Napa Valley Marathon Felix Wong

It was a good run on a beautiful day, although I failed once again to beat G.W. Bush’s P.R. of 3:44:52. Just over 5 minutes off. Getting closer…

In summary:
First half: 1:42:30. All I had to do was run the second half in 2:01:xx and I would have beat it! But…
Second half: 2:07:30.

So my total time was 3:50:00. I sprinted in to try to come in under 3:50, but as you can see, I didn’t succeed in that either.

Overall though I am happy with how I did. Still a P.R. by about 10 minutes, and I managed to run the entire way (never mind that I was only running about an 11-minute/mile pace for the last 2 miles and couldn’t walk like a human being until Wednesday). And realistically I can’t complain when my two longest runs since Ironman Coeur d’Alene last just was the Home Depot Half (13.1 miles) and the Jed Smith Ultra (31 miles).

It also probably didn’t help that I was at a party in S.F. until 1:00 A.M. the morning before. From there I drove to Napa, getting there at 2:00 A.M., and slept in my car for three hours. But no regrets.

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On this classic sunny Californian morning, I started out at a brisk pace (for myself) in the Napa Valley Marathon. Photo: marathonfoto.com.Passing by vineyards along this fine course, I ran the first half in 1:42:30. Photo: marathonfoto.com.But doh!  Started to fall apart after Mile 21, though I did manage to keep on running without walking.  My mile pace feel to 11 minutes for the last 2 miles. Photo: marathonfoto.com.So I ended up finishing in 3:50:00, or just over 5 minutes slower than George W. Bush's best marathon time of 3:44:52.  Well, getting closer! Photo: marathonfoto.com.

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