My biggest challenge in preparing for the Delaware Marathon was to change from a “just keep moving” mentality (a good strategy for the HAT Run), to a “don’t stop running” frame of mind. I really had no idea what time I could reasonably expect to finish a marathon, and in the eight weeks between HAT and Delaware, I focused on shorter distances at a faster pace. I ran a half-marathon distance two weeks prior to Delaware in 1:46 and figured I could complete a marathon in ~3:45. Long story short, I finished in a little under 3:57. Now for the fun stuff
I got to see two of my friends, Jen and Lisa, who were running the half-marathon, at the start and again at an out-and-back portion of the course (the marathon started twenty minutes prior to the half, giving me a head start). The Delaware Marathon follows a very enjoyable two-lap course, much of which is along the river, with lots of shade too. Although a road marathon, several miles are on a narrow, albeit paved, path in a park. I enjoyed running in a rather upscale neighborhood, not with cookie-cutter McMansions, but with nice homes with character. Many of the residents were on their lawns to watch us run by, or to hand out jellybeans. As with any marathon, unusual attire was plentiful. Most catching, in my opinion, was the guy running in a pink ballerina outfit, complete with a pink tutu. This would be an ideal place to write something amusing, but alas, this dude ended up several miles ahead of me, so all I can do is envy the running prowess of ballerina man.
I received a nice medal at the finish line and again donated it to Medals4Mettle . The Race Director and volunteers put on a wonderful event and I’d certainly recommend the Delaware Marathon or Half Marathon to any runner that will be in Delaware next May.