Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - RunMarathon

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San Diego, California
United States
Elite Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 59m 54s
Overall Rank = 1699/10,625
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 204/730
Event warmup:

I trained differently for this marathon. My training began 7 weeks out and comprised of 3 runs per week. 1 speed workout, 1 tempo run and 1 long run per week. The long runs were the trail runs, never over 16 miles or if I ran on the road, it was faster than marathon pace and not over 16 miles as well. I did a lot of weight training and minimal biking and swimming.

I wanted to see if I could PB with this type of training. My PB is 3:59:08 four years ago with the traditional 5 month program with multiple runs of 18 miles or more.
  • 3h 59m 54s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

1- 9:08
2- 9:05
3- 8:57
4- 8:34
5- 8:32
6- 9:31 Problems with right shoe, stopped 3x to redo laces.
7- 8:44
8- 8:35
9- 8:52
10- 9:14
11- 9:15
12- 8:43
13- 8:53
14- 8:50
15- 8:47
16- 8:49
17- 9:08
18- 8:58
19- 8:56
20- 9:02
21- 8:57
22- 8:56
23- 8:55
24- 9:33
25- 9:33
26- 9:14

Post race
Event comments:

I like the new course! I enjoyed seeing Balboa Park and Petco Park in the early part of the race. The real meat and potatoes of the race is flat. Fiesta Island is as mentally challenging as the flood channel of the old course. The sun came out on mile 12 for me and I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I had to run on the grass a few times on the Mission Bay sidewalk because that's where I felt strong and many were starting to fall off pace. I really had to suck it up the last 3 miles but only fell off pace by 30 seconds and still barely made it under 4 hours. I missed my PB by under a minute but I'm happy with it because of the heat.

I'm happy with my modified training plan and I feel that my next marathon I can follow the same low mileage/higher intensity training. I'll be doing more swimming, biking and strength training to improve fitness and body composition.

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Last updated: 2010-02-10 12:00 AM
03:59:54 | 26.2 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/730
Overall: 0/10,625
Performance: Good
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