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Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon) - RunMarathon


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San Diego, California
United States
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 6h 34m 33s
Overall Rank = 14973/16373
Age Group = F 30-34
Age Group Rank = 1349/1503
Pre-race routine:

HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU GET THE CHANCE TO SET A WORLD RECORD?

That's what I was thinking late Thursday night when I decided to do this race, despite extremely underwhelming preparation (including not having a runnable Elvis suit).

Faeron was going to be part of the world-record-breaking attempt for most Elvi running in a marathon. I found myself with no plans for the weekend. So ... with my (rather distant past) long run being 16 miles and my total running mileage for the last few weeks in single digits, I decided to go for it! Besides ... how many people can say they ran a marathon as Elvis???

This pre-race routine included "put sideburns on face" and "create pompadour."

Here's the linkie to the pics if you don't want to suffer this race report :)

http://beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/photos/photo-thumbnails.asp?albumid=8933&Page=1&sortdir=asc
Event warmup:

From the expo through to waiting for shuttles at the finish, we Elvi were given SO MUCH LOVE. Everybody wanted to cheer us on and take our picture. It's good to be The King. We Elvi got special running numbers and bibs, pre-race party, sunglasses, our own tent at the marathon, photo opps at the starting line, and crazy good treatment! There were well over 100 Elvi (the old record was 48).

Warmup was posing for approximately 4,000,000 Elvi pictures.
Run
  • 6h 34m 33s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 15m 04s  min/mile
Comments:

This was the funnest marathon I've ever run in my life. It was wonderful to go into it with no expectations, not even to finish. I ran so slowly--I knew if I were going to finish, I'd have to run very conservatively--that it was a joy and pleasure the whole way, and I made frequent stops for photo opps, dog petting, bathroom (nope, didn't even pee in my shoes this time!), and to groove with the FUNKALICIOUS bands that were playing (at least) every mile!

I ran a perfectly even race, splitting ~15:00/mi nearly every mile on a 1:00/1:00 run/walk. I did run the last mile straight through as is my custom, but dangit--I ALWAYS forget about that blasted 0.2! Ugh! Well, at least I didn't get lost ...

Everything went as perfectly as can be expected.
What would you do differently?:

Not a dadgum thing. It wasn't even possible to have more fun. I sucked every last minute and drop of fun I could out of this event.
Post race
Warm down:

Stuffed my face with everything on the bountiful food and drink tables at the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Huh. You mean, OTHER THAN not training? Perhaps no Elvis suit? Yes--I've also had a ridiculously busy last two weeks where I've been going through major grief, sleeplessness, and been on my feet unconscionably long, but ... what a gorgeous bright sparkle this day was in difficult times.

Big MWAH to Faeron for making it all possible. Her folks schlepped us around everywhere, from L.A. to S.D. and back, and she let me tag along and crash her hotel room. It was so awesome to see them waiting by the finish line, waving and cheering and taking pictures!

Event comments:

This has been far and away my favorite marathon. The course is relatively flat (there's some camber and some very minor hills), and I thought it was a beautiful and eclectic mix of San Diego's finest. There were a staggering number of volunteers. In fact, the attention and provisions were overwhelming--it was a 26.2-mile extravaganza of food, music, and raucous fun.

The citizens of San Diego turned out in force and were unbelievably supportive--people brought out coolers of beer, Gatorade, and snacks just to hand out to marathoners. And LOTS of cowbell! I lost count of the groups of cheerleaders--probably a set of 10-30 young girls every mile or so. The show was golden.

This is a race where you can be slow as ... well, me, and still have the cheering crowds, home made cookies offered to you, almost too many refreshment stops, etc. You were handed cold bottles of water and Accelerade and a wet towel upon finishing. Amazing. I do not have enough good things to say about this race. Super-organized, super-friendly, super-fun ... I am in awe, and I've run some pretty amazing destination marathons.

P.S. Hot Marines. :)


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Last updated: 2008-06-02 12:00 AM
Running
06:34:33 | 26.2 miles | 15m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/1503
Overall: 0/16373
Performance: Good
Negative splatted (split) this nicely--3:18/3:16.
Course: Mostly a giant butterfly through downtown, harbor, and residential (south) San Diego.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-06-02 9:20 AM
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WOW!  You are a world record holder.  My goodness that is awesome.  Looks like it was a bundle of fun and JUST what the doctor ordered.  So proud of you.  THIS is why you were nominated for BTTOTM.  Way to go darlin'!

