Los Angeles Marathon
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Los Angeles Marathon - RunMarathon
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Went out trying to see if I could sneak in sub-3:30 (like last two times at LA, 2015 & 2017). Had it going until about mile 17, but fell off the pace slightly then. Last 5K (downhill), my calves and right foot were not cooperating and I had to hustle at the finish to get in under my original goal (and predicted) time of 3:32.
Changing shoes was the right move and the bursitis in my right knee was no more than a nuisance throughout.
Ended up qualifying for both Boston and NYC for 2020. Third fastest marathon (of 18) all-time.
What would you do differently?:
Nothing really. I lost a critical week of peak training to the right foot injury 6 weeks out, but I was definitely appropriately trained, had a legitimate shot at sub-3:30, and managed the race well.
Walked through the finish area: Medal, water, food, photos. Ran into several members of my running club who just killed it.
What limited your ability to perform faster:
Lost a little training in February to minor injury. But mostly I'm just starting to see the effects of aging...I'll be 59 in 7 weeks.
Tenth year for what has become something of an iconic course, from Dodger Stadium to the beach in Santa Monica. Decent crowd support. Manages to take in a remarkable number of LA sights along the course.
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Age Group = M 55-59
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Had to fight my way through multiple injuries to get to starting line: Stress injury to right 2nd metatarsal Labor Day weekend, peroneal tendon strain six weeks before race, bursitis in right knee one week out. Made a switch in shoes from Hoka Cliftons back to Skechers Ultras less than two weeks out. Somehow got to start basically healthy and only slightly undertrained. Predicted on Facebook I'd run around 3:32 and that's exactly what I did.
A little light jogging. Didn't want to do too much and risk inflaming the bursitis before the start.