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Executive Summary: on marathon #10 I finally (almost) got it right<br><br>
The good: 3:21:11, a 5+ minute PR, almost even splits<br>
The bad: tight water stops & headwinds later in the race<br>
The ugly: missing a trip to Boston by 12 seconds…<br><br>
Quick history: 9 previous marathons, all with some element of crash and burn to them – even my old PR of 3:26 was a blown attempt at a 3:15 with a 9 minute positive split. I’d done pretty well at the shorter distances, but putting together a good 26.2 race had eluded me.<br><br>
I ran Long Beach about 7-8 weeks earlier, but fell off pace ~ mile 17 (to yet another embarrassingly large positive split). I had been dealing with some on-going ab/groin strain issue. I decided that LB was just a 26.2 mile training run and I’d head up to CIM to get it done. That would give me enough time for a couple weeks to recover, a couple weeks of solid training and a couple weeks to taper.<br><br>
I focused on fast finishes in all my long runs. I did my best to hit all of Pfitz’s speedwork as well. I also tried to do some extra training runs at marathon pace as well.<br><br>
Onward to Sacramento: The wife, kids & I flew up to Sac on Friday late morning. We headed over to the expo as soon as they opened on Friday afternoon. All I’m looking for in an expo is the ability to grab my stuff without waiting in a long line - no problems at all for CIM. Since it was CIM’s 25th year, they had really nice tech shirts and fancy tote bags too. The kids had a good time playing eating Gu & Clif bar samples, drinking Gatorade and playing in all the cars on display.<br><br>
Pre-race dinner: We meet up with fellow PRTers RocketPack, Ribsey & Roots at a perfect neighborhood Italian place. We made our plans for race day. RP & Ribz would be out on the course on their bikes. Roots would meet me ~ mile 19 and do his best to help keep me moving along.<br><br>
Race morning: CIM is a point-to-point race, so I have to catch a bus from my hotel at 5:15 AM. I get little sleep the night before. Despite trying to get to bed by 10:30, I seem to remember being up every hour until 1:30. I make it down to the bus without any problem. The weather is looking good, a little chilly prior to sunrise (but at least 10 degrees warmer than when I ran the race in 2005).<br><br>
We arrive at start (Folsom Dam) and I head for the sea of porta-potties. The lines are nice and short (save for those right next to the bus drop off area). About 15 minutes before the gun, I take off my warm clothes and drop them off at the gear check truck. I keep an extra sweatshirt as a throw away, but it is warm enough that I don’t even need it.<br><br>
I went back and forth on whether or not to wear my Forerunner. My biggest issue was that I knew it would measure the course long (hills, tangents, etc.), thus give me inaccurate pace info (too slow) and drive me a little crazy. I chose to go with just my watch and a pace wrist band. I also wisely chose to bring a water bottle with me so I don’t have to hassle at the first few water stops.<br><br>
I line up with the 3:20 pace group (~7:38 per mile) and the gun goes off shortly thereafter. The start is a little crowded, but there is enough room for everyone. CIM is known for being a fast course with a net drop of ~320 feet, but there are plenty of hills in the first 18+ miles. The course rolls up and down.<br><br>
As always, my biggest fear is going out too fast. The 3:20 pacer gets us to mile 1 in ~ 7:52 which is just perfect for me. We settle in and start clicking off the miles, I make sure I’m not going too fast. I hit the half way mark in 1:40:04 almost perfect.<br><br>
The wind starts to kick up as we hit the second half of the course – nothing I can do about it. I do my best to get water and/or sports drink at most every stop. In general, I find the water stops are just too short, thus slow and crowded (which is my only knock on the entire race).<br><br>
After the half I see RP and Ribz on their bikes. They cheer me on, take some pics and offer to take any clothes I may want to ditch. I hit a bit of a rough patch between miles 16 – 18, but I know Roots will be there once I hit mile 19 so I keep on moving.<br><br>
At ~ 18.5 I find Roots. It’s great to see a friendly face. We fight some tough headwinds, but I try my best to keep moving. The 3:20 group seems to be speeding up, so I let them go on ahead. I start to fade a bit during miles 22-24, but Roots does his best to keep me going. I know the 3:20 is going to be tough now, but I don’t lose any sleep over it.<br><br>
I focus on picking people off and picking up the pace for mile 25. Once I start mile 26, I really pick up the pace. A quick glance at my watch and I know I’m going to really need to work hard to get in under 3:20:59. I start to give it all I’ve got and head for the finish line. I cross in 3:21:11. Oh well - too little, too late.<br><br>
Half splits were 1:40:04/1:41:07<br><br>
Final stats:<br><br>
OA: 683/4743 – behind 15%<br>
Men: 519/2831 – behind 19%<br>
AG: 120/493 – behind 25%<br><br>
The aftermath: Believe it or not, I’m not all the concerned about those 12 seconds. This was only my second time breaking 3:34 (the other was my PR). I’m fired up to recover and then get back out there to run a negative split. Going into to CIM I thought I could hit my BQ, but I wasn’t really sure. Now I know I can run faster than 3:20 and I know I can run negative splits.<br><br>
In closing, what race report is complete without the mandatory clichés? <i>I ran my race and I left it all out on the course.</i><br><br>
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…
 

