Morgan Hill Marathon Course Preview

Yesterday, I went on a course preview training run with the Running Addicts. We will be pacing the Morgan Hill Marathon on October 20th. It will be my first time pacing a full marathon, and this was my first time running the course.

We met at 7:00am at the park and got ready to head out. Some were there to run the half marathon course and others to do the about 21.5 miles of the full.

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We were so spoiled during this run today. Not only was the weather perfect for a run (cool, not windy, not super bright until much later), but we had a moving aid station to meet us every 1-1.5 miles (thank you, Melinda!!):

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Everyone was all smiles about that!

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And you can see… I was really enjoying this run 🙂

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(Thanks, Linh, for these pictures!)

This course was really nice. I think I would think differently if I was racing the course since it has a lot of rollers in the first 16 miles. Anyways, we all took it at an easy pace, regrouped at the aid stations, and then took off.

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(First time eating Circus Animals every time we stopped by at the aid station. I think that’s what helped me fuel this run. How awesome and delicious, hehe).

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The first 10 miles were at a pace ranging from 10:08 to 9:20.

Then miles 11 to 20 ranged from 10:00 to 8:49.

Our run ended around 21.5 miles, but I decided to go a little further until I hit mile 22. Pace: 8:41, 8:06. <— I wanted to end the run with the fastest mile at the end.

And THEN after we were all done, and as we were about to depart, I thought: “Hmm… I still feel pretty good. I think I’ll go run some more.”

8:41, 8:35, and then for the very last mile, I picked up the pace. 7:28. Swit. 

CRAZY. I’ve never done a training run that has been longer than 21 miles (and when I did it that time, I barely made it to 21, hahaha).

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(IG meeshelkim).

Why didn’t I just run a little more and do the full? Because I was SUPER hungry. I had been hungry for over an hour up to that point, so… yeah. I wanted to go and get lunch.

But first, a post-run refuel sesh:

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Peet’s matcha green tea freddo. My fave. And I had a card to get it for free so… hooray!

And then I met up with Joe and my brother for pho at Pho Nguyen in Milpitas. Been a long time since I’ve ordered pho. Still can’t finish a small. Something about all that chicken (which some people don’t consider real pho because it’s not beef??) and noodles, man… it just totally fills me up!

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Side notes:

I’m trying to think of what I ate and what I did the day before this long run.

I ate a Vietnamese dessert drink (che). I am totally going to have it again before a long run/race. It makes sense since it is super packed with carbs and sugar :D. Also, El Pollo Loco tortillas and their chicken salad. I think the che definitely was the magical carbo-loading factor. Simple simple carbs. 

As for what I did, I actually didn’t run (though I wanted to do around 4 easy miles). I did do a back workout (omg, DOMS were on the way and it hit me hard this morning!). Also some core stuff. That’s all.

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There was a nice 2 or 2.5 hour nap yesterday after lunch. What an awesome day :). It was nice to run 25 miles and not end up hobbling everywhere. I think the fact that we took plenty of breaks at the moving aid station and went at an easy pace was helpful. There’s no way I would have been able to bust out a 7:28 in the last mile if I was pushing the pace the whole time.

I’m so excited about pacing the Morgan Hill Marathon! I just hope it won’t be as hot as last year o__O

Are you running the Morgan Hill Marathon?

When is your next big race(s)? (Mine are the SJ RnR Half and the  Malibu Marathon).

5 responses to “Morgan Hill Marathon Course Preview

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