California International Marathon
This post is way overdue, and frankly, I can’t really remember all of what happened during the race anymore! To start off, this was actually my first time in Sacramento and first time running the California International Marathon. I have heard so many great things about this race before I signed up and since I knew a big group of runners going, that just finalized the decision for me. How awesome is it traveling with a group of friends to run marathons? Crazy, I know! It also doesn’t hurt that this course is net downhill…
We spent the majority of Saturday wandering around the Expo
Met Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer, of Runner’s World. What a celebrity treat!
Walked all around the Capital trying to find the front entrance..
Visited the Governator’s office and knocked on his office door, hoping he would answer
Liquid carbo-loading so counts
Since it was a point to point race, we had buses come pick us up from our hotel starting at 5 in the morning. It was cold. I can’t even begin to describe what 20 something degree weather feels like. Frankly, I couldn’t even imagine what that felt like when I looked up the weather forecast, so of course, being the naive Southern California girl that I am, I ran the race with my usual running skirt, tank top, and gloves. Typical, right? Thank goodness they had bag check where I was able to layer up before the race and strip it all off right before. Except I was still freezing throughout the entire race.
Since Boston 2010 is already closed, I was really shooting for a BQ for 2011. I mean, how often can you run a net downhill course? Not saying that the entire course is downhill, there were actually a couple rolling hills, but the overall elevation dropped from the start to the finish. With Palos Verdes and Griffith Park training runs under our belts, the rolling hills on this course felt like nothing. A lot of times I didn’t even realize we were going uphill, it was a pretty fascinating feeling..seeing how I despise hills.
The race was capped at around 7,500 runners so it was nothing like the Long Beach Marathon craze I went through in October. There were still a lot of people though, and the crowd never really thinned down until after Mile 6. Usually I warm up fairly quick, which is another reason why I don’t like to wear long sleeves or pants when I run, but interestingly enough, I never really “warmed up”. I was freezing the entire race, and it literally felt like my muscles were frozen. I just couldn’t run any faster! My hands were so numb, that when I wanted to take my gels, I could barely get my hand inside my pocket to grab it. I am glad my gels didn’t freeze on me! Shoving my hands back in my gloves was probably more painful than running the entire marathon. The weather was definitely my downfall during this race. I train in Santa Monica, which is usually around 50 degrees at the lowest. Yes, we are spoiled here in L.A. Like everyone says, the course itself is relatively fast and I’m sure I could have run faster in better conditions but c’est la vie.
It’s interesting though how much you learn from every race you run. Since my horrible Long Beach experience where I hit the wall hard was still so fresh in my mind, I tried to take it easy during this race. Even though I PR’ed in Long Beach, I still can’t get past that feeling when I completely bonked at Mile 20. I would give up a good finishing time anyday for good company, and I had a pretty awesome running buddy who entertained me the entire 26.2 mile trek and didn’t mind me just nodding and muttering the whole time. Racing is suppose to be fun anyways, when did it get so competitive? Anyways, here are the stats you’ve all been waiting for. Not my best time, actually my worst marathon time ever, but I felt great throughout the race and finished really strong. I think that’s what counts the most anyways-I’m taking away a great race experience and memories from this trip.
Final chip time: 03:53:52