I finished by 21st marathon last weekend. It was the Myrtle Beach Marathon in sunny, but cold, South Carolina. The course is super flat and is mostly a big loop down the beach and back up. With the early 6:30am start, it was still dark for the first mile and a bit chilly. Throughout the race, I rotated with gloves on and off, shorts and long sleeves.
Overall, I was right where I thought I’d be; between 3:20-3:30. My goal was to finish strong and not be wiped out for the rest of the long weekend. I stopped three times for restroom breaks and battled some side aches around mile 20 but overall felt good. I didn’t wear a watch or take splits but I’m fairly confident the last 5k was my fastest, which is always a good sign. I just need to get more accustomed to morning running instead of mid-afternoon…too many restroom stops!