Today I ran my first of 3 marathons this year. I ran the Napa Valley Marathon . I don’t even know where to start…so I supposed I will start at the expo.
I got into town yesterday and went to the Marriott to pick up my bib & bag. The expo was nice, I never spend too much time there cause there are too many races to sign up for and I don’t have the money to spend. Haha. But seriously. (Quick side note: speaking of signing up for races, I signed up for the CIM. 3rd year!!). So I picked up my bag, bib and shirt and was very surprised! I knew we were getting duffel bags but wasn’t expecting such big, nice ones!
After picking up my things I met up with fellow ZOOMArun Napa Valley ambassador Miriam . We went out to lunch and talked running. It was so nice to meet her. She also volunteered at the Napa Marathon so I got to see her again as I crossed the finish line – and I wish I would have thought to get a picture!! But we’ll be running ZOOMArun in Napa together so we will get a chance then 🙂
The race started out a little cloudy but was still very nice running weather. It did begin to lightly rain, I don’t even remember when, but it wasn’t bad. It was no 2012 CIM monsoon, that’s for sure! 😉
I don’t know if you can really tell, but these people had a bubble machine. It was pretty fun running through bubbles!
So I am SUPER proud of myself with my race today. My goal was 4 hours and I finished in 3:56:51!! My new marathon PR! The first 8 miles I was staying around a 9:11 min/mi. I was feeling good so I decided the next 8 miles I would pick it up a little. I thought I was doing about 8:55-9:00 but looking at my time now I was actually about 9:10. So yea, I picked it up a little. But at least for miles 17-26.2 I was running about an 8:50min/mi. I wanted to be a bit faster but about mile 22 I slowed down again because I was TIRED!! Marathons are hard! I really had to keep talking to myself and telling myself I can do it.
Here is the race:
Crossing the finish!!
So I just want to say, the best feeling – well first, the worst feeling is starting a race and having EVERYONE pass you! I started to doubt my pace and wonder if I would even meet my goal. Now to the best feeling, PASSING a large majority of those people at the middle to the end of the race. I love doing that. And when I mean passing I was seriously smoking them! A lot of people were even walking towards the end. The course did have some rolling hills for the first 6 miles, and a few after that. Around mile 19 was the last hill. In my opinion the hills were nothing. I hardly noticed them. Maybe I was going too slow up them? Either way, they didn’t bother me much.
I can’t wait to get some official pictures at the finish. I didn’t take any myself. Which I am kinda sad cats about. I guess I was just so happy, excited, and tired that it really didn’t cross my mind.
My first medal of 2014!