I thought it would be fun to drive down to downtown Oakland, so that I could run back up to our neighborhood, give my kid a hug, and then run back down to get the car that I left behind. So I signed up for the Oakland marathon. Also because I was itching to run another road marathon after being heat-limited at Vineman last year.
|My view at the start.|
|My view at the finish.|
* Tailwind and clif cube thingees worked really well here. They've been working well in other races, but this is the first time I've limited myself to them in a faster long race.
* Heart rate was really important again, especially on climbs and when I got too warm. I'd adjust it to a 165-170 based on how this race went. I let it run a little higher this time.
* This race made it really easy to see family on the way, since it runs right through the farmers market we visit almost weekly.
* Everyone went out too fast in the first mile. Even the pace groups. This was the first time I've run relative to them at the start to set a pace, so I don't know if this is consistent. Next time I should just go with what the watch says at the start. It's rarely off by so much that I wouldn't be able to make it up if I paced right overall.
* I probably should have drank more water in the first half to be better prepped for the second half; overheating a little when the breeze died in West Oakland was my bottleneck.
* My right big toe started acting up in mile 26. It had bothered me a little after a fast run earlier in the week. I've since narrowed down the problem to a design change in the upper supports of one of the road shoe models I wear. The support thing bends stiffly and repeatedly compresses the top of the toe. Lightly and barely noticeably, but enough to really add up after a lot of miles. I also noticed that running in them a lot leading up to this race reinforced some muscle tightness/form asymmetries, which probably contributed to this coming up on one side. I'm switching to mostly Altras for a while since they always provide a good sanity check on form issues and make it easier (for me) to address them.