Things Don’t Always Go According To Plan

Well, this weekend is what I have been waiting for since last year. SLO Marathon. I have been training hard and loving my training plan from McMillan Running . And I knew I was ready.

But today I decided I am not going to race.

This is not the choice I wanted to make. And I think I was trying to fool myself that I would be okay to race, but after a lot of thinking and input from family and friends I have decided it is best to withdrawal from the race. Since coming back from Vegas on Monday I hadn’t felt well. I’ll spare you the details but Monday night I was very sick from what I thought was food poisoning. It is now Thursday and I finally slept through the night with out wanting to vomit but I’ve barely eaten a thing all week, I am tired and feel like I have no strength. I woke up this morning saying to my boyfriend, “I can totally run the marathon on Sunday”. 3 hours after I said that, I have only eaten a plain bagel and I am still a little tired and weak. Ugh. I would not wish this upon anyone!!

There is no doubt in my mind I could have run this marathon and OC Marathon next weekend (which I still plan on racing OC). But should I put my health and well-being at risk because I am trying to prove to people I can do it? Hell no. I was never trying to prove anything to anyone, so why risk it? I know I can do it, and that is good enough for me. That doesn’t mean I am not extremely disappointed how things turned out. I feel like I let SLO down as an ambassador, and that makes me sad (ps they did not make me feel this way. They wished me well and hope I recovery quickly).

I also have to remember that I am a coach. I need to set a good example. I tell my girls that recovery is a top priority when training. Sure I may feel 100% by Sunday, but I have to take into account I’ve missed every training run, Kaia class and my lifting class this week, I haven’t eaten much and my body needs to recover from that.

So there it is. The back to back marathon challenge that gave myself last year is not going to happen. Yes I am sad, yes I think it is unfair & ridiculous because I NEVER get sick! But it isn’t the end of the world. I have the OC Marathon next week. I will be signing up for Blood, Sweat & Beers – my first trail race to celebrate my birthday!! I start running trails next month and I have the California International Marathon in December – where I will qualify for Boston. Lots to look forward to!

And there is always the SLO Marathon next year. I promise I will be there!

SacTown 10 Mile Race

Another day, another race. Today was the SacTown 10 Mile Race. Last year was the first time I have run this race. I really enjoyed it last year, and being an Sacramento Running Association  AmbasSRAdor this year, I thought it was only right that I run it again.

 Representing Kaia FIT Sunrise today!

The course this year was a bit a LOT different from last year. Last year we ran through Midtown & East Sac. This year we went through Downtown and West Sac. And the course was a LOOP! I have to admit, when I realized this I wasn’t too thrilled. I have never run a race that was a loop and I thought it would be really hard, boring and repetitive. Honestly, it was the exact opposite (in my opinion). The Sacramento Running Association did a great job of making a fun and challenging course.

I have 2 more weeks until the SLO Marathon, so today was a training day for me. I ran a little over 5 miles before the race and then ran the 1o mile option – new this year was a 5 mile course. Here are the routes of my runs today:

SLO/McMillan Long Run Part 1 by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

SacTown 10 Miler (long run part 2) by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details

Me with Tara & Katie before the race. Jasper Lou AKA Sticks photobombing our picture.       

Maybe it was the fact that I ran about 5.5 miles before this race? Whatever the reason it was a real challenge for me. My pace was an 8:20. Which is usually a breeze. I ran this race last year about a minute faster, but it felt far less challenging. And I ran the Urban Cow, which is 3.1 miles longer than this, last year with a pace of 7:54. I have also wondered if my speed has been affected by my marathon training. In 2 weeks I will be running the SLO Marathon and a week after that I will be running the OC Marathon. My training plan is based on getting me through those back to back marathons. I am not concerned about speed. I am killing it on hills though! So I think that is my trade off. Totally not used to it, and I hope this won’t make it harder for me to get faster and BQ at CIM this year.

Running with my friends FitFam6 for a while. You can see my bf’s shadow. He’s a great race photographer 😉

This is Theresa. We met about 1/4 from the finish line. She ran up to me and said something about doing a great job, and we were going to finish together. She went ahead of me for just a bit, but I caught up and she grabbed my hand and told me I was doing great. How awesome is that?? As we were running down the chute and the announcer called our names she pointed at me and said, “My new friend”. She was pretty great! At the end of the race she asked me to look into joining her running club and told me what a great runner I was. That was really great to hear since I really felt like this race was a struggle.

My ladies finishing strong!!   

I also want to say thank you to David and Paula (FitFam6 ). Like I said, I ran with them for a bit and they passed me but I kept them in site. My thought was if I can at least see them, I could finish this race strong. They kept me going from mile 4 to mile 9, when I finally felt strong enough to really pick it up. Thanks you two! You’re both such an inspiration to me.


Today was a great day. Since becoming a coach, an ambassador for SRA, joining a local running club…I have met so many people that I am thankful to have in my life. It is great to have  so much support! Have a great weekend everyone – what’s left of it.


The Most Challenging Race You’ve Never Heard Of 

Today I ran the 49er Bypass Run. You’ve probably never heard of it. It’s a small race, in a small town. But it is only about 45-50 minutes outside of Sacramento and it is an amazingly beautiful and challenging race. I first ran it in 2012. The course has changed a bit since then, and had far less participants than the first time I ran it. Which made me really sad. This race is awesome. Super hilly, beautiful views of Amador County…why isn’t anyone running it??!

Maybe it’s too hard, maybe they need to advertise more, maybe it’s because it is the day before Easter…I don’t know. I do know that I am running this race next year and bringing along my peeps!

Representing  ZOOMA Napa Valley.

So how hard is this race? Check out the elevation. I literally said “fuck” out loud multiple times. You know when you run a hill, think you’re at the top, turn the corner and you find more hills!? That was every hill in this race.

But look at these views. Beautiful.

This was the first hill of the race.

Just past this point I had to start walking. I had to walk twice. And still placed 1st in my AG. Goes to show how hard this race was!

Here are some more amazing views of the race.

I talked my friend Sarah & her mom into doing this race with me. They did the 5k & I did the 10k. Sarah’s mom got 1st in her age group & I got first in mine. Yay us!! (repping SRA after the race).

  1st place in my age group with a time of 56:37. Not a PR at all, but I think it gives me a better idea of how it will be to run trails. Not that this race was on trails, but elevation was crazy and I had to push my ego aside and walk a little bit. Which I have been told will happen when I start running trails.

ZOOMA shirt, bib and my 1st place AG medal.

    This race made me even more excited to start running trails. I can just imagine this will be the kind of views I will have.

 Here is the route for today. I really, really encourage you to check out this race. It is small but one of my favorites. Perfect for hill training. Perfect for a challenge.

49er Bypass Run 10k by haleymg at Garmin Connect – Details.

FYI I drove the course to take pictures after the race on my way back to Sac. It’s just so beautiful I had to show you all!