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San Jose, CA Raving since 2017 active 4 hours, 4 minutes ago

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Personal Bests (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result
12K Sausalito, CA Jun 10, 2018 1:27:33
10K Alameda, CA Sep 16, 2018 59:49
6 Miler Santa Cruz, CA Jul 22, 2018 1:05:45
5 Miler Castro Valley, CA Jul 15, 2018 54:55
8K San Jose, CA Mar 4, 2018 53:32
6K Santa Clara, CA Mar 24, 2018 39:01
5K San Jose, CA Jun 2, 2018 30:00

Future Races (31)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
10 Miler Capitola, CA Oct 21, 2018
5K Monterey, CA Nov 10, 2018
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 11, 2018
10K Berkeley, CA Nov 18, 2018
5K San Jose, CA Nov 22, 2018
5K San Jose, CA Dec 16, 2018
8K San Jose, CA Feb 3, 2019
11 Miler Big Sur, CA Apr 28, 2019
Half Marathon Frenchtown, MT Jun 30, 2019
Half Marathon Bend, OR TBD
12K San Francisco, CA TBD
10 Miler Bronx, NY TBD
Half Marathon Portland, OR TBD
Half Marathon Rachel, NV TBD
Half Marathon Key West, FL TBD
Half Marathon Livermore, CA TBD
Half Marathon Camarillo, CA TBD
Half Marathon Lahaina, HI TBD
Half Marathon Queens, NY TBD
Half Marathon Brooklyn, NY TBD
Half Marathon Omaha, NE TBD
10K New York, NY TBD
10K Omaha, NE TBD
Half Marathon Omaha, NE TBD
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA TBD
Half Marathon Vancouver, Canada TBD
Half Marathon Paris, France TBD
5K Waco, TX TBD
Half Marathon Huntington Beach, CA TBD
Half Marathon Moab, UT TBD
10 Miler Minneapolis, MN TBD

Past Races (35)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
10K Berkeley, CA Oct 14, 2018 1:02:16
10K Omaha, NE Sep 23, 2018 1:02:36
10K Alameda, CA Sep 16, 2018 59:49
5K San Leandro, CA Aug 4, 2018 30:23
5K Castro Valley, CA Jul 28, 2018 34:49
6 Miler Santa Cruz, CA Jul 22, 2018 1:05:45
5 Miler Castro Valley, CA Jul 15, 2018 54:55
10K Boston, MA Jun 24, 2018 1:04:46
12K Sausalito, CA Jun 10, 2018 1:27:33
5K San Jose, CA Jun 2, 2018 30:00
5K Fremont, CA May 5, 2018 30:45
10K San Jose, CA Apr 15, 2018 1:12:36
5K San Jose, CA Apr 14, 2018 32:18
6K Santa Clara, CA Mar 24, 2018 39:01
8K San Jose, CA Mar 4, 2018 53:32
5K Santa Cruz, CA Feb 25, 2018 30:50
5K San Leandro, CA Feb 10, 2018 32:51
5K Fremont, CA Jan 20, 2018 39:00
5K San Jose, CA Dec 17, 2017 32:28
5K Santa Clara, CA Dec 10, 2017 31:20
5K San Jose, CA Nov 23, 2017 30:50
5K Monterey, CA Nov 12, 2017 32:35
5K San Jose, CA Oct 8, 2017 32:14
5K San Jose, CA Sep 30, 2017 34:10
5K Berkeley, CA Sep 17, 2017 32:53
5K San Leandro, CA Aug 5, 2017 35:51
5K San Jose, CA Jul 15, 2017 36:11
5K Sausalito, CA Jul 9, 2017 35:52
5K Pleasanton, CA May 6, 2017 32:40
5K Reno, NV Apr 30, 2017 35:00
6K Santa Clara, CA Mar 25, 2017 41:35
8K San Jose, CA Mar 5, 2017 57:13
5K San Jose, CA Dec 18, 2016 32:53
5K San Jose, CA Nov 24, 2016 32:51
5K San Jose, CA Nov 26, 2015 30:02

My Raves

The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

The East Bay 510K (fka Let’s Go 510K)

This was the third race in Represent Running's "Run the Bay Challenge" which includes 3 races around the bay area. I ran the 5K last year, and this year I … MORE

This was the third race in Represent Running’s “Run the Bay Challenge” which includes 3 races around the bay area. I ran the 5K last year, and this year I ran the 10K. The 10K course is definitely nicer as it heads out to the bay for part of the run so the views are nice. The course is flat for the most part. Race was well organized, the shirt and medal were nice. There was an extra medal for completing the challenge.

