In retrospect this is a learning experience. I plan on running many more marathons and sometimes you need to fall flat before you can move forward. So a new resolution to stick to it- ness and realistic goals.
A few thoughts about running a marathon or anyother large race. In the first few minutes of the race I saw alot of things that stuck in my head. I kinda made a list of stuff to remember not to do.
- Do not suddenly stop to tie your shoe. A lady stopped dead in her tracks to tie her shoe about 5minutes into the race, I was to the left of her but the runners directly behind had just about run her over. There was a lot of yelling RUNNER DOWN , make sure to pull off to the side.
- Don't turn your Ipod on until the crowd thins out a bit. I saw way too many people blaring Eye of The Tiger at the start and oblivious to what was going on around them. Especially when people stop in the middle of the road to tie their shoe.
- Don't pee on the seat at the port-a-potty, take a second to lift it up. That .0005 of a second is not going to hurt your PR.
there are more but I don't want to be a whiner.