Ojai 2 Ocean Marathon 2012 Run - Results and Photos
By Ramana Katragadda - June 4, 2012
After taking a break from running for two years, busy with hiking during this period including two trips to Grand Canyon and completing Grand Canyon Rim To Rim To Rim in 22.5 hours, I was inspired by Rao Koganti Garu, a 77 years old avid Tennis player and trainer, Sierra Nevada hiking guide, hiked many mountains and ran Boston Marathon and many popular marathons all over the world who agreed to help me improve my pace per my friend Raja Kolli's request.
Six months of training under Rao Garu improved my marathon Personal Record (PR) by 14 minutes. In the midst of managing at least 6 projects on any given day I couldn't follow his advise on Nutrition, didn't maintain consistency in my training to his satisfaction and except a few bicycle rides in our neighborhood I didn't cross train.
After the disappointed La Jolla Half performance, I began taking the training a bit serious. The Ojai2Ocean Marathon with rolling hills (gradual incline and decline every mile) and with the best possible weather on the race day helped me set a PR of 8:20 minutes per mile pace (Boston Qualification for me is at the most 8:00 minutes per mile pace).
A Funny Experience
I divided Marathon distance into 27 laps (26 x 1 mile and 0.2 Miles), loaded the workout into my Garmin Watch and set the display mode to display each lap. After crossing Mile 24, I corrected a CHP officer that the finish line is 3 miles away after reading from my Garmin Watch (Lap 25 of 27) when he greeted me with "Almost there, 2 more miles left".
After crossing Mile 25, realizing I lost Boston Qualification and felt very tired, I struck a conversation with a walking old man who was running Half Marathon. I briefed him about my running history since 2006 and expressed my utter disappointment that I was unable to beat my 2007 PR even in today's race, the best I ever had. After patiently listening to my story, he politely said I should run the remaining 1.0 mile distance in stead of wasting time.
I began suspecting myself on the calculation of the remaining distance. As I felt rested enough after the two minutes of walking break, I started running again. Caught up with a fellow marathoner and learned the finish line was 0.7 miles away. From that point I didn't allow anyone to overtake me.
Photos (by Harita Katragadda and event photographers)