|Start of last year’s Big Sur Half-Marathon in Monterey
(Photo from Big Sur Marathon Events)
“The will to win is nothing without the will to prepare”
This quote from Tanzanian distance running legend Juma Ikangaa seems the ideal way to start a new series on this blog. Twelve weeks from now I’ll be running the Big Sur Half-Marathon in Monterey. As any runner knows, it takes a lot to prepare for a half- marathon, whatever your ability. For many of us runners, taking the journey to reach a mountain top of our own making is why we do what we do.
This fall, that journey is to finish the half-marathon in 1:22, a 6:15 per mile pace. Last year, I ran the Big Sur Half-Marathon in just a tad under 1:26, about 6:32 per mile pace. No question running a 1:22 will be difficult, but after carefully considering some of the runs and races I’ve done this year, it’s doable. I’d still be pretty happy if I ran 1:23, about 6:25 per mile pace but 1:22 is the target. Six weeks before the Monterey Half-Marathon, I’ll run the Bridge to Bridge 12k in San Francisco both as a racing tune-up and reality check.
I’m going to start a weekly diary of sorts, posting each week on my running experiences and thoughts leading up the race. Rather than a tedious tally of each day’s run, I hope to both inject a sense of purpose into the quest, and share with you the people, the places, and the things encountered along the way. Sometimes, I’ll describe a certain aspect of the training. Other times I’ll introduce you to other runners, either long time training partners or anonymous runners who’ve gained a certain familiarity as they go by in the opposite direction each morning on the trails. There will be a few random observations about things as they enter my mind. And with some luck, I won’t be writing about any injuries.
The goal is to share my little world within the strange tribe of runners to give other runners added direction, comradery and inspiration while showing non-runners the purpose for doing these crazy things. Ought to be interesting, should be fun and as always, I never quite know where this will take me. Hope you join me for the ride.