Barefoot Rick's Joplin Memorial Marathon Report - May 21, 2016
Hebrews 12:1 - Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us
Temperature at start - 49 Deg F
Three weeks ago, I traveled to Lincoln, NE to run the
Lincoln Marathon. Through a perfect storm of rainy weather, near
hypothermia, and a nagging knee, I settled for a half marathon (13.1 miles).
In all of my dozens of marathons, I have never "settled." So, I wanted to
get back up on the proverbial horse and ride before too much time elapsed. I
found out the Inagural Joplin Marathon was on May 21, so I started training.
For me, the best way to get rid of nagging knee pain is to get back on the
treadmill. The treadmill does not allow me run stupid at fast speeds, so
that is how I trained for the three weeks between Lincoln and Joplin.
It was a beautiful morning in Joplin. When I say this was the inagural marathon, Joplin has been doing a 5K and half-marathon for the past 5 years in memoriam for the tornado victims of 2011. Skies were a bit overcast and there was no wind throughout the run. Mild temps kept the heat down as the starting temp was 49 degrees F and temps around noon only in the high 60s. Perfect weather!
At the start, I saw Jeff Galloway who I hadn't seen in years. We chatted for a minute before the start. Later I would see him on the course. Jeff has many notable stories as a world-class marathoner. However, it was fun running with him for a while on the course as he related stories about knowing Steve Prefontaine and his trip to the Munich Olympics with Pre in 1972 to run the 10K distance.
Jeff Galloway (Green Shirt), Munich Olympiad
Basically, I just wanted to finish, and to finish and to finish with a respectable time. I didn't look at my watch until mile 24. I knew that I would finish well under five hours. I was pleased.
Overall, the course was great. A little hilly in spots, but that made it interesting. I engaged the spetators quite a bit with my barefoot running. It was a lot of fun.
Great organization, great course, and friendly people. This 26.2 mile course is a keeper and I will be back again.
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