Sunday, June 6, 2010

Race Report: Rock and Roll San Diego

Time: 3:35:27
Pace: 8:14
Overall Place: 594 / 10625 (109/902 Division)
Oz of water drank DURING the race: 70

San Diego is one of the few places that can successfully mix the cool waters of the beach, calm sea breezes, the blazing hot sun, and the risk of being kidnapped in Tijuana. Fortunately, this trip I only experienced three of those. Another race report with a boatload of pictures and even more witty descriptions!!

Marathon weekend started on Friday morning with a drive to San Diego. I thought that it didn't make sense to burn a free flight via frequent flyer points on a 1 hour long flight (vs the 6 hour drive). Ask me if this is a good idea after I drive back with "marathon legs". What that meant was that my wife and I were subjected to no fewer than 3 boarder checkpoints on I-8. (Ironically, I am pretty sure that all three were in California and not the political lightning rod that Arizona has become)

As soon as we got into town I hit the expo. It was a really good one with loads of free stuff. Of course, I wore my homemade Rock and Roll TShirts!


One of the best things was that the expo provided plenty of opportunities to make a fool out of myself. Here I am smoking the surprisingly large (and not Kenyan) crowd at my 2:03:58 world record marathon finish:


Finally, I had another one of those awkward moments where my virtual life collides with my "real" life. Chic Runner (who is much taller than I expected) was working the Long Beach Marathon booth as part of her real life job. We chatted each other up for a bit and I was completely flabbergasted when she actually remembered my name! *Cue the Sally Field acceptance.....'you like me, you really really like me!'* I made my eye rolling wife take a picture of us:


The day before the marathon, the Phoenix bloggers scheduled a little colon loading carbo loading. Around the table clockwise, Me, my wife, RunningLaur, RunningLaur's friend Tiffany, and Jeff looking down over us all. Unfortunately, as you can see, Jeff was only with us in spirit. His little man wasn't feeling up to dinner so he ended up grabbing some food on his way back to the hotel.

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The morning of the race started out pretty crappy. I had set the alarm for 4:10, but I can only assume because of the shitty night's sleep I must have shut it off. Fortunately, my pregnant wife had to get up to pee at 5:10 so I wasn't late for the race. I took a taxi to the race from the hotel because I am a lazy ass to save my legs and get there a bit sooner. Amongst the 30,000 people I actually did find the last Phoenix blogger I hadn't seen yet, Rio! She took a picture of me mingling with one of the coolest Elvi running the race. No word on how absorbent he was:


For the race itself, I wanted to run around 3:30 - 3:40. So, I did what any runner would do and went out at approximately a 3:29 pace!! Nothing like setting the expectations and pace high. The course started with an immediate downhill into the downtown San Diego area. By mile 5 I could already tell that it was going to be a hot / sweaty race. My shirt was soaked through and my hair was already sopping wet. But, in spite of the challenges to come, I still maintained a goofy grin in my face:


I was able to successfully navigate the SINGLE hill on the course as well as the camber on the curvy/hilly highway. Overall, I held my 7:55ish pace through the half. That is when the sun came out from the marine layer and things REALLY got interesting. The temperature immediately shot up 10 degrees. Of course, this also was the same time that the course came out of the suburbs and ran along the bay. The cooling from the bay, I felt, was offset by the sun (and then some).

Through mile 20, I was still on my 3:30 pace. However, the heat was really starting to take its toll. So, I made the conscious decision to drop my pace about a mile a minute to not completely kill myself off. After all, I've got another one of these bastards again in three weeks. I dropped the running sections to about 8:30 and walked through most of the aid stations to refill my water bottles. I think I COULD have probably kept my 8:00/pace, but honestly the pace I DID keep was 9:00 or so. Talk is cheap....actions speak louder than words....should have/could have/would have. Take it for what it is I suppose. I'm not going to give myself that excuse in Seattle - so keep me honest, Internet!

(More goofy grinning at the finish):

Once I crossed the finish line I grabbed as much CytoMax as I could carry (I still have yet to see this stuff anywhere but @ RnR races) and started to head towards the family meeting zone. This area is my ONLY complaint about the logistics of the race. First, the place seemed to be miles and miles away from the finish. Second, the family meeting zone was in the Sea world parking lot! So, there was NO WHERE to sit except for on the blacktop. Not exactly the most cool/comfortable place to sit. But, I made the most of it, threw on my Recovery Socks and tried to cool off. (You can see the start of a little sunburn here already):


My wife and I then waited only just a bit for the remainder of the Phoenix Blogging Crew (PBC) to finish. Everyone had a similar experience to me - not right on their goal, but close enough to still call it a fun / successful race. (Check out their blogs for the recaps!

33 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great race report. Love the pictures and your fun attitude! Congrats on a well run race at an excellent pace!

ShutUpandRun said...

Wow Jamoosh really thought you did an awesome job and had an excellent race report (x4)!

