It's another back-to-back week for Steph's 50 Marathon Challenge. I'll be heading to PA (Erie Presque Isle) then to CO (Boulder Backroads Marathon). We'll start with PA and when I catch my breath after the marathon, I'll post up me RUNdown for CO!
1. The Cincinnati Galloway group will be sending a large contingency to run the race... ROAD TRIP! Apparently I'm in the boys van (with 1 other girl)... or the "Testosterone Train" as they're calling it-- Pray for me.
2. There is a catchphrase for the Erie Marathon: " We have met the enemy and they are ours". (Thanks Dave C.) Nice huh? If you can tell me the meaning behind that and how it relates you will get 5 COOL points*!!!
3. This are my last 2 marathons before I attempt my TRUE double... Sat/Sun Marathon in NH/ME in October (Yes, I'm out of my mind).
*Cool points to be redeemed in the form of virtual high-fives from Stephanie
Erie Presque Isle Marathon
Registration Fees: $40 to $50 early ($60 late)
When: Sunday September 13, 2009
Where: Erie, PA
Year Running: 15
2009 Expected Field: 520+ (current registrations)
...Age Group: 18
2008 Field: 410 Finishers
... Females: 141
... Age Group: 13
2008 Avg. Finish Time: 4:28:17
*Unpredictable* is the word I see most often to describe this race. I've seen lows and highs galore, and last year this was a bit of humidity. Currently we're looking at a low of 58 and a high of 73. We're starting to get to the "cool weather months" where races can start later, however there is always the possibility of getting a hot spell. This may be one of those times. We'll see...
~ This course is FLAT as a pancake!
~ 2 loop course around the Lake... should be a scenic one (if I could only remember marathons after I finish...)
~WATER stations EVERY mile!
~People boast about the long sleeve micro-fiber shirt! I hope its a good one this year, and I'm hoping they're still going long sleeve. I LOVE long sleeve tech T's.
~This is a very quiet, low key race. I'm starting to get used to these so it's not so bad. Hopefully I'll keep a pace where there are still people around me for most of the race.
~Very few spectators! That's ok because the few you do see... you'll be seeing twice! (loop course)
I'll actually be running using galloway splits with Dave C. from our Cincinnati group. I've raced using galloway splits 1 time before and definitely PR'd, but I felt like I could only push myself so far. I believe Dave's plan is 3:41 Run with 0:30 walk. He has all the math figured out... I'm just going along for the ride. Could this be a possible solution to my leg cramps??? We shall seeeee....