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@Detsie

San Jose, CA Raving since 2015 Marathon Maniacs #8956, Half Fanatics #6311 active 5 months, 1 week ago

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Past Races (8)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
Marathon Ojai, CA May 27, 2018
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2018
Half Marathon Saratoga, CA Dec 9, 2017
10K San Jose, CA Sep 2, 2017
6 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 8, 2017
Half Marathon Castro Valley, CA Jan 1, 2016
10K Castro Valley, CA Dec 27, 2015
Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 23, 2014

My Raves

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

Mountains 2 Beach Marathon & Half Marathon

The course is beautiful and the race had only 2,000 marathon runners so it has a nice mellow feel. Lots of dedicated student volunteers work the expo and the course … MORE

The course is beautiful and the race had only 2,000 marathon runners so it has a nice mellow feel. Lots of dedicated student volunteers work the expo and the course since the race benefits Ventura public schools. It was an easy drive from the Bay Area down 101 — the only traffic was in Santa Barbara.

My number one takeaway is that the the net downhill does not feel like much of a downhill, and there are uphills too.

Apparently the race usually sells out months before, but I was able to register in late April. I had myself on the waitlist but then found someone willing to directly transfer his registration to me on the Facebook event page. The transfer was so easy: I sent him my email address and M2B sent me a link to register. When I did, they issued my transferor a refund.

Since I registered so late, finding a hotel was a little problematic. We ended up staying at a motel about 3 miles away from the expo/start that normally might cost less than $100 but for our one night it was $323 (including tax and fees). Ugh!

In terms of logistics, I was on a 5am shuttle and arrived at the start about 5:40 because we didn’t leave downtown Ventura until about 5:08. There were tons of portapotties at the start but with very long lines to use them so a lot of people were feeling a little rushed. This didn’t bug me because I’m used to being late.

I ran with a pacer for the first half and planned to push the second half, but I was so hungry, tired, and thirsty by mile 14, I actually fell back. My first half was 10 minutes faster than my second, which seems to be the way a lot of people ended up running this race, too. The aid stations were well stocked and volunteers were nice about letting me have more water, etc.

The crowd for the marathon was hardcore. Lots of BQ’s! I’m not even close but I did get a huge PR.

The best part of the race is the beach finish. I wish I had put flip-flops in a gear bag because I dunked my legs in the ocean right after and had to put my running shoes back on to get to the car.

I paid for my medal to be engraved online with my registration, but forgot to get that done at the finish so I’m going to email the race directors to see if they can help me with that. I also bought the pasta dinner with registration and that worked out well — we picked up our bibs, ate, and turned in for the night.

Overall, this was an extremely gratifying and pleasant race!

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Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I've done the half a bunch of times, and this is one of my favorite new year traditions. It's freezing at the start so I wear a long down coat … MORE

I’ve done the half a bunch of times, and this is one of my favorite new year traditions.

It’s freezing at the start so I wear a long down coat and bag check it right before the race begins. The course is a clockwise loop around the lake with a long downhill that’s got a lot of steep spots (“Live Oak”) about 3-4 miles from the finish.

After a cross the line, I put my coat back on, eat an It’s-It (green tea is my fave), and take a photo with my medal in front of the race banner. I am always so happy and proud to ring in the new year this way — nothing beats crushing a hilly half!

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5
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Summit Rock Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Summit Rock Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I've done the half twice and the 5K twice. The course is gorgeous with cooler temps, technical trails, and a lot of #elevert. Just about everyone I know has fallen … MORE

I’ve done the half twice and the 5K twice. The course is gorgeous with cooler temps, technical trails, and a lot of #elevert. Just about everyone I know has fallen at least once on the half course (including me). There are a lot of hidden roots and rocks in addition to the twigs, pine cones, and other debris on those trails.

Brazen does an amazing job on all its races, and this one is no exception. Aid stations are well-stocked and the race directors are positive and supportive of all runners. The little owl mascot of SR is my favorite logo, and the town of Saratoga is sweet place to have a snack after the race.

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5
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5
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5
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5

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Trail Hog Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Trail Hog Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Being on Mt. Hamilton makes me feel open and free. The drive takes a while (come up from Alum Rock Avenue) but the spacious views are tremendous. One year, two … MORE

Being on Mt. Hamilton makes me feel open and free. The drive takes a while (come up from Alum Rock Avenue) but the spacious views are tremendous. One year, two ginormous hogs darted out in front of us driving out. This was kinda scary so definitely pay attention!

The race takes place during Labor Day Weekend and it’s usual hot; 2018, however, was HELLISHLY hot, like 110 degrees or more. And there isn’t much shade on the course. Needless to say, there weren’t many course PRs that day.

I’ve never done the half despite my best intentions. I’ve done the 10K at least 3 times. It has hills, but it’s not the toughest course. The trails are wide and not technical.

My favorite part of the race is the bling. This year’s medal was a pig styled after “Hamilton” the Broadway show. Loved it!

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Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

The 6-hour race is a great way to get a long run in for marathon training without much time pressure. You get a very cool sweatshirt if you do either … MORE

The 6-hour race is a great way to get a long run in for marathon training without much time pressure.

You get a very cool sweatshirt if you do either the 6- or 12-hour race, and you can get your medal engraved for free at the end. The deal is you run a 3.4 mile loop over and over again until the last hour when they open a little loop of 0.6 miles. One big loop is all you need for an official finish though, so you needn’t run the whole time at all. There’s a yummy BBQ that starts about 11am — that it a natural break point for me. This year, I did the 5K as well as the 6-hour for extra bling, and I even got an age group medal in the 5K. The Poop-Heart mascot of the 5K/10K is one of my Brazen favorites, second only to the adorable Summit Rock owl.

So pack a bag with extra running shoes and socks, towels, picnic baskets, maybe a tent and whatever else you need to run and/or hangout all day, and join the party.

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Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Brazen New Year’s Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Once again I wore my long down coat to stay warm until right before the race. Parking outside the park wasn't too bad of a walk. The course wasn't too … MORE

Once again I wore my long down coat to stay warm until right before the race. Parking outside the park wasn’t too bad of a walk. The course wasn’t too technical or steep compared to some other Brazen halfs. I might have been able to push it more but it was a training race for me. Loved my double medal — see pic below.

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Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen New Year’s Eve Half Marathon/10K/5K

Having bag check was great because I wore my long down coat until just before the race. We had parked up the hill and walked into the park where it … MORE

Having bag check was great because I wore my long down coat until just before the race. We had parked up the hill and walked into the park where it was even colder. The 10K is out and back, and there is a steep climb mile 2 to 3.

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Oakland Running Festival

Oakland Running Festival

This marathon has great course support and shows off the lovely city of Oakland. There is one big climb about 800 feet starting about mile 7 that takes you into … MORE

This marathon has great course support and shows off the lovely city of Oakland. There is one big climb about 800 feet starting about mile 7 that takes you into the Oakland hills but otherwise it’s pretty flat. The neighbors are so varied and lots of folks line route to cheer runners on. It’s a really great race.

FULL DISCLOSURE: I’m a 2016 race ambassador and the promo code MONTES gets you 15% off any distance (full, half, or 5K).

DIFFICULTY
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5
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5
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5

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