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Sacramento, California
United States
43F / 6C
Overcast
Total Time = 00m
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Pre-race routine:

Got dressed in the dark b/c staying at hostel with the YUMMIEST PIGLETS at the front desk. Walked to buses, where spokes found me before I him (I was wearing a bright yellow hat, sparkly dangly earrings, and a red bandanna. He was wearing gray sweats.) I must say he is a HUNDRED times hotter in person than in the hundred pics he posts of himself. He looks 33 (if a day) and has flawless skin. Ate a PowerBar and some Gatorade on the bus ride. I probably should have eaten more/a proper breakfast instead of making out with spokes at the back of the bus. JUST KIDDING (we were at the front of the bus). Actually, sadly, my deepest fantasies were not fulfilled, but we had a pleasant chat on the way up and huddled for warmth. And we didn't get thrown off the bus.
Event warmup:

Stood in line for portapotties with Scott. He was panicking about the race starting, so a quick goodbye, stripped off his sweatpants and gave 'em to me rather than chuck 'em on the course (I had a check bag). I love it when gorgeous men take their pants off for me. :)

Ever pee all over yourself right before a marathon? No? It's an experience you won't want to miss. Next time I'll remember to pull my shorts down. (Dolores--I was thinking of you. At least you could throw your thong away. My only option was to run in spokes's sweats).
Run
  • 5h 50m
  • 26.2 miles
  • 13m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

This is not an easy course. Today it was not a fast course, either. I was well prepared for the hills (and I love hills, and have run marathons with HILLS), and I still feel like I got run over by a Mack truck. Miles 1-8 I ran on a 1:1 or 2:1 and splits were 12:45 to 13:15. HIGHLIGHT: dog break to pet a lovely reddish Golden Retriever on mile 2. Paced a single amputee running with a barefoot guy for a while. A spectator screamed out, "Barefoot? At least you ain't pregnant, too!"

My friend Walter whom I drove up with was expecting to (easily) BQ, which he's done before, and he barely made it. Our new friend Antti, who runs 20-25 marys/year (often back-to-back; will do Honolulu next week) felt it was a tough course. Not trail tough, not quite Big Sur tough (but almost). I've done a few races with Walter and I've never seen him in this bad shape--can barely walk, also ill.

The temps were perfect, but there was a nasty chilly headwind most of the way which kept me frozen. On the plus side, my legs were numb much of the time. On the minus side, I couldn't gauge how they were doing or adjust, and they felt extremely heavy (ever slept on an arm?). One of the vols said, "Wow--your legs are REALLY red." When they finally thawed, I had the usual pins-and-needles, and also considerable pain. The unfortunate effect is I never felt like I warmed up during this marathon.

The headwind was so brutal miles 11-18 (big chunk!) I had to lean in a bit to stay upright. I think this is why times (including mine) were slow today. Walter drafted off packs, and said no way to BQ had he not done so.

I was not prepared for the mind fnuck of running a marathon by myself. (I had quite a few folks around and chatted a bit, but b/c of funky intervals no way to "pace" someone.) I needed every last "running in spirit" BTer I'd arranged for myself to get through this race. I talked with you, saw you, and you answered.

I battled intense nausea miles 11-18 (maybe headwind, who knows), and it's lingering. I could not hold anything down during that time, and heaved but didn't puke (wish I could have, even now--no relief). I was hungry and nauseated simultaneously :(. It was miserable. Coulda been hyponatremia--fingers were a bit swollen, but not more than usual for long run/mary, and salt made nausea worse, and didn't reduce swelling. Miles 9-11 I did a 2:1 but had to drop back to 1:1 for 12-18. Splits decreased steadily from 12:45 to 14:00. HIGHLIGHTS: guy in a kilt and clown face yelling out names from the bib numbers and cheering. A live turkey wandering around. A girl dressed as Christmas elf dancing in the street handing out candy canes.

It let up around 19, and I pulled out my secret weapon: Froot Loops. The wind died down a bit, I felt better, and I pounded out excellent final miles (finally felt warmed-up, and sun had come out). Unfortunately my whole body was screaming by then ... while my energy and mindset became great, pushing the pace too much resulted in calf cramps. I did the Jeff Galloway special: 90s:30s interval (that's what he trains on). Miles 19-26 were splitting 13:00 to 13:30. Ran the last mile straight through.


What would you do differently?:

Today, nothing. I ran as well as I could according to my ability and circumstances, and that is swell. At first I'd thought something was wrong--how could I have run a sweet, slow, easy 23-miler as last long run at 5:41, then 5:50'ed on a "fast" marathon, with difficulty? That was until I talked to Walter, Antti, and some of the other BQers.

