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San Francisco, California
United States
West End Management
Total Time = 4h 28m 50s
Overall Rank = 2189/4275
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 280/481
Pre-race routine:

Ate some Fig Bars and drank some Gatorade on the way downtown. Parked. Found a friend (Joe) from Found more friends (Maria and her sis). Port-a-potty and dropped off sweats about 15 min before start. Went to Wave 3 start (as indicated on front of bib) instead of 7 (as indicated by generic instructions on back of bib). Couldn't find any of the pacers close to my expected time (they were all in the correct starting area).
Event warmup:

walking around and light stretching.
  • 4h 28m 50s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 16s  min/mile

Cytomax didn't sit well in my tummy. Cost me a few minutes at a couple of port-a-potties on the course till I stopped drinking it.
What would you do differently?:

Work on endurance more, more longer runs.
Try the race drink before race day.
Read the course profile closer to have a better idea of the hills.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking and light stretching. Tried to avoid sitting for long periods of time the rest of the day. Got in the swimming pool at the hotel (which was freezing) and then in the hot tub several times.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

sore knees (from the downhills)
muscle exhaustion
lack of HR information
GI distress (cytomax-related)

Event comments:

Except for final 40% or so, this was a great course. Biggest issues were:

1. crowding on bridge
2. sports drink and my tummy
3. pavement in the city and industrial area.

Hills were there, but that is part of the course and should not be changed.

Last updated: 2007-08-01 12:00 AM
04:28:50 | 26.2 miles | 10m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/481
Overall: 0/4275
Performance: Average
HRM froze at 1hr 22min so I needed to go by RPE. I stink at RPW as I always feel like I am working harder than my HR indicates. That probably accounts for some time that I could have shaved off the race.
Course: First half very nice, along tha bay, over the Golden Gate bridge, through parks. Some hills, but nothing very long and steep. Some steeper climbs, but maybe only a 1/4 mile long. Second half is ROUGH. More climbing, through the city and until about 25, through some industrial areas with some very beat-up roads. I think people with sensitive ankles would have trouble. Also lot's of downhills, but this late in the race, my legs were tired and I couldn't pick up my pace much and the downhills started my knees hurting (which they NEVER do).
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-08-01 7:40 PM

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2007-08-09 11:43 AM
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Carlsbad, CA
Subject: RE: The San Francisco Marathon
2007-08-09 3:35 PM
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Carlsbad, California
Subject: RE: The San Francisco Marathon

Hey, good job out there

I did this race last year and it is by far my favorite marathon.

I agree that the hills are part of the course and should not be changed. The RD has done a pretty good job of finding the most even course through the city but I agree, the industrial part before you get to the ballpark was a bit of a drag at the end. Once I could see the Bay Bridge, I tuned it all out anyway.

Hey, if your interested, a guy that posts under the name "Rainman" over on RunningTimes has a bunch of random pictures from the race. (He takes 100s of them every year and posts them)

You might go over and see if he got one of you going by his house. (He is also the RD for the CableCar Chase and is heavily involved with the running community in SF)

2007-08-09 5:35 PM
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I think you did great Steve!! Too bad the Cytomax didn't sit well!!!  You hung in there and ran a great race despite the challenges! Good for you!!
2007-08-09 6:20 PM
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Carlsbad, CA
Subject: RE: The San Francisco Marathon
Great job..... I raced as well and had a blast. I agree some of the roads were rough. I thought running of the Golden Gate Bridge was awesome.....
2007-08-12 9:16 AM
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San Francisco
Subject: RE: The San Francisco Marathon
you did a great job on a tough course...congrats!

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