Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - RunMarathon

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San Diego, California
United States
Elite Racing
90F / 32C
Total Time = 5h 47m 3s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

So Just an FYI I did not train for this race at all, which was needless to say not the smartest idea. But I paid for it and wanted to do it so I did. I had run approx 15 miles in the month of May and only slightly more in the months of march and april, to say the least I was undertrained.
Event warmup:

We caught the 4:00am shuttle from the hotel because it was the only one with space left. Needless to say we had plenty of time to stand in line for the port a potties which is always a good thing.
  • 5h 47m 3s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 15s  min/mile

Here's the play by play of this race.
Mile 1- Nice and easy chatting with Angel and his friend, taking it all in looking at the spectators. Fun, fun.
Mile 2- I decide I'm running faster than them and take off, bye guys. By this point I already have to pee which is seriously annoying considering I went like three times before the race start.
Mile 3, 4, 5- Concentrated on holding a comfortable pace and just having a good time. This worked well. We ran through the zoo and museum parts of San Diego which are beautiful.
Mile 6- Still trying to keep it comfortable, coming into downtown, finally found a port a potty with no line =YES!!
Mile 7- down by the bay, this mile went by fast, alright I'll be at ten in no time.
Mile 8-9- Okay I'm starting to get tired...playing mental games... no walk breaks until mile 10, no walk breaks until mile 10.
Mile- 10 Okay, I'm feeling pretty good still, but I'll walk and take in some goo chomps. A nice older man came up and said "Hey you're halfway there". He said this is his 7th half (we were on the same course) and he'd like to tackle a full next year for his 70th birthday. I told him to go for it. Then I decided I was bored and needed to entertain myself so I checked in on facebook to let you all know where I was, then it was time to run again.
Mile- 11 Really cool Japanese Tribal Drumming Group...just keep running along the 163 freeway, yuck roadkill...
Mile- 12 up the exit ramp..woot woot almost to halfway...still running
Mile 13.1- okay time to walk a little while more. Walked for a good bit.
Mile 14- Walk/Run with mostly run
Mile 15-16- This is where it all went down hill. I started walking and just had absolutely no desire to start running again and I somehow managed to run out of water...the next aid station seemed forever away I was getting overheated and quite frankly grumpy. I even just stopped and sat down on the side of the road for awhile, someone asked me if I was okay, I was....Just really reconsidering my commitment to finish the race. I made it to the mile 16 aid station (walked all the way there) used the potty again and asked the medical aid tent for some tylenol, checked in on facebook and continued walking. A fellow walker came up and said hey and something about we're crazy for doing this, I asked about the cutoff or something and said I was really tempted to walk the rest of the way, we shared a laugh and then I decided ten miles really was too far to walk and running would get me there a lot faster.
Mile 17-20- kind of caught my second wind. still run walking, but a lot more run and a lot less walk. This part of the course was through a park on a running trail which was really crowded and frustrating when you couldn't get around people.
Mile 21-26 once I passed 20 I knew i'd get there if it killed me. This was the last part of the course where they have us loop around this really strange island. I walked some, ran some, walked some ran some, and tried to stay cool. It was really hard staying cool at this point, because it was getting close to 12pm and I think the temp was 90+, the sun was beating down. Occasionally there was a cool breeze from the water, but sometimes that meant you were running into the wind. I thanked every volunteer (they were seriously wonderful) all along the course, especially those with the sprinklers. By the time I got to 24 I was psyched to finish. I ran the whole last 2.2 miles, passing a ton of people to the finish. I was a little disappointed because they weren't announcing people's names, boo.

Didn't have to wait long for Angel to finish he was 3:00 minutes behind me, he had a bad day too and was really disappointed, but I was sooo proud of him and kept telling him so. We're both excited to train hard and smarter and kick butt at Marine Corps in October.
What would you do differently?:

I gotta train better. This is a really, really slow marathon time for me, which is reflective of what I put into it. But I wouldn't trade the experience racing is about fun and this was (believe it or not) fun.
Post race
Warm down:

The hotel's last shuttle was 1:00pm, so we finished with no time to spare (which sucked), crossed the line, picked up gear bag, and hit the road, no time to explore. Plus angel was really hurting and just wanted to get back to the hotel. All and all the sunburn was worse than the soreness.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No training...but that seems to be a running theme with me :)

Event comments:

Good race. Would absolutely consider doing it again, in fact would like to see what I could do on this course well trained.

Last updated: 2010-06-08 12:00 AM
05:47:03 | 26.2 miles | 13m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Let's just say it isn't as flat as Rock N Roll AZ. But I really can't complain, the hills weren't bad, there weren't any really big ones and the end was flat.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 4