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Personal Bests (7)

Race Distance Location Date Result
6 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 7, 2018 25 mi
Marathon Arlington, VA 2013 5:01:59
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 24, 2018 2:08:00
20K Sausalito, CA Dec 8, 2018 2:40:18
10 Miler San Francisco, CA Apr 12, 2015 1:50:36
15K San Francisco, CA 2014 1:39:53
10K Bald Head, NC Nov 7, 2009 1:03:00

Future Races (27)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Marathon Weott, CA Oct 13, 2019
Half Marathon Raleigh, NC Nov 3, 2019
30K Sausalito, CA Dec 14, 2019
Half Marathon Monterey, CA 2020
Marathon Weott, CA TBD
20 Miler Mountainside, NJ TBD
Half Marathon Beaverton, OR TBD
Half Marathon Oakland, CA TBD
Half Marathon Franklin Lakes, NJ TBD
Marathon Overland Park, KS TBD
10K Berkeley, CA TBD
50K Ottawa, KS TBD
Marathon Los Angeles, CA TBD
Half Marathon Mill Valley, CA TBD
Half Marathon Morristown, NJ TBD
Half Marathon Jersey City, NJ TBD
Half Marathon Pelham, NY TBD
42 Miler Lawrence, KS TBD
50K Ottawa, KS TBD
Marathon Springfield, MO TBD
Half Marathon Greenville, CA TBD
Marathon Empire, MI TBD
Half Marathon Mountainside, NJ TBD
Half Marathon Bear Mountain, NY TBD
50K Titusville, NJ TBD
50K Titusville, NJ TBD
Half Marathon El Sobrante, CA TBD

Past Races (43)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
12 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 6, 2019
Half Marathon San Pablo, CA May 18, 2019
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Mar 24, 2019
10K Fremont, CA Dec 30, 2018
20K Sausalito, CA Dec 8, 2018 2:40:18
10K San Pablo, CA Nov 22, 2018 1:04:39
Half Marathon Philadelphia, PA Nov 18, 2018 2:19:00
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 10, 2018
Half Marathon Martinez, CA Aug 11, 2018 3:24:12
6 hr San Pablo, CA Jul 7, 2018 25 mi
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 24, 2018 2:08:00
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Dec 31, 2017 2:16:39
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 19, 2017
Half Marathon Hampton, VA Oct 8, 2017 2:48:00
Half Marathon San Pablo, CA May 27, 2017
Half Marathon Richmond, CA Feb 25, 2017 2:15:28
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 20, 2016 2:18:27
Half Marathon Oakland, CA Aug 13, 2016 2:24:19
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 22, 2015 2:22:20
10 Miler San Francisco, CA Apr 12, 2015 1:50:36
10K Fremont, CA Nov 29, 2014
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 9, 2014 2:26:50
10K San Francisco, CA Sep 7, 2014
Half Marathon Santa Cruz, CA Apr 13, 2014 2:26:04
15K San Francisco, CA 2014 1:39:53
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 24, 2013 2:11:55
5K Oakland, CA 2013
2nd Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2013 2:12:24
Marathon Arlington, VA 2013 5:01:59
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 18, 2012 2:29:34
200 Mile Relay San Francisco, CA 2012
Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2012 2:26:03
Half Marathon Anaheim, CA 2012
10K Fremont, CA 2012
12K San Francisco, CA 2012
1st Half Marathon San Francisco, CA 2012 2:27:50
10K San Francisco, CA 2011 1:10:51
Half Marathon Monterey, CA 2011 2:29:24
12K San Francisco, CA 2011
10K San Francisco, CA 2011
10K Bald Head, NC Nov 7, 2009 1:03:00
Half Marathon Wilmington, NC 2009
10K Carolina Beach, NC 2009 1:05:00

My Raves

Oakland Running Festival

Oakland Running Festival

I ran the Oakland half marathon this year as part of a fundraising team for Oakland Animal Services. The half doesn’t start until 9:30, which was kind of frustrating, since … MORE

