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Long Beach Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Long Beach, California
United States
Total Time = 2h 19m 24s
Overall Rank = 3396/7375
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 259/394
Pre-race routine:

This race was probably the lesson for everything NOT to do. I went to Disneyland the day before and walked around for a couple of hours, didn't eat well, and left after the park closed at midnight. Didn't get back to my place until about 1:30am in the morning, and then woke up again at 4:30am for less than 3 hours of sleep. Dragged myself out of bed, gathered up my things, had some cereal for breakfast, then drove down to Long Beach. There was a lot of traffic on the 710, but eventually found some street parking near the start/finish area.
Event warmup:

Strapped on my heart rate monitor, ran the 2-3 minutes to the starting area to try and get warmed up, stretched a bit while waiting in line for the port-a-potty, then ate some Sport Beans. Worked my way over to the starting corral.
  • 2h 19m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 38s  min/mile

Umm, my IT Band really started hurting around mile 7 or so. I had to stop running at mile 8 and went to a medical tent, but all they had was ibuprofen. I took 2 of them, but it didn't help much. I ended up walking the rest of the way. I was on pace to set a PR and felt really strong too... :( It was no fun walking and seeing all these people pass me. I refused to quit and get a DNF. I had run it fast enough up to that point that I still ended up with a fairly respectable finish time, but it was still disappointing. I can barely walk today... time to see a physical therapist and really recover from this... I may have to withdraw from my marathon which is in less than 40 days. :(
What would you do differently?:

Sleep more and eat better the night before. And not get injured.
Post race
Warm down:

I hobbled back to my car like a gimp, then drove to meet up some friends for lunch at Lucille's. That was the positive from the day - getting to eat some great BBQ in Long Beach. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injury. And probably sleep and nutrition too.

Event comments:

I liked this race a lot. Not a huge field, but plenty of volunteers and lots of supporters. Will definitely considering running the full marathon some time in the future.

Last updated: 2008-06-01 12:00 AM
02:19:24 | 13.1 miles | 10m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 259/394
Overall: 3396/7375
Performance: Bad
The first hour or so of my run, I averaged about 7:45 min/mi. Then I got hurt. The last 5 miles were mostly a walk/run... mostly walk.
Course: Great course, nice and flat, great views of the beach, through some neighborhoods with lots of supporters and volunteers.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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] 5

2008-10-13 8:49 PM

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Sherman Oaks
Subject: Long Beach Marathon

2008-10-21 12:16 PM
in reply to: #1740301

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Santa Clarita
Subject: RE: Long Beach Marathon

I did something  like that  before my first Olympic Tri and really paid for it on the course . 

It was a very good lesson.  Respect the distance  ,  rest , eat well & gets lots of sleep. 

Best of luck in PAsadena  


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