ING Miami Marathon – 3:53:49 – Personal Best!

On February 5, 2011, in Running, by Robert Dallison

Crossing the finish line - clock shows about 5 minutes slower than my real time because it took us that long to shuffle to the start!

On Sunday Jan 30th I ran the ING Miami Marathon, my second-ever marathon. My finish time was 3:53:49. This was a PB, or “Personal Best” – not just on race time, but also for several other reasons. I broke the 4-hour barrier; I maintained a relatively steady pace throughout the race; I completed my longest race in Vibram FiveFingers; and I improved my previous marathon time by 45 minutes.

My main objective was to break 4 hours. To accomplish this, you have to run an average pace of 9:09 per mile. On shorter runs this is “conversational pace”, meaning you can run at this speed and talk comfortably at the same time. After 15 miles or so, however, it becomes very difficult to talk, or think, or in fact do anything other than just run. And after 20 miles, even your running starts to fall apart at the seams…

Because the last hour is the hardest, my race strategy this time around was to put as much time as possible “in the bank” up front, while making sure to keep enough energy to finish strong. My friend and training partner Richard’s goal was also to break the 4-hour barrier. Our pre-race plan was to stick together as long as possible and “carry” each other through the tough moments of the race, since this team dynamic had worked well on our long training runs.

If you are interested in the mile-by-mile account of my race, read on! I’m really writing this for myself so that I can refer back to it in the future and learn from my experience. But if you want to know how it feels to run a marathon, this is as good a place as any to start. Of course it’s long – but every minute you spend reading is twenty or thirty minutes that I spent running, so if I can do it, then so can you! Click here to keep reading

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Kept it short today - don't want to blow a gasket doing too much too soon posted 54 days ago

Week Miles
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2018 Miles
5 mi
Total Miles
1998 mi
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1998 mi

Running PRs

5K - 23:17 (Oct 16, 2010)
5K - 23:37 (Mar 13, 2010)
5K - 26:23 (May 23, 2009)
10K - 49:09 (Oct 3, 2010)
10K - 49:36 (Nov 26, 2009)
10K - 51:36 (Oct 4, 2009)
13.1 - 1:46:28 (Mar 07, 2010)
13.1 - 1:52:23 (Nov 13, 2009)
26.2 - 3:53:49 (Jan 30, 2011)
26.2 - 4:39:14 (Jan 31, 2010)

Running Goals

5K - 22:00
10K - 45:00
13.1 - 1:40:00
26.2 - 3:45:00
Feb 2012, four marathons in 4 days
May 2012, ten marathons in 10 days