On Saturday, June 25th, I will be running in the Seattle Rock n’ Roll Marathon! I have been training for quite a while and am excited to run the race. I just thought I’d make a quick post about it so you all know what’s going on with me besides niche websites.
As many of you may know, I ran my first full marathon last September. I finished in a time of 3hrs and 59 minutes, which was about 17 minutes slower than my goal. I was happy to finish under 4 hours, but I felt like I could have done better. So, within a few weeks I had signed up for my 2nd marathon and have been training basically ever since.
I feel like my speed and overall endurance has improved quite a bit since I attempted my last marathon. My goal this time around is 3hrs and 30 minutes. That equates to an 8 minute mile pace for 26.2 miles. Just to see how that time stacks up against other marathoners I thought it would be interesting to show some stats.
The average marathon time for men is 4 hours 32 minutes and 5 seconds, the average marathon time for women is 5 hours 6 minutes and 8 seconds.
I also found this chart interesting from MarathonGuide.com:
2009 Finishing Times by Half Hour
*based on chip time, when available
So, as you can see from this chart, if I can finish just under 3 hours and 30 minutes (my goal time), I will be in the top 11% of all marathoners! I actually find this a little odd because I am not really a very good distance runner naturally (more of a sprinter/quick muscle sports) – and don’t consider myself all that competitive. And truthfully, I really am not competitive at all. For example, just to qualify for the Boston Marathon a male in my age group (33) needs to have a time of 3 hours and 5 minutes.
(effective for 2013 race)
|18–34||3hrs 5min||3 hrs 35min|
|35–39||3hrs 10min||3 hrs 40min|
|40–44||3hrs 15min||3 hrs 45min|
|45–49||3hrs 25min||3 hrs 55min|
|50–54||3hrs 30min||4 hrs 0min|
|55–59||3hrs 40min||4 hrs 10min|
|60–64||3hrs 55min||4 hrs 25min|
|65–69||4hrs 10min||4 hrs 40min|
|70–74||4hrs 25min||4 hrs 55min|
|75–79||4hrs 40min||5 hrs 10min|
|80+||4hrs 55min||5 hrs 25min|
There is no way I could EVER run a marathon that fast! So, I’m not really competitive at all, but its fun to simply set a goal and try to accomplish that goal. So, we’ll see what I can do!
This race should be a fun one though because my wife is also running the half-marathon on the same day! She just started running a year or so ago, so this will be her first half-marathon. I also have a friend running the full-marathon with me and then my wife’s sister and a few other friends are running the half-marathon with my wife. So, we are going to hang out in Seattle Friday and Saturday and should have a good time. The only bad part will be the 3 and a half hours that I will be running! Before and after should be a lot of fun.
Anyway, I know most of you don’t care most likely, but that’s what is on my mind this week, so I thought I would let you all know about it! And of course, I will make a post next week with my official results to let you know if I beat my goal or fail miserably…
Okay, I need to go find some keywords now….later!