Martha and George Washington, it was hot and humid at the Steamtown Marathon.
I thought surely a trip above the Mason-Dixon Line would mean cooler temperatures. Alas no. Well, at least Scranton wasnâ€™t Chicago. We had some cloud cover and thoroughly prepared race officials. We even had water. Actual water.
I ran a 3:25. My fastest time yet.
For those keeping score at home, this does not get me to Boston. I need a 3:15 for that. But given the conditions, Iâ€™ll take the PR and get back to training for my next assault on the windmill.
Youâ€™re going to want to hear about Steamtown, which I think I liked. It was an odd weekend, all told. I enjoyed myself, ran a quirky course, met new people, drove way too much, savaged my quads, sweat streaks of blue ink, and generally felt like I was still in the South.
October 9th, 2007 at 9:49 pm
Well, at least you weren’t running in Chicago!
October 10th, 2007 at 7:39 am
October 15th, 2007 at 9:07 pm
Chin up, buddy – that’s the great thing about Marathons, is there’s always another one! 🙂 And the greater the striving, the sweeter the victory. My advice – Phoenix, Arizona in January – flat, fast, and dry cool desert air. Worked for me!
And while everybody was whining about running 26.2 miles in 88 degrees in Chicago, I was in Arkansas doing my first 100-miler in 92 degree heat – BRUTAL!!!
The course started with a 16 mile loop, then 42 miles out and 42 miles back. Got to that turnaround about 7pm and got to run that second 42 miles in relative coolness – so ended up having a negative split on that last 84 miles. Yup, you read that right – miles 58-100 were faster than miles 16-58 because of the heat and humidity during the day.
End result was that I came in 14th out of 140 starters – and I’ll take “top 10%” in any race on any day as a sign of a good effort on my part.
Now if I can just get that brother of mine back in running shape…
October 17th, 2007 at 6:57 pm
Hey Dean, awesome website. As you know my friend Tom made it across the line. Sorry you didn’t make Boston, but you were a lot closer than I was. Unfortunately, I had a really bad day, or good day depending on your perspective. I bonked early, but I got thru it and didn’t DNF(closest I ever came to DNF). You will get to Boston and I hope to see you there in person. I’ll look for the blue hair. Thanks for keeping me company at the finish line. Bryan
October 18th, 2007 at 9:23 am
Drop me a note when you qualify. You’ll know when I do. The sonic boom of my victory shout will be heard across the continent.
Next attempt: Rocket City Marathon, December 8th in Alabama.
October 19th, 2007 at 4:38 pm
A couple buddies of mine have run Rocket City – really liked it!
Just wanted to send good vibes your way, buddy! 🙂
April 4th, 2008 at 12:50 pm
dean, came here thinking i’d find a race report on your day in steamtown – it is on my short list for attempt #3 at a BQ – is it really as fast & flat as website claims? -after birmingham, i’m done with hills.