6:57, an hour improvement over 2013 finish time.
I started off fairly fast in mid pack. Passed people on the downs, walked the ups & got passed back. Ran all the flats at a good pace & passed people. However, not many flats with 7,300 feet of climbing. On the Deer Park climb my stomach felt queasy so I switched back to water from the aid station sports drink. My fingers were so swollen I could barely use my iPod. In my head I knew 7 hours was possible if I did well on Matt Davis. Ran Matt Davis well, saw Giles Godwin undexpedly at Stinson Beach. He said I looked “good”, I felt like a swollen water buffalo. Thrown by seeing him, didn’t drink Coke, wished I had. Solid hike up Steep Ravine, even jogged the little flats.
At Cardiac, 37 minutes to run 3.8 miles and finish under 7 hours. Dropped the hammer but tried to run smoothly, no sense in getting injured. At Heather Cutoff, really wanted to pass red shirt lady I could see ahead on switchbacks, but technical trail with switchbacks - not worth getting injured. Still ran last 5K in 25:29 - darn fast! I sprint finished and beat Traci by 2 seconds. She & another lady I passed came over and called me a “beast”.
things I did well:
S-cap every hour on the hour so as not to forget.
confident on downhills.
Tried to say thank you to volunteers.
Said encouraging things to runners when I passed, were passed “Great Job, Good Stride”.
Said “Thanks” to hikers who yielded trail, and “Have a nice day”.
Ate pita & hummus for breakfast hour before start - settled nicely.
Kept one earbud out so could hear other runners when course was crowded.
Things to improve on:
Need to get replacement Morphie Cable so I can keep iPhone charged for Strava splits.
Had earbuds in on Miwok descent & didn’t hear faster runner trying to pass me