China Camp State Park is bike heaven. The running on theses trails is nice too, but in one hour I covered more ground on my bike and did the entire Shoreline loop and saw everything. The cross-training on the bike is great for strengthening the muscles around the knee for support. I've had an entire week off after the marathon now I'm ready to rock-n-roll again!
Wow! Team Purple is deep, and their support is deep too! I saw teams from all over the US. I ran the first part of the marathon behind a Moms In Motion runner, but then I lost her - she must've picked up the motion. Then, I cruised behind TNT Central Ohio in Golden Gate Park, then TNT Greater San Francisco. Around Ocean Beach I tried to catch up to TNT Team Tofu, but there was no way - they were too fast. I did 4 minutes better time than the last one, but it was way more comfortable and I had a strong finish, thanks to all that speed and hill training. Didn't need the ipod 'cause there was tons of music: dj's, marching bands, drum circles, classical, ragtime, cheerleaders, a U2 Cover band, and a Tuba rendition of Billie Jean. It's those little funny moments that keep you going. With the full and the half both sold out, combined with the Walk of Hope event this weekend, I can only imagine how much money was raised to fight cancer. Time to chill.
Nike Women's Marathon 2008
I've adjusted my ambitious training plan to the official Nike Women's Marathon plan, since they are already tapering down and it sounds like a good idea. I made up my longish run that I didn't do yesterday today and will just stick to the program for the countdown. I'm already thinking of my next big event though and I think it will be a tri next year.
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