Green River Marathon Race Report
Sometimes you just have those days where things just don't go right for whatever reason... This was one of those days.
I had signed up for the Green River Marathon with the hope of finally breaking 3 hours. I've been trying for a few years now, and while i've come close, it's always been just out of reach.
I chose the Green River Marathon primarily because of its course: it's pancake flat. It follows the Green River Trail for a little over half the course and then meanders through some industrial areas before the final 3 mile stretch out on Alki Point. Another advantage of this particular race is that there is no registration fee. That's right, it's free! It's a small race typically with only around 100 participants. All of the logistics are handled by some very generous volunteers, and despite its modest resources, manages to have almost all the support of any other paid marathon.
With a start time of 8:30AM and the start line only a 20 minute drive away, for once I didn't have to wake up at the crack of dawn to be ready in time. I got to the start line at about 8AM and got checked in, where I got my bib number and timing chip.
At 8:30 the gun went off and the race began. At few runners got out ahead of me, but by the first half mile or so, I was in the lead. I kept a pace of around 6:48min/mile and began ticking away the miles. Around mile 6 or so, a group of 3 runners caught up with me and we ran together for a few miles, still maintaining a sub-3hr pace.
However, around mile 11, I began to feel the fatigue building faster than it should have. I was hoping I could just hold on, but I quickly began fading. At mile 14 I knew my goal was no longer achievable, and was forced to slow down. The remainder of the race was a struggle, and I was forced to take walking breaks throughout. I finished with a time of 3:31, nowhere near what I hoped for. I can't think of any reason why I faded so quickly other than that I just had an off day. The one ray of sunshine on this race was that this was my 20th marathon! Can't believe I've done 20 already!
Despite my disappointment with my performance, I thoughouly enjoyed the Green River Marathon. The course was well marked, never leaving you with doubt whether or not you were still on course. Aid stations were well stocked, and the medals were very nice. The course is fairly scenic (except for the industrial areas), and the race finishes right in front of a fish-and-chips restaurant. (I definitely couldn't have eaten fish and chips after a marathon, but they did have good milkshakes!) I honestly can't say that I have any complaints about the race, even if I had paid for it. After having done a bunch of big races with crowds of runners, it's very refreshing to do a more low-key event with no crowds. I'd highly recommend this event to anyone and plan on doing this race again in the future.