March: 3 Half Marathons 16 Days

My last post, Two Halfs in Nine Days, shares the details and photos from the Lucky Run and the California Classic half marathons.  Just in case you are new or foreign to running, a half marathon is 13.1 miles.  A week later, I ran another half at the Modesto Marathon, making it 3 halfs in 16 days.

Moving into 2014 I had no intention on running 3 half marathons in such a short time frame, but I really like these races and when one of them was scheduled two months earlier than normal.  The result was 3 half marathons in 16 days.  Yes, this is the theme of this post.

Modesto Marathon

Having shaved close to 15 minutes off time in just over a week, I went into the Modesto Marathon with hopes of possibly shaving off another 10 or 15 minutes.  My body may have had other plans.  I arrived at the start before the sun and the morning was chilly, almost cold.  The race started just after 7:00 am.  The race started downtown and ran through neighborhoods into the sunrise.  The course then kicks out of the city into the country area of Wood Colony past almond blossoms and great views of California’s Coastal Range.  When the marathoners and half marathoners part ways, the half marathoners turn back towards the city running into the morning sun.  It was brutal running into that sun for about 5 miles.  The race finishes a block away from the start with a large crowd cheering every running.  My final time was 2 hours 28 minutes and 31 seconds, which was 29 seconds slower than the week before.

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My next race will be 10 miles in Sacramento, California in a few weeks.

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