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Napa, CA, California
United States
45F / 7C
Total Time = 4h 22m 57s
Overall Rank = 797/1438
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 83/122
Pre-race routine:

Walk to the start from my hotel in driving rain....
Event warmup:

Trying to stay warm and dry in the driving rain.....forget it....
  • 4h 20m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

Was doing fine till mile left hip flexor developed a problem where I had to run walk/run to ease the pain. Very bad, I just could not lift my left leg any more, even walking was painful... That went on for about 5 miles....all my other body parts held up, except this cratered my finish time by about 20-25 minutes........I still shuffled/ran the last 2 miles to the finish, but I really wanted to walk...stiff upper lip thing ;-)
What would you do differently?:

More long run mileage is needed....I need to get over the 20 mile mark more often if I do this again. My longest run was 20+ miles, but most of my runs were sub 17 miles.....
Post race
Warm down:

Get into my wife's car as fast as I could, still raining hard and cold.....

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Long run cardio vascular health is excellent, I was never tired, or winded.... my biomechanics are mixed at best.....need to strengthen with more long running.....

Event comments:

Well organized, no complaints. 2,051 registered runners, only 1,438 finishers within the cut off 5.5 hrs

Last updated: 2006-03-05 12:00 AM
04:20:00 | 26.2 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 83/122
Overall: 818/1438
Performance: Bad
Course: From Calistoga to Napa, the entire length of the Silverado Trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2006-03-05 3:56 PM

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Los Gatos, CA
Subject: Napa Valley Marathon

2006-03-05 5:23 PM
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Vancouver, BC
Subject: RE: Napa Valley Marathon
For someone who rated their performance as poor, you had a pretty nice finishing time.

I can't wait to read about your 2nd marathon. Now get training.

2006-03-05 10:29 PM
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Durham, CA
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Hey Frank,Nice work - you are fast on the race report. If you finished in 4:20 under those conditions, you are forever my hero!!!I pretty much have the same analysis of my race - I need way more time in the 20 plus land to be able to keep a good pace all the way through. Maybe next year.Talk to you later, Congratulations on your great finish.Dennis
2006-03-06 9:35 AM
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Dang! Nice time considering you feel like you didn't train enough for this run!!

Napa Valley, Silverado Trail - sounds very romantic. This race is on my Race Wishlist - would you recommend it?

2006-03-06 10:19 AM
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Nice job!
2006-03-06 10:56 AM
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Yeah, Frank. Nice finish time for a run with problems: hip pain and in the rain. It was also pretty cold. Your min/mile time would be a good 10k for me. Congrats on your first marathon and on getting into the longer distances. My HIM was easier than the marathon I did, just longer. But the marathon really beat me up. Running longer distances definitely helps, but takes a lot of commitment to take the time for the run and to recover, and then running takes over your schedule (that's what happened to me). I don't know if I could train for a marathon and tri's at the same time.

Anyway, good job. I look forward to seeing some more exciting performances from you this year.


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