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Rest Week

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Ran 11 miles this week, and it rained on the morning of the 5k, so no race. There will be other 5k's to PR after the marathon, and I won't have to worry about pulling something before the big race. I am having a great time and enjoying what life has to offer. Running has helped me get through all kinds of situations and just makes the day better. I'm enjoying the training!

DSE Embarcadero 10k

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My favorite local course to PR on in the 10k is the DSE Embarcadero 10k. I trained and did my track workouts, knew my race pace and followed my plan. My goal was 45 minutes and I got in just under at 44:56 with a third place ribbon for the women. A good day for sore legs!

Thanks Run Fast by Hal Higdon

Their events are so well organized and registration fees are so affordable you can run them every weekend.

Weekly mileage: 20.61

Stinson Beach Marathon

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Stinson Beach Marathon Report: This was a really tough run, but full of scenic trails from beach, to ridge, to forest and repeat! The course felt alot harder than last time, because we went up and down into Muir Woods twice. After the first hour, my legs were already cramped and feet were hurting so it was a matter of making them shuffle along for the next 5 hours! The half marathon would have been enough but since I was looking for some hill and mental training I did the whole thing. Well worth the views! The continuous uphills were challenging. I just tried to concentrate on good form and steady pace, and kept fueling and hydrating. The aid station was well placed and well stocked and helpful volunteers. The Coastal Trail led us out onto the exposed ridge where it was windy, wet and cold. The trail was so narrow and uneven, with lots of rocks. I just tried not to roll my ankles. If you want a nice hike, the Dipsea trail from Stinson Beach is really gorgeous, but be prepared for lots…

Tapering for the Marathon

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Last long run before the Stinson Beach Marathon. Photo by fellow runner David.

I started tapering down after the second 20 miler. The trails took long to recover from, so took it easy this weekend with swimming and hiking. Spent some quiet time camped out in the Santa Cruz mountains. The trails here are awesome. One day I would love to do the Skyline to the Sea trail.



I had a big swim on Saturday with other Water World Swim coaches Jake, John and Kirk and swimmers Andrew, Les and Jeff. The support crew was awesome and I made some new friends. The swim is 6 miles from Capitola to Santa Cruz around Pleasure Point, which took about 3 hours. I only did a little bit of it then kayaked the rest of the way. We saw sea lions, dolphins, and a humpback whale! It was so memorable. Though it's shark season, it was so beautiful to be out there that I wasn't thinking about it. The weather was so nice, and we had so much fun picnicking on the beach afterward, it was like being in heaven.

The l…