• Location: St. Louis, MO
• Date: April 6, 2014
• Official Time: 3:13:41 (7:23 pace)
• Division Place: 21 out of 118
• Gender Place: 66 out of 852
• Overall Place: 69 out of 1,392
• Official Results
GO! St. Louis reflection
Posted on April 9, 2014
Now that a few days have passed since my third marathon finish at the GO! St. Louis Marathon, I’ve had a chance to reflect on my achievements.
I had a PR. Crossing the finish line in a time of 3:13:41, I shaved over 13 minutes off my previous best marathon time—just 20 seconds per mile off of Boston qualifying pace for my age group. This finish time was even better than I could have hoped for, and I know I didn’t leave anything on the course.
It was a pretty smooth race, up until around mile 22, when suddenly my stomach began to cramp. I was worried this would force me to stop, but I grinded it out, and after 30 seconds or so the pain subsided.
Hills were abundant along the 26.2 mile course. I knew this was going to be the case going into the race. However, no amount of studying the course elevation map could really prepare me for how hilly the course turned out to be. The biggest dinger of them all was the finishing hill in the last mile of the race. Brutal. But now, after performing so well on what I consider to be a hilly course, I’m curious to see what kind of time I can post on a flatter course.