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Newport Beach, California
United States
OC Marathon
62F / 17C
Total Time = 3h 38m 10s
Overall Rank = 26/676 F
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 5/103
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bagel with PB and drank OJ. Also ate a banana. Drove to race site and waited in line for the shuttle. It was perfect weather with a sunny 62 degrees at the start. A strong headwind started around mile 19. This was a point to point race. The line for the shuttle bus took longer than expected leaving only time for a quick stop at the port-a-potty before lining up. Mario and i felt a little rushed. I wanted to start with the 3:40 pace group, but I was back too far (close to the 4:00 pace group). The crowds were too tight to move forward.
Event warmup:

No real time. Mario and I did jog from the port-a-potty line to the start.
  • 3h 38m 10s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile

I felt great starting the race. I was weaving around people and found a good pace. I caught and passed the 3:40 pace group around mile 4. The course appeared to be flat from the course profile map, but this was not true. The course had plenty of rollers and several hills throughout the entire course. I felt great and held a steady pace until mile 18. I started to struggle and my paced slowed. I had to cut several of the longer runs short during training and was paying the price for this during the race. I needed a few extra long runs and more hill work (both had to be reduced during training due to shin splints). My lungs (asthma) and shins felt great during the race.

The course was pretty. I thought it would be closer to the ocean, but it was actually more in the residential areas. It was fun seeing the neighborhoods, but I expected a larger crowd of spectators. It was quiet for much of the race. Some of the course was on paved fitness trails. One trail was on a cliff and overlooked the ocean. At mile 23 the course was on a two person wide, soft, dirt/sand path through an open field. This lasted just under a mile and included some rollers. This would have been more fun if it was earlier in the race and not so windy. :-) There were more crowds during the last two miles and this gave me energy. I knew my pace had slowed, but I was still pushing to finish under 3:40. Did it! I finished feeling good.

Boston qualify & a PR!

My goal time for next marathon is sub 3:30:00. :-)
Post race
Warm down:

Mario was waiting for me at the finish. We walked around a bit and took some pictures. I was feeling good. Mario did great running the half - a PR for him too. :-)

Event comments:

I was disappointed in the post race party. This was my first stand alone marathon other than running the Flying Pig multiple times. The pig has lots more crowd support and a huge after party. The food and "party" were lacking. The weather was so great and the sky pretty, so it made it all ok. :-)

Last updated: 2011-04-12 12:00 AM
03:38:10 | 26.2 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/103
Overall: 0/676 F
Performance: Good
Split Summary 03:38:20 26.24 08:19 1 00:07:58 1.00 07:58 2 00:07:13 1.00 07:13 3 00:07:39 1.00 07:39 4 00:08:02 1.00 08:02 5 00:07:47 1.00 07:47 6 00:08:07 1.00 08:07 7 00:08:04 1.00 08:04 8 00:08:16 1.00 08:16 9 00:08:16 1.00 08:16 10 00:08:15 1.00 08:15 11 00:08:04 1.00 08:04 12 00:08:05 1.00 08:05 13 00:08:11 1.00 08:11 14 00:08:12 1.00 08:12 15 00:08:29 1.00 08:29 16 00:08:24 1.00 08:24 17 00:08:22 1.00 08:22 18 00:08:46 1.00 08:46 19 00:08:28 1.00 08:28 20 00:08:59 1.00 08:59 21 00:08:23 1.00 08:23 22 00:08:27 1.00 08:27 23 00:08:28 1.00 08:28 24 00:09:35 1.00 09:35 25 00:08:57 1.00 08:57 26 00:08:42 1.00 08:42 27 00:01:59 0.24 08:09
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-05-03 8:57 PM

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San Diego, California
Subject: OC Marathon

2011-05-03 10:19 PM
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Subject: RE: OC Marathon
Congrats on the PR and BQ, Amy! A sub 3:30 is definitely in your future.
2011-05-04 5:51 AM
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Granvile, Ohio
Subject: RE: OC Marathon
AWESOME!  What a great way to start the season.  Have a feeling you're going to be PRing a lot this year!
2011-05-04 9:15 AM
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McLean, Virginia
Subject: RE: OC Marathon
You had a fantastic race Amy, your running has come a long way this season and I'm extremely proud of you!  Thanks for sharing my first OC race with me, next time we'll go for a true flat course, Long Beach!!    I know your times will continue to drop, you are a runner!
2011-05-07 6:11 AM
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Huntsville, AL
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