That was a good race report. You and your smile crack me up!! You ran a great race despite the heat and looked like you had fun doing it.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Wow, looks like blogger is pooping out multiple comments on your post too. Either that, or Jamoosh and Wendy are 'super-fans!' Your pictures cracked me up, congrats on another super-fast marathon! You rock!!

Tricia said...

great job, loved the report!

EricaH said...

Congratulations again on your great run, great pics. I am with you on the family reunion area and parking lot, not really ideal post race accommodations.

Chad said...

Awesome job and gret race report. Can't wait for the vacation report!

Rad Runner said...

Great great great job! Smiles all the way, that is what matters! And hello freaking Sponge Bob Elvis! best pic EVER!

Ulyana said...

What a fund race report! Great job on the race!

Colin Hayes said...

Great job out there, especially with a relatively short buildup after your injury! Rest & stay healthy for Seattle!

Whitney said...

Yes, you should always be grateful for pregnant wives that wake up all night long to use the bathroom.
Nice race! Can't wait to see how you do in Seattle!

EZEthan said...

Smart move holding back at the end... hope it pays off for you in three weeks!

RunnuRMark said...

Looks like you ran exactly the race you wanted! Congrats...looks like it was fun (minues the hot sun part). We're going to have to do one of these together some day. Maybe the Gobbler Grind in good old OP in November?? Huh? Huh? I know you're tempted.

Jill said...

Congratulations, Adam!! Sounds like that heat got a bit out of hand at the end (as it did when I ran it upteen years ago..), you still knocked off a great time regardless. Way to go!!

And why did Jamoosh comment 4 times? Was he trying to spell "great" right each time and keep getting it wrong?? ;)

Jamoosh said...

Sweet Run Dude - now head on over to Stone Brewing in Escondido!

kilax said...

Great job! You make running a marathon sound so easy, Adam :)

Ha ha. There do seem to be quite a few people at the 2:00 mark ;)

Steel Springs said...

Congratulations! Great race report!

Her Name is Rio said...

Yay! Great race- it was a hot one!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Wow, I hope my comment displays. Looks like folks have had some trouble with that!

Nice race and report! Very cool you met Chic Runner and she knew your name! I think you raced smart with Seattle coming up. You make this look wayyyyy too easy!

The Laminator said...

Congratulations! Nice job on the finish. Fun race report too!

Johann said...

Super run and report! Well done! I wonder what was happening inside your eye rolling wife's head...love that!

Running Through Phoenix said...

"His little man wasn't feeling up to dinner so he ended up grabbing some food on his way back to the hotel." Translation: My 2.5 year old SON was cranky. Not some perverted auto-erotic compulsion! Nice Report Brother Adam!!

Nitmos said...

Great race! I wish there were more pictures of you smiling though. You gotta learn to loosen up.

eatpersimmons.com said...

Congrats on the strong finish!! I ran the marathon too. It was a fun course, all except for Fiesta Island in my opinion. Doh! That part was torture. Great recap and congratulations! :)

Morgan said...

Great job out there buddy! I'm glad you still had fun despite the heat! Love all the pics!

aron said...

NICE job on ANOTHER marathon! how many are you doing this year anyways ;) i heard this one was reallllly warm, ekkk. congrats!

Cynthia O'H said...

Awesome run and report. You will find that you will no longer need an alarm clock; your sleepless wife will soon be able to wake you up and any hour of the night and, by the time she's ready to sleep, a little voice close by will take over that role. Seriously, I haven't used an alarm clock in almost 10 years!

Dr. TriRunner said...

Loved this. I really hope I can run a race out in San Diego some day... such a beautiful city!! I was SO close to going to the University of San Diego... sometimes on the -20° runs I really question my ability to make good decisions...

Awesome job on the race, and I'm looking forward to reading about the next one!

Emz said...

the pictures are great!

what's up with the 24 comments from Jamoosh & wendy?

I too was sad about the green sock no-show.

Awesome RR!

Chris Korn said...

Awesome race report, would expect nothing less. Thank you for going back to Phoenix.

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

hope you are doing the bloggy meetup in Seattle!! I agree I usually load up on the cytomax cause I lurv it and i earned it.

way to rock out the steady pace

Chic Runner said...

So fun to meet you and of course I remembered your name. :) Great race report and glad you had a great time out there! :)

Glenn Jones said...

Sorry I missed you Adam. I tried to make my way up to the pacer, but it was pretty much impossible. I see you met up with Lauren - that means that I was still in the finish area when you were! Crap!

From the looks of it you had a great time celebrating pre-race and had a great race too. Congratulations!

Here's my only question though. You're sitting on asphalt. The sun is out and blazing hot. And you're in jeans and a sweatshirt?


My only question is this -

Christina said...

Looks like Jamoosh really liked your race report, report, report.

I've heard the banking on the roads is tough at San Diego but you seemed to have survived that along with the heat well.

I've had PMS and it hung on for awhile. At least you have a race in a couple weeks; maybe that will help you shake it off.

Good job with the race!