Running race 3:40:00  42.2 km (5:13 / km)
shoes: Multi Colour Hoka
Roll, 0.5 km jog, stretch
California International Marathon
Notes: Well, I did not BQ this time, but I will say that I am very happy with my 22 minute PB. I started out hanging with the 3:30 and 3:32 group but the pacers were going WAY too fast (the 3:32 group was within 100m of the 3:30 group). I just kept telling myself to run my own marathon and kept an eye on my own splits despite what the pacers were doing. I was hitting every split bang on up until just past the half marathon point. I hit another PB in my half marathon. My pace started bouncing around a little bit with the rolling hills after the the half but I held strong and stayed positive. Around 18 miles my right hip flexor started to go but I focused on other things. By the time I reached 21 miles things really started to hurt and I was struggling. I fell behind the 3:37 group and was trying to stay positive. I saw Dillon around the 22 mile mark and ran with him for a bit. That little bit helped boost me enough to get to 25 miles. At that point my legs were hurting so bad it was like they were numb with pain. The last 1km was by far my slowest and the hardest to do. I finished at exactly 3:40 (unofficial). I'm happy with my effort, my grittiness and that I stayed positive when things got really tough.
Take aways from today: I need longer long runs (my longest leading up was half). With the IT band syndrome followed by a patellar tendon strain my training didn't start as early as I would have liked and I didn't want to ramp up the mileage too fast, knowing I'm prone to shin issues. I also think getting to yoga at least once a week would have helped. My hip flexor issues leading up to race day were (in my opinion) in part due to not having enough flexibility and strength in the hips.
My plan is to take the next week off completely then start back up with some easy/light cross training. I'm hoping to get into a routine of going to yoga and getting some weight training in before the craziness of work gets going again. Big Sur is crazy hard, so I know what I'm in for this year.