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Silicon Valley Marathon - RunMarathon

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San Jose , California
United States
69F / 21C
Total Time = 4h 43m 41s
Overall Rank = 438/721
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 345/542
Pre-race routine:

Did my normal.
  • 4h 43m 43s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 50s  min/mile

Not sure what happen, besides the fact that I had been sick for the last few weeks and I the whole getting drunk the weekend before...not sure if that could have affecte my hydration a week later. Basically about mile 10, I started to feel dehydrated, I should have stopped at the 1/2 way mark, but I really wanted the hardware for this race because it is the 10th anniversary of the race, and I liked the medal. So I truged along until about mile 20...where I decided that if I kept running I was going to I started walking...I would run when I felt I could. Problem was, my head at this point in time was really hurting, this happens to me when I am dehydrated.
What would you do differently?:

not get sick and not get drunk anytime around a race.
Post race
Event comments:

I should be happy that I finished, but I am disappointed in myself.

Last updated: 2007-10-16 12:00 AM
04:43:43 | 26.2 miles | 10m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 345/542
Overall: 438/721
Performance: Below average
Course: same as always...nice flat course mainly on the los gatos creek trail
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 3

2007-11-05 9:12 AM

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San Jose, CA
Subject: Silicon Valley Marathon

2007-11-05 9:30 AM
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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Subject: RE: Silicon Valley Marathon

You finished.  Disappointment is the root of motivation.  Get better.  Train.  You'll kick at Gasparilla.  Lesson learned, right?  Nice job though.  Remember, the national average for male marathoners in this country is 4:45.  You're still under that. 

Let this be a learning experience for ya.  But hey, you finished, and you are still here to talk about it, I'd say that's a pretty damn successful day wouldn't you???  Nice work!  See you in a couple months when you crush Gaspy!!!

2007-11-05 10:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Silicon Valley Marathon

Be happy you finished!!  Congrats!  It was great weather out there for racing, I did the 1/2.  Love the finishers medals!


2007-11-05 11:24 AM
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Beautiful Sonoma County
Subject: RE: Silicon Valley Marathon

I hear ya... see my race report from Wildflower earlier this year.  I think the entire run, the only phrase in my head was... "I want the G*D D*MN medal!!" 


Well... it's done.  You don't have to be happy with your finish time, but at least be happy that it's over.  And move on.  What do you have coming up that you can focus on?   

2007-11-17 11:03 AM
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Carlsbad, California
Subject: RE: Silicon Valley Marathon

That seems to be the nature of marathoning. It is a long race with plenty of time for things to get pear shaped. More often then not, how well we do has more to do with how we respond than to our overall fitness.

They say that we reach a point during every long course event where we have to dig really deep to make it happen and clearly you found what was needed. If it means focusing on the hardware, that's cool. (You never said quit in your RR)

Great job out there making it happen.

My marathoner friends all swear that now is the best time to get out and run a shorter distance race for a nice PB. (A few weeks after a marathon) Maybe a 10k or even a Half Marathon.


Edited by WaterDog66 2007-11-17 11:04 AM
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