Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mini Race Reports: Napa-to-Sonoma, Nike, & Silicon Valley Half Marathons

I'm going to cheat a little here and do mini race reports for my last three half marathons to close out the year. Here we go!

July 19th - Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon

Race Recap: My friend Pam flew out from Chicago to run this with me. Who wouldn't want to run a half through wine country with wine tasting at the end? We both ran this for "fun" but it wasn't too fun for me at the end with all the rolling hills and the hot sunshine. The wine afterward helped :) As did the later stop at the Bouchon bakery for some sweets. Also nice as I got to see a bunch of the ROHOs.

Official chip time:

October 18th - Nike Women's Half Marathon

Race Recap: My fourth year running Nike, third time running the half. This time I got to run it with my cousin who first introduced me to the event in 2006. We had a blast and took lots of pictures along the way. Saw lots of familiar faces at this race - Tara and Aron at the pre-race VIP tent, Alisa and Kristen several times along the course, and Roadbunner cheering us on!

Official chip time: 2:39:16 (A new personal worst, heehee!)

October 25th - The Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Half Marathon

Race Recap: Nothing too special to report about this one. It was a week after Nike and I had a 14 miler scheduled for CIM. Found out this half was taking over my local running trail so I figured I might as well join it. Definitely a lot easier to get the miles in with all the other runners! Ran the Human Race 10K the day before so legs weren't feeling so fresh but were able to get the job done.

Official chip time: 2:30:31

Happy New Year everyone! Coming up... 2009 review and goals for 2010 :)


Anonymous said...

Funny story - my friend Erin from Chicago flew out to run Napa to Sonoma with me! Hehehehe.

Alisa said...

Lots of fun halfs were had for you!

You always look so happy in your race photos--I love it. I think I mostly look grunty.

Hopefully I'll get into Nike again this year. That race was so much fun. I don't think I'd ever do it for time but I'd totally run it for fun again.

RoadBunner said...

OMG! TWO posts in three days and promises of MORE posts! I am too giddy here for words :)

You are the half marathon Queen-bee. I am but a pauper bee.

I really, really, hope I get into Nike this year!!

The Running Knitter said...

Love the pics. Nike is always going to be my favorite I think. Happy new year!

Amanda said...

Your personal worst would still be better than my PR!! :)

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