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Rumblings and mishaps of a Strava and runDisney obsessed trail and road runner.


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Race Recap: Glass Slipper Challenge – Enchanted 10K and Princess Half Marathon

After running races at Disneyland since 2007 I finally got the chance to run a race at Walt Disney World. The Princess Half Marathon wasn’t my first choice but since all of my runDisney friends and family are women I lost that vote. That’s okay because I was finally going to get my Coast to Coast medal which you get for running a half marathon or greater at each park in the same calendar year. I usually don’t care much for the bonus medals but this one is pretty cool.

I’ve done a few multi-day race challenges before and I’ve had a hard time balancing efforts between the races. This time I was doing the Glass Slipper Challenge which consists of the Enchanted 10K on Saturday and the Princess Half Marathon on Sunday. Since men aren’t eligible to receive awards in the Princess Half Marathon I planned to race the 10K and use the half as an easy paced training run. Since the Star Wars Half Marathon I had been doing a bit of speed work on the track and I was looking to PR. The only thing that would work against me was our arrival date and itinerary. We landed in Florida on the Sunday before the race and would spend five days walking around theme parks before the 10K.

Saturday morning came early. As in 2:30 AM early! I had heard warnings from several people that you should try to be on one of the first shuttles to the race from the hotel. At 3:20 we made our way down to the buses which started running at 3:30. The first was full and we hopped right on the second one. No lines, no fuss. A few minutes later we were unloaded in the Epcot parking lot.

After hanging out for about an hour I headed over to my corral. Positioning was a little tricky since there is a corral staging area where they hold you until the group is escorted over to the starting line. A few people jumped in front of me on the way over but I weaseled my way back onto the starting line. After some words from the reigning Miss America, Kira Kazantsev our Fairy Godmother counted down and started the race!

I took off and found myself with an early lead. Maybe a quarter mile later Leonard Jackson shot by me and quickly dropped me. I had no intention of trying to hang with him since he was clearly much faster. My new goal was to try to hold position for the next six miles.

Enchanted 10K Start

Enchanted 10K Start

About a half mile in we went under an overpass where Frozen’s Anna and Elsa were hanging out. They were also blowing fake snow which I sucked in and nearly gagged on. At the first mile we did a U-turn and were greeted by the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. No time to wait, I’m late! Shortly thereafter we passed Tinker Bell and her sister Periwinkle. It was fitting to have the frost-talent fairy out on the chilly morning. Yeah, I know too much about fairies. My daughter loves them.

Enchanted 10K and Frozen 5K Course Map

Enchanted 10K and Frozen 5K Course Map

Before I knew it I had hit the 5K mark with a split of 18:47. This is about when the five days of walking around theme parks caught up to me. I slowed a bit on the fourth mile and knew it was going to be a fight to the finish.

About four and a half miles into the race we entered Epcot. I have never been in this park before but I wasn’t able to take in any of the sights. In all honesty between the darkness in the park and focusing on holding it together this portion of the race is a blur. I do remember passing Jiminy Cricket and Marie from Aristocats.  Right after exiting the park my bike escort peeled off and I knew it was a sprint to the finish.

I crossed the finish line is 38:33 in second place overall! 9 seconds ahead of the third place finisher. I know this being a women’s themed race the competition isn’t as strong as usual but I’m excited to have placed in such a highly attended race (10,989 finishers). I was a little surprised that no one said anything to me after the race. After walking through the finish chute I asked information about awards and they said it would come in the mail.

Celebrating 2nd Place in the 10K with Cinderella

Celebrating 2nd Place in the Enchanted 10K with Cinderella

Sunday was another early wake up call. For the half marathon the buses started running at 3:00 AM! I think we woke up at 2:15 and headed down to the buses at 2:50. Painfully early is all I really remember. Once again, there was little hassle or wait to get on the bus and we were in the Epcot parking lot in no time.

After hanging out on the bleachers in the family reunion area for about an hour we shuffled over to the corrals. Most people said it was about a mile walk from the reunion area to the corrals and it seemed close to that. Once I located corral B* it was time to wait for another hour for the race to start (*men can’t start in A).

The day’s agenda was vastly different than what I’m used to. I was going to take it easy and stop at most of the character photo stops. With a bunch of races coming up I didn’t want to put myself in a position where I was spending time recovering from a fast half marathon that didn’t matter to me.