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Heartland Marathon

Heartland Marathon

I really enjoyed this race. There were not a lot of 10K runners so no need to weave and dodge other runners on the course. The sun was coming up … MORE

I really enjoyed this race. There were not a lot of 10K runners so no need to weave and dodge other runners on the course. The sun was coming up just as we crossed the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian bridge – very pretty. Weather was absolutely perfect. Race was well organized, friendly volunteers and the medal was nice. Thumbs up – I would do this one again if I’m in Omaha at the right time.

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Bank of Marin’s Alameda Running Festival

Bank of Marin’s Alameda Running Festival

The best thing about this race was that I got a new 10K PR - YAY! The course: It was just ok. Since it was in Alameda I was hoping … MORE

The best thing about this race was that I got a new 10K PR – YAY!

The course: It was just ok. Since it was in Alameda I was hoping more of the course would be along the water. There was a small section along the water front, and the rest of the race was not pretty at all. We round around through warehouses. However it was flat which helped. I’m also curious because according to Strava their mile markers were off, and the distance was 6.1. (Which if accurate, would have contributed to the PR).

There was a little festival after the run which was decent size, although I did not stick around so can’t really comment. Nicely organized. I forgot to pick up my shirt so no comment on that, but the medal was really cool!

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Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

I love this race for a variety of reasons: 1. Brazen Racing - always a good production, well organized 2. Easy and FREE parking 3. Pretty scenery along the bay. … MORE

I love this race for a variety of reasons:
1. Brazen Racing – always a good production, well organized
2. Easy and FREE parking
3. Pretty scenery along the bay.
4. Race morning bib pickup is allowed 🙂
5. Cool medals – and custom medals for age group wins
6. Flat and fast course
7. Great food after the race

This is the same course as the “Bay Breeze” race in February. I’ll be doing that one too!

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Bad Bass Half Marathon/10K/5K

Bad Bass Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen Racing always puts on a great event: well organized, friendly volunteers, well marked course, nice shirts, nice medal, great food at the end. I've done several of their races … MORE

Brazen Racing always puts on a great event: well organized, friendly volunteers, well marked course, nice shirts, nice medal, great food at the end. I’ve done several of their races and am always impressed. This course was challenging for me due to the hills, which weren’t terribly steep, but there were several of them. It was an out and back course along Lake Chabot, so very pretty. Oh – and bag pipe players at the start and finish! Very cool!

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Wharf to Wharf Race

Wharf to Wharf Race

This race is basically a "fun run" unless you are an elite runner or possibly in the first corral. There were more walkers than I have ever seen at a … MORE

This race is basically a “fun run” unless you are an elite runner or possibly in the first corral. There were more walkers than I have ever seen at a race before. This is great that there is so much participation, but there was definitely a bottleneck for about the first mile, and an obstacle course to get around the walkers for the entire course. There were corrals, but I don’t think most people paid attention to their corral numbers. I would have appreciated if the walkers had been in the last corral because this definitely slowed runners down. The course was nice. Lots of very pretty views and a combination of flat road and small hills. Lots of locals cheering the runners along, and several bands providing music. There was a definite lack of race etiquette along the course, with walkers blocking the entire width of the road at points, and lots of people not paying attention to runners around them and either stopping right in front of them or cutting them off. Having said that, this is an iconic Nor Cal run, and I’m really glad I participated for the first time this year. If I repeat this race, I will definitely try to get in the front corral, and I will park my car in Capitola and take a ride-share to the start line in Santa Cruz so that I don’t have to wait for the bus after the race to get back to my car. This was about a 30 minute wait just to get on the bus, and then with traffic it took about another 30 minutes to get back to parking lot at the start. Overall, a great experience, but expect it to be a long day. No race medal but a very cool shirt for finishers and a goody bag full of treats such as power bar, apple juice, trail mix.

