2011 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon – new PR!

To say I was nervous going into this race would be a grand understatement.   With the injuries in training and weather reports that had 50% chance of rain and 25-35 mph winds / gusts over 40 mph, the chances for a great marathon seemed really low.  I adjusted my goal time and running plan to be less aggressive and start slow.  I would be running with the 4:15 pace ground rather than the 4:00 hour I normally start with. My goal was to run with them and really for the first time run even or perhaps better positive splits.  (mile times progressively getting better at the end)

My gold medal goal was to get 4:12 or less.

Shortly before the race I posted this video to Youtube:

You can tell how nervous I was, and I had just woke up from a restless night sleep.  It was hot in the motel room, and of course I tossed and turned all night.

The first 10 miles of the race were all residential, and the hills were gradual and tiny.  One of the 4:15 pacers took off and went out way fast.  I am not sure why he was running 20-30 seconds faster pace than he should have, but I was  a little concerned when the other 2 pacers were too far behind me too that I went out too quick.  I met my wife at mile 4 and mile 10 for my low carb electrolyte  drink.   For the first time, my wife had little chance to get lost or not meet me as the course was really spectator friendly.  Each time, I would stop for 20-30 seconds and get a good drink as opposed to a quick drink on the run.


  • Mile 1 – 9:30
  • Mile 2 – 9:21
  • Mile 3 – 9:15
  • Mile 4 – 9:06
  • Mile 5 – 9:31 (this mile was .16 too long)
  • Mile 6 – 9:30
  • Mile 7 – 9:28
  • Mile 8 – 9:31
  • Mile 9 – 9:29
  • Mile 10 – 9:27

After mile 10, the race went down hill to the river front, but it was at this point that the wind started taking effect.  We had to run against 40+ mph wind on a short two block stretch.  We were almost like the proverbial weatherman in the hurricane being forced backwards.   Then we turned the corner, and the wind, which would have been at our backs, stopped immediately.  The next 5 miles was largely with the wind.  At mile 16 we turned against the wind.  There were points in which the wind was simply vicious and pummeled you off the river.  By mile 21, I was pretty much done, but I was still going *and ahead of the 4:15 pacers.*

  • Mile 11 – 10:05 (features my drink stop with Laura)
  • Mile 12 – 9:12
  • Mile 13 – 9:27
  • Mile 14 – 9:20
  • Mile 15 – 9:27
  • Mile 16 – 9:32
  • Mile 17 – 9:40
  • Mile 18 – 9:51 (wind effect)
  • Mile 19 – 9:25
  • Mile 20 – 9:47
  • Mile 21 – 9:29
  • Mile 22 – 9:59 (the wind was abominable at this point as I was running through tunnels)

At this point, it became a run to the finish, but I was tired and worn down.  This was the longest I had ever run without stopping, and I had just done 6 miles against some atrocious wind.

  • Mile 23 – 8:50
  • Mile 24 – 9:34
  • Mile 25 – 9:37
  • Mile 26 – 9:40

Finish Time – 04:09:18

I beat my Personal Record by over 11 minutes.  My previous best was 4:20.  I think the performance was due to multiple things– starting slow and building up, toughness at having dealt with some pretty bad weather days, perhaps adding the accountability of people watching the results scroll as I crossed the timing pads, and finally a good course, which was runner and spectator friendly.  Having my wife meet me 4 times (mile 4, 10, 17, 19) made all the difference.  I had plenty of potassium and sodium as I ran.

Here was my post race video:

5 comments to 2011 Cellcom Green Bay Marathon – new PR!

  • Kelly

    I curious what was the low carb electrolyte drink that you had during your run. Congrats on the PR.

  • Your mile splits look pretty consistent, even near the end. It doesn’t look like you hit the wall.

    • admin

      That is probably the thing I am most proud of with this marathon. Every other marathon (all 3) 🙂 I have ran, I didn’t necessarily hit the wall, but my splits fell off the face of the earth around mile 18-21 as I either ran out sodium or had burned myself out by going out too quick. Finishing a marathon almost as capable as when you started is a very nice thing. It gives me hope for the next one and that I am actually getting better (not just older).


      PS – love your barefoot running video — One of my runner friends is also barefoot runner in all weather. He did unfortunately get bad chemical burns on his feet one winter running on freshly salted (potassium chloride maybe?) roads. He’s a little more careful now, but still goes out barefoot running almost every weekend in the winter for his long runs.

  • you must be referring to the family “run”. here’s another one running on a winter night as the snow starts to fall, at 14°F. This is the coldest that I’ve run without shoes. At those temps, the first 10 minutes are painful, but once the blood flows (or feet get kinda numb), then it’s not bad at all. The problem comes when you stand still in one spot too long. I did freeze burn my soles once when I had trouble unlocking my front door and my feet almost stuck to the concrete.



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