Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - RunMarathon

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San Diego, California
United States
Elite Racing
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 40m 10s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 20-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up super early in my hotel room (couldn't sleep!). Had an amazing pasta dinner the night before in downtown San Diego in the Gaslamp District. Could barely eat anything this morning, I was so nervous. Managed to get down part of a blueberry muffin, some ClifShots, and water. Had all my gear organized the night before, so didn't take me long to get ready. They shuttled us to the start, but just getting to the parking lot for the shuttles took forever cuz the traffic was so backed up. Finally got on the bus at about 5:15ish and on my way to the start! Super pumped! Beautiful cool overcast morning with a slight breeze. Perfect!
Event warmup:

Didn't really get to do a whole lot of warming up. Stood in the atrociously long potty line for a bit and then finally decided a tree looked like a better idea, so opted for that instead :) Talked with a few Elvis's before the race :) Before I knew it, the gun was going off! I worked my way up to Corral 4 to start, since alot of the people around me in Corral 6 were talking about finishing in 4:30 or so, and I didn't want to get held up.
  • 3h 40m 10s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 24s  min/mile

Took my race belt, so hydrated well during the race. Had two gels also during the run. Up until about mile 20 or so, was doing pretty good, but after 20, I realized what people talk about when they hit the "wall". I never hit one per say, but definatly was pure concentration on just keeping the legs moving. Faded a bit at mile 25, but when I realized I was gonna qualify, it pushed me into the finish. I love how that last part is mind over matter and quote "separates the men from the boys." People were walking all over the place and cramping up on the side of the road. I just remembered two things Dime and Bridget told me. Dime: "when you're tired, just run faster" and Bridget "don't be a pussy" :) Finish was amazing and some sweet volunteer walked me thru the process of standing under the shower, getting water, wet towels, CUTTING OFF MY CHIP, and over to the ice tent. Quad were DONE but after some ice and walking it out, not too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Few more long training runs would be ideal, but really nothing else.
Post race
Warm down:

Iced up the legs, talked with another girl who qualified for a bit, grabbed my gear bag, and talked to people on the phone. Couldn't wait to tell everyone about my race!

Event comments:

Had a free beer coming to me after the race, but the line was wayyyy long so decided to head out after a couple hours of walking around and resting in the grass in the sun and get some margaritas. So many people there...I don't know how families ever found their racers! Super fun race and would do it again in a heartbeat. Hope I can get this chip issue resolved quickly!

Last updated: 2008-03-13 12:00 AM
03:40:10 | 26.2 miles | 08m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Mile splits: Mile 1- 8:16 HR avg 159 Mile 2- 8:17 Hr avg 159 Mile 3- 7:42 Hr avg 169 Mile 4- 7:29 Hr avg 163 Mile 5- 7:52 Hr avg 169 Mile 6- 8:04 Hr avg 171 Mile 7- 8:12 Hr avg 172 Mile 8- 8:12 Hr avg 173 Mile 9- 8:08 Hr avg 174 Mile 10- 8:34 Hr avg 172 Mile 11- 7:26 Hr avg 170 Mile 12- 8:23 Hr avg 170 Mile 13- 8:04 Hr avg 169 Mile 14- 8:06 Hr avg 170 Mile 15- 8:17 Hr avg 170 Mile 16- 8:27 Hr avg 170 Mile 17- 8:32 Hr avg 167 Mile 18- 8:22 Hr avg 169 Mile 19- 8:36 Hr avg 170 Mile 20- 8:49 Hr avg 169 Mile 21- 9:02 Hr avg 165 Mile 22- 9:09 Hr avg 165 Mile 23- 8:59 Hr avg 168 Mile 24- 8:57 Hr avg 165 Mile 25- 9:15 Hr avg 169 Mile 26- 8:56 Hr avg 171 Mile .2- 1:26 Hr avg 178
Course: Course was alot more hilly then I had given it credit for both on the course profile and when I pre-drove the course the day before. A super long hill on mile 10, then a long downhill on mile 11. Otherwise mostly just rollers. Excellent course setup, good aid station locations. If I could recommend one thing, it would be to have the aid stations to one side or the other of the road, as this caused quite a cluster for those not stopping at the station. Bands were super cool and all played really good music. Don't ask me what of, cuz I don't remember! I really don't remember much of the race past mile 16, actually :) Just was maintaining and fighting the hard urge every mile to walk!
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