It was about three weeks ago (30 May 2010) that I completed the Coeur D’Alene Marathon. This was my fifth marathon start this year and fourth completed. The Nashville Rock ‘n Roll Marathon was cut short due to weather. As it turns out, I also set a new PR of 5:20:40. Really slow, I know, but hey it’s a PR.
The weather in Coeur D’Alene was cold – 47F at the start of the race. As we neared the lake, it was also very windy and the cold cut right through me. I was wearing a long-sleeve tech-t and tri shorts. It is now my belief that the really cold weather is the thing that actually helped me get the PR. The skies were overcast, so there was no sun beating down on me either.
This was a good race. There were only a few hundred marathoners and many more half-marathoners. So unlike the Rock ‘n Roll races or the Disney World Marathon, the course was not crowded. The down side is that it’s not really possible to go more than six hours, but who wants to do that? They did have marathon walkers and they started 1.5 hours earlier than the rest of us.
In the end, I got a new PR, a cool tech-t, tech-hat and enjoyed it a lot.