To see forward you sometimes need to look back.
As I prepare to run 2008 Stanchart Nairobi Marathon I decided to reflect on my experience at 2007 Stanchart Nairobi marathon. By looking back I hope to learn what I need do as a prepare for 2008 marathon.
The 2007 marathon was my second 42K marathon and my finishing time was 3 hours 6 minutes a big jump from my first marathon time of 3:26 but short of my target of a sub three hour marathon.
The Pre race night of 2007 Nairobi marathon
I couldn’t sleep so I spent part of the night watching re-runs of Prison Break.
Start of 2007 Nairobi Marathon
Being my second marathon I thought I would be more relaxed but instead I was anxious. I tried mental exercise to deal with the anxiety but the butterflies did not leave my stomach.
I remember I visited the loo three times and on my fourth visit, a guy in the loo confessed he had been there 10 times but he did not pass urine. Although I felt the urge to pee, every time I got inside the loo I did not pass urine. It seems I was acting on a false signal.
My first 10K
My strategy was to to make it to the 30K mark in 2 hours and have 1 hour to coast the final 12K.The plan was to do a pace of 4 minute per Kilometre
At the 10K mark I checked my wrist watch and it read 38 minutes. Ooh too fast. I slowed down for the next 10K stage.
At the 20K mark my time showed 1 hour 25 minutes. To stay within my target I had to cover the next 10K in 35 minutes. I tried to push hard and paid the price when I started getting stomach cramps.
At the 30K mark
My time was 2hours 12 minutes. At the 35K mark I was losing my stamina and by now Lactic acid had built up in my legs and my calves were sore. I just kept jogging and back in my mind I knew I had to deffer my dream of a sub three hours marathon.
I crossed the finished line in a time of 3 hours 6 minutes.I got my finisher’s medal and on my certificate I was placed as runner No. 196. Not bad in a marathon of 13,000 runners.