My goal for a while was never to "race" this race; rather, I intended to use it as a final training run for the Baltimore Marathon on 10/11/2008 (6 days later!). As such, my final time was around 12 min off of the PR I set in Philly 3 weeks ago. My primary goal for this race was to run an easy 8:00 min/mile pace to get used to the feeling, since this was my goal pace for B'more. However, I realized that 8:00 min/mile may be a little slow for me at this point, and that around a 7:45 feels a little more natural. I averaged around a 7:45 to 7:50, and really didn't feel like I as really exerting myself that much. I kept my HR right around the low 150's to mid 150's for the first 12 miles of the race. The 3 glasses of wine I had the night before the race hindered me a little bit, but hey, you only turn 30 once. I took 2 endurolytes at mile 4, which seemed to help tremendously. I suppose it could just be placebo. I also ate a gel around mile 6.
What would you do differently?:
Drained a bottle of water, picked up a few munchies, then walked a few blocks to get my gear. Once I got that I went to the mile 13 mark to wait for my girlfriend to finish. When I saw her, I jumped back on the course and finished again. :-) After that, ras26 and I headed to the post race activities to get our free beer!
What limited your ability to perform faster:
The Baltimore Marathon in 6 days!
I really enjoyed this race! Had I not had a marathon in 6 days, I really think I had a chance at PR'ing the race (I would have avoided the wine). I feel like I achieved my goals of an easy, fun, supported training run in a new city. I've done every elite race this year, so am now considered one of their "rock stars". When I do San Antonio next month I'll be a "Super Six." Finally, an interesting thing happened on the way home. RAS26 and I were on the plane to San Diego (don't ask why you go to SD to get to Baltimore) and we were both wearing our race T's. A man getting on the plane asked if we enjoyed the race, and we said yes and asked if he ran it. His response was "No, I put on the race." We both thanked him, and I told him that I had done all of the elite races. He congratulated me and shook my hand. I'm not sure who he was, but he was a great ambassador for elite racing.
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I got to Cali on Friday afternoon, by flying into San Francisco. Fortunately, I was staying with my girlfriend's brother, so I didn't have to pay for a hotel. On Saturday, I went to the expo to pick up my packet, then went back to Redwood City to watch my Commodores beat the Auburn Tigers to go 5-0 for the first time since WWII. :-) I then went out to dinner with my girlfriend to celebrate my 30th birthday. We had great steaks and great wine.
I got to the race area a little later than I had hoped, due to grogginess induced inability to read simple directions. I was a little worried that I'd miss the start, but the porta pottie lines were some of the shortest I've ever seen at an Elite race. After taking care of business I dropped off my gear and got in a corral. I say "a" corral, because I had bib 609 which should have put me in corral 1, but I moved to the back of 2. More on that later... When heading to the corrals I saw a man in a BT shirt, and tried to yell out, but he was heading in the opposite direction and I couldn't get his attention.