On Sunday I ran the Shoreline Half Marathon, which basically serves as my halfway point in this “marathon” of a running year.
I set a few running goals for 2014 and so far, have managed to hit several of ’em:
- I’ve PR’d in the marathon (4:58:16), half marathon (2:03:14) and 10K (56:56).
- I ran 3 full marathons in less than 90 days to qualify for the Marathon Maniacs (#9416).
- I’ve run a half or full marathon every month this year so far (with plans to continue this into 2015).
As most distance runners know, July is not the prime month for races. Summer vacations and summer heat limit the number of races available around the country. And since the San Francisco Marathon conflicts with ComicCon this year (yup, the geek side of me wins out there) I was desperately looking for a local SoCal race. And with that I chose the Shoreline Half Marathon/10K/5K, a 2nd year race located in Ventura. Definitely a race on the small side (big contrast to the Peachtree Road Race I ran last week with 60,000 runners) all three races combined feature less than 1,000 runners. This year’s installment had about 570 people running the half marathon distance and I decided to give it a look see.
Today’s Shoreline race was a first for me… my first half marathon in the month of July.
Typically at this point I’m well into my summer training mode, which means a break from longer races, shorter training runs, getting out early in the morning (as close to dawn as possible) and complaining about the heat while I’m pounding the melting pavement.
After a great Peachtree Road Race on July 4th (navigating heat and humidity toward a 10K PR), I was looking forward to the Shoreline Half Marathon to see how I’d handle a half marathon in the heat.
And it was hot today in Ventura. Temps were in the 70s at the 8am start and very sunny (nary a cloud in sight). Coupled with very little tree cover to provide shade and things got rather toasty out there.
A quick post this Saturday, as I need to go pack for my trip to tomorrow morning (for those of you who know me, I am lousy at packing… truly awful).
On the upside, it’s a happy post. Last Saturday I did my first road run back since injuring my hamstring… a challenging 10K. I think I must have left one of my lungs at home that day.
After an okay week working out at the gym, I decided to up my mileage for today to 10 miles in order to get ready for the Peachtree Road Race coming up on Friday.