Napa Valley Marathon - Run

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Napa, CA, California
United States
45F / 7C
Total Time = 4h 22m 57s
Overall Rank = 797/1438
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 83/122
Pre-race routine:

Walk to the start from my hotel in driving rain....
Event warmup:

Trying to stay warm and dry in the driving rain.....forget it....
  • 4h 20m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

Was doing fine till mile left hip flexor developed a problem where I had to run walk/run to ease the pain. Very bad, I just could not lift my left leg any more, even walking was painful... That went on for about 5 miles....all my other body parts held up, except this cratered my finish time by about 20-25 minutes........I still shuffled/ran the last 2 miles to the finish, but I really wanted to walk...stiff upper lip thing ;-)
What would you do differently?:

More long run mileage is needed....I need to get over the 20 mile mark more often if I do this again. My longest run was 20+ miles, but most of my runs were sub 17 miles.....
Post race
Warm down:

Get into my wife's car as fast as I could, still raining hard and cold.....

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Long run cardio vascular health is excellent, I was never tired, or winded.... my biomechanics are mixed at best.....need to strengthen with more long running.....

Event comments:

Well organized, no complaints. 2,051 registered runners, only 1,438 finishers within the cut off 5.5 hrs

Last updated: 2006-03-05 12:00 AM
04:20:00 | 26.2 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 83/122
Overall: 818/1438
Performance: Bad
Course: From Calistoga to Napa, the entire length of the Silverado Trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4