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SPASM Lake Chabot Trail Run

SPASM Lake Chabot Trail Run

I've always kind of avoided trail runs for the most part, because I've worried about uneven paths, tripping, rocks, etc., not to mention hills :-). I was pleasantly surprised with … MORE

I’ve always kind of avoided trail runs for the most part, because I’ve worried about uneven paths, tripping, rocks, etc., not to mention hills :-). I was pleasantly surprised with this race which the organizers said was a good “first time” trail race on their website. The course had some hills, but only one that I needed to walk up. Based on the other runners around me, it seemed like it was totally acceptable to walk up the bigger hills. I also enjoyed the scenery, and experienced no knee or hip pain like I sometimes do after road races. Overall it was a great experience, and I will definitely start mixing in some trail races now that I see how much fun they can be.

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B.A.A. 10K (Race #2 of the B.A.A. Distance Medley)

B.A.A. 10K (Race #2 of the B.A.A. Distance Medley)

There were lots of runners at this race so great energy. Very well organized from the gear check to the post race goodies. I really enjoyed this race - the … MORE

There were lots of runners at this race so great energy. Very well organized from the gear check to the post race goodies. I really enjoyed this race – the course was mostly flat, and there were plenty of aid stations along the route. The weather was perfect – not too hot, and not humid. For me it was fun to run in a new city – I was visiting schools in Boston with my daughter and we did the race together. I hope to have the opportunity to do this one again in the future!

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Across the Bay 12K & 415K

Across the Bay 12K & 415K

This race was all about the views for me. Because I've never attempted a 12K before, I was just running to enjoy the views and see if I could manage … MORE

This race was all about the views for me. Because I’ve never attempted a 12K before, I was just running to enjoy the views and see if I could manage the distance. It turned out to be a really fun run. The views could not be beat. The weather was absolutely perfect. Represent Running always does a great job. The race was well organized with buses to take the 12K runners to Sausalito to start. The shirt was a cool design, and the medal was nice too. Because I had to stop to snap some pics along the way, my time was pretty slow but it was worth it to enjoy the scenery. The only challenging part was the uphill around mile 2 (I think) which was to get to the start across the bridge. There was another small uphill near the finish. Otherwise the course was pretty flat. I will definitely try to do this one again next year.

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San Jose Giant Race

San Jose Giant Race

This was a fun race, part of the Giant Race series that takes place in several venues (Scottsdale, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco). This is the first time I … MORE

This was a fun race, part of the Giant Race series that takes place in several venues (Scottsdale, Sacramento, San Jose and San Francisco). This is the first time I have participated. Lots of Giants fans at the race, so great spirit at the start line. Course was flat and not the most scenic, but it did take you through parts of Happy Hollow park which for me brought back some fun memories. Cute medal shaped like a Giants jersey. I’ll probably do the San Francisco one for fun as well.

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T9 Mermaid Run East Bay (CA)

T9 Mermaid Run East Bay (CA)

This was my first T9 Mermaid Series race and it was lots of fun. The race was very well organized. Lots of free parking, well marked course, pretty scenery, friendly … MORE

This was my first T9 Mermaid Series race and it was lots of fun. The race was very well organized. Lots of free parking, well marked course, pretty scenery, friendly staff, good post-race snacks, nice swag (medal and a necklace). The race shirt was a cute cut and nice quality too. I loved that one of the vendors was giving away air plants at their booth – very unique. Also they had a fun game to try to win a prize by tossing a ping pong ball into a T9 bra – pretty funny. They also had a staff member taking photos with cute signs against their backdrop. They took the photos on your own phone so that was great – no waiting. Overall my daughter and I had a great morning at the race. I will definitely participate in more T9 runs in the future.

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Silicon Valley Half Marathon

Silicon Valley Half Marathon

This was my very first 10K race so I was a little nervous but it turned out to be great. The course was mostly flat - just a couple of … MORE

This was my very first 10K race so I was a little nervous but it turned out to be great. The course was mostly flat – just a couple of hills on an overpass. The scenery was suprisingly nice considering it was in downtown San Jose. This race was very well organized and the course was lined with volunteers cheering you along and keeping you on course. There was also music at a couple of spots along the way. I enjoyed this much more than the 5K the day before which was in the afternoon so really hot. This was perfect with an 8AM start. I enjoyed this race, and the 10K distance so I will definitely do it again!

