Tuesday, August 14, 2007
My fiancee and I have returned from the far reaches of the north after an enjoyable weekend. The Paavo Nurmi Marathon was on Saturday. Thankfully a bout of storms kept the sun from coming out until the last five miles, which enabled me to run my fastest marathon ever: 2:56.39 -- good for fourth place overall. Here are the top ten:
I always start fast, so on Saturday I ran the first five or six miles with Ben Schneider, who won the Paavo for the second year in a row. For the first time, a video company was filming and, since we were in the lead, they were driving right in front of us. After I let Ben go, I ran with third place John Storkomp for awhile, then let him go as he surged, trying to catch Ben. I caught him again at the half, though, as we crossed in 1:22 (imagine if I could keep that pace for the second half!). We ran off and on together for five or six miles, me slowing on the hills, then surging to catch him again. I lost John for good on the steep hills before we turn onto Highway 51 for the last five miles. Somewhere in those last miles, 48-year-old John Beirl passed me, and went on to catch Storkomp as well. The best part of the marathon, though, came at the very end, where I gave my fiancee a kiss before crossing the finish line. We'll always remember that one!
Then there was soreness, further travels to Iron Mountain and my great aunt's Carmelite monastery, and finally a return to work this morning. And work there is, so I had better get back to it!