Hats off to the ‘6-pack’ marathoners

When you’re getting ready for your first marathon, and there are only 35 runners in the whole darn race, and you’re not exactly a speed demon to begin with, this thought goes through your head:

Will I be last?

I’m just looking to finish this time around, so I’m planning to go pretty slow – around 12 minutes per mile, or 5 mph, which ought to have me finishing in a little under 5 ½ hours. The time limit is 6 hours. Just out of curiosity, I decided to look up last year’s finishers to see what times the slowest runners ran, and whether any of them were entered again this year.

I was somewhat relieved to see that someone who finished less than 2 minutes ahead of the time limit had entered again this year – until I noticed that she’s entered in Saturday’s marathon as well as Sunday’s. Which means she’s probably one of the six runners race director Doug Yoder says are planning to attempt the  “six-pack” – six marathons six days in a row, culminating in the race I’m running on Sunday.

The first four races, which began Tuesday, are to be run on the outdoor track at Goshen College, while the two weekend marathons are to be run on the indoor track at the college athletic center.

So while I was doing a 5-mile outdoor run on Tuesday, fretting about which taper philosophy makes the most sense, some of my “competitors” were out running a marathon. Kind of puts the whole tapering thing in perspective, doesn’t it?

Despite the fact that the kids had yet another snow day, the sun came out in the afternoon and I found the parking lot at Bluffton Middle School had pretty much melted -- except for all the giant icebergs where the plowed snow has gotten stacked up over the past few weeks.

Despite the fact that the kids had yet another snow day, the sun came out in the afternoon and I found the parking lot at Bluffton Middle School had pretty much melted — except for all the giant icebergs where the plowed snow has gotten stacked up over the past few weeks.

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5 Responses to Hats off to the ‘6-pack’ marathoners

  1. I was afraid of being last when I did my first half marathon…
    I know I’m being less than original here, but you are doing your journey and the other participants are doing theirs. It won’t matter who came in last, or who did what in the last week. Think of YOUR great accomplishment, and be proud, because you should be.

  2. tischcaylor says:

    I’m pretty focused on my own plan, but I am the type to always factor in the worst case scenario. In this case, though, the worst-case scenario wouldn’t be coming in last — it would be not finishing. I’ll be Ok with being last, as long as I finish within the time limit.

  3. Six marathons in six days seems crazy. Those people are in an entirely different league than most of us. I think my body would fall apart if I ran two marathons in a week.

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