I ran the Oakland half marathon this year as part of a fundraising team for Oakland Animal Services. The half doesn’t start until 9:30, which was kind of frustrating, since the full starts at 7. (They start the half later so people can participate in the “run the town” challenge, which is running both the 5k and the half. But the 5k starts at 7:30, so there’s a lot of time between the two races.) Anyway, because it starts later in the day, the heat became an issue. The course is not spectacular – there are some cool parts, like running through Chinatown and around Lake Merritt, but for the most part it’s kind of industrial and not very interesting or pretty. There’s also several spots where you’re running through homeless encampments. There’s decent community support for some parts of the course, but for the most part there aren’t a lot of people out cheering, so if that’s something you need or want in a race, this is not the one for you. The aid stations are pretty evenly spaced, except for near the end when it felt like we went 4 miles without an aid station – and this was when it was starting to get really warm, so that was frustrating. The race shirt is tech fabric and long sleeve but there’s no other “swag” to speak of (this is not a complaint, just an observation! I could not care less about race swag). In general it’s a decent race, but there are better options in the Bay Area.

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

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

I ran the half marathon distance of this race in 2017, and in 2018 when a friend who was new to running wanted to do her first 10k, I suggested … MORE

I ran the half marathon distance of this race in 2017, and in 2018 when a friend who was new to running wanted to do her first 10k, I suggested this one – the flat, fast course is perfect for a beginner, and the atmosphere at Brazen races is always fun! Packet pickup is always easy, race morning is well coordinated and organized, and the race itself is great as always! The race photographers did a great job too! Brazen is an awesome organization and I love supporting them, and will always choose a Brazen race whenever possible!

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2
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5
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3
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3

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Rodeo Beach Trail Run

Rodeo Beach Trail Run

I've lived in the Bay Area for almost 8 years, but this is the first time I've ever run in the Marin Headlands - I have always heard it was … MORE

I’ve lived in the Bay Area for almost 8 years, but this is the first time I’ve ever run in the Marin Headlands – I have always heard it was beautiful but somehow I’d never made it over there! I’m so glad I decided to sign up for this race and go run in this beautiful part of the Bay, because WOW, it’s really pretty! The hills are no joke – I don’t even know how people can actually RUN up them the whole time, the elevation is that intense – but the views are worth it when you get to the top.

The race coordinators do a great job of putting on the race. We parked kind of far away from the start because we thought the parking was all filled up, only to find when we walked to the start that there were still a lot of empty spots – lesson learned! It was chilly while waiting for the race to start, but once we started moving the weather was perfect for running. There’s about 2200 total feet of elevation change, but the scenery is so pretty that it makes it easy to forget about how much climbing you just did.

There’s a chef cooking breakfast for the race finishers (and guests), but I didn’t get to hang around for that part – it smelled amazing though! I’ve heard it’s an epic breakfast, so hopefully next year I won’t have to rush off after finishing. Yes, I plan to run this again next year! It’s challenging, but definitely worth doing at least once!

DIFFICULTY
5
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5
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5
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4

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Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

Nitro Turkey Thanksgiving Run 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

Brazen races are my first choice when it comes to running in the Bay Area, and this was my 1st time running the Nitro Turkey 10k. Like all Brazen races, … MORE

Brazen races are my first choice when it comes to running in the Bay Area, and this was my 1st time running the Nitro Turkey 10k. Like all Brazen races, it is as smooth and simple as can be, from packet pickup to race day to the finish line. Sam and Jasmine and the Brazen crew really set the bar pretty high and most other Bay Area races just can’t compete—it has made me a loyal Brazen runner!

