Not my day today...2:43:12 (way off of goals). That said, I was able to finish 5th OA and 1st Master (the 4 ahead of me were all in their 20's). Awards went 5 deep OA so I nabbed a plaque and a gift certficate instead of an age group award.
Ran first 15 miles with Greaham Niemer and Chris Colgan (Greaham ended up 2nd, Chris faded at 20 miles). We went out pretty easy hitting all the early miles between 5:45 - 6:10 (depening on the hills) and thought we were doing ok. But I knew it was going to be slow day when we hit the half in 1:19 and change. Then at 15M I really started to feel my IT band starting to get tight and at 18M it was getting bad and I really slowed. At 25M the wheels really started to fall off...I was running 3rd OA, then got passed like I was standing still and then a young college age kid name Tom started charging on me just before 26M then nabbed 4th with 10 meters to go as I pushed with all I had...that sucked!
The day started off cold but ended up being about perfect running conditions (though it never got much above 40 degrees until the last 5 miles). May have overdressed a bit but was comfortable for most of the race. This was probably the most convoluted course I have ever run, lots of turns and twists, doubling back on itself and running against the crowds of runners coming the other direction. It was pretty running through the park with all the fall colors but it was too full of turns (way worse that the second half of Utah Valley).
Overall pretty disappointed with the performance against what I went into the race expecting to do. So, I think that this race performance was just result of accummulation of mileage and races over the year....now time to relax and scale back for a while. This was my fifth marathon this year so I am sure that the "trials of miles and miles of trials" attributed to this result, but I feel that I had a good racing year on whole.
Splits: 5:47, 6:08, 6:10, 5:56, 5:55, 5:59, 5:57, 5:52, 5:54, 6:05, 6:24, 6:09, 5:54, 5:58, 6:15, 6:08, 6:10, 6:21, 6:18, 6:19, 6:26, 6:30, 6:33, 6:35, 6:32, 6:50, 2:07 (.2 or I had it a 0.35M).