Monday Runday: The Training Begins for My Next Event

Just popping in for a quick post after a great birthday weekend. It’s almost 7:00 (though it feels like 8:00 because of the time change) on Sunday night and I haven’t touched my computer all weekend. Yay for me! I had a fun “grandma” weekend, which I will share much more of later in the week, but I wanted to let you know that I have picked my next event!

San Diego Holiday Half Marathon - Monday Runday - Torrey Pines

Fortunately, my next race will end at Torrey Pines State Beach and NOT climb up that hill!

Yes, after a couple of weeks of hinting, I have decided that I’m going to run the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon! It’s on December 29, meaning I’d better get training because that is less than two months away. And if the next eight weeks are anything like the last few months, we will just blink our eyes and it will be time to race.

I’ll post a detailed training schedule in another post, but I plan to train pretty hard for this race. I am still chasing that elusive post-50-year-old sub-two-hour half marathon, even though I came within 11 seconds last July in the Costume Party Run. While I was perfectly happy with that result, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop trying to do even better.

I will have a few advantages that will help me achieve my goal. They are, in no particular order:

  1. Training in the fall/winter instead of spring/summer. In the desert that means a lot.
  2. Alan will be announcing this race, which always gives me extra motivation to do well (plus I get to hear his words, “here comes my favorite person in the whole wide world..”
  3. San Diego. December. Awesome.
  4. Finally, the course seems to be designed for PR-ing. It is a point-to-point course that starts inland (in Ranch Penasquitos) and runs, basically downhill, toward the coast, ending at Torrey Pines State Beach. While I am not going for a PR (that was set years ago and would be more that 25 minutes faster than my current time), that 714 net drop sounds pretty good.

If you live or are planning to visit San Diego for the holidays, I would love to have you join me! It’s a few days after Christmas, which makes it a great way to kick off the new year. And a PR course? Come on! You can sign up here.

Stay tuned for the training schedule. And my weekend recap. In the meantime, here are a few pictures to hold you over.

Grandsons - trainingSo happy to see these two and continue our tradition of taking a run in the morning when we’re visiting (after the other tradition: going to Starbucks with Grandpa for coffee (for us) and hot chocolate (for them)).

Grandsons - trainingSelfie with Grandma

Grandsons - trainingI’m behind as usual. All the better for the photo ops.

Grandsons - trainingIt was a beautiful day. The clouds behind us look like a painting!

Grandsons - trainingAnother tradition: The post-run group selfie.

Grandsons - trainingTo complete the Grandson Sweep, we drove south on Sunday morning to visit Samuel (and his parents).

Grandsons - trainingGrowing so fast! Drinking from a cup (with help).

Grandsons - trainingHis dad, or maybe his Uncle David, I can’t remember for sure, used to make this exact face!

Grandsons - trainingLook at those teeth! Seven!

Grandsons - trainingNot our best pose.

Grandsons - trainingMuch better!

Grandsons - trainingI just love this thoughtful expression.

Grandsons - trainingGrandpa and Samuel

Vegan dining - trainingSome eats: Falafel Wrap at Coach’s in Huntington Beach

Vegan dining - trainingCoconut soup at Spice’s Thai Restaurant in Mira Mesa

Vegan Dining - trainingThis was the lunch special (plus the soup)! So much food, including the curry with vegetables and tofu, spring rolls, a salad, and brown rice.

 All in all a great weekend. And a perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

How was your weekend? What are you training for right now?

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  1. says

    Happy birthday! Mine is tomorrow–a couple of scorrpios! Your grandson and that hair–so adorable! Fun weekend for you.

    The half sounds like great timing for the desert, and how fun that Alan will be announcing it.

    We’ll be in San Diego in Feb..looking for a race while I’m there if you have any suggestions (Pres. day weekend)
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