It's been a while since I've posted updates on my half marathon training, so I thought I'd get everyone up to date. In March I completed the California Classic Half Marathon which took place in Downtown Fresno, starting at the Grizzly's Stadium, heading to the Chaffee Zoo, and finishing back at home plate. I ran a PR time of 1:24:29 and took 16th overall and 3rd in the men's 20-29 age group. It was a great experience and very rewarding after a hard winter of many miles and challenging build-up competitions, such as the 10 miler I posted about earlier on.
After the Cal Classic I decided to sign up for a couple other halfs. The first I signed up for is the MERCO Half held the first weekend of June (8th) in Merced, CA. I'm excited for that one because Cat will be running in it as well, plus it's near her home town of Atwater.
The other half I signed up for was the Santa Cruz Half Marathon, which took place this past weekend (April 13th). The race was super challenging due to the 6 miles of hills lead along the cliff side of the Pacific Ocean which dropped us off into Wilder State Park. The race was set up as a loop which finished back near the start, next to the Santa Cruz Wharf and lighthouse right on the sand of the prime beachfront real-estate. The weather was amazing, at around 55 degrees and a start time of 8am, it was ideal conditions for a PR! Which is exactly what occurred, regardless of the hills! I was able to run a 1:23:54, putting me in the top 10! I placed 9th overall, and 2nd in the 20-29 age group, which landed me a sweet trophy (which is a glass blown coral reef shell) on top of a beautiful finishers medal.
So far my half marathon experiences have gone better than I could have assumed! I even signed up for the full marathon in November at the Two Cities race in north Fresno and Clovis area. Updates will come regarding that race, my training, and other races.
Steven Waite, NSCA-CPT