Just a week after a wonderful Moab trip I did Colorado Marathon, Ft Collins. on May 4th, my third freestanding ever. Few tri-peeps from RMTC did it as well. We met up the night before for a dinner and then we went to bed early since the bus was leaving at 5am to take us up to Poudre Valley.
The morning of the race was a little chilly, but I brought a plastic bag to cover myself. the bus trip took about 45 min. when I arrived to the site, almost everyone needed to go potty. The lines were long, and it took forever. Not enough porta-potty for the amount of people for sure.
We started off pretty easy, lots of people went full out since it’s downhill, but I held back on purpose since I didn’t want to burn out too early. Until Mile 12 I stayed well with the 4.30 hr pacer, but then they started to take off. I decided to not keep up with them, but just stay in my pace. I had my nutrition down pretty good and even thou I had some pain in my quads and hip flexors I managed to stay in the same pace all the way through. It’s a real pretty marathon running in the valley along the river. Not many spectators the first half, but the second half when we were closer to town there was some great cheers from people. My final pace was 10.35/mile and a finish time of 4.40hrs. That was a PR for me. I was back in the game from my injuries. Now if I could only stay in the same pace in the Ironman..! 😉