This morning I ran the 2006 Seafair Marathon here in Bellevue, finishing with a unofficial time of around 4:11. That's a bit faster than the 4:17 result last year, and my fastest marathon yet. I'm happy with the result, and although I didn't finish nearly as strong as I did in April at Ironman Arizona, I don't think I'm injured (avoid injury is goal #1). Stiff and sore, and it was disappointing I had to drop my 2nd goal (finish in less than 4 hours) at mile 24 when it became apparent I was probably going to miss 4 hours by a minute and injure my quads. And I need those next weekend. So I walked a good part of mile 24 and mile 25.
This year the course was a easier with fewer hills, but I wasn't as well trained. In fact, I sort of did this marathon cold - most of my training has been cycling with Tony to prep for STP next week, and my running has been of the "once or twice a week, 5 miles on a weekday, 10 or 14 miles on the weekend" variety. I didn't put together a training plan and follow it. It's obvious that would have enabled me to easily beat 4 hours. Well, maybe on the next marathon. I'm thinking the Portland Marathon, which is in the fall on a fairly flat course.