Monday, March 24, 2014
Oakland Marathon 2014
Lastly, my race. I usually come down on myself for things I could improve upon, though not today. A personal best was out of the question with almost a thousand feet of elevation gain, I was just pleased with my ability to climb the hills and not allowing my mile splits to go above the 6:40's and the late miles never went over 6:20. About every six miles I would get a fresh batch of marathon relay runners to contend with and somehow I always ended up right behind the first female. So any time we passed an intersection everyone would cheer for her because they thought she was winning the marathon. Then when I would roll through approximately five seconds later, no one seemed to care making me look like a chump. Not a big deal, I was running for time. My validation finally came around mile 24 when some big guy said out loud "That dude's not in the relay, he's flying!" Thanks buddy.
Results page: http://www.oaklandmarathon.com/Results.htm
News recap: http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25404731/oakland-running-festival-enjoys-good-weather-tough-competition