If you had to choose just one road race to run in California, which one would you choose? Tough, right? California is a big, beautiful state. Aside from the fact that there are hundreds of races taking place throughout the year, there’s also the decision of which part of the state to run in — Northern California? Southern? Or how about Central? Here were my top choices (for a half marathon): Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey Bay (not the same as the popular Big Sur International Marathon) San Francisco (Half) Marathon Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon San Diego Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon Solid choices, right?? I think so. 🙂 I ended up choosing the San Francisco (half) Marathon. When I told people, they were all like, “but the hills!! Have you seen them?!” Yes, I’ve seen them. I was worried about those hills. But I figured, go big, or go home. I was pretty nervous about the race, especially after the challenges I faced during Hatfield-McCoy in June. But surprisingly, the …
Have you ever been so miserable during a race that you wanted to stop and just quit right there? There were two occasions where I was miserable, but not quite close to quitting or wanting to quit: The Hottest Half in Dallas, Texas in August 2014 and the Savin Rock Half Marathon in West Haven, Connecticut in March 2015. The former was just as advertised — it was hot as hell during that race, but at least the course was super flat and the heat was dry. I pushed through and thankfully, survived without any injuries, albeit some minor sunburn. The latter was the complete opposite of the former — it was freezing — in fact, it was snowing. Big fluffy flakes fell steadily from the sky throughout the entire race. And the snow was falling on top of existing snow that had accumulated from the previous day. At one point, I was even running along side a snow plow. Fortunately, the course was flat for this race as well, and I managed to make …
Wow, and just like that we’re more than halfway through June! The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind — went to Mexico, celebrated my birthday, went to Kentucky/West Virginia for the Hatfield-McCoy race, and in between all of that, there have been many dinners, after-work events, social gatherings with family and friends, and the birth of my cousin’s new baby! I finally have some downtime this weekend and hope to catch up on my race updates and clean up this website a bit. First, I have to say: The Hatfield-McCoy double half marathon has definitely been the most challenging race I’ve done yet. The heat and elevation kicked my butt (hard) in both states, and there was a point during the second half where I seriously didn’t think I was going to make it. But I did — and thankfully, without any major sickness or injuries. So states numbers 14 (Kentucky) and 15 (West Virginia) are done! Yay!
Run 20 miles? Check. I finally got the long run in a few weeks ago at the C&O Canal towpath. Not going to lie… it was tough. The first 14 miles went ok, but the last six miles were an absolute struggle. Six miles had never been so painful or felt so long. But it got done. LESS THAN 2 WEEKS UNTIL HATFIELD-MCCOY! Am I ready? Ehhh… not totally. But it’s all good. Come race day, I think I’ll be fine and ready to go. Hopefully.
I can’t believe it’s MAY already. This year is flying by so fast. The Hatfield-McCoy Double Half Marathon is less than 50 days away (!!) (Check out the awesome-looking medals above!), and I honestly don’t feel as prepared as I should (but then again, when have I ever really felt prepared to run 26 miles?). I’m slacking on my runs — the weekday runs and weekend long runs are not long enough. And I haven’t done the super long run yet – the dreaded 20-miler. I’m hoping to squeeze that in this weekend or next. Mentally, I am all over the place, and just not as focused on this training as I should be. I still have another month to pull myself together though. Let’s see if I can do it. Upside: I managed to score running buddies for both the Hatfield-McCoy and the San Francisco (Half) Marathon in July. Yay for running/travel buddies!
I spent part of this week recovering and catching up after a long weekend in Phoenix last week. Last Saturday, I ran the Pride Run (half marathon) and crossed state number 13 off my list (Wooo Arizona! — Hope to have a race recap up shortly.). And then afterward, I attended an old high school friend’s wedding (I love celebrating love). It was a good day — it was a good several days, actually. The weather in Phoenix was gorgeous, the race went well, the wedding was perfect, and I gained 5 pounds (i.e., I ate too much, drank too much, and was way merry). I’m back home now — back to focusing on training for the Hatfield-McCoy Double Half Marathon (and trying to lose those 5 lbs. I gained).
Some days, your training just rocks — you’re hitting your mileage goals, your nutrition is on point, you even get in a little cross-training. 🙂 You feel great! And then some days, you just suck. Week 2 of training was the former. Week 3 of training was the latter. Oh well. What can you do… You win some, you lose some.
I’m heading for the hills of Kentucky and West Virginia this June for the Hatfield-McCoy Double Half Marathon. The races take runners through the historic sites following the Hatfield-McCoy feud in Goody, Kentucky and Matewan, West Virginia. Because the halves are back-to-back, I’ve decided to do a full marathon training program. It’s an 18-week program, which means week 1 started last week. It totally snuck up on me. Wintry weather here in the DC area + car issues made it difficult to get most of my runs in this week. So yeah. Basically, I am off to a great start so far…
An old high school friend called me the other day to invite me to her wedding. The festivities will be in Phoenix, where she and her fiancé live. I’m excited! It’s been years since we’ve seen each other, and I’m looking forward to catching up with her and a few other old high school friends that don’t live in the DC area anymore. It’ll also be my first time in Phoenix! And since I haven’t done a race in Arizona yet, I figured maybe I’ll run if there are any races taking place in the area that weekend. Well, turns out there is one — the Phoenix Pride Run Half Marathon. It’s at 6:30 a.m. on the day of the wedding (April 2).
Happy New Year, guys! I just got back from my first run of the year — a short 3-miler on the treadmill. Today’s run was the first in a while. I spent most of December giving my knees a rest (trying to heal the right knee). I think the break worked (along with a lot of foam rolling) — the knee isn’t as sore anymore. Hopefully it stays that way. The injury made me reflect on what I did wrong and things I’ve learned over the year. I put in a lot of mileage in 2015 — I started keeping track, but got lazy around October and stopped. So I don’t know exactly how many miles I ran. What I do know: I ran eight half marathons and one full marathon, plus four months of marathon training with 30-40 weekly-mile averages. There are things I definitely could have done better to make the races go smoother and to avoid the minor injuries I experienced. So, following are some lessons learned from the year.