Race Report: San Francisco Marathon 2009

30
Jul/09
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This was by far the most scenic marathon I’ve run so far. The first part of the race took you down the embarcadero through the pier area. At around mile 6 you went over the foggy golden gate bridge. I got to see the elite runners running back over the bridge on the opposite side… those guys/gals are nuts.

I kept a pretty strong sub 8:00 pace all the way up to mile 20 and then dropped down to a little over an 8:00 min/mile. My goal for the race was to run a 3:30. Towards the end I could see the 3:30 pace leader closing in on me. The last mile was though with him on my heels.

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Final time!

3:29:23 (about 8 minutes faster than my previous PR)

395th/4981 overall, 70th/524 M25-29

Still need to shave off 19 minutes for a Boston Marathon qualifier. My next marathon in the Long Beach Marathon on October 11th. It’s really fast and flat so I think I’ll be shooting for a 3:25.

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