A Little Conditioning Wasn’t Such a Dangerous Thing (#202: 2023’04’19’W)

Imagine what real training could do


Last week (#201), I was seriously pondering an unplanned marathon for 16’U (Coastal Delaware Running Festival, Rehoboth Beach). This week I’m still pondering it: as a done deal.

I drove down with the SRC running buddy who planted the seed for the race and we stayed at the shore house of another SRC friend. Buddy, an SRC gal, and I would do the full marathon (26.2 miles) and Friend would be doing the half with another 3 other SRC buddies for a total of 6 runners.

That little bit of conditioning had me thinking I might be good for a 4:15 race. That would soundly beat my first and longest marathon time by 9 minutes. Instead I managed to clock a 4:03 for an amazingly respectable effort, given the lack of any substantive weekly total mileage. That and no injuries.

As for Buddy (who was hoping to qualify for his first Boston Marathon in 9 years at the age of 79), he was able to use his (also suspiciously) little conditioning to beat his qualifying time by 7 minutes. Gal’s little conditioning allowed her to pace Buddy with ease. Including the halfers, there was not much disappointment among the lot of us.

For my part, it was abundantly satisfying to do so much with so little.
-CtCloser (Calvinthe), “Negative split or positive splat” #dothedue

¶Text and photos (unless otherwise stated): Calvin Wang (Wäng), CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. ¶Cross-posted: (1) Facebook JRC Growlers Group Run (2023’04’11’W Run Message), (2) GGR email list, (3) Cerebruns by CtCloser. ¶This website posting: Cerebrun with added caption.


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