The Nitro 10k is a pretty course, with great scenery. The 5k starts at the same time, and follows the same course for the first half. The course is a bit crowded at the beginning and until the 5k runners go their separate ways. The weather was perfect – the smoke finally cleared just in time for us to have a beautiful Thanksgiving race day. The aid stations were well-stocked with all of the necessities and then some. I didn’t partake in the finish line feast, since I have a weird special diet and can’t eat most of the stuff that was there, but it looked delicious and everyone seemed to be really enjoying it! The medals are awesome, and the special 10th anniversary mug all of the finishers got was great too. Another stellar Brazen race that I would highly recommend to anyone considering it!

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5
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4
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3
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Philadelphia Marathon

Philadelphia Marathon

I’d signed up to do the Philly Love Half in March 2018 but the freak snowstorm canceled my plans. So this was my makeup Philly race and it was great! … MORE

I’d signed up to do the Philly Love Half in March 2018 but the freak snowstorm canceled my plans. So this was my makeup Philly race and it was great! It snowed a few days before the race but it was mostly all melted by the time we ran. Based on the elevation chart, I had expected it to be hillier, but it didn’t feel hilly at all! (Maybe I have the San Francisco hills to thank for that?) The weather was chilly (about 39F at the start), but once we started running, it was perfect. The race starts at 7:30 am, but if you’re in a corral that’s further down the line, it might be 8 am or later before you actually start. That’s a lot of standing around and waiting, esp when it’s cold, so that’s my only complaint. The course goes all through Philly, and since it was my first time visiting the city, it was always new and interesting to me. I have to say, the support along the course is awesome! Despite the cold weather, there were TONS of people out cheering for the runners. Philly really turns out! I don’t think there was a stretch of the course more than 1/4 mile or so without cheering people on it. The post-race refreshments were standard carb-y fare – bananas and pretzels (Philly is very proud of their pretzels!) and fruit cups, but I don’t eat carbs so I couldn’t partake. The medal is a small replica of the Liberty Bell. I’m not one of those who really gets excited about medals (I don’t even know what to do with all of them!) but apparently it was a cooler medal than last year’s. I think there were about 15,000 runners in the half – that’s A LOT of people. The course was pretty crowded with people the whole time but there were only a couple of times when I wanted to pass someone but couldn’t get through, so it’s definitely manageable. The 8k starts after the half and runs some of the same course. The expo was pretty standard but nothing super exciting. I just received the email with the link to the race photos – they’re pretty standard too, nothing great and they’re expensive – living in the Bay Area, I have gotten spoiled by races that offer free race photos. And the watermark on the photos makes it hard to even see if it’s a good photo. So I’ll be skipping those mementos unfortunately. All in all though, definitely a race worth doing!

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3
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Monterey Bay Half Marathon

Monterey Bay Half Marathon

Unfortunately the Camp Fire caused the air quality in the Bay Area and beyond to be extremely hazardous and the half was canceled in 2018. I have run this race … MORE

Unfortunately the Camp Fire caused the air quality in the Bay Area and beyond to be extremely hazardous and the half was canceled in 2018. I have run this race twice before though and it’s wonderful and I will definitely be back to run it again! There’s a reason it’s on many bucket lists as a must-do!

DIFFICULTY
4
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5
SCENERY
5
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5

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Bear Creek Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Bear Creek Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

So after running the Dirty Half Dozen Brazen event in July, I thought I was pretty tough, and decided for my next challenge I would run Bear Creek. I knew … MORE

So after running the Dirty Half Dozen Brazen event in July, I thought I was pretty tough, and decided for my next challenge I would run Bear Creek. I knew it was hilly and it would be a challenge, but I did not know it would kick my butt so thoroughly!

