As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, this was not about me. If I ran a great race, that'd just be icing on the cake. But I wanted a BQ for my girl Sara more than anything. And with a time of 3:36:XX - she nailed it (also placed 4th in her age group)!
Boston 2010 baby...so friggin' proud of ya!
On to the other happenings from this weekend...
Pre-Race Pasta Dinner:
After a late run down to Huntington Beach for the expo and packet pickup, Sara and I drove to a nearby restaurant for a pasta dinner with our good running friends from the California Runner's World forums, as well as our favorite blogger Miss Danica.
This was quite frankly, a blast. I wished halfway through that it was the night after the race and not the preceding night (primarily because I wanted a beer). Still, we got to see familiar faces as well as meet some new ones while carbing up and sharing war stories.
A grand time, BUT - we had a super-early wake up time so...back up to LA and to bed we went.
Here's the skinny from this morning's race:
Got up at the ungodly hour of 3:15am. Picked up Sara and made the 40 minute drive down to Huntington Beach. Had about an hour and a half to kill so we basically just hung out in the car and took turns using the loo. It was cold out at the start, with some ocean gusts and a cloud cover from the gun til about mile 8.
It was a horrendous race for yours truly. I was clearly out-of-shape or operating with dead legs and in no condition to try to run a PR for a marathon. But I wanted to get my girl her BQ time so I started out with her and the 3:40 pace group. It was more strenous than it should have been but I can now concede that I was not in good shape.
Dropped back around mile 14.5, started walking sections between mile 15-22, and picked things up for the last remaining miles til the finish. My spirits were out of this world when I saw my friend Charlie between miles 25-26 and he yelled out to me that Sara got her BQ!
Anyway, I crossed the line at 3:55:51. Considering how much I walked and how crummy I was feeling, I guess I'll take it. Leg muscles, while on the verge in the latter miles, never fully cramped and spasmed.
Other personal accomplishments: completed the California Dreamin' Race Series (got a special medal + jacket) AND am now a member of the Marathon Maniacs!