Princess Half Marathon Start

Princess Half Marathon Start

The course would take us through the Magic Kingdom and then back to the finish outside Epcot. Unlike the Disneyland races, most of the time is spent running on roads outside the parks. There is significantly less park time than the Disneyland races but since all of the roads are on Disney property you get character photo stops along the way.

Princess Half Marathon Course Map

Princess Half Marathon Course Map

I’m not going to go into much detail about the race since it was mostly uneventful. Instead I’ll just share all my character photos! The only ones I remember I didn’t stop for were Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Sophia the First.

Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbosa

Jack Sparrow and Hector Barbosa

Vanellope von Schweetz

Vanellope von Schweetz (Wreck-It Ralph was on a break!)

The Heroes (Aladdin, Hercules, Captain Phoebus, John Smith, John Smith, Prince Eric, and Flynn Rider)

The Heroes (Aladdin, Hercules, Captain Phoebus, John Smith, John Smith, Prince Eric, and Flynn Rider)

The Villans (Queen of Hearts, Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, and The Evil Queen)

The Villans (Queen of Hearts, Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, and The Evil Queen)

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Aurora and Prince Phillip

Aurora and Prince Phillip

Bert, Mary Poppins, and a Penguin

Bert, Mary Poppins, and a Penguin

With Genie on Vacation

With Genie on Vacation

After a short jaunt through Epcot I crossed the finish line in 1:36:57. Good for 15th man overall. I collected my medals including the Glass Slipper Challenge medal for running the 10K and the half marathon and my Coast to Coast Challenge medal for running a half and Disneyland (Star Wars Half Marathon) and this one at Walt Disney World.

Princess Half Marathon, Glass Slipper Challenge, and Enchanted 10K Medals

Princess Half Marathon, Glass Slipper Challenge, and Enchanted 10K Medals

It was a great week in Florida and I enjoyed spending time with my family and taking my daughters to WDW for the first time. While I enjoyed the races, I don’t think I’ll go out of my way to run another runDisney race at WDW any time soon. My home park of Disneyland offers a better experience without the huge cost of travel. My only complaint is that there wasn’t an award ceremony after the 10K. I know it isn’t the marque race of the weekend but you would think a race with 11,000 people would have one. I’ll just have to wait to get my trophy in the mail.

UPDATE: My Princess 10K 2nd Place Trophy Arrived

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Race Report: 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Last year during the runDisney Dumbo Double Dare I had a hard time racing both the Disneyland 10K and the Disneyland Half Marathon. I knew going into the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend I was going to have to choose one to race and just coast the other one. Since men were able to win awards at the Tinker Bell 10K I chose that event as the one I would race and I would do the Tink Half for fun.

Once again I participated in the race as a team with my mother. This year we would be competing as team Motherboy not to be confused with the ’70s rock band Motherboy. Although we opted to leave our sailor suits at home and run in traditional running gear.

No sailor suits for team Motherboy this year.

No sailor suits for team Motherboy this year.

After an early wake up call, the race starts at 5 AM, I made my way down to the corrals. In the past men have had to start in C corral but this year we got to start in B. My goal for the day was to get to the Haunted Mansion as quickly as possible. During the 10K the Bride and Parasol Girl from the stretching portraits were out for photo ops and I raced by them. If they were out today I was going to stop.

Corral A was sent on their way promptly at 5:00. After about eight minutes corral B was was finally released onto the course. The first three miles were a blur of skirts and fairy wings as I tried to pass as many corral A runners as I could. Somehow amongst the flurry of fairy wings I spotted my former co-worker Jindy and offered a quick “hello”.   Even though this was a “fun run” I still wanted to beat as many people to the Haunted Mansion as I could. If the Bride and Parasol Girl were out again, there would be a line.

While cruising through Disney California Adventure I noticed that lines had already formed at most of the character stops. Most were about 15-20 fairies deep but the further I got into the race the shorter the lines were getting! I more or less ran in the mid to upper seven minute pace until I got out of DCA.

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Course Map

2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Course Map

Upon entering Disneyland we were greeted by Turk and King Louie. There wasn’t a line for these guys but I couldn’t stop. Tink, Captain Hook, and Mr. Smee were stationed at the far end of Main Street. I opted to keep heading towards Sleeping Beauty’s castle.   

Waiting on the other side of the castle was Peter Pan and Wendy Darling. Up along the rails around the carousel were Pan’s men, the Lost Boys. I should have stopped for them but I was on a mission. We rounded our way through Fantasyland and past Pixie Hollow (no fairies once again) on our way to Tomorrowland! Darth Vader and a couple Storm Troopers stood guard there but there was a line for them so no stopping.