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Dude, that is an awesome time!!<br><br>
Isn't there some leeway with that boston time? Like give or take 20 seconds? It seems like there should be.
 

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Thanks!<br><br>
the BAA already gives you leeway - 3:20 is the standard and you have an extra 59 seconds - as long as the time starts with 3:20 then it's ok<br><br>
3:20:59 is good, 3:21:00 is not
 

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Pics are coming soon<br><br>
I have a couple I'll host and post shorty<br><br>
Roots snapped some out on the course, but I haven't seen them yet
 

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I gotcha.<br><br>
Still. That is so close!!! But that means that you will totally get it next time!!
 

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here you go Nettie:<br><br>
out at dinner Saturday night: yours truly, RP, Ribz & Roots<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m119/arc918/CIM07guys.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
out on the course (between mile 14 - 16?)<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m119/arc918/CIM071.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
at the finish line with Roots (in front of the State Capitol Building) freezing my arse off, face covered in salt, dog arse tired, wearing a medal the size of a hubcap...<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m119/arc918/CIM07arcroots.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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hubba hubba. Those are some good looking menfolk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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great PR by 5 minutes. Awesome. Heartbreaker to just miss Boston. but you are obviously on your way there.
 

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I used to go to college just down the road from Sacto across the causeway, so I'd like to do CIM myself one of these days<br><br>
Awesome PR and race, TAK. Tough to miss a BQ sure, but it sounds like you left it all on the course and frankly that's all you can ask. You have a lot to be proud of for certain<br><br>
I love the pics too - <b>roots</b> is a great guy. Come next year, I'm hoping to meet up with more KR-folk
 

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Congrats, Jon! I've looked forward to reading this. Thank you for allowing me to share in your record run.<br><br>
You really understated the wind factor in the second half. It was a stiff breeze in the face, more often than not. You had to fight through it.<br><br>
Meeting you for the first time only the night prior, I was not sure if you needed a rah-rah cheerleader, a screaming Drill Sergeant, or a silent running companion to help you to the finish. I took a guess at what to do and tried not to annoy you too much. I wish I could have done more to get you those 12 seconds, but I know that you didn't need the help. This run was all you, and your toughness.<br><br>
That you ran nearly an even split marathon, and that you say you can go faster, bodes well for the next endeavor.<br><br>
I had heard about the CIMs reputation as a quality marathon event. After witnessing, I am impressed. I was not aware of the many rolling hills in the first half. Yes, its a net downhill course, but its not flat. It was a pleasure to get to watch the leaders, and the entire field, come through near the mile 19 mark. Nearly 300 runners broke 3 hours and it was a pleasure to watch. I was not disappointed. When I picked you up at the 30km mark, you were definately cruising strong.<br><br>
Thanks again for having me along, nice photos, and oh, I am a techno dunce because I cannot download my photos (I took them on a Gazillion MB resolution and I haven't figured how to resize the batch.)<br><br>
We haven't even told the tale -- while you where asleep, RP dragged us along for a J Street pub-crawl. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/headbang.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headbang">
 

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Great report dude!!! Congrats on the time!!!!<br><br>
I'm going to admit that I'm kind of glad you didn't BQ, I want to be there when you do it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Great race though man!!! Keep kickin' ass!!
 

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Way to go, TAK. I'll be seeing you in Boston!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana">
 

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Great job! Negative splits are da bomb, especially in a marathon! By doing that, you know you ran your best race. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Thanks all!<br><br>
Roots thanks for all your help out there - let me know when you want to run CIM and I'll meet up in Sac.
 

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Good job! you'll get it!!!!!! That medal is OBSCENE!
 

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Great race Jon, you looked strong at mile 13, I knew you were going to be dead on for your BQ. You'll get in.<br><br>
Can I room with you in Boston? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Dragged? Where's that snake skin jacket pimp photo, bucky?
 

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TAK,<br><br>
Your best marathon evah dude. I'm wicked impressed with this race. I am eyeballing CIM for an attempt at a BQ next year.....potentially.<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
oache
 
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