Today was my 7th marathon. Lucky #7, I will have to call it from now on. The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, on November 3, 2013. I will recap this event in full by early in the week, but my news from today warranted at least a quick post to let me blog readers know how I did today.
I am happy to report that I achieved a new marathon personal record today. I know I could have done even better, but struggled quite a bit with intermittent leg cramping on the second half of the race. I can’t wait to see my splits, and official results are not posted yet, but based on the unofficial results, I came in at 3:32:29 today! I was absolutely ecstatic, as this is a tough race, filled with many difficult hills. I have never run this race before, but came into it with a lot of confidence based on my half marathon finish a week ago. That confidence, and perfect running weather proved to be the winning combination I needed today to beat my previous best. My PR for the Full had previously been set in February of 2012, so this has been a long time coming. My old PR was 3:33:32 at the Myrtle Beach Marathon, on a flat course.
So this really means the world to me, as the difficulty of this course is so much greater than the course in Myrtle Beach. To set a PR on a difficult course like this left me elated. I was thrilled. Still am!!
Now on to the Las Vegas Marathon two weeks from today. I need to recover well, work on speed work, and hopefully go for a sub 3:30:00 on the flat course in Nevada.
My full recap will be up in a few days. Time to celebrate!
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