The LA Marathon took over the streets of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica on Sunday, March 18. The 27th running of the event found me lined up in corral B aiming for a sub-4 hour race in my fourth LA Marathon and 20th marathon overall.
|Having a great time at Mile 18. (photo by Miri Frankel)|
If you have been keeping track the past few weeks, Sunday's weather forecast featured torrential rain, maybe some hail and a fair bit of wind. And in fact, Saturday's Big 5K race had all but the hail. Combined with last year's rainy marathon, my imagination needed no stoking to construct a picture of what I could expect. In fact, I did not care too much if we got drenched during the run, but standing in the rain awaiting the start seemed miserable.
Yet expectations are not always realities. And a cool day (perfect for marathon running) dawned on Sunday. Not a drop of rain feel that I felt, and other than a windy run home on the beach after the marathon, I was comfortable, had a great time (literally and figuratively) and all around cruised. (This past Sunday, we had all of the promised torrential rain, and I stayed happily dry inside. The weather gurus had the right weather on the wrong day!)
Here are my results:
Time: 3:33:59 (1 minute faster than my best hoped for time)
Place: 996 out of 18,837 (Top 6%)
Male Place: 863 out of 11468 (Top 8%)
Males 40-45: 138 out of 1431 (top 10%)
Age rating (basically, how good did I do against the record for my age): 61%
(this is very good - 70% is the highest I have ever hit in any race)
I aimed for 3:35 - 3:45, so I am psyched with my sub 3:34. This is my 4th fastest marathon ever and fastest in 18 months. It's also my 3rd marathon under 3:40 this year to go along with a 3:44 one. I actually cramped in my calves just as a I crossed the finish line. Someone from the staff came over to see if I was ok, but after 30 seconds, I was able to move, get my medal and pose for a photo. 5 minutes later I was running home the 4.2 miles to hit my 30 mile target for the day.