2010 LA Marathon route: Elevation Profile


Here’s the mile-by-mile elevation profile. How fast is this finish? Plus, it will get cooler as we head west towards the beach. If I wasn’t working on the event that day, I’d be out there, too!


More route details on our course map page.

Peter


2010 LA Marathon route: Elevation Profile


Here’s the mile-by-mile elevation profile. How fast is this finish? Plus, it will get cooler as we head west towards the beach. If I wasn’t working on the event that day, I’d be out there, too!


More route details on our course map page.

Peter


Chicago wrap-up





Finally back home after a spectacular trip to Chicago. Russ and I went together, worked the Expo booth and then ran today. We woke up to 30 degree temperatures, and there must have been 500 runners huddled in the Hilton lobby waiting until the last moment to make the freezing dash out to the starting line. I was in the D corral, which allowed me to get right up to speed in the first mile. You have to see what 40,000 runners looks like to believe it. An absolutely giant group, with logistics to match. I thought the management team did a good job with the start/finish area, water stations and post race food, given the size of the field. The course covers 29 neighborhoods throughout the city and never once goes higher than 24 feet above sea level. Talk about a place to run your PR.

Russ, not having run a marathon in 25 years, ran a very solid 4:57. His day included bolting from the 5 hour pace group and passing 1,000 runners in the last 2 miles. Way to finish strong! I ran a steady 3:51:09, helped along by the 3:50 pace group. My goal was to run consistent 8:45-8:50 miles, and I was able to do that. The first 13 miles were no problem, then the running becomes more labor intensive up to 20 miles. The last 6 miles took a lot of effort. If I didn’t have the pace group to follow I surely would have lost at least 5 minutes in the last section of the race. The group was like a carrot dangling out there urging me to keep up. At 24 miles the course finally widens out, and Dean Karnazes passed me on the left. So I had a quick chat with him, then let him go. He was running the first of 2 loops of the course for 52 miles total on the day. What a guy. By the time I finished I was completely spent, and I was happy to know that I’d “left it all on the course.” It was still in the low 40s, so the mylar heat sheet was welcome protection from the elements.

There are an incredible number of spectators on the route, holding all manner of signs out and screaming encouragement at the runners. Amazing fan support. My favorite sign read, “Trample the wounded. Hurdle the dead.” Fortunately, I didn’t have to do either!

Tomorrow morning at the office we’ll have a debrief session and discuss our learnings with the staff. Stacy ran the Long Beach Marathon today, and she’ll give us her report as well. All in all, a great weekend, and it’s good to know that training actually works.

Peter

Game time

Four months of training, and now it’s time for the rubber to hit the road. As you can see, I have everything laid out for the early morning wake up call. The reason my numbers aren’t pinned on my shirt is because I’m still waffling on my choice of layers. The forecast is calling for 33 degrees and clear at start time, with temps rising to about 40 at noon. Chilly! Do I go with a ski hat or a baseball hat? Wear the old sweatshirt I brought and discard it at mile 2? How strong will the wind be? Do I throw a garbage bag on? This will all come down to a game-time decision.

I’ve signed up for the 3:55 pace group to ensure that I don’t go out too fast, which I’ve been guilty of in the past. Besides, if I’m not constantly checking my watch, I can enjoy the scenery and the experience.

If any of you are running the Long Beach Marathon tomorrow, look for our own Stacy Embretson. She was in the Expo at the LA Marathon booth and will be running the event as well.

Russ and I had another enjoyable day in the Chicago Expo meeting participants from all over the world, but it was exhausting. So I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

I’ll report back after the race.

Peter

Faces of Chicago

I spent the entire day in our booth at the Chicago Expo meeting marathoners from all over the world. It was so interesting that I felt compelled to shoot photos of some of the runners I met. It was a virtual UN of running, with so many countries represented. This is but a small sampling of my new international friends.

Peter

Lisa Hernandez
San Antonio, TX
Lisa used to live in LA, and she’s running to raise money for Livestrong.

Kionari Yoshida
Yokohama, Japan
Ken is studying to be a teacher and ran LA 4 years ago.

Glenda Anderson
Luke Marshall
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
They both work in the finance industry and run together.

Booth 689!

Colin & Kristin Cooley
Hermosa Beach, CA
Both aiming to run sub-3:20 in Chicago.

Bakhtar Lahcen, 42
Chahid Basidi, 63
From Morocco
Bakhtar has run the legendary Marathon des Sables, and they travel the world running marathons.

Benedicte Toto, 29
Cecile Canuel, 35
Paris, France
They are next door to us in the Expo working at the Paris Marathon booth.

Jay Madhure, 61
Northridge, CA
He’s run 20 consecutive LA Marathons.

Athit Thongphithak, 52
Prayut Thongphithak, 48
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Running Chicago for the first time.

Neal Glynn, 75
Chicago, IL
About to run his 37th marathon.

Jesus Nieto
Pablo Ceron
Mexico City, Mexico
Pablo is a former elite runner with PRs of 28:20 in the 10K and 13:44 in the 5K.

Rohit Vasa, 62
Chicago, IL
This will be his 55th marathon.

Charles Sayles, 72
Glendale, CA
After Sunday’s race, Charles will have run at least 2 marathons in each of 50 states.

Bill Orr
Bartow, FL
Bill is the elite coordinator for the LA Marathon, among other events.

Melissa Kaul
Anmaree Rodibaugh
Chicago, IL
They both want to move to LA!


Grassroots endurance






I had the privilege this weekend to take part in the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race. Not as a participant, but as a crew member for my brother, John. This race has all the qualities of a great endurance event: committed and enthusiastic participants, an infectious spirit of fun, and a hard, hard test of personal fortitude. How about 32 miles on a paddleboard from Catalina to Manhattan Beach? The winner, Tyler Anderson, finished in just over 5 hours. Amazing. But even cooler, for me, was the pre-race competitor’s “meeting,” which was in fact a low key beach barbecue with a cooler full of beer. Most of us slept on our chase boats the night before the race. When all of the competitors paddled into the beach at 5 am before the start, there was a huge bonfire burning to keep everyone warm. At the finish line, a large crowd was cheering on all the paddlers as the exited the water next to the Manhattan Beach Pier. My brother had an impressive race, and all five of us on the chase boat had one of the most enjoyable weekends we could remember.


Peter

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015