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Napa Valley Marathon
45F / 7C
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Got up at 4:15. Took my time getting ready and headed to the pick up bus at 5:00. We stayed at the host hotel so it was quite convenient. Bus left at 5:15. I had my breakfast bar, banana and cup of coffee on the ride over. It was raining so we stayed on the bus when we got there after a porta potty stop. Went out to the start line at 6:45.
Just walked around a bit. Did my lunges. Enjoyed the moment :
5h 42m 48s
13m 08s min/mile
My plan was to run the first 6 miles without a walk break then to walk through each aid station which were about every 2 miles. I did that until about mile 16 and then the plan changed. The walk breaks started taking on a life of their own and were a little longer. By the time I got to mile 22 I decided to walk a 1/4 of a mile, run 1/2 a mile, etc. That worked for me and got me to the finish line.
What would you do differently?:
I wouldn't change anything for this marathon since it was my first and I finished which was my primary goal but I always learn something new with each race and I think I can work on my mental toughness but that'll come with time.
Walked around, did some stretching, took advantage of the post race massages, drank lots of water.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
A few extra pounds weighing me down, I could of been fitter, I could of been mentally tougher BUT I finished!
This was the perfect first marathon for me. It is a well organized, small race
) that has so many personal touches. The volunteers were amazing and really gave you the feeling that they actually wanted to be there instead of the 'I just need to get my community service in' attitude you sometimes find. The course is beautiful. The one-on-one post race attention made me feel special :
) I thought the volunteer might take me all the way to the car! Overall a great experience.
Last updated: 2010-12-13 12:00 AM
05:42:48 | 26.1 miles | 13m 08s min/mile
Beautiful point to point with rollers and some lovely downhills.
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]
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