Last Saturday I competed in the 51st Rotorua Marathon!
Hoping to improve on my previous attempt, I started the race with the aim of following the three hour pace runner. My goal was a personal best marathon time – I was aiming for under 3:08. Like last time, one of my energy gels fell out of my fuel belt early on in the race. I compensated by having more Powerade early on in the race.
Things were going well at half way – I was on target at 1:29. However, by the 26th kilometer I felt I could no longer keep up with the three hour bunch and decided to go into “damage control”. I was not sure why I did this, as my legs were not too sore and I still had “fuel in the tank”. I tried to maintain 5:00 pace but ended up going slower than that for most of the last 10 kilometers.
I ended up finishing the race with an official time of 3:12:49. This is two minutes slower than last year’s attempt!
Despite not achieving my goal, my mother completed the course making Rotorua her first full marathon! A huge achievement for her – I’m so proud of you!
Running a marathon is always hard. Especially those last 10 kilometers! I’ll continue to strive for a sub three hour marathon, but feel I am still some way off from achieving this.
On the day I was 80.5kg and used my new Asics Kayano 21 running shoes. These were worn in for a month and did not cause me any problems. I took six energy gels but lost one and only consumed four. I took either water or Powerade at the drink stations.