Monday, December 7, 2009

California International Marathon

Yippee! I did it, I finally ran a marathon and enjoyed it. I also was able to actually exceed (by 1 minute) my goal time of 5:30; 5:28:52 - a PR for me. I'm SO excited!

I usually do a run/walk ratio of 1/1 for my marathons, but decided to try and run all the downhill sections of this one. Because of that, I started out a little fast, but not too much. The first mile was 10:41; but then I leveled out and kept the rest within my range.

This marathon is advertised as a pretty easy one and I believe it is. Not to say it isn't challenging in some areas, because there ARE a few hills that can get you down, if you don't prepare for them. Fortunately, where I run is rolling hills so I didn't really have too mamy problems with this race.

It was nice having so much support along the course. My last (and only) 2 marathons had pretty much no support, which I'm fine with, but I really enjoyed having people support me along the way.

I noticed a blister forming on my fourth toe of my right foot at about mile 8. I should have worn a pair of toe only socks in addition to my 2 pair, but I forgot to pack them. The blister broke at about mile 20, a new, weird & painful experience for me. :) I've never had a bloody sock before. LOL Still, it actually quit hurting after a while and I did fine.

I was concerned about my breathing since I have had a cold for about a week, and I did have some issues with coughing after mile 20, but overall, I was fine. The problem I had started about mile 19 with my legs just feeling like they were giving out. This made it harder for me to run so I did a lot of speed walking then. Disappointing, but I still met my goal!

I kept close to the 5:30 pacer and actually was ahead of her for the last part of the race. I was overjoyed when I realized I would meet my goal pace.

I was able to finish the last .1 of the race running, so I finished strong and I'm sure the photo at the finish was better than if I walked it. I loved the announcer at the finish - he was great, even commented on my pink Newtons. :) I especially liked it when he said I was 56, but looked 29. I think I'm in love. hahaha!

This was a great race and one that I actually enjoyed running. I'm really glad I picked this marathon. Next marathon - Salt Lake City Marathon, April 17, 2010!

When I run long runs, my hands swell extremely. Anyone else have this problem?

Here are before & after pics:


  1. CONGRATS on the PR!!! so glad you enjoyed CIM :) i love this race!

  2. So happy for you! What an accomplishment!

  3. What a great race! super job lady. so very inspirational. thanks for sharing.

    my hands do not swell when running- they do the reverse and shrivel and get very cold. my rings often fly off. :)

  4. Thanks, Ms. Runnrgrrl! :)

    Mine didn't use to, so I'm not sure what I'm doing differently. I'm gonna try to do more salt & see if that helps, but I have a feeling I'm not getting enough liquid.

  5. Thanks everyone! It was a great race to run. I'll run it again sometime, I'm sure.

  6. Congrats on the PR! I'm glad you loved the race! It sure was a tough course! :)

  7. Congrats on the PR. Awesome race!!!

  8. Wow!!! You Rocked!!! I am glad to have found you!! You look amazing too!! I am having a giveaway to help a running friend and would be honored if you'd stop by

  9. oh,my hands don't swell but my arms from the elbows down tend to want to go numb due to tedonitis in my elbows

  10. Gina, if you figure out the swelling, then please tell me, because my wife has the exact same problem. GREAT RACE!

  11. Joe, I think I'm not drinking enough. I drank more on my run yesterday and didn't have quite as much swelling. I'm still trying to figure it out though.