I ran my PR of 3:21:54 in the Suzuki Rock 'n' Roll Marathon on June 1, 2003. Wow, that was a long time ago! But with all of this talk about running smart and negative splits and starting too fast, I thought I'd go back to see what my splits were like way before I started caring about such things. I was actually really surprised to find my splits jotted on the back of my race number from that fateful day. I never analyzed times back then or recorded my training runs. I ran because it felt good and I liked to do it. I had tons of free time. Rick and I love to reminisce about how we could have written a guide about "what not to do the day before a marathon" at this race. We walked all over the San Diego Zoo the day before, and we ate a huge Mexican lunch. Tired and stuffed, I would imagine we slept well and then used all of that youthful energy we had back then to run our PRs the next day.
Here were my splits:
1-2 16:25 (I guess slow from the number of people. I never saw the mile marker.)
As soon as I saw the 7:10 at mile 4, I realized that I always have gotten carried away in the excitement of the race early on. But I managed to hold the pace very well and only slowed to 8:04's for the last 2 miles. I also see the advantage of having a Garmin versus just a watch. My splits were a little all over the place, and I bet I could've kept them more even with a Garmin's help. This looking back and analyzing stuff is getting addictive, but these suitcases are not going to pack themselves! Enough walking down memory lane tonight!