I'll have completed my first full marathon (26.2) and can proudly be one of those people that rock the sticker on my car or flight bag, my wife will have her first half marathon in the bag (13.1) and I should be gearing up for yet another sprint triathlon on September 11. (San Diego TriRock) Just in case I haven't mentioned it yet, I'm turning the "big" 3-0 in July and thought that I should run a marathon before then and that's the real reason behind this who fiasco. So far, training has been a hit or miss and up until just recently, I was free from shin splints and "hot feet." Last night, after running for an hour on the hotel treadmill, I encountered both. It's a scary thought that I signed up for the full marathon, but with all the positive thinking, I'm going to school it. Unlike my others out there with a goal of 3:59:59, I'm just adding an hour to that and aiming for nice and "easy" 4:59:59. I have yet to reach my 60 min 10K and with San Francisco's Centennial Bay to Breakers coming up on May 15th, I'm hoping that it will post as a good "warmup" with all the hills included.
The historic Zazzle Bay to Breakers is a USA Track and Field Certified 12k (7.46 miles).
From sea level at the Embarcadero the course rises steeply along the Hayes Street Hill. Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore Street and Steiner Street. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle through Golden Park to the Finish Line at the Great Highway.
Here's to my wife and graduating Gonzaga 2011 w/ a Family Nurse Practitioner's degree! I Love ya sweetie!