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BAD MARATHON DAY

On April 27, 2019, 

I Finish me my eighth derby festival marathon in eight years. Even though this is a big accomplishment in my day was bad. My goal was to BQ with a time of 3hrs 4 min for my age group (35-39). 

Leading up to the race I did research to see what’s my true fitness from my previous race. I used the Greg Mcmillan calculator and Jack Danial vdot system. I supposed to be able to run a marathon under 3hrs. 

My best half- marathon is 1hrs 24min 46 seconds run last november. My fitness was supposed to get me this BQ of 3hrs 4 min. In 2017 I was able to BQ for the first time in this race 3hrs 8min.

My plan was to one even for the first half of the race. Focusing on 4+ 5 miles races in the marathon. Then when the last 6 miles (10K) came alone I would have my legs and fitness to crush it.  

The last six miles has always giving me the most problems in the marathon even when I BQ. Most runners hit the wall at 18 miles are 20 miles in the race. Last year I hit the wall early at about 10 miles. 

I did not have the trainig in for the marathon and went out way to fast in trying to keep up with a Hot girl I was talking to in the race. This year I felt ok early. 

The weather was so nice for the start of the race. My friend took me to the race we got a good parking spot right by the start/finish line. All I had to do was get out of the car a walking about two blocks.

I made it to my corrals greet some fast runners. In my mind was doubts about my IT injury. This crept in my mind all night that I could not sleep. 

I had the fear of not evening being able to finish. My leg did not feel that bad. The best in weeks. Not full heal by no means oh! The race started with me trying to hit my splits. For the first 5 mile 6:52  m2-6:57 m3-6:56 m4-7:11 m5- 7:11 I was on pace to my marathon goal time on 3:04. This is a 7:01 mile pace for 26.2 

Then my pace started to slow down I could even feel my legs and body getting weak by the miles. As we were getting closer to churchill downs the famous horse race track in the world. I started to hit the wall. 

Mile six was 7:02 m7- 7:10 m8-7:03 m9-7:05 m10-7:21- You see the next five miles are a lot slower my frist. The course do slow down as you get closer to Iroquois Park. I call this heartbreak hills for the derby festival marathon. 

As I was running down sutherland parkway in Louisville,Ky a guy was shouting the hills are coming the hills are coming. I know this man! I have run this race seven times and BQ. 

M11-7:07 m12-7:38 m13-7:23 m14-7:26 m15 7:23- My next set of five miles is even slower than the last. The hills in the park got the best of me and deep down in my mind I knew this was coming. 

My body has held up good for the most part on a unheal IT band. Now I was going to put more stress on it with steep hills on top on trying to hold a 7:01 mile peace. 

My old coach told me on Facebook when you left the park you did not look good. He was right! I was upset to turn around and see the 3:10 pace group pass me! Not good when my goal was to run a sub 3hrs 5 min marathon and I started way before this group. 

This got to me and I started to give up. In my mind the goal was dead and no way to make up for it.  Mile16- 7:48 M17-9:15 m18-9:41 m19-9:07 m20-11:31 – My energy was now depleted I went from 7:48 miles to my next mile 9:15 mile. 

My goal now was just to finish this race! I could not wait for the end. My boston dream was over for now. So many people pass by me some say good Job other just kept running. 

This boston qualifier sub 3hrs 10 min could not overcome IT injury. My last 10k- m21-10:29 m22-10:16 m23-10:28 m24-9:46-m25-10:18 -m26-9:39. The finish time 3:40:58 on my garmin watch. 

First marathon 4hrs 5 min and that was seven years ago. I’m going backward. This does not feel good to know my performance has fallen way off. How can I run a 1:24:46 half-marathon last november and run 3:40 marathon in April? 

I want to think my injury pay a role in me doing so poorly. Last year my time was faster and I did not have a full cycle of training under my belt. This year I was able to put in ten good weeks of training before the IT injury. 

Maybe adding all the extra stress with running cause me to hit the wall fast. I worry so much about my race before race day. I was not 100% going into the marathon this is another stress then the hills add more stress. 

The second part of this blog post will be everything I did wrong leading up to my marathon. Yes! When you get lazy doing the non running things!  

Casual runner to Marathon runner

How to go from casual runner to marathon runner?

The short answer would be run more! Casual mean you just running when you feel like it are 2 to 3 days a week. To become a marathon runner you have to increase your miles per week and have a system.

Casual runners just run for fitness are to feel good but have no system. This is like the person that goes to the gym run on the treadmill and then lift some weights and come back next week.

This person have no system at all and really is the reason that most people have a hard time lose weight, getting fit. The marathon runner has a system to follow. This is call a training plan means every run  and workout has a purpose. We are not just running to be running.

The first step would be to find a marathon training program and follow that system. This can be a free one are a pay training plan that fits your lifestyle and fitness level. The marathon is a hard race even for well train runners so to try to run a marathon without a training plan is not a good idea.

If the casual runner is ready to run 25 to 35 miles a week then they may be ready for a marathon. Let’s not deceived ourselves if you can’t run 20 plus miles a week you not ready to run a marathon. I would tell this runner to try shorter races like 5k 10k.

