"PRIOR PREPRATION PREVENTS PISS POOR PERFORMANCE"

California International Marathon

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Location:

Sandy,Ut,USA

Member Since:

Apr 05, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

"PRIOR PREPRATION PREVENTS PISS POOR PERFORMANCE"

Best running times:

5K - 17:45, Nestle, 2008

10K - 43:34, Des News, 2008

1/2 Marathon - 1:32:50, Provo 1/2, 1999

Full Marathon - 3:21:26, St. George, 1999

Best Boston Marathon: 3:29:57, 2006

I  RAN AND COMPLETED MY 12/12/60th BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE. 12 MARATHONS IN 12 MONTHS  (FEB 5,2011 - FEB 19, 2012)

ST GEORGE MARATHON, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

THE BOSTON MARATHON, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015

DESERET NEWS, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2011

OGDEN MARATHON,2004, 2005, 2011

PARK CITY MARATHON, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011

TOP OF UTAH MARATHON, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2011.

UTAH VALLEY MARATHON, 2010, 2011.

THE COWTOWN MARATHON, 2011

THE HOOVER DAM MARATHON, 2011

THE DALLAS WHITE ROCK MARATHON, 2011

THE SURF CITY USA MARATHON, 2012, 2013

THE LOST DUTCHMAN MARATHON, 2012

THE LAYTON MARATHON,  2013

THE MT NEBO MARATHON,  2014

 THE ATHENS GREECE CLASSIC MARATHON,  NOV 8, 2015

THE GREEN BAY MARATHON, MAY 22, 2016

THE CIM, DEC 4, 2016 "BQ"

56 MARATHONS - OVERALL AS OF DEC 4, 2016

143   OVERALL RACES SINCE, forever or 1998

"PAY ME NOW OR PAY ME LATER"

Short-Term Running Goals:

RUN A 17:00 5K

RUN A 38:00 10K

RUN A 90:00 1/2 MARY

RUN A 3:19:00 FULL MARY (I know I will never hit this one, but I will keep on trying)

"THERE WILL BE DAYS THAT I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN RUN A MARATHON, BUT THERE WILL ALSO BE A LIFE TIME KNOWING THAT I HAVE!"

Long-Term Running Goals:

MY 2017 RUNNING SCHEDULE:

1. NESTLE 5K, JUNE 3, 2017

2. THE HUNTSVILLE UTAH MARATHON, THE FULL MONTE, SEPT 16, 2017

3. TBA

4. TBA

 

MY GOALS.....My goal is to be an Age Division Winner and a Boston Marathon Qualifer & Participant as long as I can run this short, fat, tired old man body down the road!!!  Ya know what I mean? This gettin' old crap isn't for the weak of heart, mind or spirit!

 

 

 

 

Personal:

I'm still alive after all these years and I'm continuing to live my dreams!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 27.00 Month: 124.68 Year: 476.18
AIG Lifetime Miles: 620.68
AB1 Lifetime Miles: 230.57
AB2 Lifetime Miles: 235.90
AIG4 Lifetime Miles: 621.43
AIGB Lifetime Miles: 350.40
Race: California International Marathon (26.2 Miles) 04:09:54, Place overall: 3047, Place in age division: 21
Total Distance
26.20

CIM - 4:09:54 - 12/4/2016

I'm not sure where to start this late race report, so I'll just jump in by saying that the CIM was a super fine well oiled marathon with nothing but the best organization going and the weather was nearly perfect the entire race. Everything the race directors did was to make the CIM the most friendly race ever for all the participants, be they the marathoners, half marathoners or relay runners...

My race day started at about 3:30am getting my stuff on and getting over to the motel's runners breakfast. It was about 42* outside and foggy. Then it was a quick block walk to a bus stop pickup where we were whisked off to Folsom where the race starts. Upon arrival it was announced that there were over 300 Blue Temples of Doom available for the runners last minute race preparations!Which pretty much meant little or no wait time to get in and get business done. The starting line was set up across a large four lane highway by a big mall in Folsom. It was lit up as bright as daylight which made finding my 4 hour pace group which was lined up to the right of the main group of runners. I had decided to do the pacer group because I didn't want to blow my whole marathon by going out to fast. At the starting line I met a couple of runners that actually lived in the general area and started a little support group within the pacer group. Just like clock work the race started at 7:am right after the National Anthem.

 I really liked the start with the pacers, I didn't take off like a slobbering dog looking for a car to chase. I stayed very controlled and started a conversation with my little group of new friends encouraging them to be very deliberate with their running strategy and we would all make it to the end and accomplish our goals. My goal was to finish this marathon and with any luck finish with a "BQ" time.

