Sunday, February 3, 2013
DESERT CLASSIC MARATHON 2013
Both races were underway at 7:00am on an absolutely beautiful morning in the desert. Danny and I ran with a small pack for the first 6.5 miles to their turn-a-round averaging a 6:12 pace. Then it was only Ricardo Maldonado and I up front until mile 10. The churning in my stomach forced a pit stop and I handed over the lead. Losing at least a minute I tried to close the gap between us, but he was running way too strong for that. I hit the halfway mark in 1:20 and started back uphill against the wind...and my stomach. By mile 17 I had to take another bathroom break and my momentum was gone. Dealing with that was tough, though just one of a few problems during the race. I dropped a gel that I needed dearly at mile 20, my electrolytes foamed up leaving it undrinkable, and an aid station miscue that contributed to running out of glycogen by mile 22. Once again my plan to negative split was foiled, and I didn't reach my goal time though the challenges always help to build character.
A big shout out to Danny for his 4th place finish in the half! All those Wednesday morning workouts are paying off. Ricardo, you're a machine. I've never seen a 49 year-old so fit in my entire life! Congrats on setting the state masters record for the marathon. Good luck at Boston my friend.
4:00am - Oat Bar (390 Cal)
5:30am - Starbucks Coffee Black
6:45am - GU Vanilla Bean (100 Cal)
7:00am - Race Start
8:00am - GU Vanilla Bean (100 Cal)
8:30am - 10oz Hammer Heed - (70 Cal)
TOTAL CALORIES 660