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Dallas White Rock Marathon Race Report Part 1

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Sorry for the delay in getting this out but youtube had decided to be a pain in my butt as my video has not been able to successfully load yet so…I am moving forward and will send out the video if it ever is uploaded.

Rewind and press play.

Over the weekend I ran my last race of the year, the Dallas WhiteRock marathon. What a fun race!

This year the race was treated with a bit extra heat (avg 69 F) and wind (avg 18 mph) which added to the typical challenges of a race of this distance. These are not ideal conditions to have your fastest marathon but if we wanted a perfect environment we could do the event in a refrigerated meat locker indoors on a treadmill. I prefer taking my chances outdoors!

This race was a bit of a unique experience for me as I committed to run with Stephanie and provide as much support and dry humor that I could muster. My main worry was being dropped by her somewhere around the 20 mile mark and not fulfilling the terms of our running contract. Both Steph and her husband (Tim) had been focusing on this race and I was a fairly unprepared and ready for the off-season. I hoped my fall ultra running season would provide enough fitness to carry me through the day. (fingers crossed)

This was my first attempt to capture some personal in-action video throughout the day using my Flip camcorder. It actually is so light and small that I barely noticed it when it was being used. I did use an iPod waist pouch to put the Flip in when not recording. This worked slick!  Of course, running with a video camera is a skill I have yet to master. So you may want to take some ginger before watching it once the video becomes available.

So I don’t nix the whole point of the video I will provide our finish times and save the rest of the story for the hopefully-maybe video.

Stephanie –3:58:51

Me – 3:58:29

We did actually finish together but I was positioned behind her a little ways at the start hence the time difference. Or maybe I sprinted away from her during the last 200 meters along the finish chute. You will have to watch the video to find out.

My full Garmin Forerunner 305 data can be seen at MB.

My nutrition throughout the day consisted of Vanilla Hammer Gel in a flask, a few Endurolytes, part of a Clif gel, and four pieces of licorice. All of this with plenty of water during the four hour run. Water was a critical component to the success of our day due to the temperatures and wind conditions.

Also a big congrats to Tim, Brittney D. and our midwife Amy G. for completing this challenging marathon! You guys rock!

Complete results can be seen here.

Post Race

After crossing the finish we picked up a finishers shirt and medal. Tim crossed the finish line just a minute or so later and we chatted about the day until our nasal passages began to pick up some barley and hops. We quickly moved in that direction and sipped ourselves a nice cold one. It actually tasted fantastic!

Within a few minutes Wendy and Griffin somehow found us within the thousands of athletes and spectators. She is amazing! Wendy took this great picture of us corralled in the beer tent.

Post Race Pic with Griffin, me, Tim, and Stephanie

Post Race Pic with Griffin, me, Tim, and Stephanie

Race Schwag

Two Tech Shirts and a Long sleeve T-shirt.

Two Tech Shirts and a Long sleeve T-shirt.

Griffin posing with the finishers medal.

Griffin posing with the finishers medal.

Now I rest! (Once I get the flippin video uploaded)

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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