ORN: 26.2 miles, R1/W1 (mostly), 5:44:30, 13:08/mile
Finished the LA Marathon yesterday. It was my slowest marathon ever (by far). There is much to think about following this.
The course itself was very enjoyable. What got me, I think, was a three-fold problem. First, I had the left knee problem three weeks ago, which left me only running twice in the past three weeks. Second, I came down with a head cold early in the week and was coughing and hacking extensively all week. Third, it was a warm day in LA, temps in the mid 70s. The transition from midwest cold to SoCal heat was a real shock.
The good news is my left knee gave me no grief, at all. I felt some twinges in the first half mile but made sure I was "gentle" in my form and it held up fine.
Bottom line? Just plain slow. And, at mile 23, the legs were done...I had to walk the last 2.5 miles, managing only the most meager "jog" the last 20 meters just for pride's sake.
I have some surprises for my full report which I'll post later in the week.