Napa Valley Marathon Training: Day 3 of 70

Today was one of my short runs for the week, and day 3 of 70 of my training for the Napa Valley Marathon. The NVM is March 2nd of next year – it is my next race! I am waaaay excited cats about this race. I used to live in Napa, and I love the area. Check out my route for today’s run:

NVM Training Short Run – 4 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details

Today on my run I used my new app Charity Miles . I LOVE this idea!! If you run, walk or bike you need to use this app.  Basically it works like this: “It’s as easy as this: get moving. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to our initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool.” (from

I ran for the ASPCA today. Here is the impact of my run:


There are 25 different charities that you can earn money for. Some of the charities I have never heard of. On the app there is a description of what each charity does, I appreciated that. You can choose a different organization each time or keep raising money for the same one. This app helps raise awareness and money for people here in the US or around the world.

I want to say again…I love this idea! This is such a great way to give back – while doing something you love! Win, win 🙂

Last Race of 2013 – And All My 2013 Races

Yesterday was the Fleet Feet FREE Holiday Classic 5k. It was my first time participating, and it was a last-minute decision. I was waiting to see how I felt after the CIM before committing to this race. Luckily, this race is free – all you need to bring is a toy to donate to the Salvation Army, sign a waiver and run.

This was a fun little race. A few hundred runners all met up at Sutter’s Landing Park and ran an out & back course a long the river. It was a nice run and I’m sure I’ll be back…especially since I live within walking (or running) distance.

Fleet Feet Holiday Classic 5k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

I didn’t get any pictures of the race that day. It wasn’t a “serious” race so I didn’t really think about it. However Christopher Malenab did get a picture, of us. We finally met in person after tweeting & instagraming (<— is that a word??) for a while. He is an awesome runner – and soccer coach – that has run some great races, has amazing goals and is pretty inspiring. Check out his website: Marathon Living


It was pretty cool meeting someone I follow on different social media sites in person. I joined twitter recently (I was soooo against it) and it has turned out to be a great resource to get my blog out there and meet other people who are into running and fitness as much as I am. I look forward to actually meeting more people I follow in person 🙂 The running community is so supportive – and small! I realized a lot of us run the same races…so why not get to know each other?

So 2013 is almost over. My year of racing is over so I thought I would post all my races here. Soon I will be changing my Races 2013 page to Races 2014. Here are all my 2013 races:

December 15th

Fleet Feet Holiday Classic 5k – Sacramento, Ca

Fleet Feet Holiday Classic 5k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 3.14 mi
Time: 26:56
Avg Pace: 8:35 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 56 ft
Calories: 305 C

December 8th

California International Marathon – Folsom to Sacramento, Ca California International Marathon 2013 by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 26.20 mi
Time: 4:18:30
Avg Pace: 9:50 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 820 ft
Calories: 2,469 C

November 28th

Run To Feed The Hungry – Sacramento, Ca Run To Feed The Hungry 2013 by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 6.26 mi
Time: 52:46
Avg Pace: 8:26 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 55 ft
Calories: 609 C

November 10th

Clarksburg County 20 Mile Run – Clarksburg, Ca Clarksburg County 20 Mile Race by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 20.11 mi
Time: 3:01:54
Avg Pace: 9:03 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 152 ft
Calories: 1,947 C

November 3rd

US Half Marathon – San Francisco, Ca US Half Marathon – San Francisco by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 13.31 mi
Time: 1:54:39
Avg Pace: 8:37 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 1,604 ft
Calories: 1,293 C

October 19th

Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon – Folsom, Ca Folsom Blues Breakout Half Marathon by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 13.10 mi
Time: 1:54:04
Avg Pace: 8:42 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 734 ft
Calories: 1,299 C

September 28th

Run For Courage 5k – Folsom, Ca Run For Courage Folsom, Ca 5k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 3.06 mi
Time: 24:12
Avg Pace: 7:54 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 79 ft
Calories: 299 C

July 12th

Davis MOONlight Race Half Marathon – Davis, Ca Davis MOONlight Half Marathon by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 13.14 mi
Time: 2:08:08
Avg Pace: 9:45 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 74 ft
Calories: 1,373 C

July 4th

Buffalo Chips July 4th 5-miler – Sacramento, Ca Buffalo Chips 5 miler 4th July Run by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 5.07 mi
Time: 46:52
Avg Pace: 9:15 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 27 ft
Calories: 525 C

June 2nd

Women’s Fitness Festival 5k – Sacramento, Ca  Women’s Fitness Festival 5k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 3.13 mi
Time: 26:25
Avg Pace: 8:26 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 6 ft
Calories: 333 C

May 19th

Capitola Half Marathon – Capitola, Ca  Capitola Half Marathon by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 13.10 mi
Time: 1:55:40
Avg Pace: 8:49 min/mi
Avg Speed: 6.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 691 ft
Calories: 1,364 C

