 4:28, more than two hours faster, which is pretty spry for a guy 75 or older. Good job Don T.
|Before the start|
I had a great time, talked to quite a few people along the way, including a doctor who was curious about my shirt that says “I’m alive thanks to novel cancer medications.” Please see http://minnesotadon.com . I talked to a lawyer who was also a cancer survivor, and we chatted mostly about legal cases. I was glad when the conversation went another direction. I met a woman whose shirt said “100 Marathon Club.” Huh. I didn’t even know such a club existed, but I guess it would, and in fact there are two. I’ll be eligible soon, if all goes well. Do I care?
Whining: NONE! Imagine that - for a whole marathon. Actually I did slow in the last couple of miles because of a pain on the underside of the bone that bumps out from the left ankle, the lateral malleolus, the bottom of the fibula. That was a new one for me, so I slowed to avoid an injury. However, it turns out the pain was from my shoe (good old Brooks Launch) touching that area. Tied a little too tight, I guess, so I'm not counting it as a potential problem. No pains in back, knees, or Achilles tendons. Training paid off!
The Marine Corps Marathon:
The race started and ended just outside the famous Air Force Museum. What a place that is! We were able to spend a couple of hours there, and I could have spent a week. It’s huge, monumental, fascinating. Mostly it’s military aircraft, plus a lot of test vehicles, but there are a few civilian planes including several retired versions of Air Force One. We have to go home, but I wish we could stay another day just at that enormous museum. One of the biggest bombers in this country’s nuclear arsenal was the B-52, and it looked small alongside dozens of other planes inside one of the four hangar-style buildings.
The race itself wound in and out of the Wright Patterson Air Force Base at Dayton, OH, so much so that it was almost impossible to drive the course before the race. We looked at the map, assumed that our car
Splits: 43:36 (3 mi), 29:15 (2 mi), 14:18, 14:34, 14:34, 15:10, 28:48, 15:24, 15:41, 14:59, 15:12, 15:31, 15:05, 15:39, 14:53, 15:56, 15:57, 16:03, 15:43, 14:34, 16:42, 17:00, 3:40, total 6:38:10, overall pace 15:11.
PS - 2016 Oct 10 - Received the amazing Age Group Award! Among the best I've ever seen - Plexiglas 3/4 inch thick & 8 1/2 inches tall, printed on the back. Shown here on our picnic table.