|Waiting for the farmer to charge at us with a hoe threatening to beat us silly if we didn't get off his property...|
If you've been following the adventures of Endorphin Dude & The Chiweenie, you will know that your marathon caped crusader missed a few weeks of running due to injuries. That damn sciatic nerve caused me so much grief, but I am very happy to announce that I am once again injury free and healthy. I've fallen a little bit behind on my quest for Titanium, but I am confident that I will reach my goal by the end of the year. I have a few doubles and two triples coming up in the fall, so whatever I can do now to prepare my body those races I will. The Salinas Valley Half Marathon provided me with a great opportunity to run a Goofy Challenge this weekend. After this half marathon, I headed down to southern California for the Run The Forest Marathon, a very small and low-key race in Lake Forest, CA.
Aside from me shocking my body into thinking it can pull off doubles and triples, I was very happy to be in Salinas Valley. I had an awesome time here last year, and this year was even better because a bunch of my Half Fanatic friends ran it too. I came into this half marathon expecting to take it easy and having a lot of fun, and indeed, that is exactly what happened.
|You gotta love the Half Fanatics!|
|Elizabeth and Ultra Woof in action!|
|Love that they put out these signs. I would not have known that those were cucumbers.|
|Jennifer in action!|
|Bwa ha ha! I am Count Endorphula and I want to suck your sweat! Ok, that's just gross. I can't believe I just wrote that.|
|Mile 8! That's me doing my Chinese number dance.|
|At about mile 9, Chris Bliss caught up to us! What an action shot.|
|Endorphin Dude & The Moving Molecules. ROCK ON!|
You can probably figure out that I had a lot of fun at this race, stopping along the way to take fun photos. With another marathon the next day, I figured why kill my body? I did get serious toward the end though. At about mile 9, Chris Bliss caught up to us. This was Christine's 15th half marathon, and she looked strong at mile 9 when she ran up to us. I took a quick look at my Garmin and saw that she was on track to a PR! I told Christine that I could pace her to a personal record, and she agreed. Christine stayed focused the final 4 miles, consistently pulling in a 16 minute pace! When we reached mile 13, she, Ultra Woof, and I sprinted in hand in hand in hand. The three of us were ecstatic to earn huge PR's: Christine broke her record by 3 whopping minutes and Woofie and I got our big PARTY RACE! Woo Hoo!
|I don't care that this is the same medal that I got last year but with a different ribbon. I love this race regardless!|
Good times. I will definitely return to Salinas Valley to run this half marathon again. Aside from me being legacy, this race is a lot of fun. It's well organized and the people are awesome. Two endorphin thumbs up!