San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon
Sunday, June 5, 2011, was the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon. What a blast. I really struggled leading into the race. My training was great and I felt like I was ready to break the two hour mark.
On the Monday before the race, I was surfing on my paddle board and caught the rail of the board in my thigh. (Injury report here) That resulted in a rather painful few days. It felt like the worst charlie horse ever. It was also a very strange injury—only minimal bruising, until I went for a three mile run on Wednesday. All the sudden, it was a complete mess.
On Wednesday, I was pretty sure I would have to bail on the race. It was a little better on Thursday, a little better on Friday, and by Sunday it felt pretty good. The injury definitely set me back as far as the race time went. I felt really good until about half way between Mile 10 and 11. At that point, it really tightened up and I had to stop running and walk for a bit. It just wasn’t happening for me. I thought for a minute that I was going to have to stop the race, but slowing down briefly helped and I got back on the road and finished it off.
Here are the splits. Pretty happy with the 10K time, which is just over a nine minute mile. I would have loved to carry that through to the finish. That’s what next year is for!
Here’s the full report of my experience at the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon: