Monterey 1/2 Marathon

I’v got to say it was a rough race, but there isn’t a prettier course to have a tough day on.

Central California Coast

“In football, you might get your bell rung, but you go in with the expectation that you might get hurt, and you hope to win and come out unscathed.  As a distance runner, you know you’re going to get your bell rung.  Distance runners are experts at pain, discomfort, and fear.  You’re not coming away feeling good.  It’s a matter of how much pain you can deal with on those days.  It’s not a strategy.  It’s just a callusing of the mind and body to deal with discomfort.  Any serious runner bounces back.  That’s the nature of their game.  Taking pain.” – Mark Wetmore

Race recap:  Beautiful weather, great field, awesome course, slight rolling hills.  Race went out fairly comfortably, 9:47 through 2 miles, the lead pack dropped the pace significantly after that and things got really hard really fast.  By the end I was running a little over 5:10 pace, and finished in 67:28 for 12th place. Definitely expected a faster time today. Hope the taper before CIM results in some fresher legs. The last 10 weeks have been a pretty solid buildup for the Cal International Marathon.  I’v been really happy with training feel like I’m on track to get at it on December 8th.

In other and much more interesting news, Got to do a little sight seeing in Monterey.

Athlete coordinator told us this was the Steinbeck made famous Bear Flag building, I later discovered (awkwardly) it was actually about a block North.
Athlete coordinator told us this was the Steinbeck made famous Bear Flag building, I later discovered (awkwardly) it was actually about a block North.
Cannery Row, with the flags of The Bear Flag Building in the left corner. Unfortunately for me and my post race melancholy I was about 75 years late.
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Great shoe for exploring coastal trails and tide pools

Congrats to all who enjoyed the rolling hills and waves of the Big Sur Half Marathon this weekend! Thanks to all volunteers, Greg Mislick and Steve Butler for doing so much for the athletes competing.

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