Marathon Training + Races

I’m tackled the California International Marathon last year – my first marathon! And even better, I’m did it on a 100% plant-based diet. I’m ran the marathon with Team Veg, a group of runners in the Sacramento area who were committed to going 100% plant-based for the run.

You can get all of my marathon training details here:

One Dollar Difference – Running to Defeat ALS

Training for a Marathon 

Racking up the Miles – Long Runs

Training Plans & Post-Run Recovery Nutrition

5 Weeks Until the Marathon + My “Secret” Weapon: Vega

Marathon Pancakes

Marathon Checklist

Running in the Rain: How to Prepare for a Rainy Race

California International Marathon (CIM) Picture Re-Cap

Check out some of my races from last year. Yes, I get competitive, but I’m not trying to be the best runner in the world, I do it because I love it. Races are exciting and a lot of fun, but I actually love all the training leading up to the race a tiny bit more than race day.

2013 Races

1. Shamrock’n Half Marathon / March 17, 2013

3-12-18 Pre-Race photos

Thoughts: This race was one of my all time favorites. Maybe it was because it was the beautiful day, maybe it was because Eric and I got into the groove and ran the whole thing together, or maybe it was just so much better than running the marathon, which was my last race – whatever it was, it rocked!

Results: Total Time – 1:53
Pace – 8:25/mile
*Overal PR

Lessons: Letting the body rest is sometimes better than the train-only mentality. I’m not saying that I couldn’t have better if I trained harder – I certainly would have – but listening to my body, especially when coming from another race or injury, is so important.

2. Dirty Secret Trail Run / May 11, 2013

Dirty Secret Trail

Thoughts: My first trail run race and it was a scorcher! Steep hills and such a fun race. I need to hit the trails more often!

Results: Total time – 56:18
Pace – 9:42
*First trail race = an automatic PR (5th place in my age-group)

Lessons: A trail run in Cool, CA at the end of May means hot early in the day. Hydrate better on the trail, and don’t wear black clothing! Plus, more hill training will prepare me for those brutal hills.

2012 Races

1. Portland First Run / January 1, 2012  

Thoughts: The only thought I had here was finish, finish, finish. The race started immediately after the New Year’s Eve countdown. I think that if you are used to practicing and racing in the mornings, your body has a hard time adjusting to running so late at night. And again, it was also New Year’s Eve, so Eric and I had a cocktail earlier that day and didn’t eat properly. Something I would have never done if it was a regular day! I was dehydrated and tired. Needless to say, I did not do my best. But I was so happy to greet the new year with health and fitness on my mind.

Results: Total time – 25:36
Pace – 8:12

Lessons: Even if you are running just for fun, prepare for the race, and most importantly, don’t ever ever have a cocktail the day of (or prior to) your run, even if it’s New Years Eve.

2. Lou Gehrig 10K /January 7, 2012

Thoughts: This was a gorgeous January day. I got my first ever 1st place finish in my age group, and a PR. Fleet Feet awarded 1st and 2nd place finishers a nice training shirt. I am sure this will be a race I will never forget :) I am not a really fast runner – I like to push myself more with distance than speed, but I’m beginning to realize that I really like running the 10K .  It gives me enough time to warm up but the shorter distance allows me to keep a good pace and push hard to the finish.

Results: Total time – 48:59
Pace – 7:53
*Overall PR

Lessons: Always bring an ibuprofen for a post-race emergency. There are usually first aid stations, but not always at the small races. I needed one after the race today, and was out of luck.

3. Run to Rebuild the McKinley Playground/September 8, 2012

Thoughts: First race with Team Veg. Running alongside my teammates was a really fun way of kicking off the CIM training season. We are all motivated more than ever to run together as vegans and spread the world about being a vegan athlete. I wasn’t really going for a PR anything, just wanted to run for fun. But of course, by the 2nd mile, I had the urge to start speeding up. I guess I take this run as a combination of a fun run and fartlek.

Results: Total time – 26:08
Pace – 8:25

Lessons: It’s ok to have fun at a race; it doesn’t have to be about the PR all the time.

4. California International Marathon/December 2nd, 2012 

Thoughts: First marathon – I am so happy I did it. Will I do it again? Yes! Soon? No. Next time I will break 4 hours.

Results: Total time – 4 hours 26 minutes

Lessons: Need to prepare a bit more mentally now that I know what to expect. Loosen up before the run and stretch while muscles are warm. Going into a long distance race with tight muscles will lead to major discomfort during and after the race.

One Comment

  1. Jedidiah Soliz
    Posted December 13, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Cool blog! I like your style :) We will get you pr’ing in all race distances next year Maria and I have a feeling you will break 4 hours in the Marathon next time! Prolonged Marathon Fitness is upon us now. As long as we stay injury free, we should see some significant improvements next year! It’s exciting, can’t wait!

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