This past weekend I ran the Santa Rosa Marathon. This was Murphy’s Marathon for me. Just about everything that could go wrong went wrong on the this race day. It started out with me waking up late because I did not hear my alarm. I’m in the habit of setting my alarm on silent so that I don’t wake my wife when I get up for work. In my haste to get to bed in the hotel it didn’t click in my brain that I actually needed to wake up my wife so she could drive me to the start of my race! Getting up late meant that I ate about 45 minutes later than I wanted to. Instead of having two whole hours to digest my breakfast, I only had an hour and fifteen minutes. I got to the start line in time, took my gel, and found my pace group. I was looking to qualify for Boston that day and I felt really good. Right after the first mile my pace group took a wrong turn. It only added about 200 yards to our race so it was not a big deal. What was a big deal was the throng of people from the pace groups that were ahead of us, screaming past on the narrow trail we were on, trying to get back on pace. They also went off course and added close to a mile to their race. It made for a pretty congested first few miles.
- I ran my best half marathon in the first half of the race
- I beat my marathon time from my previous bout with cramps by about 10 minutes
- The race was sponsored by DeLoach Vineyards and I got a bottle of wine for running (two actually because I signed up at the CIM expo last year).