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Redding, California
United States
SWEATRC
38F / 3C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 48m 45s
Overall Rank = 49/171
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 11/19
Pre-race routine:

Well, drove to hotel, went to church, had dinner went to bed 11pm, slept fine.
Event warmup:

Minor stretching, jogged some to keep warm (38F) put on trash bag to keep warm hole for head and arms, had a gu 10 min before race start, hit the can.
Run
  • 3h 48m 45s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile
Comments:

First 13.1 completed in 1:42, was feeling good. Went by percieved effort the entire race, felt great for first 18 miles. Mile 18 to 20 was well hrm starting drop seconds per mile off the pace. Mile 21 it was getting long, but time looked good for my training. Mile 22 starting to get longer. Mile 22-23 were so so just plodding along. Mile 23-24 man these miles are getting longer, slower, both hip flexors a bit sore, thighs a bit sore from the down hills, not aching too much just you can feel them. Mile 24-25 was just I need to not walk, just stay in motion, just stay jogging soo close. The last mile was suck it up time took alot of mental toughness to keep at a jog and start to increase pace for the last half mile. I eased up to a full sprint (as much as possible at that point, but pretty good) as I finished the last .2 miles and abut 100 feet from the finish line hitting top end my right calf threatened to cramp. I altered my foot strike slightly and got through without limping. After the race I wasn't thirsty or hungry, but sipped at a luke warm coke and had some grapes.
What would you do differently?:

Everything was spot on, only thing I could have done was just have more run experience. My garmin showed 26.35 miles which based on when I crossed the start line put me at 8:40 pace, identical to my half marathon pace from May woot. That is about 30 min faster than I had expected. And no walking 8).
Post race
Warm down:

Sat for 5-10 min with some minor stretching, sipped a soada, had some grapes and a role, wasn't really hungry. I tried to soak my legs in the river, but the rocks hurt my feet and that water was 30sto 40 F and I just punted. Went to lunch had a burger and a large chocolate shake ahhhh. Drove home and did a proper cold water bath 15 min, hot shower and some minor stretching, popted the blister.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just simply run experience. I only have about 15 months off the couch so need more years of running to bring that time down.

Event comments:

Post race could have been a little better, but everything else was spot on. The beauty of the run was top notch along the Sacramento river, over the dam, very very nice. Temp was perfect, never got hot.




Last updated: 2009-01-05 12:00 AM
Running
03:48:45 | 26.2 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/19
Overall: 49/171
Performance: Good
Course: The most beautiful course, started 200 feet above, 2 miles from Lake Shasta dam. First 3.5 miles was down hill, paved, a little tough on hip flexors, quads and pad of the feet. Then went onto hard pack gravel for 11 miles with a 2 mile up 2 mile down hill around mile 11. The entire run went along the Sacramento river, very pretty and through a train tunnel love that. Then hit pavement bike path for rest of the run with another 1 mile hill up and 1 mile down at mile 20. I felt that last downhill and it is probably what caused the 1 blister I got on the pad of my right foot. Blister was fine didn't actually bother me at all. The really mean part of the course was that you get to where you can see the finish line across Sundial bridge, and then they send you on a shourt .5 mile out and back before you can cross it, very frustrating such a tease. Beautiful course. Temp went from 38F at start to mid 60s by the time I was done running
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-01-18 10:49 PM

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Elite
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2009-01-18 11:20 PM
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Master
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awesome awesome job steve!! way to go!! sounds like you had just about an ideal race!! hope mine goes that well
2009-01-19 1:28 AM
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Great job...congrats! I wasn't able to fight through the desire to walk miles 23-24 in my first mary, so I've got a lot of respect for you doing so! Feels great to get through without walking, doesn't it?
2009-01-19 10:36 AM
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Elite
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Thanks, ya it was great to not walk and to end sub 4 hours.  I am very stoked.  One guy who was ahead of me for the whole race walked the last .4 miles and lost quite a few places. 
2009-01-19 3:11 PM
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Expert
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Congrats on an awesome first marathon!! You really kicked some butt. Nice race report too -- you make me want to give this marathon a try someday.
2009-01-23 12:47 PM
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Great race report, and fantastic time on your first marathon!!!  What's next?


2009-01-23 11:16 PM
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Elite
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Alturas, California
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Full IM in the fall, did I say that out loud... ya thats it Vineman.
2009-01-30 11:35 AM
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Master
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Wow well done , you did great .   enjoy the milkshake .
2009-01-31 2:11 PM
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Great job hitting your goals.  Not walking and sub 4!  Sweet.
2009-01-31 8:43 PM
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Master
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Great Job, good luck with the rest of your year.
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