Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Sacramento Shamrock'n

So excited for this Sunday! The Shamrock'n Half Marathon was my first race ever (back in 2008 it had a 5k alongside the half)  and as such it means a lot to me. It's only been 2 years and since then I've gone from doing 5ks to 10ks to Half Marathons to my first 26.2 . I love looking back on this race and seeing how far I have come not only in running, but in life!

Some other reasons I'm excited for this race:
  • First race of the year 
  • First race since California International Marathon
  • First race for my friend @jkpiccolo !
  • Halfway point in training (approx) for the San Francisco Marathon
  • A fun race in my hometown
  • Daylight Saving Time is a bumout, but heralds the beginning of spring!
Last year I almost ran this race but because I am a poor planner I didn't give myself enough training time.
At the urging of my wife I decided to wait, and did the American River Parkway as my first half. Which was a disaster but that's a whole nother poster! If I don't PR Sunday I'm not going to beat myself up but I am going to enjoy pushing myself to see just what I've got.

Race day is unlike any training day. There's just something about going out with a huge mass of humanity all pursuing a common goal, the adrenalin surge is hard to describe. It's as perfect of a day to really see where your training has taken you, and I'm excited to see!
Good luck to everyone running!
A shout out to the following folks who are going for it

@cynlambert ,
and my boy! @steverheams

Friday, March 5, 2010

SF Marathon - The February Challenge

So a while ago I wrote a blog entry about addiction, love, obsession etc.
The awesome folks at the San Francisco Marathon entered it into their February Challenge and I won!
Thank you if you voted for my little entry and for reading this blog :)
See you in SF!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Movie Review : Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days

Dean Karnazes's quest to run 50 "Marathons"  in 50 States in 50 days is a semi documentary with interviews of  Dean's family, friends fans and support team. While they are actual certified marathons and marathon routes, some of them weren't done on the day of the actual race.  Every race is shown, some more in depth than others. Sometimes a large group would show up, and other times it was very light turnout. During one race, a lucky woman showed up as the sole participant, so she basically got to run with "Karno" for 26.2 miles!
Compared to the awesome book, this movie is spotty at best simply because the story is sorta all over the place, is it about Dean? or is it his program? Is it the runners? or the adventure? Maybe it's a little bit of all of these things.It's still a must see if you are a runner because let's face it, you want to see and read everything you can about running right?

If you are a runner you will enjoy  the running in different weather conditions, from the freezing Alaskan wilderness to gale force winds in the midwest and the baking heat of Arizona. I put myself in the same situations and made mental calculations "uh no - I'm not Badwater material" or "oh heck yes running in the rain would be SO much fun!"

The book "Ultramarathon Man" and the movie "Spirit of the Marathon" both inspired me to run my first marathon last year and this movie does do a great job of showing Dean's human side as well as his 'celebrity' side. The human side though, is what I like about the guy. I loved how in one scene, he literally runs away from a press conference to hug a runner who's just reached the finish line, awesome!
3 out of 5 stars, the extras made this thing, I'd love to see another Dean movie maybe on just one race like Badwater or the Western States etc. His book is incredible and the book is a total 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading! Now go running!