Next we ran past It’s A Small World before heading backstage where we passed the train yard and roundhouse and Circle D Ranch before dropping into Toon Town. From there we turned backstage once more behind the Storybook Canal where you could spy the boat house. After a quick run through the tube we were in Frontierland and closing in on my goal of reaching the Haunted Mansion.

I spotted Captain Jack Sparrow as we ran through New Orleans Square with two runners. This gave me hope that if the Bride and Parasol Girl were in front of the mansion the line would be short.

Finally I was there. The Haunted Mansion was in full sight but I didn’t see what I was looking for. I wasn’t worried yet since they were on the back side of the mansion for the 10K. Unfortunately they were not there either. What a let down. Eight more miles to go.

Feeling defeated  I cruised through Critter Country and Downtown Disney. My pace slowed to an eight minute mile. The ladies of the Red Hat Society were out starting at the Disneyland Hotel once more. Each year there are more and more of them out there to cheer on the runners.

Then it was time to “Shhhh” as we ran through sleeping residential Anaheim. This is hands down the most boring part of the course. The streets are long, dark, and silent. By this point I was bored and ready to be done with the race. Eventually we turned into Downtown Anaheim which was a nice change of scenery.

One of the reasons why I was so content just cruising this race was because my hamstrings were killing me. They were tight at the start and never loosened up. Finally around mile 9 they felt a little better. I stupidly picked up the pace a hair and by the middle of mile 10 I paid the price. Full knotting. I was reduced to a shuffle throwing down nine minute miles with periodic stops to stretch.

Around the 11 mile mark I had a racing first. I stopped at the medical tent to get some Biofreeze for my hammy. After several pumps of the jug I had enough in my hand to slather the offending leg. It was a huge relief but I kept my pace in check in order to keep a larger injury at bay.

The next few miles were uneventful and I just wanted this race over with. I finally crossed the finish line with a time of 1:48:39. Team Motherboy didn’t fare much better landing in 75th place in the co-ed division. Turns out mom had some medical issues herself that day, she’s fine. I grabbed my third fairy wing medal and headed back to the hotel for a much needed shower.

Tinker Bell Half and 10K Medals

Tinker Bell Half and 10K Medals

Oh, yeah! This little guy got his first medal of the year as well!

2014 runDisney Vinylmation

2014 runDisney Vinylmation


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Race Report: 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon

Disneyland Half Marathon

When training started for this race I had high hopes and big goals. I set big PRs at this race the last two years by breaking 1:30 and 1:25 respectively and this year the goal was to break 1:20. Two weeks into training I realized I had a problem. I had focused much of the year on ultras and setting PRs there that I had lost a bit of my speed. I resigned to trying to get back where I was last year and chose a different race later this year to try to break 1:20.

Training didn’t go so well. Last year was pretty cool which helped me train through the summer. This year wasn’t so forgiving. It made hitting my paces during speed work extremely difficult and turned long runs into a suffer fest. My motivation for this race was in the dumps until about three weeks out when I started to string together a few decent training runs.

There was one other factor that I would need to take into account for this year’s Disneyland Half Marathon. I had signed up for the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare Challenge which means I would be running the Disneyland 10K the day before the half marathon. The plan was to take the 10K easy and then shoot for a 1:22 for the half. While I didn’t push it on the 10K, I didn’t take it easy.

Race morning came quickly with a 4 AM wake up time so I could get ready to meet with Kris and Mindy. The plan was to run with Kris who was looking at a similar goal time. Luckily they were staying a couple doors down at the Disneyland Hotel so it was easy to find them. After a short walk we found ourselves standing in corral A waiting for the gun to go off.

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Start

2012 Disneyland Half Marathon Start

The first mile started out fast and I quickly realized it wasn’t going to be my day. We clocked a 6:18 mile on our way into Disney California Adventure but it felt like so much more work than it should have been. I silently let Kris fade away from me and tried to lock down a pace that I could maintain. The next mile took us through the back of DCA and then around Paradise Bay. I slowed down to a 6:35 but I was still miserable. As we entered Cars Land I saw DJ parked outside Flo’s V8 Cafe and I honestly contemplated stopping for a picture which is something I’ve never done before in a race. Mile 3 continued the slowing trend with a 6:57 and my 5K split was 20:55.

