8.5 minutes prior the start of the marathon I am still trying to get to the starting line. Most of the streets have been blocked off making it really difficult to reach the starting line if dropped off. At one point my wife Linda dropped me off and it turned out that I was 8 miles from the starting line so that didn't work out.
Finally the race has started. Over 20,000 runners registered and 16,373 finished this race.
After the start I'm already switched to fighting mood, fully engaged in the run giving 110% pushing it to the maximal level trying to win this thing LOL. Just kidding. My family met up with me and I'm just having a good time.
This is my family who waited for me at the point where they dropped me off about half a mile down the starting line. I smeared on some sunscreen, kissed them and was on my way.
This marathon promises to be a lot of fun seeing what kind of spetactors are already lining up.
Mom and daughter on a mission.
The wait to use a port-a-pottie was rather long; however, since I am taking it very easy I enjoyed taking such kind of breaks regardless.
Within every mile there were performing bands which was awesome.
The beauty of running a marathon is to ignore common sense and known laws. Imagine doing such a bathroom break on a regular day. Even women didn't mind and squatted down in full view to release themselves.
The weather was a perfect as it can be. Cool overcast but not chilly with a little bit of wind cooling everybody down.
For a few seconds those passengers had a good show of thousands of runners participating in this race. That must have been an amazing sight. However, I was rather at the race than on that aircraft.
Running towards the Convention Center close to mile 4 and 45 minutes into the race.
Everbody is having a good time and through the whole race it was pretty busy with runners.
After running by the Petco Park we passed the Convention Center where just the day before I picked up my race packet.
There were all sorts of performers like live bands, DJ's, a mouth organ performer, and a Swiss alpenhorn player seen here.
Running by Tuna Harbor which is the center for San Diego's commercial fishermen. At one time San Diego was home to the world's largest tuna fleet, dominated by the descendants of the Portuguese immigrants who founded the industry in 1911.
Right after Tuna Harbor we're now approaching the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, a naval aviation museum located on the U.S.S. Midway.
Right before mile 8 we run below where the San Diego Fwy meets the Cabrillo Fwy.
15 kilometer (9.32 miles) in a slow 11:50 minute per miles; 1 hour and 49 minutes into the race.
Here I am waiting in line to another port-a-pottie watching runners come down the street.
In 8 minutes I would cross the half-way mark mile 13.1.
13:1 miles in 2 hours and 35 minutes (my half-marathon PR is 1:51). The weather is still perfect.
Seeing my family right before mile 14 where Emma and Alexis are having fun.
Still feeling good since I am taking it slow. I'm neither tired nor in pain.
I'm just about to head out again after eating some egg left-over from the girls. I was really hungry and it helped a lot. A little bit of fun is a must before I leave so we all pose for a funny photo. I've been taking a break for almost 10 minutes.
Coming by this sign made me smile because it's about 87 miles from that sign to our home in Anaheim Hills (close to Los Angeles) and on June 6 I will run that distance + 13 more miles since I am doing the San Diego 100 mile endurance running race. The overcast is also now breaking off and occassionally the sun is shining through heating up the place a bit.
Running over the I-5 San Diego Fwy down towards Fiesta Island on mile 16 gave us a nice view at Mission Bay which is the largest man-made aquatic park in the country consisting of 4,235 acres and it's approximately 46% land and 54% water. Annual attendance in the park is estimated at 15 million.
Coming into Pacific Beach which boasts 150 restaurants, 20 hotels/motels, 11 banks, 5 grocery stores and 4 car dealers. Not that all those businesses helps any of the runners LOL.
30 kilometer (18.64 miles) in 4 hours 53 minutes, which is a 15:43 minute/mile pace.
By now the clouds are all gone and it's getting pretty hot. According to weather.com it was 67 degrees Fahrenheit but it definitely felt hotter. I saw two runners down and taken care by paramedics and during the race 4 ambulances drove by with their lights flashing.
Sea World anybody? Perhaps not today for us because we're on a mission completing this race convering the remaining 6 miles.
A fun 0.6 out and 0.6 mile back which was pretty cool because we were able to see other participants running by us.
At the end of the back section they had some guys perform U2 music and it was actually very good. I stood there for a few moments enjoying it.
Once the out-and-back was completed we actually ran over that section on the Pacific Hwy overpass and it gave us a very nice view on the action below.
This is about half a mile before the finish line I saw this sign which I thought to be pretty funny. I mean how many catfish can you actually eat? LMAO
26 miles in a slowwww 5 hours 24 minutes (took me about 2 minutes and 30 seconds from the start until I crossed the starting line due the many participants).
Almost there. This race definitely had the most spectators at the finish line as seen on the right.
I'm done. Clock time: 5:29:39. Chip Time (official time): 5:27:09 which is a 12:29 minutes/mile pace. I finished place 11,345 out of 16,373 finishers.