Saturday, November 6, 2010

Santa Barbara Marathon: 3:56:46.8

Well, I gave it all I could today and still can't approach my 3:40 time eleven months ago, the time I need for Boston. I think I am guilty of not enough preparation, although I've had a couple of 50+ weeks in the past few weeks.

I came in 14th in my age division.

This is a terrific marathon, really, but somewhat disorganized for 2500 runners. Not enough buses. Started 30 minutes late (probably because of the buses). Almost no porta potties along the run.

It seems to be rather level; along the coast from Goleta. Parts of it slowed down the runners; many tight turns. There was about a seven mile jaunt through a park along asphalt trails that were being uprooted by neighboring trees.