Richard Teitz from San Antonio, TX (Male)
Age on race day: 65
2007 Big Sur - Monterey, CA
This was my 150th marathon and I finished in 3:46:26.
This was my 150th and last marathon for a couple of years, as I planned to join the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Latin America and knew I would have few opportunities to run regularly and none to compete. My PR in my 40s was 2:47, and I still have dreams of glory and then set out at an unrealistically fast pace.
I didn't follow a specific training program. I did train for 3 months, and I averaged 45 miles per week.
The best training advice I received was to take frequent rest days.
The 2007 Big Sur was worse than expected. I had wanted to run Big Sur for a long time, but April was usually my month to run the Boston Marathon, so it didn't happen until 2007. I started out at a 3:20 pace, and it was too much once I got through the hills. The last few miles were a long, slow struggle.
I knew the course was hilly, but I underestimated the effect it would have on my endurance.
My recovery wasn't too bad. I did some light walking for a couple of days, and I made sure I stayed fully hydrated.