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Berlin Marathon

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Matt Hutchinson, finishing the 2010 Berlin marathon

So after months of on again, off again training, here’s the proof that I finally did finish the 2010 Berlin Marathon last weekend. Thanks to everyone who donated money to the British Heart Foundation (hint, you can still add you’re donation now, if you haven’t already)

As further proof, and thanks to multiple cameras at different points along the route, you can actually watch me run. It might be hard to spot me in the crowd, I’m wearing that same red vest as in the photo above, lumbering around in the center or off to the side.

It was a good run, I was hoping for around 4 hours, but happy with 4:30 and no injuries. A lot faster than my first marathon in New York City three years ago.

While I was in Berlin with other friends who were running, I ran this one pretty much on my own. With an ipod nano and the same playlist I’d been training to. It did help and the time passed very quickly. I was 2km from the finish when the 4:30 pace runners came up behind me, that spurred me on a bit and I managed to keep up with them until the final stretch.

The last 1km of a marathon is a funny sight, if you take the time to look around you, you’ll see plenty of worn out people just stopping right beside you. Either they’ve seen the finish line in the distance and realised its further than they thought, or they’re just plain beat. On the other hand you’ve got people sprinting towards the finish, or couples joining to run together over the line.

I should mention the rain. It never stopped the entire time; from arriving at the airport, until leaving 3 days later, it rained constantly. This probably affected the turnout of supporters along the route. It was great to see people out cheering, but the atmosphere couldn’t really compare to NYC.

Finish & split times

These stats from the official race clock were sent to my phone and email as I ran.

Nettozeit / Chip Total	4:34:57
Geschwindigkeit / Speed	9.2 km/h  6:31 min/km
Halbmarathon 1 / Half Time 1	2:06:37
Halbmarathon 2 / Half Time 2	2:28:21
km 5     	0:28:20
km 10     	0:57:40
km 15     	1:27:22
km 20     	1:59:03
km 25     	2:32:31
km 30     	3:08:03
km 35     	3:41:57
km 40     	4:19:45
Finish          4:34:57
October 04, 2010 13:04 by

Berlin, September 2010

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So, i am officially entered in this years Berlin Marathon a full three years since I hobbled across the line in New York. Given my current going, I really need to up the milage soon while still keeping a good pace. I’ve set myself the small goal of completing it in (or under) 3.5hrs!

I’ve stuck to Phoenix Park and the surrounding area, but as soon as the weather picks up I’ll have to give the Wicklow mountains a go again. I’ll get some sponsorship links up here (and on twitter) soon.

(the USMC cadences are great for keeping a regular pace, I found a few of these mp3’s on the internets)

The New York City Marathon

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After months of on-off training and undisciplined gym attendance, I managed to finish the New York City Marathon, November 4th

Asics billboard at Times Square, NYC

Asics billboard at Times Square, NYC

It was an amazing experience, something I will never forget. The support from the crowds was unbelievable, especially in Brooklyn, which you’re in for almost half of the marathon. Rock and metal bands at every roadside garage, bag pipes from the local fire and police departments, a steel drum band outside a church, and a full orchestra playing Rocky tunes at central park! Without all that I don’t think I could have done it.

Running with two long-time friends from Belfast helped too. A lot of runner had their heads-down, ipods-in blocking out all the atmosphere of the crowds and city. Whereas we had brightly colored vests, with our names on them, and no ipods or baseball caps. Running to the sidewalks (of the extremely wide USA streets) meant everyone cheering you on, shouting your name and giving support. To the point that, when stopping to stretch or drink water, you felt like you were letting them all down.

The first 16 miles were fine, 16-20 was tougher but not painful, then from 20 to the finish (26.2) – it was just ALL pain, and almost ALL uphill. Here’s the elevation guide. You can also see it all using Google Maps (with mile markers) at Walk Jog Run

During the journey I somehow managed to consume the following;

  • 3 bagels a coffee and water waiting to start from 6-10AM
  • 3 different ‘boiled sweet’ lollipops
  • Jelly babies from the crowd
  • Pretzels from the crowd
  • A Lucozade carb gel carried from the start
  • All the Gatorade I could stomach (once every mile)
  • A sachet of salt
  • Water

After that, I finished it in 5:09. Although we stopped for toilet queues for at least 15 minutes, so Im telling people I did it in under 5 :) I had hoped for under 4:15 but clearly didn’t put in enough training, and when that became obvious I was just hoping to finish in one piece. I’ve uploaded a few race photos to the flickr which are taken by photographers around the course (without you knowing) This is why you’ll find me walking in most of them.

The next day, I said thats it, never again – but looking back on it now (when my legs don’t seem to be detached from my body) i’m not going to rule it out completely. But if I was to do another marathon somewhere, it would take a lot to top New York.

With only a four day visit to the city, I didn’t really get as long as I would have liked to explore it. My first ever visit to New York was a very short trip too, about 7 years ago. I have to say that I really do like the place, I think it is one city that I does live up to it’s hype. Its on my long list of places to visit again and spend some real time in.

Things have been quiet here on the blog, I’ve been very busy as usual. But I should be back posting a bit more frequently from now on. And I even have a little re-design in the works. (Oh! and I bagged me an iPhone in New York, which works quite happily over here in sunny Ireland)

November 21, 2007 00:36 by

39 Days to go

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NYC marathon coming up, and just a month to go … what was I thinking !

Up in the morning, 'bout a quarter to 4

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Pain starts this November in New York, and I am way behind in upping the mileage

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