That Dam(n) Run, 1/2 Marathon Trail Run, Cool CA, October 27, 2013

I ran my 3rd 1/2 Marathon and first Trail Run. That Dam(n) Run which really lives up to its name, with over 1767 total elevation gains. Most of the climb came between mile 4.25 and mile 6.5, this climbs involved lots of walking(see graph below). Trail running is a whole different sport from what I’m use to doing, which is flat paved or street running with shorter hills. Running and dancing a round rocks on narrow trails, works out a whole different muscle group than I’m use to using. I was pretty spent and sore by the finish which took me 3 hours and 1 minute to finish, that was about the time I expected to finish in. There are some inherent dangers in trail running, mainly trip over rocks in the trails, I tripped over 3, 2 toe stubs and 1 almost bad fall that I managed to save myself from going all the way down. Close to the end I hooked up with 2 other runners and we managed to miss a turn on the course and luckily some runners behind, hollered at us before we got to far off course. The last miles were gruling, with lots of walking. The experience was a great one, although I have no plans on doing another one in the near future or beyond. I’ll stick to running on the flats for now.

Thanks to my race support team, my wonderful wife, Judi and Bryce and Brooke my supportive grandkids for hanging out and braving the cold for 3 hours while I ran.

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Whats next?
I am currently training for a full marathon. The Redding Marathon on January 19th 2014 in Redding California. Yes that 26.2 miles I’m setting a finishing goal of 5 hours (or less).

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Urban Cow 1/2 Marathon October 6, 2013

Urban Cow 2013- 13.74 Miles An Udderly Long 1/2 Marathon, Sacramento, California

I ran my second Half Marathon on October 6th 2013. I had not been training to run this race and have just start training for a full Marathon. My longest run was 6 miles a few weeks before and then an 8 mile run the week before. This race was kind of a last minute decision, my step-son Jim and his fiance Sandra were signed up, so I thought I would join them.
Race morning was the start of a beautiful day. The race started and finished at William Land Park in Sacramento. The first wave started at 8am and second wave Started 10 minutes later. ( We were in the second wave). I got off to a good start staying behind the 2:15 pacer, that group slowly pulled away. Still felling good till the call of nature hit about mile 5, and finding the pot-a-potties at mile 6, had a short wait and a quick stop I was off and running again. A short run thru the downtown mall, thru a tunnel under I-5 to Old Town Sacramento. At the half way point they had a relay station set up, soon after that we would be passed by the fresher runner that had just started running. Kind of a joy kill! Still feeling good till about mile 9, Then my hamstrings and gluts (thighs and butt) started getting really tight. Slowing to walk for a short few steps to rest and managed to run in at a slower pace. Since this race is a little more than a 1/2 mile longer than most halfs, I was still pleases with my 2 hour 25 minute finish.

Lessons Learned
1. Training is important. My first Half I trained with Fleet Feet and we gradually add miles each week.
2. Have a plan and goals! After my first half, I kept running but since I had nothing planned I ran, with no set goals. That makes it very easy to goof off and get out of the grove and yes, lazy!

Whats next?
I am currently training for a full marathon. The Redding Marathon on January 19th 2014 in Redding California. Yes that 26.2 miles I’m setting a finishing goal of 5 hours (or less).
I also signed up and completed my 3rd Half on October 27, 2013. Watch for my next post (That Dam(n) Run).

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