Jake’s Journal: A marathon with many winners
So who won our contest? Out of more than 75 predictions that you submitted, one came amazingly close – within 8 seconds, actually. Josh Hubbard predicted I would run one second slower than his time in last year’s KC marathon. While some would see that as smack talk, I actually took it as high praise because Josh is pretty darn fast. (For proof, check out his final miles in Saturday’s half.) So when I crossed the line in 3 hours, 31 minutes, 18 seconds, I was thrilled. And so was Josh, who was standing at the finish line with our other Garmin friends. In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that Josh was with me for my last training run before the marathon – a 9-miler at an 8-minute pace. So he had inside information. As did the another close guess at 3:31 flat. That came from Jocelyn, which doesn’t quite seem fair.
So the grand prize of a Team Garmin T-shirt and limited-edition Oregon geocoin goes to Linda H, who was only 12 seconds off at 3:31.30. And because I’m so giddy about my time, I’m giving away more prizes than expected. I scrounged around and found a dozen Team Garmin shirts that will be sent out to the 12 next-closest predictions. I’ll be contacting you for your address and shirt size.
Thanks again to everyone who took part in our contest, and we have another on the horizon. With New York’s marathon a week from Sunday and my legs already feeling back to normal, I’ll be announcing a new round of "The Pace is Right" before I leave for the Big Apple. But for now I’m going to be checking out my run on Garmin Connect, wondering how I clocked a 7:58 on mile 24 and working on a more complete race recap. If you want to learn more about Garmin Connect, watch our Forerunner 405 tutorial video on YouTube, where you’ll be seeing more of our online tutorials as the New York marathon nears. In the meantime, watch for blog updates, follow me on Twitter and check for photos on Flickr.
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