First across the line for the Berries was Jonathan Briskman who absolutely KILLED it with a new open men club record of 2:20:18, missing the US Olympic Trials qualifying time by only 78 seconds and setting an 8-minute PR; I have to think that was the best race of his life to date.
The California International Marathon took place on Sunday, December 2nd, serving as the USATF National Marathon Championships and the center piece race of the year for eleven Berries who competed. Coach Carl recaps the day in Sacramento.
Sunday proved to be rather astonishing day for many Strawberries – I was a little uncertain how things would shake out because of two weeks of not being able to run outdoors due to wildfire smoke. However, people did what they needed to do – treadmills, pools, cross-training in the gym – to salvage all of the hard work they had put in to get to this point.
Shellin Chuong ran a 15 minute PR in 3:03:29 and surely has a sub-3 is in the cards. At this point, I really would not put anything past her – she is an absolute metronome.
Big shout out to Ryan Smith, who had battled several injuries of varying degrees in the past six months, and missed quite a bit of time, yet STILL beat the old club record with an amazing debut in 2:23:47! Just wait till he gets a solid run-up under his belt!
Silvio Temprana has been getting better himself by leaps and bounds and damn near got a Boston qualifying time. Today he popped a 3:09:29 mark, right on the heels of Kimmie Pavela, who crossed the line in 3:09:28 – a PR for her!
Matt Perez also PR’d, betting his previous best by 12 minutes, although his old PR was some time ago, while pacing Shellin to a Boston qualifying time (today he ran 3:06).
Matt Weber ran a strong debut marathon in 2:44:50. We were happy with that although we also know there is room to improve and he would have gone faster with uninterrupted training… the smokocalypse did seem to affect him some.
There were a couple of off days: Colin Gannon PR’d by two minutes but was expecting to go a lot faster. However a combo of shin-calf issues and quads that seem to lock upon him in longer races contributed to a 2:39:20 time. Regina Scarpin still ran a solid 3:00-flat time, although she didn’t have her “A” game after running only once in the smoke (probably a very smart move long-term) and losing some of her edge.
Rafael Oeschger broke the three hour mark, and Melanie Miksis ran 3:30.30, which amounts to a whopping PR for her!
Congratulations to all who ran!