Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - RunMarathon

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San Diego, California
United States
Elite Racing
Total Time = 4h 20m 13s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up 7 minutes before the 4:00 alarm (of course, I'd been waking up every 20 minutes or so most of the night!), and got ready to go. Hubby dropped me off 2 blocks from the race start, and we had no traffic issues. After the first porta-potty stop, I sat for awhile putting on my race bib and timing chip and ate a banana and Z-bar, then got back in the porta-potty line. Handed in my gear bag and waited in line again before bailing to get to the start.
Event warmup:

  • 4h 20m 13s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 56s  min/mile

It's pretty clear from my splits what happened here :). I've been working a lot on pacing, and I managed to stay calm and take it out nice and easy. I picked up the pace once I felt loose and warmed up. I felt pretty good throughout the first half, including the long slog through the obstacle course that was the half-marathon merge at ~mile 10. I started sensing trouble around miles 18-19, as my pace slowed along Mission Bay Dr., but I got my second wind and held on a little longer. Once I hit Fiesta Island, though, things fell apart, and I couldn't hold much more than a shuffle. I alternated walking and shuffling, trying to hold on for a PR, but it wasn't going to happen. I stopped for some time to help a runner who needed medical attention, as did several other runners and a man on a bike (a spectator, I think) who I'd seen earlier cruising up and down this isolated stretch of the course checking on cramping runners. It took a long time for medical to arrive, but once they did the guy on the bike told me to get going and stay hydrated so I thanked him and went. The rest helped me get back to a (slow) running pace for the last 1.5 miles. It wasn't my best race, but I gave it what I had on that day and I'm okay with how it turned out.
What would you do differently?:

More and longer long runs. I've increased my base mileage over the past year, and that's helped my speed, but I still need to build more endurance.
Post race
Warm down:

I skipped the line to pose for a post-race photo, and hobbled out to the family reunion area, which was a zoo taking place on an asphalt parking lot with almost no shade. It took awhile to find my family, and then we found a spot of shade to sit in (on the asphalt next to some trash bags, yum) while we waited for my cousin to finish. After she finished, we took the kids to Sea World for the rest of the day, so I did a lot of walking and did not tighten up much.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Endurance. I think things would have gone south on Fiesta Island even if I'd paced this more conservatively.

Event comments:

The bands were fun and the support from volunteers and spectators was great, but the course was not very scenic for a destination race. The merge with the half-marathon course at mile 10 was poorly planned - the half-marathoners were at mile 5, so they were running at a much slower pace. The post-race scene was dismal, with runners and spectators packed into a trash-strewn parking lot with almost no shade.

Last updated: 2010-02-08 12:00 AM
04:20:13 | 26.2 miles | 09m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
5 Km 27:40 (8:54 pace) 10 Km 53:57 (8:41 pace) 7 4 Mi 1:03:55 (8:38 pace) Half 1:51:49 (8:32 pace) 14 5 Mi 2:03:37 (8:32 pace) 20 5 M 2:55:56 (8:35 pace)
Course: Point to point.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 2