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Silicon Valley Half Marathon

Silicon Valley Half Marathon

This was the inaugural Silicon Valley Food Truck 5K. It was well organized and the festival afterwards was quite large with food trucks, music and vendors. The course was mostly … MORE

This was the inaugural Silicon Valley Food Truck 5K. It was well organized and the festival afterwards was quite large with food trucks, music and vendors. The course was mostly flat along the Guadalupe river trail. The only problem was the afternoon start at 3:00pm – it was HOT in San Jose today. The heat made this race a bit of a struggle for me. If they repeat this event next year, I hope it’s a morning start. Other than that – Represent Running put on a nice event as they always do. I’m looking forward to the 10K tomorrow with the morning start :-).

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Lam Research Heart & Soles Run

Lam Research Heart & Soles Run

This local race takes you from the SCU campus to Avaya Stadium and back. Scenery not the best, but the race is well managed and there is lots of food … MORE

This local race takes you from the SCU campus to Avaya Stadium and back. Scenery not the best, but the race is well managed and there is lots of food at the end of the race. I always appreciate a race close to home, so I am a fan of this one and will run again in the future.

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San Jose 408k – Race to the Row

San Jose 408k – Race to the Row

This is a fun race starting at the SAP Center downtown, winding through the Rose Garden (ish) area and finishing at Santana Row. The race is well organized and supports … MORE

This is a fun race starting at the SAP Center downtown, winding through the Rose Garden (ish) area and finishing at Santana Row. The race is well organized and supports the Pat Tillman foundation which is the biggest reason I participate.

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Surfer’s Path 10K & 5K

Surfer’s Path 10K & 5K

I wanted to run this race because of the ocean side course. It was stunning - perfect weather and my best running buddy (my daughter) made for a standout race. … MORE

I wanted to run this race because of the ocean side course. It was stunning – perfect weather and my best running buddy (my daughter) made for a standout race. Course was flat, it was not too crowded, and the cute surfboard medal doubles as a bottle opener :-).

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Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

This is one of my favorite courses. The views are beautiful and the set up is well organized. It's easy to park close by either on the street or in … MORE

This is one of my favorite courses. The views are beautiful and the set up is well organized. It’s easy to park close by either on the street or in one of the lots for the marina.

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Coyote Hills Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Coyote Hills Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

My favorite thing about this run was the views. Also very organized with buses, bag check, etc. The only thing that I didn't like was the bottleneck at the start … MORE

My favorite thing about this run was the views. Also very organized with buses, bag check, etc. The only thing that I didn’t like was the bottleneck at the start of the race – the narrow wooden paths meant I had to walk at the beginning for awhile which was a bummer for my time. Fun race anyway with great weather.

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Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

Brazen Summer Breeze Half Marathon/10K/5K

This race is the same course as Brazen's Bay Breeze race that takes place in February. It's a flat course with nice bay views. Start is at the park adjacent … MORE

This race is the same course as Brazen’s Bay Breeze race that takes place in February. It’s a flat course with nice bay views. Start is at the park adjacent to the San Leandro Marina and the course is out and back mostly along the water. This is a well organized race with lots of snacks post-race. Easy parking on the street or in lots by the marina.

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CPOA Run to Remember (Shadow Cliffs)

CPOA Run to Remember (Shadow Cliffs)

This race supports families of fallen officers. All bay area runners should consider participating in this race - it's family friendly and they have a police helicoptor land at the … MORE

This race supports families of fallen officers. All bay area runners should consider participating in this race – it’s family friendly and they have a police helicoptor land at the end, and mounted police on their horses. It’s really fun and different. The course through the park is nice, mostly trail. I actually got an age group win here which was fun :-).

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Lam Research Heart & Soles Run

Lam Research Heart & Soles Run

This course is actually a 6K since they expanded it to run to Avaya stadium. It starts at the SCU campus which is always lovely (biased bronco opinion maybe) and … MORE

This course is actually a 6K since they expanded it to run to Avaya stadium. It starts at the SCU campus which is always lovely (biased bronco opinion maybe) and runs on city streets out to and through Avaya stadium which is different and kind of fun with some photo ops if you want to stop.

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