It was a hot day in Briones Regional Park, so that already made it challenging, but the 3100 ft of elevation is what really got me. You start out with some mild hills, running by some cows, and then the real hills start. Don’t even attempt to run up these hills, because I’m pretty sure it’s not possible (though based on some of the finishing times I saw, some people manage to do it, but I think they must be superhuman). The hills are TOUGH. And while some of the trail is shaded, a lot of it is not, which means you’re climbing those hills in direct sun and heat. I have asthma, which is bad enough on regular courses, and combination of the heat and the hills really kicked my butt. The uphills were so tough that my legs felt like jelly, so I was very cautious on the downhills, and only really trusted myself to run the flat parts (there aren’t many!). So I felt like I spent a lot of the course walking, which was totally not my goal—but to be honest, I felt like a winner just finishing this race! Around mile 4 I started to wonder if this would be my first DNF (that wasn’t due to injury). But I didn’t quit, and somehow I didn’t die.

Due to the nature of trails, a few of the aid stations are pretty far apart, so definitely take your own water, and fuel if you need it. The aid stations were like heaven though – they had fruit, salty snacks, electrolyte drinks (once again I have to commend Brazen for using Ultima Replenisher! As someone who can’t have sugar, I LOVE that they use Ultima rather than one of the sugar-filled drinks!), cold water, and sometimes ice cold sponges that the volunteers will squeeze over your head, giving you a few minutes respite from the punishing heat.

Once you make it to the end, after going through a single track trail where you have to cross a small creek (and don’t forget to high five the bear!), you finally reach the finish line, where the awesome medals and snacks await. Being a non-carb-eater, there weren’t many I could have, not to mention I was so hot and tired that I didn’t even feel like eating, but if I could have, I would have had an Its It and a massage—there was a vendor there with massage tables set up, which I should have taken advantage of—it probably would’ve made the next day hurt a little less!

This is definitely a challenging event, and one that I’m glad I did, and proud that I finished (despite my worst half marathon finishing time EVER), but it might be a couple of years before I decide to attempt it again.

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Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

Dirty Dozen & Half Dozen Endurance Runs

Who would've thought one of my favorite events ever was a 6 hour endurance event? Certainly not me, at least not before running this event a couple of weeks ago. … MORE

Who would’ve thought one of my favorite events ever was a 6 hour endurance event? Certainly not me, at least not before running this event a couple of weeks ago. I’ve run a full marathon and dozens of half marathons, but this was a challenge unlike anything else I’d done before. It takes place at Point Pinole, which is a beautiful park right on the Bay. Even though it was hot, there’s breeze from the water, and shade from the trees—there are only a few parts of the big loop that are in full sun. The start/finish line is where all of the tents/etc are set up, so you pass by your own personal aid station after each loop. In our tent, my friend and I had sunscreen, chapstick, electrolytes, snacks (I don’t eat carbs and there wasn’t much at the aid stations I could have, so I brought my own, but for most people there was more than enough stuff to choose from at the aid stations!), and changes of socks and shoes. (I was happy to have the change of socks and shoes after the 4th loop!) For the last hour of your event, there is a smaller loop you can run – this year it was .4 miles, so you can get in several smaller loops in that last hour before the course closes. There are 2 aid stations, one at the start/finish line that’s pretty massive and has all kinds of carb-y snacks (salty and sweet! pretzels, fruit, candy, etc), and at 11 am, there’s a BBQ. The aid station on the big loop is around mile 1.8 and has slightly less than the one at the start/finish, but still stocked with pretty much anything you might need. There are signs along the course that were entertaining and humorous – I appreciated those esp. as I started to get tired. There are a couple of hills, but they’re not terrible and are over pretty quickly. Along with most people, I walked the 2 biggest hills, which I think helped save my legs some. My only complaint is super minor—the water provided at the aid stations was cool, but not ice cold, which would’ve been nice since it was hot out. And the only other thing that might be helpful to know is that the sweatshirts (which are awesome) are unisex, and the small is pretty big on me (it fits my husband comfortably and he’s a men’s medium). So I’ll be better prepared next year with my own ice and an XS sweatshirt 🙂 Thank you Brazen, for an awesome challenge!

