Big Sur Marathon Recap
We drove the marathon route backwards on Saturday. Every time we were driving downhill I dreaded it since that meant uphill during the race. But there wasn't any time pressure this time and that meant I was mostly excited and not nervous, except at the start line where I was nervous, as usual. Just look at the route. We ran through the forest...
...and, of course, there were the ocean views.
After having a great time at the family reunion, we arrived at our cabin late Saturday night. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw that my cell phone with my alarm on it was dead! Did I miss the race?! I checked the clock. It was 3:42 AM. I was okay, but after that adrenaline rush, who could sleep? So I got ready very slowly for my 6AM departure - happy to have not missed the marathon.
The Big Sur marathon is just as beautiful as everyone says. The hills were steep and long enough to make me take short walk breaks a few times. At first, getting started running again after walking wasn't too hard, but towards the end, I had to tell myself just to at least start with some running baby-steps.
The 2 1/2 mile uphill section around miles 10-13 was tough! I changed my eating plan (Gu and then Gatorade in between Gu) to eating and drinking more than I'd planned because it was such a hard run.
My finishing time: 4:19:50!!! I ran the Houston marathon in January (12 weeks ago) in 4:05. I read somewhere to add 20 minutes for the hills and wind in Big Sur. We had them both - sometimes at the same time.
Right after the marathon, I snacked on a banana, a cookie, pineapple-orange juice (race hand-outs) and 1/2 a Powerbar (I had eaten 1 1/2 bars pre-race).
We ate at Nepenthe restaurant where I had a grilled chicken sandwich when I finally got hungry for a real meal around 4 PM. Warning: lots of stairs, but it's worth it for the view.
We're staying in a Big Sur cabin at Ripplewood Resort. It's an old place, but we like it - there are flowers everywhere and the #15 cabin we are in has a living room and kitchen, but no hair dryer. : ( I do believe my husband is starting the campfire for s'mores! Sounds good!