NCR Trail Marathon - 11/29/08


 Almost identical conditions as last year...clear, 30 degrees, light wind.  9:30 AM start and an easy 1hr drive up from Bethesda, but we left at 7:00 because parking can be a little tricky.
 
Started out in arm warmers and fleece gloves, but was done with both by mile 5.  As reported last year, the first two miles are short and the last two miles are long (all by about 2/3s a tenth).  That doesn't sound like much, but it's a :20 to :25 swing.  So when you look at the splits below, I  really ran the first 2 miles in 7:05 to 7:10 and the last two in 7:10 to 7:15.  I have no problem with the layout because it allows the race director to use the mile posts on the NCR trail as the mile splits for the race and it keeps the start and finish off a busy road, but it should be announced (as he did on race morning when he said the 12 mile marker post had been moved because of some wet areas).
 
Anyway, didn't both me because I had course knowledge on my side.  It did however bother me when I went through the half split is 1:29:45, knowing the last two miles are long.  I will say the half split could (should) be right because they don't use a mile post for that, BUT that should mean my .1 was 1:45 instead of the :45 it registered.  Regardless I knew I had alot of work to do on the back half.
 
I shifted from 6:55s to 6:20s at 14 (it's slightly downhill on the way back home, but you can't tell it) and held those til about 20.  Knew the last 6 were going to be alittle tough given my lack of distance work (and coming off the crud), but held it together enough to run a one minute negative.  Would like to have held it together a little better at the end, but happy with the sub3. 




NCR Trail Splits

MileSplitCumulative Time
01 6:47 * 6:47 
02 6:33 * 13:20 
03 6:59 20:19 
04 6:58 27:18 
05 6:56 34:14 
06 6:50 41:04 
07 6:46 47:51 
08 6:53 54:44 
09 6:51 1:01:36 
10 6:54 1:08:30 
11 6:54 1:15:25 
12 6:22 * 1:21:47 
13.1 :45 1:29:45 
14 6:25 1:36:10 
15 6:17 1:42:27 
16 6:18 1:48:45 
17 6:17 1:55:02 
18 6:15 2:01:17 
19 6:24 2:07:41 
20 6:38 2:14:19 
21 6:47 2:21:06 
22 6:57 2:28:03 
23 6:50 2:34:53 
24 7:03 2:41:56 
25 7:38 * 2:49:34 
26 7:38 * 2:57:12 
26.2 1:34 2:58:46 
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