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3
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5
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4
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Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I ran this race for the 2nd time in 2018. It is literally in my backyard, on the Bay Trail route that I run several times a week. The flat, … MORE

I ran this race for the 2nd time in 2018. It is literally in my backyard, on the Bay Trail route that I run several times a week. The flat, fast course with beautiful SF Bay scenery makes the 13 miles fly by. Most of the course is on asphalt, with a small percentage on concrete or trail (Albany Bulb turnaround). The course isn’t crowded or congested, and Brazen puts on a seamless and easy event, as always. I love Brazen races, and plan to run this one every year!

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

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

Closing out the year by running a half marathon sounded like a great idea, and Brazen offers a NYE race at Quarry Lakes in Fremont. Brazen races are so well-done … MORE

Closing out the year by running a half marathon sounded like a great idea, and Brazen offers a NYE race at Quarry Lakes in Fremont. Brazen races are so well-done and chill that I have gotten spoiled by them and am no longer interested in running races put on by other organizations. Packet pickup at RoadRunner Sports in Berkeley was super fast and easy. Get to the race a few minutes before start time, no trouble finding parking, get to the start line, off we go. The race is mostly on flat, paved roads, with a few rolling hills. The 5k and 10k share part of the course with the half, and on those parts that are shared, there can be some congestion, but it’s really not a huge deal. For the parts of the race that are half marathon runners only, it’s pretty easy to pass people when you need to, and for the most part there’s plenty of space. There were plenty of aid stations but I also carried my own water, because sometimes it’s nice to have water when you want it and not wait for the next aid station. I was also thrilled to see that the aid stations were carrying Ultima Replenisher as their electrolyte drink – it’s sugar-free, and as someone who eats a ketogenic diet, I was really excited to see them offering a keto-friendly drink! I chose not to get the race shirt, so I can’t comment on that, but the medal was awesome as usual. The race production is always so smooth and easy and makes choosing to run a Brazen race a no-brainer! Plus, free race photos! I will be running this one again, and may even attempt to do the NY Day race the next day – though that course is hillier and I imagine it will be a total butt kicking, but that’s a good way to start off the year, right!? Thanks Brazen!

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Berkeley Half Marathon

Berkeley Half Marathon

I've run this race every year since the very first. I was a race ambassador the 2nd year. After running for the 4th time in 2016 in the POURING rain, … MORE

I’ve run this race every year since the very first. I was a race ambassador the 2nd year. After running for the 4th time in 2016 in the POURING rain, I signed up to run again in 2017. In August, my best friend decided her wedding date would be the same weekend as the Berkeley Half, so running the race was not an option for me anymore. Because this race doesn’t allow transfers or deferments or refunds, my only choice was to cancel. I was happy to find out that those who were unable to run but that canceled by a certain date would be mailed their race shirt. This was a small consolation for missing the race. I emailed my cancelation notice well in advance, and when the race day came and went I started looking forward to getting my race shirt in the mail. A few days ago, when it had still not arrived, I emailed the people I’d contacted when I canceled. I was informed a few days later that “Due to the magnitude of this year’s event, we received a higher volume of shirt requests than usual. We are currently all out of race shirts.” I was offered a discount code for the SF Marathon or the Berkeley Half in 2018, neither of which I’m able to run in 2018. I’m pretty disappointed that they didn’t plan well to have enough shirts for everyone, especially considering how far in advance I let them know of my cancelation and that I’ve been a loyal runner every year. Because of the disappointment, along with the frustrations of the past couple of years of races (the 10k starting halfway through the half’s course, for example), I won’t be running this one again and will instead do the Monterey Bay/Big Sur Half Marathon as my annual November race instead.

