Aaaaaaand ... done! At long last, the @longbeachmarathon is in the books. It was a perfect morning for the race, with great temps and a gorgeous sunrise. .
I felt solid through the great majority of the race, up to about mile 20. The next 2 miles after that still look okay—not too far off my target 8-minute-mile pace—but by that point I was hurting. We were deep into the non-scenic part of the course, and a long, steady incline through the CSU Long Beach campus left me dragging. Worse, my left hip started to tighten up, and eventually it felt like I had a cramp running from my hip down to my knee. I paused for a brief stretch, but after 30 seconds or so I was back at—though at a noticeably slower pace. Still, when I rounded mile 25, I was determined to push, and—meager though it might have been—I kicked with everything I still had in the tank at the finish. I felt wrecked, but also victorious 😁.
@corky_witwell was at the finish with Coach Kiddo, and holy moly, did the sight of them lift my spirits. And after I laid down for a bit in a shady patch of grass, I grabbed a much-needed finisher’s beer (a free one at that!) with my running buddy @blahlemons (who also snapped the first pic here).
The bad news is that my hip and especially my knee are still aching. Plus, trying to compensate for my left leg led to a blister (my first from running—I’ve been extremely lucky) on my right foot. So, I’ve got some recovery ahead of me. Back to core work and cycling!
Also worth noting: Both my watch and my phone clocked the course at more than 26.2—more like 26.49. (The @nikerunning app knocked about 4 minutes off of my time. Of course, that app also gave me an award for the Chicago Marathon today, so it should be taken with a grain of salt 😂) Either way, my pace through the first half of today made for an unofficial half-marathon PB!
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