Respect the marathon if you don’t then this race will eat you alive not a distance to play with. The runner must be dedicate to a training plan and running more miles per week to go from casual to marathon runner.

 

 

Notice of Non-Acceptance -2018 Boston Marathon

  1. This was in my e-mail box when I got off from work Wednesday. Yeah! It hurts when you put in the work and your goals/dreams don’t come true! Marathon running can teach you a lot about life! There are people that give up and people that say we have some work to do! Let’s go back to the lab baby! #NEVERGIVEUP #boston2019 Thanks all my fb friends that have support me over the years in my running.
  2. Dear Marcus Brooks:
  3. Thank you for submitting your application for entry into the 2018 Boston Marathon. Regrettably, we are unable to accept your application due to field size limitations and the large number of applications we have received from runners who met the qualifying standards.
  4. The B.A.A. recognizes the achievement of everyone who has met the qualifying standards that have been established for the race. Those who meet – and aspire to meet – these standards have helped distinguish the Boston Marathon from any other marathon in the world, and we understand the effort, training, and commitment involved with achieving the qualifying times.
  5. To gain entry into the 2018 Boston Marathon, runners must have run 3 minutes, 23 seconds under their respective age group qualifying standard.
  6. In preparation for the 2018 Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. used the same registration process as in recent years. Registration was not first-come, first-served, but rather allowed for a more systematic and orderly application procedure. Given the field size limitations, the fastest qualifiers among those who submitted their entry were accepted.
  7. Qualifying performances achieved on or after September 16, 2017 will be valid for 2019 Boston Marathon registration. The 123rd Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 15, 2019.
  8. We appreciate your dedication to running and our sport, as evidenced by achieving your qualifying time and submitting an application for entry. We encourage you to continue your pursuit of running in a future Boston Marathon, and wish you the best of luck in future running endeavors.
  9. Sincerely,
    The Boston Athletic

Boston marathon registration

This was my first time being able to register for the boston marathon. As of right now this is very stressful waiting to hear back from the B.A.A in an email to see if you in are not.

The registration pocess was simple and quick for the most part. I had to use a different web browser the google chrome works find. It took me about 10 min to submit my information and for them to give me a ID number for my application.

They will tell you after the last page this is not a acceptance just to confirm you information. The fee cost me $185 and they say would only be charge to my account if I receive a acceptance e-mail.

Waiting for this e-mail is like waiting for test score to come back. This is Monday Stepmember 25, 2017 and I have still not receive a e-mail. I have been checking my e-mail box way to much in the last 5 days.

I have always told myself boston bound are rejected my goal is to crush my 3hrs 8 min PR in 2018. I will run a marathon under 3hrs. This will free me from worrying so much on this date next year.

Yes! It would hurt at first to be rejected after putting in all that hard work but that e-mail will be post mark everyday I train. If I get in the race then it would be my greatest accomplishment up to this date.

I was in a Job interview on Friday and ask the Guy that doing the hiring if I could have some time off to run Boston. I would be new to the Job and not have no vacation time are much time off. He say if you run boston I will make sure you get time off.

I thought wow! this is why boston is so big like the olympics for mortal runner’s like me and my readers! My goal with this blog is to help every boston dreamer run this great race on Marathon Monday in April!

Boston Bound

              

                The Boston Marathon Quest:

September 11, 2017, Is the open resgistration for 2018 boston marathon.  The first day is for the BQ runners who run 2o min and faster over their BQ time. Then the next would be for runners you run 10 min over the BQ time.  Next would be the runners who run 5 min then after this the runners who BQ.

This is all base on 30,000 entries in 2018 Boston Marathon. 80% of this field are BQ runners then the other 20% charity runners. There is no first come first serve in this marathon everything is base on times and age groups.

My age group is 35-39 and the BQ time of this group is 3hrs 10 min 0sec.  I was able to run a BQ of 3hrs 8 min in the derby festival marathon in Kentucky this year!

Will my time get me in the 2018 Boston marathon? I sure do hope so.  By 2017 times the answer would be no. One had to be at least 2min faster than his BQ time. I think there was over two thousands runnes that BQ and was turn down.

This blog/website theme will be all about giving marathon runners all the tools they need to BQ and cross the Finsh line on marathon Monday. I hope this site will  be the best site for runners that are in the ball park but need some extra inspiration and energy, running tips to BQ.

I know for so many marathon runners Boston is a dream and is the super bowl for mortal marathon runners. The goal is to help and serve competitive marathon runners who are obsessive by BQing and running at Peak Performance.

We will start with the history behind the greastest marathon race in the world and than examine  the why behind running boston.  Then we will focus on marathon fueling on how to overcome the wall (last six miles)

Green smoothies will play a major role in are marathon fueling strategy not man made supplements and fake energy. I have already show how green smoothies can help you marathon time if you drink at least one quart a day for six weeks.(green drink experiment)

I will be writing about my quest from receiving a letter of 2018 acceptance letter are being rejected and having to BQ again. The goal is to finish Boston. If you would like to join me let the team begin!