|Start of last year's Big Sur Half-Marathon in Monterey|
(Photo from Big Sur Marathon Events)
This quote from Tanzanian distance running legend Juma Ikangaa seems the ideal way to start a new series on this blog. Twelve weeks from now I'll be running the Big Sur Half-Marathon in Monterey. As any runner knows, it takes a lot to prepare for a half- marathon, whatever your ability. For many of us runners, taking the journey to reach a mountain top of our own making is why we do what we do.
This fall, that journey is to finish the half-marathon in 1:22, a 6:15 per mile pace. Last year, I ran the Big Sur Half-Marathon in just a tad under 1:26, about 6:32 per mile pace. No question running a 1:22 will be difficult, but after carefully considering some of the runs and races I've done this year, it's doable. I'd still be pretty happy if I ran 1:23, about 6:25 per mile pace but 1:22 is the target. Six weeks before the Monterey Half-Marathon, I'll run the Bridge to Bridge 12k in San Francisco both as a racing tune-up and reality check.
I'm going to start a weekly diary of sorts, posting each week on my running experiences and thoughts leading up the race. Rather than a tedious tally of each day's run, I hope to both inject a sense of purpose into the quest, and share with you the people, the places, and the things encountered along the way. Sometimes, I'll describe a certain aspect of the training. Other times I'll introduce you to other runners, either long time training partners or anonymous runners who've gained a certain familiarity as they go by in the opposite direction each morning on the trails. There will be a few random observations about things as they enter my mind. And with some luck, I won't be writing about any injuries.
The goal is to share my little world within the strange tribe of runners to give other runners added direction, comradery and inspiration while showing non-runners the purpose for doing these crazy things. Ought to be interesting, should be fun and as always, I never quite know where this will take me. Hope you join me for the ride.