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.
Not all races are PR races. Some races it’s about getting out there and enjoying the experience. This is what the Bidwell Classic was for me. 2017 has been a slow start, nothing like 2016. And you want to know what? It’s okay.
I love a good challenge! Joining a challenge helps give me that drive and focus I need to workout consistently. I find it difficult to workout without having a goal in mind. I would love to sign up, travel, and participate in different road races every weekend, but this is not financially feasible. (Anyone want to hire me to travel, run, and review road races?) Fortunately, I have found Challengeville.
The first race of 2017 was the Hot Chocolate 15k in San Francisco! This was my first Hot Chocolate run and I had the privilege of pacing this race with Beast Pacing. My 4:50am running partner, Kelly, joined me in San Fran for this weekend of fun! Our first stop after a 2.5 hour drive to the City by the Bay was the expo at the South San Francisco Convention Center.
The first thing I had to do as I began to write my 2016 Year in Review, was to calculate how many races I ran in 2016. I opened up an Excel spreadsheet, looked through my Instagram feed, and began adding each race date, name, and distance. I was shocked when I concluded with this:
The California International Marathon (CIM) is most certainly “a marathon organized by runners, for runners,” as stated on the runSRA website. I’ve run a total of 12 marathons and this course / experience was one of my top favorites! From the expo to race day, everything was well organized, enjoyable, and made me want to run CIM every year!
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 →
Marathon #9… Can you believe it?! I’m almost to the double digits! This marathon was a little different because it was my first marathon that I paced. “Pacing… what’s that?” you might be thinking. Let me tell you, if you love running and love encouraging others, then pacing would be a perfect fit for you! Check out the group that I pace for by going to beastpacing.com This race was also unique because I posted all about my race weekend on a takeover for Inspiring Women Runner’s Instagram page. Here’s what I wrote during my takeover…
Yes, that’s right! On August 7th I hit that magical mark… 1,000 miles year to date!
My morning’s run of 6.45 miles brought my year to date total to 1,000 miles! I’m pretty sure this is the MOST I have EVER run EVER! All intentional running mileage… I didn’t even count the day before’s Color Run since it was mostly a walk.
Next weekend is marathon number 9! I’m pacing it as a pacer with Beast Pacing. I can not think of a better way to celebrate 1,000 miles than with a marathon! Five years ago I could barely run a block, much less a marathon! Thank you friends and family for your support and encouragement all along the way! And last, but certainly not least, thank you to my Heavenly Father! It’s all by His strength!