When starting today’s tempos – 2 bouts if 15 minutes with 20 minutes recovery – I was at a low ebb. My legs still ached a bit from Sunday, and it felt like I had another cold coming on. Urrgh! The first bout started stiffly but got smoother after a few minutes. – 7:28 pace. Hm, not 7:21, but not terrible, given a bit of wind. The next one went like a well-oiled machine – 7:14 pace. That’s a nice start to the taper.

Speaking of tapers I got the Big Sur “Last Minute Instructions” in the mail yesterday. This caught my eye: “The course is moderately difficult and you should plan on adding about 20 minutes to your usual marathon finish time. Walk when necessary, especially on the more difficult hills like Hurricane Point”

Thank you, I’ll bear it in mind. In fact I’ll be sure to tell Joe: “Don’t forget to walk Hurricane Point, and perhaps some other hills too!”

Scenic Walk?.


7 Responses to “Walk?”

  1. 1 Flo April 9, 2009 at 5:07 am

    What a gorgeous view! Stunning. Now…20 minutes and walking? I knew it was a harder course but that’s real hard. Is that the usual time past runners say too, or is that the race director being conservative? And if it’s for real, when’s your next marathon? Or more to the point, what’s your plan for after Big Sur?

    • 2 jime2 April 9, 2009 at 6:58 am

      I’m pretty sure the RD is being conservative. 20 minutes is a lot. I’m thinking 10 is more like it. And no walking for me if I can help it.

  2. 3 jime2 April 9, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Oh, and as for plans, There’s a certain race in Massachusetts in about a year that I think you are also planning to do? Between now and then I’m thinking of doing the S.F. marathon again, and maybe C.I.M. too.

  3. 4 Flo April 9, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Oh yeah, I heard about some race in Mass…forgot about that. 🙂 So two more marathons between? You know how to go the distance, baby!

  4. 5 jime2 April 9, 2009 at 8:27 am

    It’s a bit of a shock to think that Boston will be my 5th or 6th marathon. A year ago I had yet to run one, and getting a BQ was just a pipedream. What will the next year bring I wonder?

  5. 6 Loraine McVey April 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    That’s inspiring Jim! Big Sur is going to be a beautiful course. You running Sat? Hope to see you there before we go on our trip. You must be getting through those trainers at quite the rate these days …?

    • 7 jime2 April 10, 2009 at 7:35 am

      Yup, Loraine, I’ll be there. I’m supposed to be doing a marathon pace run, but I’ll have to make that marathon effort on that hilly trail. The more hill running the better! As for shoes, mine last pretty well. I think you just gave me an idea for a post about shoe mileage – thanks!

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Race PRs

5K20:43 (LMJS 6/28/09
12K54:36 (Across Bay 3/21/10)
15K1:09:51 (LMJS 19/27/09)
Half1:31:28 (Kaiser 2012
Marathon 3;13:14 (CIM '11)


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