On the 6th October of 2013 I ran my 4th marathon. Even tough I was not as excited as on the previous races, a marathon is a marathon and those 42.195m should always be respected.
This is the first time in many years that Lisbon marathon offers runners the most amazing course, departing from the center of Cascais and then running mostly along the sea and the river until the finish line at Parque das Nações in Lisboa.
I had no particular goal for this race because it is now larger of a bigger plan to conquer the world… well, maybe not. Maybe it was just part of a bigger plan which is getting in shape to make it through Ironman Frankfurt 2014.
I finished with 3h26 which means I was above my PR by 6 minutes, but I was expecting that because my training is now split across biking and swimming as well. I knew I hadn’t logged so many km while preparing for the race because the training hours were being split and also because I felt confident that I could still make it with less training km even if I had to let go the goal of breaking my PR.
And I happy I didn’t put a lot more effort because race day came to be a very hot day with the temperatures around 26/28C meaning that breaking a PR would be really hard. Besides I clearly felt my batteries running out about 8km before the finish line (meaning those last km were made in pain, but I guess that comes with the territory when you decide to run any marathon).
For future reference here are the time splits and overall ranking.
|Age Group Ranking:||53 (Seniors Males)|
|Gender Ranking:||223 (M)|