Giveaway Marathons

The Winner of the Guess My Time Giveaway Is…

The last week, I was running a giveaway for people to guess my time for the Dubai Marathon. I had a lot of guesses, many of which were over 4 hours. I did not give my goal time so people did not really know what I was aiming for. However, the marathon is a long distance and a lot can happen. Even the best plans and goals can have big problems during the race due to unforeseen issues. That is what happened to me – and other runners also.

The winner of the giveaway was Valerie – 1 minutes and 54 seconds away from my actual time. Nice job, Valerie! I will be in touch so you can choose your prize!

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Winner with the closest guess was Valerie!

My time was 3:52:30. That was over 30 minutes slower than my goal pace. My goal was 3:20 – my training was there and the coach I have been working with felt it was a good goal. He had a great race plan for me and I was able to keep it up through mile 16. Miles 1 – 13 were in the low 7:40s per mile and then I dropped the pace down to 7:30s for the next couple of miles. However, around mile 16/17, I started to feel sick. I had to stop about 10 times from then to the finish line to get sick. I still don’t know what was the matter. In all of my marathons, I have never thrown up before. It could have been to the heat/humidity combo (which was getting pretty serious) or an actual flu. It was a major disappointment. I thought about stopping but I have never DNFed a marathon and I had told my kids I was bringing another medal home for them, so I stuck it out and walked a major portion of the last 8 miles. I passed about 12 of the elite marathoners (at least two of them were in the lead pack at the halfway point).

In the next week, I will have a couple of posts about the race itself and some trip and travel reviews. Thanks to everyone for participating! Hopefully, I will reach the 3:20 goal sometime soon!

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.