Originally Posted by sugarbutch
How'd it go?
I had a great 9 mile run here in Detroit on Thursday afternoon then a final 4 mile shake out run through Alexandria, VA on Saturday morning - there was perfect weather for both. Then Sunday morning and the marathon rolled around... and the clouds rolled in. It rained pretty steadily for the first 12 miles or so, quite hard at some points. My feet were absolutely soaked within the first couple of miles. I had thought about putting an extra pair of socks in my Spi Belt just in case but I hate stopping to change mid-race. The one saving grace though was that it didn't really start raining until just a few minutes before the start so at least I wasn't standing around in the staging area in the rain for an hour beforehand.
Besides the wetness, my feet were the only part of me that got tired during this marathon and while I didn't set a PR I never felt so good at the end of a marathon. No chaffing, no blisters, no muscle soreness. Just tired feet - I think the Newtons I had packed to run had reached the end of their useful life. A few miles after the rain stopped for good, the sun started to poke through clouds so the final 9 or 10 miles were pretty pleasant. I followed no actual training plan this year and my weekly mileage was probably a third of what it has been the past few years. And even though I was signed up to run since the lottery was held back in the spring, I wasn't sure I was really going to do it this time around... I just didn't have the motivation. I never even bothered to make hotel or flight arrangements until the start of last week. But in the end, I'm glad I did it. The MCM is always my favorite.
For how bad the weather was, I was pleasantly surprised with how big the crowds were. It was absolutely packed with spectators from start to finish (except for the stretch around miles 20 - 22 that are along a bridge on a section of I-395 were there are never many spectators). This might have been the most spectators I've seen along the route I've seen in any of the 5 times I've run it.
This isn't my picture, but it was my favorite scene I saw along the route.Forgot to add my time: 3:50:07Edited by Michigan Planner - 10/27/15 at 11:28am