Race Recap: Modesto Marathon (Part 1)

My marathon weekend, which just so happened to be my birthday weekend was a whirlwind and it started with this…

Yes, that is a picture of my car being towed away.  I had just picked up the CIM (California International Marathon) booth gear from Sacramento and was on my way to Roseville to drop off the daughter when all of the sudden my check engine light went off.  I was rounding a roundabout, so I was braking.  When I tried to press on the gas pedal to accelerate, nothing happened.  Yes, nothing.

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The Inaugural Bakersfield Marathon

The Inaugural Bakersfield Marathon was on Sunday, November 13, 2016.  This was my 11th full marathon and my 3rd full marathon to pace.  I’d love to say that the race was wonderful and I came in right on time, but sadly, that is not the case.  Was it the delayed start?  The weather?  My fuel / hydration intake?  Or did I simply not train enough? Continue reading

My Double Marathon Weekend 

When did I first get the idea about doing two marathons in one weekend? I’m not quite sure, but I think it was shortly after learning about a running club called “Marathon Maniacs”. After perusing marathonmaniacs.com, I quickly knew that I wanted to become a Marathon Maniac!

*Want to read more about the weekend that solidified my “Marathon Maniac” status?  Then, read on, but readers beware… it’s a lengthy one! 😉

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Six Marathons in Less Than Four Years

Looking ahead to 2016 first requires a reflection into the past.  This past year, 2015, found me completing two marathons (26.2 miles).  The last time I completed two marathons in one year was in 2012 when I completed my first marathon in Mexico on March 4th and then completed my second with Team in Training in San Francisco on October 14th.  March 4th, 2012 was a big day for me. I blogged about this day as a part of my health journey.  You can read about more about my health journey HERE.

First Marathon
Race Name: Lala Marathon
Location: Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico
Distance: 26.2 miles
Date: March 4, 2012
Time: 4:31:23

This marathon was so meaningful to me on so many levels.  Truly, the picture above says it all.  Going from a non-runner to a marathon runner in less than a year was huge!  Running marathons is more than simply physically training your body to do something.  It is an emotional and spiritual training as well.  On this day, March 4th, 2012, I was celebrating all that God had brought me through.  God was showing me, “Yes, you are worth it! Yes, you can do it!”  I hope to find myself back in Torreon someday to run this marathon once again.  No matter how “dangerous” a country may be, there are always good people in the midst of darkness. Continue reading