Bakersfield Marathon Race Report

I completed my 19th marathon this week in Bakersfield, California, where I used to live. The race ran through one of the high schools and colleges I went to and ran right by four places that I've lived. It was a run down memory lane. There I am at the finish line with my husband. I was so glad to finally be there!

The Race: Bakersfield Marathon
Date: November 12, 2017
Results: 4:57
Course: Mostly flat except for miles 12-18
Weather: maybe 50 degrees at the start, mostly overcast
Pace Group: ran near the half pacer for 2:30
Parking: easy-peasy and close to start
Expo: small, registered quickly, no line
Shoes: Saucony Everrun
Fuel Pre-run: blueberry muffin, oats and banana, Gatorade, coffee
Fuel During Race: gels with water at miles 5, 10, 15, 18.5, plus Gatorade
Post-marathon Food: breakfast burritos, popsicle, oranges
Unplanned Occurrences: my head felt so heavy and some dizziness
To Improve: place more people on the bike trail, esp. underpasses/tunnel  
What Went Well: I finished!


  1. Congratulations!! 26 miles is such a long way it seems there is always something unexpected!
    19 is great accomplishment :)

    1. Thanks, Karen! 26 miles felt even longer than usual on race day!

  2. Congratulations!!! Must be cool to get to run in where you lived when you were in school. Seeing the old sights probably made the time go by more quickly.

    1. I wish the race route went in the opposite direction. Then the later and harder miles where I saw familiar places would have had more distractions!

  3. Congratulations on #19!! I bet it was neat to run through memory lane! It always strikes me how things look the same, yet don't! Sounds like a great race with some good food at the end! Hope you are recovering well!

    1. Thanks, Kate! It's funny how different places look even if they haven't changed. Also, it has been fun to see the new changes in town.

  4. Eric looks more winded than you. :)


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