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3
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Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon

Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon

I chose the Crawlin' Crab as a race to run with a good friend of mine. She lives on the east coast and I on the west. I grew up … MORE

I chose the Crawlin’ Crab as a race to run with a good friend of mine. She lives on the east coast and I on the west. I grew up on the east coast so I know October weather can be unpredictable. I trained in cool Northern California temperatures all summer and was horribly unprepared for the weather of the Crawlin’ Crab this year. It was mid-80s at the start, and 85% humidity (that “local weather” map you see up there is WRONG). It was BRUTAL. Even people who had trained in the heat and humidity were struggling. I heard a lot of complaints about the start time – apparently the race had an earlier start time in previous years to try to avoid the heat. But not this year. The water at the water stops was air temperature and was not refreshing in the least. Finally at the 10 mile water stop, the volunteers had a bucket of ice water that they were dipping towels into to try to help us cool off. It helped minimally. My muscles were cramping even though I was taking electrolytes. My ears had filled with sweat and my eyes were burning. It took everything I had just to finish. It was my 17th half marathon, and my personal worst time. I was 40 minutes slower than my personal best. The course was mostly flat and fine, except for a section near the waterfront that smelled of fish, which is not what you want to smell when you’re already suffering and it’s HOT. There’s also not much shade, which would’ve been nice. The race shirt is great and I liked the mason jar (though it says 5k on it instead of half marathon). The hat is nice but would be better if it were wicking material instead of cotton. I didn’t get to enjoy any of the post-race food or beer—they were serving soup, and I honestly don’t know who could stand to eat hot soup after running 13.1 miles through air that felt like hot soup. I won’t ever run this race again—the race organizers did the best they could, I’m sure, but it was just brutally hot and humid and terrible racing conditions. Cooler water at water stops, an earlier start time, and ice cold cloths earlier in the race are the suggestions I would give for making it more bearable if the temperatures are like this next year.

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5
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Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

Nitro Trail Half Marathon/10K/5K

The last time I attempted to run a trail half marathon was Feb. 2010, in NC. 5 miles into that race, I fell and broke my tibial plateau. (At the … MORE

The last time I attempted to run a trail half marathon was Feb. 2010, in NC. 5 miles into that race, I fell and broke my tibial plateau. (At the last minute the venue was changed due to flooding, and the new trail wasn’t properly cleared, I tripped on a hidden tree root and the rest is injury history). I’ve run dozens of road races in the 7 years since then, but have stayed away from trail races for obvious reasons. When my best running buddy—my husband—decided he wanted to try a trail race, I decided I’d give it another shot. I have run several Brazen races and they always do a great job of putting on races and I like supporting them, so we chose the Nitro Trail Half.

As per usual with Brazen, this race was great. Packet pickup was easy and fast. Parking at the race site was plentiful and stress-free. The course itself was marked well, and with the exception of a few hills, was relatively easy. The half marathon does 2 loops, plus a little extra, but if I had to retrace the course and explain it to someone, I doubt I could – I just ran and enjoyed the scenery and followed the ribbons and chalk/flour arrows to make sure I was going the right way. Before I knew it, 13.1 miles had gone by. There are several aid stations and they’re well-stocked with water, electrolyte drink, and snacks, plus first aid if you need it.

There weren’t a ton of participants in the half, which I kind of liked, but at times it was a little lonely on the course. I don’t mind that at all, just mentioning it in case you’re the kind of runner who always wants people nearby. There’s also no people cheering on the sidelines, obviously, so be prepared for quiet and for cheering on your own self 🙂

The post-race food spread looked amazing – I can never eat immediately after a long run so I didn’t try any of it, but the people who were partaking looked pleased! All in all this was a great race and a nice intro for anyone interested in trail running—gentle hills and well-marked and cleared trails, plus great scenery.

