or “Who Knew That Swine Flew?”
Late Friday morning Gayle and I headed North to Cincinnati.
After checking into the hotel we headed off to find some place to eat supper downtown.
Woke up Saturday morning to a beautiful day. We ate breakfast in the hotel and then headed across the street to the expo. I had promised to get the girls T-shirts that read, “ I’ll run a marathon when pigs fly”.
This race has the best swag of any that I have run. They gave us technical shirts, posters and a messenger bag, not bad.
Once we finished at the expo, we headed off to get our bearings in the city. We scoped out a place on the race course, about mile 5, that was two blocks from the hotel, where Gayle could go to take photos. Then we headed to find the start and finish lines.
About mid-afternoon, Michele rolled into town and the three of us headed out to preview the course. We picked it up about mile 5. The two parts I really wanted to see was “the climb” and “the finish”.
The forecast for race day was a concern. The weather folks were calling for light rain at the start and getting heaver as the morning progresses.
Met Michele in the lobby at 5:30 and we headed to the start. It was raining lightly so we wore trash bags to keep dry.
We made our way to the 3:50 pacer in the coral. Even though she said she was going to run negative splits. She took off at the gun.
We started the climb at mile 6 and kept a reasonable pace to the top.
From there the course was rolling hills with several long ups and downs but by mile 15 we were running 8:47 miles with an average pace of 8:47. I was feeling good but knew it was too early to celebrate.
At mile 18, I told Michele to take off to get her BQ.
By mile 20, my pace had slowed. The hills had worked their magic and this pig was having trouble flying.
Mile 22 and 23 were tough but by mile 24 I was able to pick up the pace some.
I finally shuffled across the “finish swine” at 4:24:11.
Luckily, it stopped raining about mile 4, and the heavy rain never materialized.
The elevation chart on the web site is deceptive. They have smoothed it out. My Garmin makes it look more like the roller coaster that it is.
All in all it was a good race. Gayle and I got to get away and it was great to see and run with Michele.
Here are my splits in all the gory details.
|Mile||Pace (min/mile)||Speed (mph)||Elevation
|actual||+/- avg||actual||+/- avg|
|1||9′ 13||-0′ 47||6.5||+0.5||– ft|
|2||8′ 42||-1′ 18||6.9||+0.9||– ft|
|3||8′ 40||-1′ 20||6.9||+0.9||– ft|
|4||8′ 25||-1′ 35||7.1||+1.1||– ft|
|5||8′ 48||-1′ 12||6.8||+0.8||– ft|
|6||8′ 40||-1′ 20||6.9||+0.9||– ft|
|7||9′ 13||-0′ 47||6.5||+0.5||– ft|
|8||9′ 03||-0′ 57||6.6||+0.6||– ft|
|9||8′ 42||-1′ 18||6.9||+0.9||– ft|
|10||8′ 35||-1′ 25||7.0||+1.0||– ft|
|11||8′ 37||-1′ 23||7.0||+1.0||– ft|
|12||8′ 42||-1′ 18||6.9||+0.9||– ft|
|13||8′ 42||-1′ 18||6.9||+0.9||– ft|
|14||8′ 44||-1′ 16||6.9||+0.9||– ft|
|15||8′ 48||-1′ 12||6.8||+0.8||– ft|
|16||9′ 01||-0′ 59||6.7||+0.7||– ft|
|17||8′ 55||-1′ 05||6.7||+0.7||– ft|
|18||9′ 16||-0′ 44||6.5||+0.5||– ft|
|19||9′ 26||-0′ 34||6.4||+0.4||– ft|
|20||9′ 45||-0′ 15||6.2||+0.2||– ft|
|21||11′ 07||+1′ 07||5.4||-0.6||– ft|
|22||11′ 19||+1′ 19||5.3||-0.7||– ft|
|23||13′ 40||+3′ 40||4.4||-1.6||– ft|
|24||15′ 57||+5′ 57||3.8||-2.2||– ft|
|25||14′ 53||+4′ 53||4.0||-2.0||– ft|
|26||14′ 01||+4′ 01||4.3||-1.7||– ft|
|end||10′ 31||+0′ 31||5.7||-0.3||– ft|
|Versus average of 10′ 00 min/mile|