So now the race is on and the miles just started to roll bye and I mean they just rolled bye. There were no hills on this course. It was just a series or rollers from the start to the finish which was a net loss of 340 feet in elevation by the end of the marathon. It seemed to me that I was running down the main road through one big neighborhood subdivision from the start to the finish line where the marathon ended right in front of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.

The fan support along the route was sparse at best until you got close to the finish line. This was a very focused marathon from the get go. Like they said at the start, most of the runners at the CIM this day were there to take advantage of the net elevation loss to run the fastest marathon in the west to a "BQ"! It seems to me that at the finish line it was announced that 29% of this days field of runners in the marathon actually "BQ'ed" this day and that CIM produces more "BQ" runners to the Boston Marathon than any other marathon.

Oh well, Like I said the miles clicked of fairly uneventful with me keeping a very steady pace of about 9:05 mpm until I got out to about mile 18 or 19 where I started giving up more and more seconds per mile. By the time I had gotten to mile 20 I had lost my running friends and fallen back from the pacer group.  I kept trying to keep up with the pace group but started to fall back a little bit each mile. I watched my time very very carefully and calculated exactly what I need to get over the finish line with a "BQ" and knuckled down and forced myself to keep moving my feet forward to the finish. 

As I came around he corner after going through a false finish line arch I saw the real finish line arch and took a look at my Garmin that was showing me that I was approaching 4:10:XX, I dug down deeper and pushed as hard as I could and made it over the finish line with the finish line clock showing exactly 4:12:00. I felt a bit defeated at this point in time as I needed a 4:10:00 to get my "BQ" this day. At the end of the run it was 57* and there was no wind.

I immediately started looking for the results table to asses the damage I had done to myself. After hunting all over the place and not finding the results table,  I gave up and decided to just go have a beer at the beer tent and head off the the motel. As I got into the beer tent area I realized that the beer being served was a Fake beer, it didn't have any alcohol in it. How disgusting was that, I thought. So I took my fake beer and decided to take it with me on my walk back to my motel room. As I was leaving the beer tent area I was stopped by security and informed that I couldn't leave the area with a beer. I immediately stated that this beer was non-alcoholic and what law prohibited me from leaving the area with a fake beer. The poor security guard didn't know, so I walked over to the nearest trash receptacle and deposited my free fake beer in it and left the area....still not knowing what my official time was.

As I made my way over the .9 miles to my room I couldn't wait to get back to get on line and check my time. Just as I got in my room and got my phone powered up I got a text from Hillbilly Runner who congratulated me on getting a "BQ". I thanked him and then asked what was my time, 'cause I didn't know. Well that little bit of return information surly made my day and trip to The CIM worth it but then set my head spinning when I realized that I had only made my goal of a "BQ" by 6 seconds........ All in all, I would recommend running the CIM for any reason, except the fake beer.

So that's my CIM race report and I'm sticking to it............ 

 

 

 

 

AIGB Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 163.00Calories: 0.00
Comments
From I Just Run on Sun, Dec 04, 2016 at 18:31:09 from 199.38.187.9

Great Job!....I'm excited to see the details and hear how you like the race.

From Rhett on Tue, Dec 06, 2016 at 08:38:20 from 24.121.249.174

Good to hear you're tired, that means your ran hard. I'm looking forward to the report.

From I Just Run on Thu, Dec 08, 2016 at 15:21:36 from 199.38.187.9

How are you feeling? I went to the gym and did 5 on the elliptical today. I'm much better.

From Hillbilly Runner on Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 08:33:01 from 76.122.210.58

Great race You nailed it!!

From DaleG on Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 11:06:05 from 170.72.45.138

Congrats on the BQ!!! I can imagine feeling defeated after the race and thinking you didn't BQ.

From Tom Slick on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 14:15:30 from 107.34.9.185

DaleG - Ya, it was heart breaking. I sure felt good after hearing from HBR that day!

From Rhett on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 15:26:05 from 66.185.238.62

I just read the full race report. Congrats on the BQ even though it is bitter sweet since 6 seconds probably won't be enough to get you in. At least you can say you BQ'd. Are you going to make another attempt at Boston 2018?

From DaleG on Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 01:52:11 from 170.72.45.138

Are you all recovered?

From Tom Slick on Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 09:36:25 from 70.12.221.215

Dale G - Yes I seemed to have recovered, but I don't think I'll be out doing any running for awhile. I'm gunna take a break and ramp up my weight lifting and cross training.

From Hillbilly Runner on Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 10:43:27 from 76.122.210.58

Hey Slick if you have qualifying time don't you get an automatic in since you've ran Boston 10 times?

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