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Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Victory Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

This was my first time running this race, which is literally in my backyard - we ran by my apartment around mile 11. Maybe because I run this course several … MORE

This was my first time running this race, which is literally in my backyard – we ran by my apartment around mile 11. Maybe because I run this course several times a week, it felt like the easiest half marathon ever for me (it was my 15th). The course is beautiful and the race wasn’t crowded, so it was never frustrating like some races can be when there are too many people and not enough space. The 5k and 10k started several minutes after the half, so we were pretty much out of their way by the time the fastest ones caught up to us on the course, and they turned around soon after.
I only have 2 complaints. The first is that it seems the distance was over 1/2 mile too long. My GPS, my husband’s GPS and several others we asked, all measured at least 13.6. My GPS was dead on with the race markers on miles 1-12, which makes me think my GPS was accurate for mile 13-13.6 as well. It’s not unusual for courses to be slightly off, but 1/2 mile is a bit much. Having a course that’s too long can be frustrating for a few reasons – mentally and physically, but also in my case, it means a race that should’ve been a PR now is not. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s kinda disappointing and seemingly totally avoidable, esp. for this course.
My other complaint is about one of the pacers. My husband and I were running together, and averaging 9:55-9:58 miles. The 2:20 pacer was DIRECTLY behind us for several miles (miles 3-8). Not only was he running too fast for his pace group (2:20 pace is a 10:41 overall pace), he was running WAY too close to us. I could almost feel him breathing on me, that’s how close he was. We even moved to the side at one point to let him pass us, but he didn’t – he stayed right there, right behind us. Just terrible race etiquette all around. If I was running in the 2:20 pace group, I would’ve been so mad that the pacer was running so fast and off pace. We finally lost him around mile 8, and never saw him again, so hopefully he slowed down a lot and ran the pace he was supposed to run. I’ve run several Brazen races and have never had any complaints about pacers before, so I don’t blame Brazen for this one rogue pacer.
Besides those 2 minor complaints, I loved the race. The aid stations were well-stocked with snacks and water, and the volunteers were awesome. I heard there were supposed to be ice cream sandwiches at the finish line but I didn’t see any – but I wasn’t hungry afterward and couldn’t have eaten one anyway! I’ll definitely be running this race for as long as I live in the neighborhood, and hopefully the distance issue will be fixed next year.

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Berkeley Half Marathon

Berkeley Half Marathon

This was my 4th time running the Berkeley Half. The course has some challenging uphills, but overall it's a great course and the community support is awesome. I have one … MORE

This was my 4th time running the Berkeley Half. The course has some challenging uphills, but overall it’s a great course and the community support is awesome. I have one complaint. In 2016, the 10k runners joined the half marathon runners when we were at mile 7. So we’re just over halfway and maybe starting to get a little tired, and here come fast 10k runners with fresh legs… they were obnoxiously zigzagging in and out of the half marathon runners, and the course got very crowded at this point. It was also the point in the race where we run on the Bay Trail, which is already not super spacious, AND runners are running in close proximity in both directions. There’s very little room for passing other runners on this part of the course, and adding more runners to the equation is not the best move. So it was super frustrating at how this was done last year—most of the runners around me were saying how much it sucked. I understand wanting to have the 10k and half runners finish together, but not at the expense of making the course practically unbearable for several miles. That’s my biggest complaint. Also last year it POURED rain and was pretty miserable, but that’s not the race organizers’ fault 🙂 I will continue to run the Berkeley Half but am hoping they change the plan for the 10k runners in 2017.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
4
SWAG
4

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Oaktown Half Marathon

Oaktown Half Marathon

This was my first time running The Town Half, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd run other races in Oakland before and there's generally a lot of community … MORE

This was my first time running The Town Half, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d run other races in Oakland before and there’s generally a lot of community support, so I was excited to see if The Town would be the same. It’s in August, which in the Bay Area is called “Fogust”, and the weather was pretty great for running. Foggy and cool and 57 at the start. It was a bit quieter than I expected, as far as people out cheering for you. That’s not a dealbreaker though, just a nice bonus to have. There were several times we were running on uneven, broken asphalt and had to be super careful not to break an ankle – that wasn’t awesome. There’s also a pretty big hill right in the middle which was challenging. Running around Lake Merritt is nice, but can get a little crowded. The race distance was also longer than 13.1 – it was about 1/2 mile too long. I know sometimes there are small discrepancies in distance and GPS isn’t always accurate, and there are lots of factors to consider, but I talked to several others who all said the same thing. My GPS said 13.6. I’m fine with 13.1, 13.2, even 13.3, but much more than that and your official finishing pace can get pretty inaccurate. I probably won’t run this one again since there are so many other great options in the Bay Area.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Quarry Turkey Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

