The Windermere Marathon is in the Books!by David Jeter, MPT, CMPT on 05/14/11
What a great day at the Windermere Marathon, from Post Falls to Spokane. The weather report was a bit daunting, with some rain and even thunder showers, none of which materialized. At the start of the race, it was about 50 degrees with a gusting tailwind. I felt like we were running down hill and being pushed at the same time. My first three miles were run at about 8:20 pace, which is quite a bit faster than expected, but I wasn't pushing at all, just letting gravity and the wind push me along. I did the first half in about 1:57, and got to the 20 mile mark at just over 3 hours. In my mind, it is all about miles 21-25. Your body is telling you to walk. I walked through the water stations, but ran the rest, albeit very slowly. I made an effort at the end to finish at 4 hours. Several of the people I ran into with GPS were saying that the course was actually 26.4 miles, which is a bit irritating, as the Windermere Marathon has a history of poor milage markings and other significant errors. All in all, everything went as planned, and I am very happy with how I felt. There is no doubt in my mind that I left it all out there, and could not have done anything differently. I suppose if I had lost 20 pounds during my training, I could have gone faster, but I do likes me some ribs. You can check out a couple of pictures at our facebook page.