Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dennis McConnel - St. George Marathon - 3:19:24

Dennis McConnel ran 3:19:24 at the St. George, Utah Marathon on Saturday October 2nd, 2009.

Dennis beat his Boston Qualifier goal of 3:30 by over 10 minutes and took 14 minutes off his PR marathon.


Dennis's Take on his Marathon....

It was a great day, what a beautiful course, great scenery. This is primarily a downhill course with some rolling hills and a few stretches of uphill. This was my kind of course, after mile 13 it was pretty much downhill and fast. I got into that zone and the miles just clicked away. Given my past experiences with marathons, I was cautious about pushing too hard and risking injury and my goal of 3:30. I banked a lot of extra time on the downhill just in case something happened later in the race I could limp it in. At mile 20 it gets really steep going down into town. I saw a lot of runners cramp up or pull up lame from 20-23. It was hard not to let myself go and start running under a 7 minute pace. When I got to the last 2 miles it's flat with lots of crowd support in town, I knew I had 3:30 in the bag, but then realized I could go under 3:20 if I kept pushing so I did. It's such a relief to get that Boston Qualifier monkey off my back and to finally go under 3:30. Also going under 3:20 feels good since that was my Denver goal last year, so it kind of exercised that demon. I've also had a rough stretch of nagging injuries from Moab through most of this summer so it's good to have something positive for a change and end a long race injury free.

This is a well run race, only full marathoners are allowed and it's a lottery to get in. It is a fast course, but will pound your quads and knees pretty good. I would recommend it, but only if you don't mind downhill running and have trained some for it. Vail pass and the relay training really helped me I think

4 comments:

Jill said...

Well done, Dennis!! Very proud!

Steve Cann said...

Great work Denny! very impressive time and run. Nobody except our resident elite can compete with that Delaney guy. Seriously, you laid down the work and finally got what you deserve. can't wait to hear more about the race and hear about your plans (running in beantown?)

Dennis said...

Thanks Steve. Yeah I'm signed up for Boston 2010. Good Luck in New York

Pete said...

Congrats on the Boston qualifier Dennis! Well done.