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Sacramento, California
United States
40F / 4C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 53m 38s
Overall Rank = 122/5000
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/
Pre-race routine:

I had the luxury of staying at my friend's aunts house in Folsom so I didn't have to take the bus from Sacramento. Instead I was able to huddle near the fire place and drink coffee... I've been a little sick and I had the chills so hugging the fire was really nice.

I ate 4 slices of toast and some Nuun Electrolyte sports drink.

Event warmup:

We got dropped off near the start and jogged to a natural porta-potty... jogged back to the start... worked my way to the front right near the women's elite coral.
Run
  • 2h 53m 38s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 06m 38s  min/mile
Comments:

A big part of the story lies in my splits:
Mile: 1 6:14, Mile 2: 6:24, Mile 3: 6:18, Mile 4: 6:08, Mile 5: 6:27, Mile 6: 6:25, Mile 7: 6:21, Mile 8: 6:27, Mile 9: 6:25, Mile 10: 6:15, Mile 11: 6:16, Mile 12: 6:23, Mile 13: 6:25, Mile 14: 6:22, mile 15: 6:34, Mile 16: 6:23, Mile 17: 6:29, Mile 18: 6:44, Mile 19: 6:34, Mile 20: 6:47, Mile 21: 6:49, Mile 22: 6:52, Mile 23: 7:00, Mile 24: 7:16, Mile 25: 7:42, Mile 26: 7:51, and the last .2: 1:38

2 years ago I ran this course and I ran a 6:00 minute mile 25 and a 5:45 mile 26. This was such a turnaround and even though it was windy, it was the same course. 2 years ago, I went out really slow and had a negative split by 5 minutes. That is how you run a marathon! Not like this year:

First half: 1:23:08
Second Half: 1:30:30

That is an ugly race.

I am happy with my time because it was a personal best by nearly a minute and half... but I hope I learned a lesson or two about what not to do in a marathon. I did not enjoy being passed like I was walking on those last few miles... It really hurt physically and emotionally.

What would you do differently?:

Start out slower.
Post race
Warm down:

Changed into warm clothes... ate some food... waited for a friend who was trying to qualify for Boston (and did by two minutes).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being sick didn't help... the wind was limiting and my stupidity. I got carried away and went out too fast.

Event comments:

This is a great race and a great course. I've run 11 marathons over the last 4 years and this one is one of the Best... Lots of support and a very nice course.

I ran hard I and even though I blew up at mile 23, I am proud of myself for not walking. I really wanted to walk... A lot of very gifted runners were walking at this point (victim of the same aggressive start)and I willed myself to keep going. I was a bit disappointed by not reaching my goal, but at least I salvaged the day and still ran a PB.




Last updated: 2007-11-12 12:00 AM
Running
02:53:38 | 26.2 miles | 06m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/5000
Performance: Average
AVG HR 156 MAX HR 164 Total Ascent: 1040 Feet
Course: Rolling hills from Folsom, Ca to downtown Sacramento. Although there is a net loss in elevation of about 300 feet, It is NOT flat! The rolling hills are pretty relentless, especially for the first 13 miles. Also, through in sustained winds and head winds and it really makes this course a lot more difficult than advertised.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2007-12-03 10:30 AM

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2007-12-03 10:36 AM
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It also seemed like the start was very aggressive overall to me... although this was my first mary, but there were people falling in the pack because the pace was really being pushed the first couple of miles.

Do you think the wind was a factor? I've never thought of it being one on foot (on the bike, yes, but not on foot). 

2007-12-03 10:39 AM
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Great time and a great PR!

Imagine what you will do when you keep yourself in check the first half!

2007-12-03 10:54 AM
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Master
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Great job! You kicked A$$!
2007-12-03 11:09 AM
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Great job!
2007-12-03 11:17 AM
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Great PR Dime!  You shouldn't be disappointed with your race.  You ran it to go under 2:50 and even though you fell a little short at the end you still had a PR and it's better to have run it aggressively than it would have been  to hold back at the beginning and still not hit the 2:50.  You're a stud in my book.


2007-12-03 11:43 AM
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Subject: RE: California International Marathon
I know you know how to run a smart race, it happens to all of us.  Nice PR.  It beats my PR by like an hour.  You are still fast.
2007-12-03 1:18 PM
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Well you might be disappointed, but still, damn fine race Dime! 
2007-12-03 2:41 PM
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Congrats on the PR!!
2007-12-03 3:38 PM
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I know you're disappointed, but awesome job none the less.  A PR on a crappy day is still a PR.  Very nice.
2007-12-03 4:04 PM
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P.R.

Baby!


2007-12-03 4:52 PM
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Great race man.  Did you get your fill of PBRs after the race?
2007-12-04 10:56 AM
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I can certainly understand the frustration.  It may be small consolation, but you're still by far the fastest runner I know (sorry Dills).  Will you try again in January or February?
2007-12-04 12:36 PM
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Smokin!
2007-12-04 4:07 PM
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Melon Presser
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Congratulations on an excellent race, for not giving up at the end (as many very good runners wound up walking as there were runners who passed you, so it evens out ), and for a hard-earned PR on a hard day. I was BOPing out there and the winds really blew it out of me. Well-done.
2007-12-05 8:46 AM
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Congratulations! 



2007-12-05 1:00 PM
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Master
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For having a 'bad' race, you sure kicked it's a**! But, since you didn't hit your goal time, you should come run GA with me in March!!
2007-12-05 5:10 PM
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Westminster, CO
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great race!  nice PR!  even more impressive was all the adversity you overcame
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