Quarry Turkey Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Little Turkeys Race

I ran this in 2014 with a friend, it was her first 10k, and it was a great course for a first timer. It's a relatively flat and easy course, … MORE

I ran this in 2014 with a friend, it was her first 10k, and it was a great course for a first timer. It’s a relatively flat and easy course, and the weather was great. I will be running it again this year and am looking forward to another great Brazen race!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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Santa Cruz Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Santa Cruz Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

I was injured while training for this race, so I didn't have high expectations for my performance. I actually was glad I had to run slowly because the course is … MORE

I was injured while training for this race, so I didn’t have high expectations for my performance. I actually was glad I had to run slowly because the course is so beautiful! It was a foggy cool day and perfect for running 13.1 miles.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Monterey Bay Half Marathon

Monterey Bay Half Marathon

I've run this race twice, and plan to run it at least once more. The course is a little challenging but not terrible - just a few gentle uphills, but … MORE

I’ve run this race twice, and plan to run it at least once more. The course is a little challenging but not terrible – just a few gentle uphills, but the scenery makes up for it. You’re running along the edge of the Pacific on gorgeous cliffs and it really is breathtaking. The race is always well-organized, and even though it sells out, the course never really feels crowded, except for in one or two spots. Monterey is a great place to visit, too.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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Bald Head Island Maritime Classic Road Race

Bald Head Island Maritime Classic Road Race

I ran this race for several years when I lived in Wilmington, North Carolina. Bald Head Island is a car-less island, accessible only by ferry. The 10k looped the whole … MORE

I ran this race for several years when I lived in Wilmington, North Carolina. Bald Head Island is a car-less island, accessible only by ferry. The 10k looped the whole island and was 6.2 miles of beautiful scenery. It’s too bad it’s discontinued, but it looks like Bald Head Island has another 10k now, so if you have a chance to do that one, you should!

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
5
SWAG
3

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Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run

Steve Haydu St. Patrick’s Day Lo Tide Run

This was my first ever 10k, and I ran it several times. It's for a really good cause, and the course is pretty easy from what I remember - fairly … MORE

This was my first ever 10k, and I ran it several times. It’s for a really good cause, and the course is pretty easy from what I remember – fairly flat and fast. I will say that the last 1/4 mile or so is on sand, which was NOT easy! Especially when you’re trying to finish quickly 🙂 But there are lots of spectators along the course cheering for you and the whole atmosphere is very festive, considering it’s St. Patrick’s Day.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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Battleship NC Half Marathon

Battleship NC Half Marathon

This was my very first half marathon, and I don't have fond memories of it. It was in November, and it was 81 at the start (8 am). It was … MORE

This was my very first half marathon, and I don’t have fond memories of it. It was in November, and it was 81 at the start (8 am). It was so hot and humid, which made running way harder, and your first half marathon is already mentally challenging as it is. I was a much slower runner then (11:30ish pace) but still sort of middle-of-the-pack because there were a lot of walkers, and by the time I got to some of the aid stations, they were out of water cups. They still had water, just no cups. Because it was so hot and humid, the faster runners had taken multiple cups I guess, and they ran out. There were 2 aid stations in a row that were out of cups, so we had to go something like 6 miles without water. It was brutal. The course has some pretty parts, but overall it’s just kind of fine. Maybe I’m biased now because I’ve run so many pretty half marathons since then, but if you’re in the Wilmington area, I think the Wrightsville Beach Half Marathon is a better option.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
2
SCENERY
3
SWAG
3

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