Runner: Candice C
- OVERALL 3394 / 9036
- DIVISION 189 / 752
- GENDER 1457 / 5338
My time this year was only very slightly faster than my performance for the same race last year. Differences were that last year’s heart rate/effort was much higher, and this year the hills were harsher (or so I assume).
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- Met my goals to finish respectably and without injury (fingers crossed). I feel like this was a solid stepping-stone to continue toward a full marathon. I never have a problem with starting races slow and then ramping up.
- Good practice for prep, gear, eating/drinking. I felt better than I did on my recent 11 and 14 mile long runs.
- I had a fun time. It set the stage for an overall great day.
3 Not so Great
- I was conservative and didn’t really push and use all that I had for the day. By the end, I felt like I had done an “easy run.”
- The last hill was a disappointment. I thought I was done with hills and had picked up the pace only to get disturbed mentally and I even stopped briefly – twice even. But it was near the finish line and I couldn’t stand the wimp out with spectators watching, so I salvaged it. Otherwise I handled the hills decently.
- It’s a fun race (you are never really alone in that course) but there are so many people you can barely pass the people you need to pass. I started in a corral pretty far back in the pack.
- It was the perfect set of temperature and conditions for me.
- 6:30 am race start is pretty early. I was kinda rushed in the morning prep. Woke up at 5:30 am, had a banana, coffee, and one bite of a KIND bar whose flavor I did not like. In general, I’m not hydrated enough and this was the case but it didn’t derail me. I would have hated to stop and wait in line for a porta pottie. I barely went to bed early enough the night before. I forced down some spaghetti for dinner.
- The Nathan water pack/belt worked well. At mile 7, I started drinking the water (never used the water at stations) and slowly consumed half of a honey stinger energy gel (I like the flavor more than chocolate GU, and maybe next time I’ll do gummies).
- Maybe see if starting in an earlier corral would make a difference. Or run with pacers. Find a way to be near better runners.
- At the end of the race, I took and drank a chocolate milk – didn’t agree 100% with my stomach.
- Had a nice breakfast at home after the race. Took a 3 hour nap and then was totally fine for my opera performance in the early evening. Afterwards had dinner with friends (below) who say that Asian people do not go running.