Before Jeremy and I left for Europe, I decided I wanted to run my first full marathon abroad while my parents were visiting, and chose the Cork City Marathon in June. It was not a fully thought through decision, and no one had even planned transportation to get to Ireland. Shortly after, our plans fell through and we all decided to go to Italy instead. For about two weeks, I thought I was starting marathon training. In that time, I realized that training for my first full marathon while traveling would be really hard, and not all that realistic. So, technically I’ve been registered for a marathon before. But this time, it’s for real.
A few days ago, I registered for the Mountains 2 Beach Marathon on May 24th. I’d been wanting the Oakland Running Festival Marathon in March to be my first full for a while, but it just seemed too soon and I didn’t really feel comfortable with it. I researched different marathons for weeks, and finally decided on this one. The course starts downtown Ojai, and ends along the ocean in Ventura. It’s close to Santa Barbara so my parents can come, and it’s a holiday weekend so I’ll have an extra day to recover. It’s a pretty small field, but I’m hoping that won’t affect me too much. My next marathon will have to be a big one with lots of crowds to see the difference. I’m working on building a base to start training in January, and I’m pretty excited. The Ojai mountains are beautiful, and it should be a really nice course. It’s also touted as “lightning fast” because of the downhill elevation, but I doubt I’ll be running anywhere near lightning speeds.
In the meantime, I have the Santa Barbara Half Marathon on Saturday, which I’m not really prepared for. I feel like I’ve said that for my last couple halfs, and I hate it! But with traveling and moving and all that, I’ve been trying to get back into a good running groove. I ran ten miles last weekend, and I did two out-and-backs from the house we’re staying in currently. I thought it might be boring to do this, but it actually made it go by faster because I could think about it in 2.5-mile increments. I also listened to the Serial podcast, which made it go by super fast. I highly recommend it if you want something to get hooked on.
The Wednesday before Halloween, November Project was having a Not-So-Casual Wednesday workout, and I wore a dress shirt and tie. It got hot really fast.
In other news, I’ve had a horrible stiff neck this week, and it’s been really painful especially at night.
My mom visited me here in LA and we went to lunch at Petit Trois – SO GOOD.
That’s about it… Jeremy and I are heading up to Santa Barbara this morning to spend a couple days there before the race on Saturday. Hopefully I’m able to finish the race and not crash and burn at mile 7… wish me luck!
Yay Lily!!! That’s so exciting! That looks like a GREAT course – definitely a very gradual downhill. Good luck on your half this weekend! 😀
Thank you so much!!
SO EXCITING!!! 26.2!! I can’t wait to read your training posts!
That Carn Evil house is intense! Dang! Do you drive through the mouth to get into the garage?! That would be so creepy/cool!
Yay!!! I know, they went all out for their Halloween decorations. That would be really cool if the car drove through there, I think it’s where the kids are supposed to enter the haunted house-type thing though. I think I’d be too scared to go in if I was a little kid!
That sounds like a great choice of a race! I would also be worried about the downhill but Im glad the reviews say its a gentle slope. I would love to do that race some day!
That is so exciting that you are going to be training for a marathon!!!
You should do it in 2015!! 🙂
Exciting! Can’t wait to hear about your training! The Oakland Running Festival is such a fun race, but there is still a half marathon option…I would highly recommend it! 😀
That’s true! I love any reason to spend a weekend in SF/Oakland, maybe I’ll do the half!
So amazing, I have heard such great things about that marathon.
Oh, really? That’s great news! It seems like people had good experiences from the reviews I read.
Welcome to the half-ass half training club 🙂 you’re going to be fine. Probably better than fine.
Great pics, hope the neck loosens up for the weekend, and yay for a full to look forward to! Cheers!
Haha, thank you, I’ve been here a while it seems. And thanks!!
That is so exciting! That elevation profile looks pretty nice. 🙂 Good luck, you’re gonna do great in Santa Barbara this weekend!
Good luck at SB! I am definitely running my college town race sooner than later. Jesse also just registered for Mountains 2 Beach! I really want to, but with Vineman Monte Rio the weekend prior, I know it’s not smart. I think I’m going to race the half at Mountains 2 Beach, but it seems so much less epic.
Oh man, that’s so exciting!! Can’t wait to meet you guys!
For real this time, yeah! You’re brave, girl 🙂
Oh my gosh!! SERIAL IS AMAZING!!! My hubby and I are seriously hooked!
Isn’t is soo good?? I chose to listen to that during my half on Saturday instead of music, it definitely made the miles go by fast!