April 7th

Run Rocklin 12k – Rocklin, Ca  Run Rocklin 12k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 7.56 mi
Time: 1:07:36
Avg Pace: 8:57 min/mi
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
Elevation Gain: 283 ft
Calories: 797 C

February 24th

Getty Owl 10k – Sacramento, Ca   Getty Owl 10k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Distance: 6.22 mi
Time: 56:20
Avg Pace: 9:04 min/mi
Avg Speed: 6.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 42 ft
Calories: 654 C

California International Marathon 2013

What a difference a year makes!! Last Sunday was the California International Marathon. It was my second time running it and my second marathon ever. First, I wanna get this out there…I finished 1 hour and 25 minutes faster than last year!! According to my Garmin (which stopped working for a few miles – they will be hearing about that!!) my time was 4:18:30. On the CIM website my time is 4:20:50. Check out the race on my Garmin Connect

California International Marathon 2013 by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

In case you didn’t notice, the weather was 27 degrees at the start of the race. It was FREEZING!!! There was snow on the buses when they came to pick us up! My boyfriend is the best, he braved the weather with me to wait for the buses.



About to start!




My mom, dad and boyfriend came to bring me food at a few different areas throughout the race. How awesome is my face in this picture? Haha…I was handing off my jacket to my mom & telling my boyfriend I was starving. This point was only mile 8. I didn’t eat enough breakfast. I am going to really have to work on fueling properly. Especially since my next race is the Napa Valley Marathon and I won’t have anyone with food waiting for me along the course.



And I’m off again with my banana & pretzels in hand!



Over all I really enjoy this race. The course is beautiful – except through Carmichael, which is a shame. Despite the temperature being below freezing there were people out there cheering us on pretty much the entire way! Thank you to all the spectators. It really makes me feel good, gives me more energy and motivation to do a good job. There were a few points in the race when I started crying. I was just so happy that I was doing a MILLION times better than last year.

Around mile 16 I was starting to struggle. I kept thinking how f-ing hard running a marathon is & I can’t believe I have 2 more lined up for next year. But I had to stop all that negative thinking. I was not going to let me get to myself. Then I felt my phone vibrate so I checked it (haha, yea, I did) and it was my friend Kisha. She said, “You are such an inspiration and I hope you are warm!” It made me feel so good to read that and gave me an extra boost to keep thinking positive thoughts. There were a few times when I wanted so badly to walk but at this point I was around mile 22 so I would not let myself. There was only 4.2 miles left and I was not going to give in! It was around that time I had some one yell to me “Good job run to feed the hungry, keep it up!” (I was wearing that race shirt) again, THANK YOU complete strangers for the encouragement!

When we rounded the corner to get to L street we were at about mile 24 and at 25th street so I started counting down the blocks from there. At mile 25 I felt amazing and started to sprint. At mile 26 I started to cry again and had a huge smile on my face – I’m sure I looked ridiculous – but I was so damn happy! Turing the corner to the finish I was sprinting down the chute. It was truly an amazing feeling. Last year I pretty much hobbled across the finish.

Great shots my photographer (boyfriend) got of me crossing the finish. I can’t wait for the official race photos!




Me and my support dog!



Here is a secret if you’re racing in Sacramento & want to celebrate. 58 Degrees!! Sundays they have $15 off bottles and THE BEST cheese platters in Sacramento. And they aren’t crazy packed like all the other places downtown. I think it is because it is so early and no one thinks to go there. All I know is I am in love with this place since I first started coming over a year ago.





CIM 2013 medal. Hate to say it but not a fan, last year’s was better.



Now the race I’ve trained for these past 6 months is over, I am now sick 😦 (at least is was after the CIM!) and I am taking a break from training for the rest of the month. Next up Napa Valley Marathon!!

Happy Running Anniversary!

As I type this there is 2 days 9 hours & 46 minutes until the California International Marathon. It’s all I’ve been thinking about, talking about and training for for the past 6 months. I would say sorry to everyone for probably talking about it too much but…1. I’m usually asked, then I start talking and 2. I’m not sorry.
This will be my second CIM. Last year I didn’t know what I was getting into, but this time I do. And I am so ready!
December 4, 2011 was the first time I watched, or had even heard of the California International Marathon. That day I knew that I was going to be a runner. I wish I could explain the feeling I had watching all the runners. Most important, I believe, was the feeling of being inspired.
It’s funny when I tell people I’m running a race, then ask if they want to come watch. Why do I think people would be interested to see other people run? Do they enjoy it? I mean, other than family or other runners? I know I did. Being a spectator was how I got into running. Maybe I’m hoping I’ll inspire some one to start running. Or find something they love as much as I love running…it’s a nice thought 😉
Happy running anniversary to me! And thanks to all my family, friends and strangers – or blog friends – for your support and kind words! CIM here I come…