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Richmond, CA Raving since 2017 active 1 week, 2 days ago

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Personal Bests (2)

Race Distance Location Date Result
Marathon Arlington, VA 2013 5:01:59
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 24, 2013 2:11:55

Future Races (4)

Race Distance Location Date Paid
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 19, 2017
10K Fremont, CA Nov 25, 2017
Half Marathon Fremont, CA Dec 31, 2017
Half Marathon Monterey, CA 2018

Past Races (14)

Race Distance Location Date Result My Raves My Performance
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
10K Fremont, CA Nov 29, 2014
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 9, 2014 2:26:50
Half Marathon Santa Cruz, CA Apr 13, 2014
Half Marathon Berkeley, CA Nov 24, 2013 2:11:55
Marathon Arlington, VA 2013 5:01:59
Half Marathon Monterey, CA Nov 18, 2012 2:29:34
Half Marathon Monterey, CA 2011 2:29:24
Half Marathon Wilmington, NC 2009

My Raves

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.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
3
SCENERY
2
SWAG
4

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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.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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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.

DIFFICULTY
1
PRODUCTION
4
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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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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The Town’s Half Marathon & 5K

The Town’s Half Marathon & 5K

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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Monterey Bay Half Marathon (fka Big Sur Half on Monterey Bay)

Monterey Bay Half Marathon (fka Big Sur Half on Monterey Bay)

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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Battleship Half Marathon

Battleship 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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