10 days since my last post. Hey, life gets in the way sometimes.
The biggest thing to happen over the last 10 days is that I registered for the Big Sur International Marathon in California next year. I’m very excited as it is on my “to do list” of marathons. I’ve had the registration date on my calendar for about 6 months, so I was prepared to sign up when things opened at 10 am Eastern this past Sunday. I was one of the first 1000 registrants, so I saved a few bucks.
The race takes a total of 4,500 runners, and within 26 hours, the marathon was sold out. This is a record sell out time for the race, as last year it took a couple of months. This is part of a trend of popular marathons selling out their registration slots in record times. Chicago sold out in a few days this year, and that race has 45,000 runners! If there is a race out there you want to do and it is at all popular, sign up early. Don’t wait.
The Big Sur marathon course goes along the Pacific Coast Highway from Big Sur to Carmel. The views are epic and the course is challenging. There is a 2 mile climb in the middle of the race to “Hurricane Point.” The climb is about 600ft. There are other hills that will make it a tough race to be sure.
I’ve also been training regularly. Most runs during the week have been 4-5 milers with a few 7 mile runs that incorporate hills. Last weekend was an 11 miler and this Saturday will be another early 13 miler. It has been so hot lately that early runs are a must. It’s just too hot to run in the middle of the day. I prefer to run early anyway.
Today’s run was 7 miles along a pretty hilly route. Hill training is good as it builds leg strength and endurance. Although Chicago is a relatively flat course, training with hills will give me that much more confidence come October 7th.