What an eventful week. We hosted another party, this time our BandY Chili Cook Off party. I was so pleased with the number of entrants, varieties and energy of the contest. The weather could not have been better or the interests. Looking forward to next year where we have big surprise plans for it.
A very eventful week. I completed my first half marathon in over a year. I was really concerned that I would not be able to participate since I was sick all week and was coughing badly up until the night before. I am glad I sucked it up and pushed through though. I ran in the XTERRA Thrill in the Hills trail race.
This race was supposed to be Tyler Lu’s Boston Marathon qualifying race. A fortunate scholarship win took him away for the race weekend so I paid the fee to have the entry switched to my name and the distance changed to a half marathon from a full one. We were introduced to this race by our friend Sarah who had used this race to qualify for Boston herself. The race takes place just north of Sonoma in the Santa Rosa region of wine country. The idea of a weekend watching auto races at Infineon, Shakespeare under the stars at Buena Vista Vineyards and running in one of the fastest half marathon courses could not be passed up.
“Dreaming Season”…it’s the time of year when we, as athletes, start to think of all the ways that we may go further, race smarter, and be better in the coming year. To kick off the dreaming season, November is all about YOU. We’ll be asking about YOUR dreams, sharing YOUR stories, and celebrating the possibility of what YOU could achieve in 2014.
I have rediscovered my love of running. The marathons I ran a few years ago crushed my enjoyment of all things running and it has taken a couple of years to get back my passion for running. How fitting that I should get it back shortly after completing my first Half Ironman and while training for my 10th Half Marathon race. The month of September 2013 and the beginning of October have truly been record breaking. I covered more miles in the last 4 weeks 150+ than I ever did over any 4 week span when training for marathons. I’ve been telling people that think I have finally figured out the training formula for injury free endurance sports. I will go more into that formula in a separate posts later this year when I have it all properly detailed out.
So this post is coming very late and will be rough because, well, I just got home from running a half marathon at night. Our friends Senthil, Starr, Andrew, Angela and myself all ran in the inaugural Zulu Racing – Alien Half Marathon in Roswell, GA. All in all it was a good first effort by our friend who organized and staged the race. The parking situation was without a doubt was a complete cluster fuck but that can be fixed in a year. The rest of the race was hit or miss depending on who you ask.