"It was a great experience for my First Marathon, I enjoyed all the race. I'm glad I didn't see the famous wall but I slowed down a little after mile 23 worried for her to show up & I was able to speed up the last 2 miles. "
"Did well for most of the first half of the marathon. Right knee started stiffing up on me around the 12th mile and started becoming dehydrated around the 18th mile, but was determined to finish. Disappointed with my overall results, but pleased with the experience."
"Fantastic job by Houston and overall a very enjoyable experience. Very happy to qualify for my 3rd Olympic trials.
Total miles: 27.2
Jogged ~1 mile to the elite start corral w/ Tom McGlynn, Ashley Benson and Ashley Grosse. No strides, but did a short set of dynamic drills and stretched. Took 1 Gu @start, 4 during the race and took Gatorade water at ~15 fluid stations.
My goal was to put myself in a position to qualify for the Olympic trials (sub 2:43), but I didn't lay out a specific pace strategy due to uncertainty following several weeks of illness. Being coached by Tom and also having his company during the race helped me formulate a plan mid-race, as I assessed that I felt very comfortable clipping through the early miles and we gradually settled into ~6:08 pace.
Garmin splits were unreliable in the start/finish areas due to city buildings, but I kept the pace relatively consistent through 23 miles. The balls of my feet became sore/painful in the late stages and my pace slowed about ~15-20 sec/mi the last 3 miles, knowing there was a bit of buffer. I passed 2 women in the last 3 miles, but 1 passed me back at ~M25.
Finish: 9th place, 2:42:19 (gun), 2:42:16 (watch, unofficial).
"Tough day for me, but I started smart and went with my plan. Toughest miles were 14-19 and then I pulled it together. Pit stop at 22 helped with a decent last 5K. Wanted to beat my NYC time - next time!!"
"Geat Weather, good pace through the Half-M (8:37)but faded through the second. Did not spot running despite pounding pain from the running. My aerobic was fine, it was the wear and tear. Consumed alot of Eundurolytes!"
"Phenomenal Race. Best organized race I have ever done. Great crowd support and volunteers. I felt great for the first 18 miles and then really struggled. My foot was injured and I had just recovered from the flu. Due to injury and illness I Had not run since Dec. 21. I did cross train until I was hit with the flu. I am just grateful I finished the race, and I am feeling pretty good today. Thanks Run Coach for all your support! "
"Up until the 18 mile marker thought I did great...by the time I got to 21-22 knew I was in trouble (oh the quads). All in all I enjoyed the experience, my 6th marathon...62 year old hippie doing another marathon. Lost 20 plus pounds during training, and 6 inches off my waist, BP normal, raised lots of money for a charity... who can complain?
Chevron Houston Marathon:
Rick Hurt at the Finish in 6:06:38.
Pace 13:59 min/Mile.