|Some of my Bakersfield Distance Projecters!|
|The Ryans heading to the light.|
|The crew in their lair.|
|First Timer Evy!|
My partner in crime for the day was Lyndie who also wanted to break 5 hours and planned on a four minute run / one minute walk strategy.
|She found a nice rain jacket.|
- Mile 1 - 10:54 pace / up 54 & down 103
- Mile 2 - 10:05 / up 44 & down 198
- Mile 4 - 11:16 / up 35 & down 29
- Mile 5 - 11:20 / up 92 & down 56
My 5 miler predicted a sub 4:20 marathon but I knew that was completely unrealistic but sub 4:40 might be doable. In hindsight, I wish I had not run such a great 5 miler the week before LA because it almost cost me my sub five hour run. So even though I knew I had a sub five in the bag if I took it easy, I figured I would go for broke and maybe bust a really great time.
So I decided to push the pace a bit and see what happen. Unfortunately this meant leaving Lyndie who was taking a more conservative approach to her race.
- Mile 6 - 10:41 / up 102 & down 33
- Mile 7 - 10:09 / up 49 & down 81
- Mile 8 - 10:31 / up 36 & down 40
- Mile 9 - 10:32 / up 72 & down 28
- Mile 10 - 10:35 / up 0 & down 15
So I knew I was heavy and did not want to get on the scale and be disheartened more. When I got how from the race I was 244 btw. From mile 6 to 10, we past Echo Park Lake and Barnsdall Park. This part of the course was kind of dull and at times it was really raining hard.
- Mile 11 - 10:30 / up 49 down 26
- Mile 12 - 10:44 / up 47 down 119
- Mile 13 - 11:06 / up 27 down 0
- Mile 14 - 10:56 / up 60 down 21
- Mile 15 - 11:03 / up 0 down 143
The rain also made my walk/run strategy harder to maintain in that it one cooled down to much on the walk and starting back up was more difficult as well. So I ran more than I wanted and was not running efficiently because of the extra weight and the wet roads. Mile 15 to the West Hollywood area was particular hard do to the footing. There was a sheen of water cascading down this steep hill and I saw a few fall going down.
|Wes in Bolthouse Orange|
By know it was raining no stop and often the road was flooded and sometimes we had to make detours. Going through the Veteran's Administration area is always hard because it is around the 20 mile mark and there is a climb there.
- Mile 16 - 11:36 / up 6 down 56
- Mile 17 - 12:11 / up 48 down 0
- Mile 18 - 12:15 / up 44 down 42
- Mile 19 - 11:04 / up 28 down 45
- Mile 20 - 12:05 / up 28 down 46
On one of our walk breaks, someone came up on me fats and gave me a hug. It was Lyndi (4:52ish, her number did not work) who I had not seen since mile 5. I believe were were 2 or 3 miles from the finish. Now in marathons, rarely do I get passed in the final miles and if I do, I can run with them for awhile. Lyndi just left me instantly and had a huge smile on her face.
- Mile 21 - 11:57 / up 41 down 11
- Mile 22 - 12:52 / up 77 down 0
- Mile 23 - 12:30 / up 23 down 33
- Mile 24 - 11:28 / up 20 down 11
- Mile 25 - 11:18 / up 0 down 97
- Mile 26 - 10:42 / up 22 down 118
- Mile 26.55 - 9:23 / up 0 and down 57
So in the future, I hope to up the % of miles I run each week. Another thing I have to learn to deal with is my perception of time. In the past, I was averaging 13 minute miles so in the last miles of a race, I always had a cushion (at least mentally) but when you goal pace is 11 minute miles, there is very little cushion. I distinctly remember hitting mile 23 with a little over 40 minutes to go for a sub 5 and thinking that is a little over 13 minute pace. In the past that was fast for me and so I kind of freaked out a bit.
The old me had to push to run that pace and I feared if I slowed at all, I would miss the sub five mark. but i was able to bring pace back to the low elevens and finish with my goal of breaking five hours.
- My Garmin Stats HERE
- Time 04:56:41 / Moving Time 04:52:02
- Avg. Pace 11:10 / Avg. Moving Pace 11:00 / Best Pace.7:27
- Elevation Gain 1,031 ft Elevation Loss 1,449 ft
- Distance 26.55 miles / Calories 5,023
too be continued...