Seriously, unless this is literally your first time reading my blog, I think you know how that "patience is a virtue" thing is working out for me.
Anyhoodles, I've got racing on the brain today, so let's talk about my three favorites. This is a pretty subjective topic, obviously, but I based my "favorite" status on a couple of factors: the race course, how well I performed on said course, the atmosphere/race direction, and schwag. Because I do enjoy a nice medal if there's one available.
1. The California International Marathon. You are not surprised that this is my number one choice (unless, again, it's your first time here, and if it is - welcome!). I freaking LOVE this race. They call it a "net downhill" race, but there are plenty of hills on your way down to the finish line. It's challenging, but not crazy difficult. The weather occasionally cooperates with a really lovely day, or sometimes a monsoon. It's well organized, the expo is nice and they now offer a free shuttle to the start for everybody (you used to have to pay for it). I ran my PR at the CIM back in 2010, but have NOT run a PW on this course, so that's cool (never mind the DNF I took in 2013). On the down side, the t-shirts are hit or miss, mostly miss, and the schwag is non-existent. Well, they send you a virtual goody bag after the race, but it's all discounts, it's not actual stuff. Pretty lame. Back on the plus side, the medals are good-sized, and good looking without being flashy. What makes this my favorite race, though, aside from the convenience of being run practically in my back yard, is the atmosphere. This race has fabulous spectators and the perfect amount of runners - just under 10,000. You're never alone on the course, but you're not running shoulder-to-shoulder the whole way, either. I've cruised across the finish line five times so far and have already signed up for the 2015 race. I can't wait!!
|First finish, 2009. So very, very happy!|
|Seat belt selfie!|
|Half marathon newbies! Dang we look young!|