I forget I hadn't stretched! No problems, there's plenty of time. I'm in wave 5. It's about 48 degrees outside. I wore a head warmer, running jacket, light weight long sleeve, running skirt; thanks http://www.runningskirts.com/, no under layers, & gloves. Hahaha I'm ridiculously nervous for no reason. The headband mushes my forehead, but it keeps my ears warm :) Before the race started there was a lot of guys running up onto the hill next to the road. I figured out pretty quickly what they were doing & ewwwwwwwww! Look away! Look away!
My tunes are all fast tempo songs to keeps my pace going. The event is well organized for this many people. I LOVE California for the weather & most of us are very laid back attitudes. Especially runners. These guys made everyone smile!
The marathon course is rolling. Much of it is along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The highest point of elevation is 308 feet above sea level reached gradually between miles 5 and 9.
My posted pace split time at 6.6 miles is 1:11:50 Pace: 10:53. At the 5th mile is a large steady hill, difficult for about 1 mile, then continues up through the 6.6 turn. I didn't need a watch to tell me I was going slower, but I kept going. I had already mentally prepared at mile marker 8, I will need to begin picking up the pace. The Silver Strand Half Marathon is flat compared to this course. The challenge was accepted & conquered! It's hard to keep a steady pace because runners are EVERYWHERE! I had to run around people constantly throughout this race or run slower. At the 5 mile and the 8th mile I take a BLOK.
Mile markers are hard to see and it could of been because of all the runners. The wind wasn't bad & the weather stayed cool. My gloves came off pretty quick at the 2nd mile & my head warmer & jacket came off at the 8 mile marker. Who wouldn't love looking and see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean as you run? There's a large down hill through the 10 mile. Race information stated there would be water stations about every 2 miles, but it seemed like there was more. As miles 11 came up, two guys ran with large flags one of the United States & the other of USMC go running by! How's that for motivation! I finished the race:
Overall: 3885 out of 7269
Women: 1850 out of 4289
F 40-44: 293 out of 664
Age/Grade: 51:50% Place: 3207
Finish/Tag time: 2:14:53 Pace: 10:18