Mount Desert Island Marathon

Maine has been conquered by the Feld Marathon Machine.  I finished my 13th marathon on Sunday – the Mount Desert Island Marathon that started at Bar Harbor, Maine.  It was hilly.

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Really hilly.  But beautiful, perfect weather (40 to 50 degrees), no wind, blue skies, and wonderful people along the course including the "beer girl" (a girl – probably 12 – with her mom that had a sign that said "Finish = Beer").  Did I mention the course was hilly – check out the insulting, endless, torturous climb from mile 21 to mile 25.

A few days before the marathon, I read the "mile by mile route description" and decided that it was highly unlikely that I’d break my goal of 5 hours given how difficult the course appeared.  So – I just decided to go out slow, stay comfortable, and finish.  I went through the half marathon point right at 2:30, felt great, and picked it up.  Remarkably, I did my first negative split marathon (2nd half faster than the first half) and finished in 4:57:02.  It seems like the extra training in the mountains is starting to pay off.  Yes – I’m really pleased.

This course has chip timers but the stupid chip kept falling off my shoe laces.  The third time it happened I punted and carried the chip.  Of course, I forgot to drag it across the finish line chip mats so I didn’t get an "official time."  Whatever – my Garmin has it all recorded and it’s on the web for anyone to verify.  Oh – and I have one of those snazy finisher medals.

My legs feel better than expected, but everything else is totally messed up today.  I keep reminding myself that the second day after the marathon is the hardest.

Thanks – as always – for everyone’s support and encouragement via email and twitter.  And a special thanks to my anchor sponsors – Return Path and Pixie Mate – as well as everyone else who has sponsored me – for your contributions to Accelerated Cure for each race I finish. 

Next up – the Rocket City Marathon – Huntsville, AL in Huntsville, Alabama on 12/13/08.

  • http://timwolters.blogspot.com Tim Wolters

    but did you get the beer?!

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I always manage to get the beer. It is one of my special talents.

  • Heather Duey

    Way to go Brad! I want to run a marathon one day but I can't seem to get past the 10-mile mark. Maybe one day I can do it…my parents ran their first (and only) at the age of 60 so I've got a few years left to train and still be younger than they were. ;-)

  • http://www.naffziger.net/blog Dave Naffziger

    Congrats on on the finish! I've found that hills take far more out of me than I expect – especially constant hills like you just ran.

  • http://www.mapmyrun.com KevinC

    Check out the MMF elevation profile with the slopes generated:
    http://tinyurl.com/65efy4

    Course Map:
    http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-states/me/bar-

    Looks like an amazing course — good stuff!

    Cheers – K

  • middle-aged marathon

    I can take my Garmin out and generate a data set that 'proves' I ran a 2:50:00 marathon. That still won't qualify me for Boston.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Ahhhh – that’s not very supportive. Good thing I wasn’t trying to qualify for Boston.

  • rick

    December? My knees hurt just reading.

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  • Amy Batchelor

    Dear Middle-Aged Marathon – I just posted photos of Brad crossing the finish line with the race clock showing 4:57:27 at http://amy.feld.com – but you're the kind of person who probably thinks I doctored the photos and that Brad just faked the other 12 marathon finishes, too. Life must be full of joy for you.

  • Amy Batchelor

    Dear Middle-Aged Marathon – I just posted photos of Brad crossing the finish line with the race clock showing 4:57:27 at http://amy.feld.com – but you're the kind of person who probably thinks I doctored the photos and that Brad just faked the other 12 marathon finishes, too. Life must be full of joy for you.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/heather_duey heather_duey

    Way to go Brad! I want to run a marathon one day but I can't seem to get past the 10-mile mark. Maybe one day I can do it…my parents ran their first (and only) at the age of 60 so I've got a few years left to train and still be younger than they were. ;-)

  • KevinC

    Check out the MMF elevation profile with the slopes generated:
    http://tinyurl.com/65efy4

    Course Map:
    http://www.mapmyrun.com/run/united-states/me/bar-

    Looks like an amazing course — good stuff!

    Cheers – K

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Ahhhh – that’s not very supportive. Good thing I wasn’t trying to qualify for Boston.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/dave_naffzi2081 dave_naffzi2081

    Congrats on on the finish! I've found that hills take far more out of me than I expect – especially constant hills like you just ran.

  • rick

    December? My knees hurt just reading.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I always manage to get the beer. It is one of my special talents.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tim_wolters4266 tim_wolters4266

    but did you get the beer?!

  • middle-aged marathon

    I can take my Garmin out and generate a data set that 'proves' I ran a 2:50:00 marathon. That still won't qualify me for Boston.