Note: full race report is now up here
Won't have time to write up the complete report until Tuesday but here's the executive summary:
Weather cool and some clouds and sun. Held pace of 8:53 or so on the Garmin....I was getting more tired gradually but not too bad... I figured could still go PR or for sure sub 4 hours gutting it out the last 5 miles .... until mile 21, that's were you turn back for the final run to the finish which was smack into a 10mph headwind on the beach boardwalk.
The energy output for keeping pace went up by about 10%...about 2 miles of this and I was into "Wall' in a big way and I crashed and had to do run-walk. Finished in about 4:06:30...
Nevertheless, I'm happy to have done my 20th marathon in what was probably my forth fastest time. It was a beautiful day and I had some interesting conversation during the race.
But I'm annoyed that I couldn't have run the race smarter. It's not easy to optimize pacing to 10 min in a 240 min event I guess.
Obviously I should have gone out slower, but not sure how I could have known that. Perhaps I should just subtract 10 minutes from my current methods and then do negative splits if conditions and the stats look good? I will have to ponder this.
I can't complain about this: it's why I like the marathon...much more difficult to optimize than shorter races. I'm just puzzled.
Once again I come away really liking the Surf City Marathon...the support is awesome and the setup is very good for marathoners.. the half looks a bit too crowded for my taste.
I also used AirBnB to find a place to stay for one night (hotels have mandatory 2 night)...worked out really well.