Also, I've never gone into a marathon healthy and strong. I'd like to. This time, intense depression really battered me mind and body before I ever got to the start line. I would have liked to taper differently--keep a bit more volume in running (and biking and swimming) and throw in some acceleration gliders to keep the muscles responsive.

Course notwithstanding, I felt like the pain and tension of the last few weeks all surged out into my body during the race. It was not good.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to the food. Scarfed orange slices hypnotically--musta eaten 5 oranges or so. Got bag, put warm clothes on, sucked down 1/2 bottle Clif recovery drink. YUCK! Shuffled back to hostel. Cramped terribly trying to climb stairs.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Tough hills; brutal, unrelenting headwind (not gusts); nausea.

Event comments:

Race was spectacularly pulled off. EVERYONE from expo door greeter to post-mary bag claim, was super friendly and helpful. Tons of drink stations; Gu, pretzels, oranges, candy canes. Delightful spectators all the way to the finish. I'll probably write more on this later, but this race gets a 10 for fun and organization.

Speaking of fun--it's in my blog, but let's save the story for posterity:
At the expo, I talked the t-shirt dude into giving me a men's shirt ... are they frikin' kidding me about trying to squeeze these puppies into a women's M ... he kept saying there were NO EXCHANGES until 5 o'clock, but I looked very sad and pointed at my boobs and said I'd had a sex change operation and it got botched, they made the boobs way too big, but I was really a man anyway, so could I please have a man's shirt? The t-shirt guy was laughing so hard tears came out of his eyes and he gave me a men's shirt. I like it much better and it fits well.




Last updated: 2007-12-02 12:00 AM
Running
05:50:00 | 26.2 miles | 13m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: P2P, with rolling hills the first half, and a very few small hills the second, with a net downhill. Mostly neighborhoods.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2007-12-02 9:12 PM
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Yay, Yanti! 

 

2007-12-02 9:16 PM
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WHOO WHOO WHOO!

Way to go Yanti! A good, tough race and a race report with all the details that we expect.

Love it!

Congrats!

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2007-12-02 9:18 PM
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Congrats on sticking out what sounded like a tough race for your mentally. Recover well and recharge for the NY

Go Girl!

2007-12-02 9:23 PM
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You ROCK!!!!!

 

2007-12-02 9:30 PM
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Way to go, Yanti! You are such a tuff, tuff, chickie!!

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2007-12-02 9:43 PM
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I battled intense nausea miles 11-18....


Mile 11 was my mile. Who would have guessed it would have been the "nauseous mile" too?

CONGRATULATIONS !!!!!

You are AWESOME!

Sounds like a really, really tough race. And you did a FANTASTIC job on it!

Way to go!



2007-12-02 9:55 PM
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Congrates and good work.  Headwinds suck.  Glad we could go along. 
2007-12-02 10:06 PM
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Yanti you rock! Congrats on another great accomplishment!

So tell me about our conversation on the run, was it good? LOL 

2007-12-02 10:08 PM
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Thanks for taking me along.  Way to tough it out!  Now rest, recoup, regroup!  Nice job.
2007-12-02 10:10 PM
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HCS5QA - 2007-12-02 10:06 PM

Yanti you rock! Congrats on another great accomplishment!

So tell me about our conversation on the run, was it good? LOL 

Oh Hector, you have no idea ... okay, well with your mind, you probably have an idea ... let's put it this way, you and spokes had miles right next to each other ... what do YOU think we were talking about?!

THANK YOU!!!



2007-12-02 10:20 PM
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So you zipped up for my mile 23? So sweet..amazing run my friend
2007-12-03 1:18 AM
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What else can I say? You rock!!!!
2007-12-03 2:52 AM
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WTG Yanti!!!
2007-12-03 5:34 AM
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Wow - you got the guy AND finished much better than expected. I'd say it was a very successful race for you.
2007-12-03 6:42 AM
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Sounds like you had a pretty fun/good race!! Seemed like a tough course too. Congrats!!!!


2007-12-03 9:09 AM
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congratulations on gutting this one out!
2007-12-03 9:13 AM
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Yanti, Yanti, Yanti .... good marathon!  Yeah!!!!!
2007-12-03 9:23 AM
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2007-12-03 9:38 AM
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Congrats, Yanti! Awesome job!! Glad I got to run a mile of it "with" you!
2007-12-03 9:55 AM
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Congrats on finishing what sounds like a tough day!

Bad boob job and you're a man .. priceless!!



2007-12-03 10:14 AM
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Hey thanks for taking me along. We had quite a conversation during my mile U made me blush and that's not easy to do...Way to tear it up!
2007-12-03 10:25 AM
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Nice job Yanti!  Congrats...
2007-12-03 10:26 AM
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Awesome job on the marathon!!!!  Your t-shirt story cracks me up!  Just what I needed for a Monday morning.
2007-12-03 11:06 AM
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Now THAT is a race report!  Nice job!
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