2008-06-02 10:03 AM
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Awesome job, Ms. World Record Holder AND BTer of the Month!
2008-06-02 10:04 AM
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IMHO you NEEDED this marathon - the fun, the laughter, the support... and a world record too!

congratulations, miss thang - you reminded me that all this (at the heart of it all) is supposed to be about fun anyway. 

2008-06-02 10:12 AM
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2008-06-02 10:45 AM
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Subject: RE: Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)

That sounds like a really fun race.  Pictures are great. 

Congrats, Ms. World Record Holder! 



2008-06-02 11:06 AM
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World record holder

Plus the most fun marathon you have ever done..with lots of Elvi..now that is a rock'n good time.

Glad you had fun

Hey this is why we do it right? 

2008-06-02 11:26 AM
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I am so glad you found some laughter along that marathon course.  You Elvi must have really been "Jailhouse" rockin' along the route!  What a blast!
2008-06-02 11:45 AM
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Subject: RE: Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)

Great pics!  Sounds like it was just the right thing for you to do this weekend!  Awesome

 

2008-06-02 1:16 PM
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This report is exactly why you are the best mentor ever. Congrats no the world record! And what's this, marathon no. 7?

*big hugs*
2008-06-02 1:33 PM
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Subject: RE: Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)
Another chapter in your best seller!! Congrats, looks like it was so much fun!!!!


2008-06-02 1:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)
Brilliant Yanti! Well done
2008-06-02 3:21 PM
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Elvis rocks. You rock! Way to be out there setting world records! When I grow up I wanna be just like you Yanti. Except a boy. Way to go!
2008-06-02 3:58 PM
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Fantastic!!!  I love the fun that just spills from your race report and all the pictures!  Your smile is contagious!  I have always heard great things about this event and now it's confirmed!  Great job, Yanti!! 

2008-06-02 8:01 PM
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Way to go Yanti-mazing!!  Let me know when the book is out I want a signed copy!!
2008-06-02 9:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)
Great job Yanti!! You are the bomb.com!! Great job on the race...I really wish that I could have made it down there with you guys....next time for sure. I love doing races with you guys and always have such a great time. Have a great week!!


2008-06-02 10:07 PM
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Way to go, Yanti... loved the RR!!
2008-06-02 11:43 PM
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WTG Yanti! Sounds like you had a great day, and I know you needed one.
2008-06-03 1:08 AM
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I am so glad you had such a wonderful time doing this race...way to finish YOU ROCK!  Thanks for the shirt too.   You can come over anytime.   (of course you did leave stuff here that suit and a pillow!) ha ha  I wish I had gone, my foot is glad I didn't go though!  Anyhow, great job and those chops were the s@@t!
2008-06-03 7:36 AM
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Darnit yanti - how am I supposed to be supportive and encouraging when you go deciding to run marathons the night before!!!???

Congrats on your WR, finding a boat-load of fun, and continuing to spread your joy on this board.  I cannot imagine going 26 miles, even at a comfortable pace, in costume.



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2008-06-03 7:41 AM
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Subject: RE: Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)
Note to self: Run a race for the pure fun of it.

Yes, must try this one day.

I always beat my brains out trying to go fast.

Good stuff!


2008-06-03 2:53 PM
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glad that I could have been of some assistance in lifting your spirits, you did an amazing job especially considering you hadn't been training for it for the last month or so.  Plus it was so much more fun to have you there even we didn't actually run together, it's not a race without at least one of the other cool kids, right?  We are so awesome for being world record holders!
2008-06-03 4:07 PM
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2008-06-03 4:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Running of the Elvi (Rock 'n' Roll Marathon)
Great race! Congrats to the world record! And as always a fun RR to read. Thanks for making me smile Smile
2008-06-03 8:21 PM
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What a great idea! You must be in great shape to just decide to do a marathon last minute! I LOVED the Elvi- I saw them everywhere when I was running. I may have seen you and never knew it! I hope that you know that you made a lot of people smile out there on sunday

Well done!

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