I crossed the finish line in 4 hours 58 minutes (physical race clock) today at the Hard Corps Marathon in Camp Pendleton. But when I checked out the results, I was so disappointed: it said I finished in 5 hours 1 minute! What?!! Even with differences in gun and chip timing, it shouldn’t be off by three minutes!
Eric ran the last five miles with me and then treated me to a fat, juicy 100% Angus Beef cheeseburger. Sometimes after a long, grueling run like this, some foods just speak to the needs of the body. Those grilling the burgers, hot dogs and tri-tip steak sandwiches continually drew a large crowd of race finishers and Marine and Navy volunteers (Eric, who retired from the Navy, said they were “volun-told”). I usually don’t eat red meat, but in this case, I thought it was warranted.
The Santa Ana-based American Institute of Massage Therapy gave free massages to all the finishers, a most heavenly treat! I probably waited in line for 30 minutes, but time seemed to fly when talking to other runners about their marathon experience today. My massage therapist-student, Kim, is actually a marathoner who loves running trails. Kim tended to my quads, hamstrings, calves and feet, knowing just what this runner needed. Eric and I plan to stop by and visit Kim when we’re in the neighborhood.
Somewhere between miles 17 and 20, I struck up a conversation with another fellow marathoner, Jenn English. Jenn is a jewelry and web designer who was trying to break five hours in the marathon. She utilizes the run-power walk method in her marathons. I tried Jenn’s technique when we agreed to take our “breaks”, but I wasn’t accustomed to the power walking mechanics. I think you have to train in that particular method if you plan to use it in the marathon.
Organizers of the Hard Corps Marathon had capped the race at 4,000 runners, but less than 500 signed up by the pre-registration deadline. I don’t know if they knew that the event brought in an out-of-town celebrity and his wife. Gymnastics Olympic gold medalist Peter Vidmar (LA Olympics, 1984) and his wife, Donna, were running together in their first marathon.