Napa Valley Marathon Training: Day 57 of 70

13 more days until my first marathon of 2014!! Eeeeeekk! I am so excited! Today was my last 2 digit long run for my NVM training. It was actually supposed to be 8 miles but I didn’t think that was enough, so I made it 10. Check out my run for today:

NVM Training Long Run – 10 miles by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

Here is an amazing view of the city towards the end of my run

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Today’s run was pretty easy, and slow. I have been reading Hansons Marathon Method and while my official Hansons training doesn’t begin until next month I am starting to incorporate their training method into my running. It seems like a great training plan. And after all I just learned while getting my personal trainer certification their plan MAKES SENSE. I can’t wait to start it and see where it takes me. It will be especially interesting to compare CIM 2012, 2013 and this year since I’ll be using Hansons Marathon Method for CIM 2014.

So today got off to a late start. And I mean late. My run didn’t start until almost 11. I planned to start at 7. I could have run a marathon if I started at 7 and ended at 11! Perspective. Although, how am I supposed to get up and disturb all the kids??

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After my run and a day of chores I met up with my dad and took the dogs to the river. It was nice to get out there with them. Someday I’ll have a dog friend of my own to take to the river…

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Another great picture from today. Sacramento can be so beautiful. It makes me happy I decided 4 years ago to call this place my home. This city has so much to offer! Running, food, beer, wine, friends, river, bike trails…I look forward to many more years here!

Speaking of home, another reason I am super exited for Napa Valley Marathon is because it will be my first race in my hometown! I am lucky it is not too far away from Sacramento. I will be running 2 races in Napa this year. The first is Napa Valley Marathon (obviously) and second is ZOOMArun Napa Valley. I am an ambassador for this race (first time ever being an ambassador – for my hometown!!). Come run this race with me! It is Saturday June 28th. There is a half marathon and 10k option. I’ll be running the half marathon (again, obviously 😉 ). If you’d like to run this race use code NAMB6 and save 10% off registration!

ZOOMArun Napa Registration

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What Is ZOOMArun Series?

I am super excited to announce I have been selected to be an ambassador for ZOOMArun Napa Valley!! This is the first time I have ever applied to represent a race and I am so grateful for this awesome opportunity! What is ZOOMArun Napa Valley? It is an all women’s race series that was started to inspire & encourage women to live active, healthy lives.

The following is from ZOOMArun website:

Imagine a powerful sea of women on the move – encouraging fellow runners, creating unforgettable moments, and celebrating personal running triumphs.  Picture an inspiring weekend filled with “mocktail” parties, yoga sessions, an exciting expo, and celebrations in an unforgettable resort location.  This is the Muscle Milk Light ZOOMA Women’s Race Series.

  • Mission: To inspire women to live healthy, happy, & active lives.
  • Boutique events in awe-inspiring destinations with a “fit girls weekend” schedule of activities
  • Inaugural event held in Annapolis, MD on June 1, 2008 attracted over 1,600 runners
  • 2014 events held in Amelia Island, FL, Austin, TX, Annapolis, MD, Napa, CA, Chicago, IL, & Cape Cod (Falmouth), MA

ZOOMArun Napa Valley need to know info:

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Location: Napa, CA
Start time: 8:00 a.m

ZOOMA’s newest fit girlfriends’ getaway will treat you to a scenic half marathon or 10K race in the luxurious Napa Valley.  The race starts and finishes near the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa, our host resort, and runs on mostly flat terrain with awe-inspiring views of the vineyards and the mountain ranges that create the Valley.

You’ll be welcomed to your wine country getaway with a Fitness Expo at the host resort, then feted at the Honest Tea Mocktail Party. Walk from your cozy bed to the start line to run an unforgettable race through the vines.  After the race, its time to celebrate with an After-Party Expo at the host resort, including wine tastings, live music, a pool party, food, and shopping. After a quick shower, you and your best running girlfriends can visit some of the best winery tasting rooms in the country.

Race cap: 2,000

Average race day temperatures:
High 83°F
Low 55°F

Sounds like a good time right??! Well, check out the swag you get from the Napa Valley race (over a $50 value) —->

Feetures! Performance Socks, ZOOMArun hat (not pictured), tech shirt and an awesome medal with a removable charm that can be used on a necklace or bracelet.

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Running & wine with girlfriends…I don’t think you can ask for a better weekend! For the Napa race there is a half marathon and 10k option:

The ZOOMA Napa Valley half marathon is a flat, scenic, out-and-back course starting near the Napa Valley Marriott in Napa, CA.  The course starts and finishes near the Napa Valley Marriott and runs on (mostly) flat roads along the Napa Valley. You’ll run past vineyards and see awe-inspiring views of the mountains to your left and right as you run in nearly perfect race conditions.

Course maps forthcoming.

Sign up now and use code NAMB6 for 10% off either distance! <—- Just made this race weekend even better 🙂

First Race Of 2014

Today I ran the Super Sunday Race 10k – my first race of 2014. I know I said that Napa Valley Marathon was going to be my first race but I signed up for this last minute. I’ve been dying to run a race.

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When I woke up this morning I wasn’t too excited for my race. I don’t know what that was all about, but even at the start I wasn’t too into it. After a few miles though I was feeling good and wanted to make this race my best 10k. Which was my original plan anyway.

I ran the first few miles with Stephanie,  a runner from the #9run6 group (she blogs too, check her out at http://www.girlytomboymusings.blogspot.com). Probably around mile 4 I was feeling good and picked up my speed, so I ran the rest of the race solo. But we got a picture at the end. Sweaty and feeling good! Represent #9run6!!

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And I PR’d!! My best 10k time yet!

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I ran this race in 2012 – my first 10k ever. The course was a bit different this year. It ended on the field which I thought was pretty cool. Spectators had to stay on the bleachers though so my photographer (boyfriend) didn’t get as good of pictures as he usually does but not too bad 🙂

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Crossing the finish!

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I’m pretty happy with my race today. 6th in my age group (of 68) not bad!!

Check out my race today :

Super Sunday Run 10k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

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To reward myself I got some new running pants. Old Navy $27. This my second pair I’ve gotten at Old Navy. They last forever and they are SUPER comfy!

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Just so everyone can enjoy what I enjoy when I come home…

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