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@clee

Gig Harbor, WA Raving since 2019 World Marathon Majors Six Star hopeful/finisher active 1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Personal Bests (1)

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Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Aug 18, 2019 3:42:18

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Past Races (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Snoqualmie Pass, WA Aug 18, 2019 3:42:18
Marathon Ojai, CA May 26, 2019 3:54:08

My Raves

Tunnel Vision Marathon

Tunnel Vision Marathon

This is a beautiful course developed from old railway into the Washington “Rails to Trails” trail system. I have run on this trail 3x now (1st time to race it). … MORE

This is a beautiful course developed from old railway into the Washington “Rails to Trails” trail system. I have run on this trail 3x now (1st time to race it). It winds along the evergreen-lined mtns with steep valleys and numerous bridges. I looked over the edge of one of the bridges and felt woozy from the height. The downhill is gentle but starts to take a toll on the legs by mile 20, so I went faster than I normally would in the 1st 1/2.
Unfortunately there was a snaf-fu with the water stations between 14 & 20. I didn’t even realize the gaps were consecutive until I finished (not alot of glucose going to the brain). There were alot of runners walking in the last 5 miles which is super dis-heartening. Who knows if this was due to the lack of hydration or just overshooting their speed. I did PR by almost 12 mins which was nice, but the course was challenging for me because I kept slipping with almost every stride.
The tunnel at the start was very bright with everyone’s lamps, better than the last time I ran it 3 wks ago (…I ran straight into the wall!). During the middle of the race, I only had water twice after mile 13, which is not optimal, its a miracle I did get crampy muscles. A few rocks got in my shoes, but they were small and I ignored them until the end.
All in all, I still would recommend this race to anyone interested in running in tall evergreens on super speedy trail. I live south of Seattle, but we still stayed close to North Bend the night before. Next time we will stay in/near Seattle bc the hotels are nice & the food is more diverse (fantastic). Other than the hydration station issues, the production was wonderful, I am confident they will correct this for next race! The finish was very festive with lots of yummy food.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
2

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Mountains 2 Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Fabulous location, we loved Ojai, mtns on both sides, vineyards & orchards!. We would go there again to enjoy the area. We stayed in Ojai and there were no return … MORE

Fabulous location, we loved Ojai, mtns on both sides, vineyards & orchards!. We would go there again to enjoy the area. We stayed in Ojai and there were no return shuttles there from Ventura which was a bummer. The course is beautiful, running by orchards, downtown Ojai, into valleys and finally through Ventura, along the sea…lined with flags for Memorial Day. Ringing the Gong was great. The support teams were great! Plenty of volunteers manning the hydration tents which occurred about every 1-2 miles. There were no digital clocks during the race, so I was thankful for my garmins. My pacer was a bit fast, but he was accommodating the hydration stops & hills. I would easily run this race again. The downhill was fairly gentle on paved road & bike path. There are 4 uphill sections (the 1st 3 miles are uphill, barely noticed it). I definitely noticed the last uphill sections during the last 3 miles….ugh. But still, with optimum weather for us (55-57 cloudy) it proved to be a super-fast course, if the sun would have been out/with humidity it would have slowed me down by at least 5 mins.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3

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