I ran the Steamtown Marathon on Sunday, October 12! This was a point to point race that finished in Scranton, PA. Scranton is where “The Office” tv show is supposed to take place :)
I was extremely nervous for this race because I had been fighting off a sinus infection for the past few weeks. I felt better that weekend and got to the expo Saturday around 3PM. I did not expect the expo to be so large! It was held at a high school and the local running store had tons of clothing and running items for sale. It was pretty crowded, so I didn’t stay too long. I kept thinking of this race as a small race, but 3,000 people were signed up to run.
I really liked the long sleeve race tec shirt we got at packet pick up. I was happy with the color purple! We stayed at a brand new Best Western hotel that was about 10 minutes from the start line. Since Colby wasn’t running, he was able to drop me off, see the start of the race and then drive to the 8 mile spot, 17 mile spot and finish line to see me. He did a great job of finding me! The race was chip timed with a chip that tied onto your shoe lace. I’ve been running larger races in the past that have text/website tracking but this race only showed your finish time. I wish there were a few mats at different points of the race to track us more.
Our baby Bella stayed with my parents for the weekend. It was cold so we got out the pink sweater!
When I saw my bib number, I was hoping it was my finish time too! My marathon PR is 4:28 from Pittsburgh 2011, so best case would be to beat that time. I wasn’t sure I could do it since I was sick the weeks leading up to the race, but I really wanted to make sure I was under 5 hours. I ran another marathon in 2012 and was 5:06 and had stomach issues the whole race. I also threw up at the finish line! Gross!
I wore a pink tec t shirt, long sleeve cotton t shirt that I thought I would take off (I kept it on the whole time) and shorts. I also wore a fuel belt for the first time. I got this one on amazon that had two bottles. I filled one bottle with water and the other with a 1/2 tab of Tropical Nuun, three vanilla Hammer gels and water. I had no stomach issues, so I guess this worked for me! The Hammer gels are thin, so they mix well. I refilled my water a few times during the race at water stations. I loved not having to drink out of the cups at water stations.
My pre-race dinner! I was not in the mood for pasta and when I saw a Wegmans – I knew I wanted sushi!
This picture is near the finish line in Scranton. The weather was beautiful, but cold at the start! It was just over 30 degrees! At the end, it was about 65 degrees.
I’ve had the same Garmin 405 watch for the past 4 1/2 years. It has been acting funny since this past summer. The main screen freezes and the battery dies. When I was at mile 21, I got the dreaded “LOW BATTERY” signal! I wanted to cry!! It lasted until 21.46 and then died. I tried not to freak out, but my quads were killing me! The first 23 miles of this race were practically ALL DOWNHILL! I tried not to go to hard at the beginning, but it probably was a little too fast. It just felt so good! I was proud that I ran the first 14.5 miles before walking, and that was just to fill my water bottle. My first major walk break was when my watch beeped 18 miles. I knew I needed to maintain around an 11 min. mile to the end to PR. Once my watch died, it was hard to stay motivated through the pain. Walk breaks started and I had no idea how long I was walking. With my watch, I could keep it to just a few minutes for a walk break. This was the worst part of the race. All I had to look forward to was the mile markers. 22-26 never seemed to take so long! Lots of hills at the end too!
My splits until my Garmin died. Garmin is great though. I emailed them and they told me my options. I could send my watch to them to get fixed/replaced for a $79 fee (since my watch is out of warranty). OR I can trade it in for a new watch and get a $79 credit. I opted for a new watch and it should come in the next week or so! I’m excited!
I wasn’t very hungry at the end of the race. The food tent line was kinda long, so I decided to just get out of there and find fast food. Wendy’s was first and a chocolate frosty and french fries were the perfect meal. I ate lots of pizza that night once my stomach settled!
Finish time was 4:44:31. Not my best, but I was happy! 2nd best and I think I will do Steamtown again next year! It was a great race, good course and organized!