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Author Topic: Pasadena Marathon May 20
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Post Pasadena Marathon May 20
on: 2012 May 12 Sat, 15:11
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Hi,

In searching the old forums I noticed that a number of people have completed the Pasadena Marathon. This will be my first barefoot marathon and I'm wondering are there any non-friendly barefoot sections? Is it Ok to run on the sidewalks if necessary?

As a side note, I was planning on doing the Ocean 2 Ocean marathon (Ojai to Ventura) in June but I went up to Ojai yesterday to run the course.... there are sections that are REALLY bad (eg. OLD chip seal.... section of the running path cover with stones and tree branches, etc...). Not what I want from my first barefoot marathon experience (call me a wimp !)

Thanks All !

editors
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Post Re: Pasadena Marathon May 20
on: 2012 May 12 Sat, 19:35
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Wimp! Just kidding...

It's probably more important where the rough stuff is in the marathon course, than if there is any at all. It's good to have some at the beginning to remind us to run with gentle technique from the beginning, but like a nagging friend, can be pretty annoying when we've run 15 or 20 miles and are getting a bit tired, and still have a good distance to go.

However, if you can't run on the rough stuff without too much discomfort, at least for some short distances (I don't know how much rough stuff is in the Ojai to Ventura Marathon, so I'm not trying to pick on you in particular, or that course), you may want re-consider if you're really ready to run a full marathon.

You can probably get away with running on the sidewalks (be sure to run across all the timing mats, which will likely be in the street), but if you're winning the marathon, you'll want to stay on the official course to be sure you don't get disqualified. Also, the crowds may not notice you're running the marathon, and not only will be in your path much of the time, but won't be cheering you on (which really can help boost your energy, especially near the finish line).

Remember, if you run your first marathon on more challenging terrain, you'll probably not find another marathon that won't be easier, including that same marathon the following year ... unless, of course the asphalt erodes even more during the year between the two events.

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Post Re: Pasadena Marathon May 20
on: 2012 May 12 Sat, 21:24
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Thanks for the quick reply. I've done a long run of 21 miles on pavement... soles of the feet were a bit tender afterwards. I'm to NOT use the sidewalks... but wanted to know if that might be an option between mile 21-26 if necessary.

Not to bag on the Ojai course either.... but it is ROUGH. I did 20 miles of the course and had to put on my VFF's for about 7 miles of it. I would be really interested to hear if anyone has run the course and finished it barefoot. I'll buy them a beer !!!!

Thanks again!

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Post Re: Pasadena Marathon May 20
on: 2013 Nov 23 Sat, 15:58
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In any race, sidewalks, dirt shoulders, even grass, are often an option. But be sure to go through the timing stations (over the timing mats), or you may be disqualified from the race. Also, sometimes in the big city marathons, the sidewalks are crowded with spectators, volunteers, and entertainers.

Also, if you have friends along the route, they may miss you when you run behind them on the sidewalk.

The better option (in my opinion) is to practice and improve technique more frequently on rough terrain. That way, you'll be better prepared to run over most terrain.

Have Fun,
-Ken Bob Saxton

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