Can you believe it? -- Moby, The Stars
I (rslight) completed my third marathon Sunday at the Hogeye Marathon, which starts near the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Hogeye has been called one of the top 10 most difficult marathons in the United States because of its numerous steep hills. It was fun.
It's a small event. There were 67 men and 31 women in the marathon (considerably more in the half-marathon and 5K). The course ventures through very beautiful countryside, passing a golf course, parks, affluent homes and boats on a waterway. Weather was sunny and warm, but not crazy hot.
I suppose this is what they call "no frills" ... no spectators, music, chip timing or costumed characters. But volunteers were caring and encouraging. Roads weren't closed off for this, and a couple of times we were dangerously close to traffic (just a few orange cones sort of separating us from cars).
My legs were extremely sore at the end, and a volunteer had to catch me from falling down at the finish line.
But I got a PR of 4:39:04. (That's more than eight minutes faster.)
Some of you deserve a piece of this cartoonish hog medal I received for your advice after Little Rock. I really tried to pace myself better.
Here's how it broke down. You probably still think I started too fast.
Mile 1: 9:11, Mile 2: 9:55, Mile 3: 9:08, Mile 4: 9:30, Mile 5: 9:34, Mile 6: 9:26, Mile 7: 9:44, Mile 8: 9:44, Mile 9: 10:23, Mile 10: 9:55, Mile 11: 9:54, Mile 12: 9:49, Mile 13: 10:03, Mile 14: 10:01, Mile 15: 10:05, Mile 16: 10:07, Mile 17: 10:20, Mile 18: 10:47, Mile 19: 11:01, Mile 20: 11:52, Mile 21: 11:11, Mile 22: 11:41, Mile 23: 11:24, Mile 24: 11:30, Mile 25: 12:24, Mile 26: 12:19, 0.67 remainder: 8:26.
Running Hogeye was part of my secret plan. Late last year I signed up to run three marathons in two months to qualify for Marathon Maniacs. I didn't tell anyone before now simply because I didn't want to horrify people, but it has been a lot of fun.
Now just one race separates me from maniac status: April 27 Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
I've looked forward to that one for months, and it's almost here.
Potentially interesting side note: I'm also glad to have a new 5K PR of 22:38 after running Saturday's Oklahoma State University Osteopathic Scrub Run 5K in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A race featuring college student volunteers in scrubs!