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Post by DonSoule on Thu May 08, 2014 11:17 pm

It's a paved bike trail not a real "trail" Marathon like Russ and others run.  It's looking like a perfect day for a marathon - should be in the 40's & 50's - cloudy with light winds.   Just wished I was trained to run a Marathon  Surprised   -  The first 9 weeks of 2014 I was averaging 60 miles a week - then the hamstring issue happened and my average for the last 9 weeks is 14 miles a week.(plus gained about 15lbs)  So it will be my first long run to start off my training for a September Marathon.  I almost wish the weather was going to be worse  -   It will still be fun but not the race I was hoping for when I signed up.   Very Happy

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by RoadKillBill on Fri May 09, 2014 7:30 am

Good Luck, Don!

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by Rachel August on Fri May 09, 2014 9:12 am

Hope you have fun this weekend Don....you've been through it these past couple weeks - you deserve some fun!

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by marathonman60 on Fri May 09, 2014 9:32 am

Do a run/walk. You can go all day.
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Post by Dave Tuttle on Fri May 09, 2014 9:52 am

Good Luck Don and be careful with that Hammy!!!

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by kodi30 on Fri May 09, 2014 10:34 am

Good luck Don.

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Post by echoguy on Fri May 09, 2014 7:54 pm

Good luck Don!!! Forget all about time, just spend time on your feet.

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by Guest on Sat May 10, 2014 4:21 pm

Looking forward to your report Don. Hope you had a great race.

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by DonSoule on Tue May 20, 2014 1:01 pm

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I'm going with "better late than never" for this race report  Embarassed

It was a fun weekend at the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - it's not a true "trail" race but a paved bike path with very little elevation change - only a couple of noticeable "hills" and even those aren't anything to worry about.  The most significant up and down hill is in the first mile - after that most inclines are very gradual ones that you hardly notice.  So if anyone likes a "flat" course and doesn't need the crowds of a large race, this is the one to do.  When people hear I've done 43 marathons and ask me what's my favorite one,  I think I'll start telling them its the Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon.  So if anyone wants a fast course for a possible BQ you're welcome to come visit me in MN in May and do the Lake Wobegon Trail marathon.  

I went there the day before the race  with a running friend (Phil) who I talked into doing it - we toured parts of the course since he hasn't done this race before- drove the first mile (where the only significant hill is) before we get on the bike trail -  stopped in one of the two small towns the trail runs through and spent some time checking out the finish area.  It was very windy so we hoped the weather forecast (with light winds race morning) hadn't changed.  This one was going to be a little different for Phil since the last Marathon he did was New York with over 50,000 runners - Lake Wobegon had less than 400 registered and the crowd support is almost non existent except for a few family and friends following some of the runners and the volunteers at water stops.   Registration starts at $55 and goes up to a maximum of  $85 the month before the race so a bargain these days.

The race starts in the parking lot of the Holdingford public school so we get to wait inside for the start in a gym and use inside toilets before the start.  I found a few running friends I see at a lot of MN races to talk to briefly - one is a guy I often come in just in front of in marathons who is in my age group.  He was planning to start out slower than I was so I just hoped I wouldn't slow down enough to be passed in the final miles.  He and his brother are "marathon maniacs" and have done the 50 states multiple times so I can count on seeing them at almost every marathon I do.  I think they already did marathons every weekend for the past 3 or 4 weekends.  Then they made some announcements and someone sang the national anthem (very good singer too) before being directed outside to the starting line.  A small truck was just outside the school to take the bags to the finish line.

I had decided to at least start out the race with the 4:30 pacer.  I knew I wouldn't last the whole race at that pace but since I'd only had a 14 mile a week average over the last 9 weeks, no matter how slow I started, I knew I wasn't trained for the distance and would slow with more frequent walk breaks in the second half.  The pace felt very comfortable for the first 10 miles before my slowdown started. I know you're not suppose to "bank time" but in this case, I felt I needed to get as far as I could before my expected drastic slow down.  They do chip timing but don't have a mat at the start as cost savings  -  they do have a wide starting line area and wide enough streets in the first mile so everyone can get sorted out based on their pace before entering the 10 foot wide bike trail.  So even starting near the back, it only took about 10 seconds to cross the starting line.  

I started with a 4 min run / 20 sec walk which allowed me to stay with the 4:30 pacing group only dropping back slightly when I took my sort walk breaks.  I stayed at the back of the group so didn't need to do much of a leap frog game since I didn't drop back that much and didn't pass my group.  The group started out with about 12 runners that stayed together for 4 miles but by mile 5 there were 7 and I stayed with them until mile 10 when I slowed a little.  I decided to keep my 4/20 run/walk to the half marathon point.  I made it to the half point in 2hrs 16mins 20secs so not too far off the 4:30 marathon pace.  Then I switched to a 2 min run / 20 sec walk -  walking twice as often.  I was able to maintain that with slower running and walking to mile 20 which took me 3hrs 40mins 10secs.  I then switched again to a 1min run / 20 sec walk - I still thought I had a chance of coming in under 5hrs but I slowed again and even without a walk break in the final mile came in at 5hrs 22mins 21 secs.

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I headed straight for the massage tent for a free massage before they shut down - they had all the pizza and bakery chocolate chip cookies I wanted - my 2 favorite food groups - so I was well rewarded for my efforts.   Very Happy

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by trishb on Tue May 20, 2014 1:27 pm

Way to go, Blueman!!!  cheers 

Love the pictures....you look like you could keep going another 26!

I sure hope you did not take any of those cookies home with you.  Rolling Eyes 

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by Dave Tuttle on Wed May 21, 2014 7:11 pm

Nice race Don! After the lost training due to your hamstring injury I'm surprised you were able to do it. Sounds like a really nice event... 400 runners is just the size I like.

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Re: Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon - May 10, 2014

Post by Rachel August on Thu May 22, 2014 9:50 am

Great race report Don and I love your pictures!!! So glad to hear that you've done this after so much has happened in your life! You did really well and looks like you had a blast!!!!

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