First-timer, not fond of all the downhill (about: 2013)|
Anna Rich from Orem, UT (11/26/13)
As a first time marathon runner, I was not looking for a Qualifying time, I just wanted to accomplish my goal to run a marathon. So my comments may not apply to those who are in it to set PRs and qualify for Boston. I understand that that seems to be the goal and selling point for this course. While my finishing time was probably faster than if it'd been on a more even course, it was not worth the pain it took just to finish the course. I expected to be really sore but after the race not during it. That made the experience less enjoyable and more frustrating because I felt I had prepared well for this race. In my past races (half-marathons) the last few miles of the course have been the best for me when I feel I can finish fast and strong and push myself. I did not feel that way in the closing miles of this race (last 6 miles). Therefore, I personally did not feel good about the race even though my time was good for me. I acknowledge that I made some mistakes along the race, mainly starting out at too fast a pace, so my disappointment is not solely in the course. But I do feel the amount of downhill was too much especially with no uphill to counterbalance it. The downhill made it difficult to keep my regular pace because I felt I would fall on my face if I didn't keep moving especially the first 3 miles of the course. And I paid for it the rest of the race.
Having said all that, I was very pleased in the packet pick-up efficiency, the busing, the amount of bathrooms, the aid stations, and the frequency of aid stations. The medal is the best I've gotten from a race although not a huge priority for me. The stuck bus was not anyones fault and I felt the race organizers handled it well and efficiently. I would have liked the pace markers to have been more distinct at the start line, I only saw two.