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September 10, 2008

Regina marathon 2008

2:52:56 was better than Quebec but not good enough. I bonked pretty bad at 35 kilometres. I had been having very sore legs for 2 weeks before Regina and probably should never have registered for this one. Oh well, I wanted to anyway, because 2 of my friends here in Camrose were going to run it, and we've been talking all summer about this big battle between the 3 of us - the only time this year we meet in a marathon. I guess I lost. Brendan was 2nd in 2:43, Ian 5th in 2:51 and then me.

I am a bit disappointed about the fact that I have trained well this year, done more miles and good speed too; my 16:27 on the 5,000 is no shame for me. So I'm a bit miffed that the marathons have all been crappy. Bad timing with the last 2, I could say. Super hot in Quebec City, then not enough time to recover for this last one.

I'm changing gears now and hope to get some good cross-country running in this fall. I think I can get my speed back up again fairly fast. The fact is that I feel much better after this last marathon, and I think I will be able to get back into regular training very soon.

I'm not sure when my next marathon will be. Maybe I'll leave it open for a bit. If I get some good training in over the winter, I may try a spring marathon. There's lots of them in May.

I guess I'm not sure about my goals. I know I'm not going to get the same leg speed happening compared to 10 years ago, so it would seem like a better idea to do longer races. The only problem is, I seem to suck at longer races, plus it takes so much time to train for them, compared to 10k and half-marathon races.

Oh well, we'll see how it goes. Maybe PowderFace 42 would be a cool thing to try. Or some 50k+ ultra - that would be a new thing for me. Gotta look for new things, right!

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on September 10, 2008

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