So I am very pleased to say that Marcus and Agata participated in our home town Lausanne marathon 2010. It is now about 17:00 and we are sweating over some tricky post race decisions namely what is the best wine to compliment our dinner and dessert.
For us the fun started at a leisurely 08:00, with even more sleep considering that the clocks went back at 03:00. We managed to park in the Bellerive car park which is incredibly less than 200 metres from the race start and when we arrived at 09:15 half empty! Only in Lausanne.
The weather forecast all week predicted rain or even heavy rain, but as Sunday drew closer it all came good. It predicted rain from 16.00 [but we would finish at 15:30] and before that it would be dry and about 8-12 degrees C.
Marcus Race report
So the marathon time was 03:21 and although it was not bad in view of the effort put in (== high) I was a little disappointed. I ran the first half of the race in a 03:10 time and then from about KM 24 there was a bit of a dramatic slowdown. I got a little dis-heartened when the 03:15 pace man waltzed past.
In the excuses department my left shoe was loose for the whole marathon so that after only 5Km running I detected a large blister growing. By halfway every step was quite painful, but I thought, "well I am not stopping now!".
This may have contributed to the lack of enthusiasm, but I tried to make up for it in the last 30 minutes of the race when I came up on people who were stopped and exhausted. I stopped a few times to cheer people up and gently prod them to "stop messing around and start running". It seemed to work well. Towards the end of the race I was positively beaming and smiling and I think this got some nice cheers from the crowds on the last few Km.
My last excuse was that it was quite windy on the way back, although since I always wear longs this does not really effect me so much
I ran back to the Bellerive swimming pool and when I took my shoe off I saw a record breakingly large blister on my left foot. Right foot 100% okay.
I then had some time to kill so I thought I might spend it with about 5 other naked men waiting for a shower in the changing rooms. The people already in the showers were in no hurry to get out. A queue in Lausanne, I and my newly found intimate friends were practically speachless!
Agata Race Report
Bearing in mind that we run the New York marathon in exactly 7 days the plan was to run at a marathon pace and generally take things easy. Actually instead of 02:00 I ran a little fast and finished in 01:56 but overall, everything was just great. Weather was a little cold, and I had to wait around for 2 hours in Vevey for the start, but still a great experience and we like to support our home town of Lausanne. Good times.
And in Pictures: (click on each picture for original higres photo)
No really, the carpark was this empty only 1 hour before the start of the marathon. We are living in a village!
Marcus just before the start
Marcus reaches the halfway point in record time.
Marcus marathon time: 03:21
Agata Half marathon time 01:56
Marcus ate 3 SIS + 1 Powerbar Gel and had [only] 5 cups water
Temperature: about 10 degrees, Wind moderate, Conditions: Dry