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Santa Clarita Marathon Recap

We picked up our bibs on Saturday evening and they ran out of goodie bags so we got our shirt and number and left the expo. We had dinner at Lazy Dog, which was so, so good. We stopped at Sports Chalet where MK got some gu and I also got some Sport Beans because I figured later in the race I would like to have them. Then it was an early night with a pretty restless sleep. I woke up nervous again. As I said in my pre-race goals, I haven’t run a marathon in over a year and a half and my last one took me close to six hours to finish because I was injured and didn’t train well. I laid out all my clothes and was all set to go race morning.

We woke up around 5:30 to head to the starting line. I ate my peanut butter and jelly squares and then we drove to the area where we were suppose to park. It was easy with no traffic and we got close parking because it was such a small race. It was a great community vibe and feel at the start line, which I love. It was a beautiful day and I was so happy in my long sleeve and tights. I never regretted wearing them once and there is much less chafing when you wear long sleeves and pants!

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We grabbed a quick photo together and then we were off! Right on time, much appreciated. Our splits really show where there was a incline and I was so happy with how consistent we ran. I made sure to not get too excited when we started and take off, and I was glad that I held myself back the first mile.

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Now, onto the splits. The first 8 miles flew by. The course was pretty and had many beautiful fall accents, which I loved! There were not many spectators at all, but the ones you did see were awesome and all the water stations were great. Around mile 10 I started thinking, okay, I’m feeling good and I’ve got 16 to go. My legs felt okay and the course wasn’t hilly or hard, it was a nice distraction and since I didn’t look at a map before hand, the miles went by pretty quickly. When hit the half way point, I quick went to the bathroom, and was happy that my stomach was cooperating. That’s why mile 13 was a bit slower. I ate my sandwiches at mile 4, 8, 12, and was cruising!

Mile 14 was where I put my head down and just ran. I somehow didn’t realize I lost Mary Kate during this time, I thought she was right behind me! At mile 16 I had caffeinated sport beans. There was a section where you go out to a turn around to go back through neighborhoods and this is where I told myself, just make it to mile 20. It’s six miles and then if the wheels come off, it’s okay. So I ran hard to mile 20 and felt pretty good. I was passing so many people and I love that feeling of ‘working’ when I run. I just kept looking forward and moving toward the next person. I saw the 4:00 group in my sight and go so excited. I told myself just catch up to them. Just keep running toward them, they are running slower than you. I finally caught them right at mile 21 and then unfortunately, my stomach started to become upset. I think I pinpointed it to the sport beans at mile 16. Therefore I lost 5 more minutes at mile 21 and getting back into the groove after that hurt because I had stopped for quite some time. But, I knew I was still on target to go under 4:10 so I just focused on that. I was bunny hopping a few people and their encouraging words were awesome, Carlos especially! We talked about a friend he had running at Kona, and it was always great to see him on the out and backs and I got to see Mary Kate on them as well! {which in my opinion, there was one too many out and backs}

At mile 23 my feet really started hurting. Just being on your feet for this long hurts. I knew I had blisters and I was so scared to take my shoes off after the race! I could have run a little bit harder on mile 26, but I was just spent. I lost some of my nutrition at mile 21, and should have eaten my last sandwich at mile 24 but I didn’t. Lesson learned… Sandwiches ONLY!

The one thing that was kind of a bummer is that the finish line is SO small that there really aren’t many people there :( So you finish and it’s a little anti-climatic, but I was still happy with my time and I couldn’t believe how close I was to 4 hours! Minus a few little changes I’m going to make for my next race, my “strategy” worked out great for the starting pace and then ‘racing’ the second half made me much more confident. The entire last half I just told myself, you just started running, push yourself.  I also told myself, you just started running, this is the beginning of your race, you can do this. I’d rather blow up at mile 20 going for a good time, then thinking I could have gone faster, which I am happy I ran this race the way I did. I’m pretty sure I negative split the entire race too, which I’m stoked on.

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My feet were pretty jacked up afterwards :( but on the upside, they weren’t bleeding! I had blisters on almost ALL my toes, but I’ll spare you the photos. Now they are all healing up and I’m really looking forward to Tuscon now! This race boosted my confidence so much, and I’m so happy that I ran it! It was pretty, I felt good for the most part, minus the mishap at mile 21, and now I’m back!

xoxo

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25 Comments

  • Reply Leigh

    Congratulations! You killed it!

    November 4, 2013 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Britt

    Great job! Maybe I’ve missed it, but where do you store your snacks on you for the run? It doesn’t look like you had a fuel belt with you or anything. Those little tricks are super helpful – I’d love if you gave more information about it. Dialing in the right nutrition plan is key for me.

    November 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    Congratulations on #10 – what a great comeback!

    November 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Missy

    Great job girl! Cute outfit!

    November 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    You did amazing, congrats! I may have missed it, but can you share your training plan. I am running another marathon in April and I’m driving myself crazy trying to figure out a training plan for it, since I didn’t love my last plan. Thanks!

    November 6, 2013 at 10:27 am
  • Reply Amanda @runtothefinish

    congrats!!! you only wanted sub 4:20 and you blew that away! I can’t wait to see us both break the sub 4 barrier soon, we got this!!

    I really think fueling is still my biggest issue. It must be a combo of race day nerves and gels that get me repeatedly. Going to try some new things next time around <<awe crap guess that means there is a next time :)

    November 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    Great job! I want to know how you carry sandwiches too. I’ve run the half at SC several times and it’s SOOOO boring…I give you extra credit for running the full!

    November 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Christine

    Congratulations!!!! You ran a smart and strong race, well done. I also love the smaller marathons better, so much easier logistically.

    November 9, 2013 at 4:50 am
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