Upon entering Disneyland I was defeated mentally and we were only three miles into the race. I decided to ditch any time goals and turn the race into a training run. Then it happened. I stopped to take a photo with Disney characters for the first time ever during a race. Genie, Jasmine, and Aladdin will always hold a special place in my runDisney history.

Genie, Jasmine, Aladdin, and ME!

Genie, Jasmine, Aladdin, and ME!

Now that I had officially stopped racing I could focus on getting through the miles and to the finish line. The run through Disneyland took us through Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Toon Town. There was a decent array of characters out including Darth Vader and some Stormtroopers in Tomorrowland, Daisy Duck and Clarice in Town Town, and Princess Aurora with Prince Phillip outside her castle.

After exiting Disneyland you pass the four mile mark which I clocked in 7:15. Last year I didn’t log a mile above 6:40 so logging something over 7:00 brought me down a little. The next few miles brought some cheer squads, bands, Hula and Mexican Dancers. Mile 5 clocked in at 7:14, Mile 6 was 7:12, and my 10K split was 43:21.

Disneyland Half Marathon Course Map

Disneyland Half Marathon Course Map

The next mile was rough for some reason and I clocked a 7:31which would be my slowest mile. Shortly after the 7th mile you turn left onto Cerritos Ave and are treated to about a mile long car show. runDisney started having car clubs line the street starting last year and it has really helped spice up this boring section.

After passing the Honda Center the course ends up on the Santa Ana River Trail. This year we spent a little more time on the trail than in previous years. There is construction where we previously left the trail so the course had to be altered. I found the new transition from the trail to be a little easier. Mile 8 clocked in at 7:28 and mile 9 was 7:14.

0023tNext up is my favorite part of the course. As an Oakland A’s fan I hate the Angels but I love running through their stadium during this half marathon. runDisney fills the stadium with Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and their cheering is loud and infectious. I tried to give a high five to as many scouts as I could while I was running though here. Feeding off the energy from the scouts mile 10 came in at 7:09.

Entering Angels Stadium   Running the Warning Track of Angels Stadium

The next couple miles I just focused on finishing. There are a few more cheer squads and bands during these miles. Miles 11 and 12 clocked in at 7:14 and 7:11. I usually feel good on this section of the course and try to push the pace but with nothing to gain I just cruised it.

For some reason I decided to try to pick off a few runners in the final mile which helped me drop the pace down to 6:55 for mile 13. With the finish line and Mickey and Minnie in sight I felt relieved that this race was done. A quick high five to Minnie and Mickey and I crossed the finish line in 1:33:35. Good for 98th place overall and 15th in my age group. Not even close to what I was hoping for.

Home Stretch   High Five Mickey   Double Bling

In retrospect the one thing that killed my half performance more than anything was lack of sleep the two nights before the race. I can usually get away with one poor night of sleep before a race but more than that leaves me feeling drained. Of course the heat and humidity played a role as well. Last year’s men’s winner Jimmy Grabow was a little more than two minutes slower than last year and women’s winner Cindy Lynch was about a minute slower.

Next year I’ll probably pass on doing the Dumbo Double Dare. I loved being a part of the inaugural running of it but I prefer to give the half marathon my full attention. I’m not focused on the bling so the additional medals aren’t enough to sway me to come back… at least not until they change them for the 5th anniversary!

Dumbo Double Dare Medal Haul

Dumbo Double Dare Medal Haul


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Strava Challenges = Funk Breaker

Up until recently I’ve been in a pretty big running funk. I’ve had little energy or motivation to go out and pound the pavement. Part of that is due to some sleep issues I’ve been having but those are starting to get under control. I have two half marathons coming up and I want to survive the first and do really well in the second. What I really needed was a short term goal to get myself moving again. That’s where Strava comes in.

ROLL Recovery R8KStrava Half Marathon

After returning from a short vacation to San Diego I noticed there were two challenges awaiting me. The first was the Roll Recovery R8K sponsored by ROLL Recovery to promote their R8 roller. 8K is five miles so no big deal. This challenge was time based but I had little intention of competing. I just wanted to complete it. I ended up finishing it five times in the one week period we were given between August 1st and 7th. My fastest pace ended up being 4:31/km which was good for 1319/8750th place.

ROLL Recovery R8K Finisher Badge

A few months ago Strava hosted a Spring marathon training series consisting of three challenges. One month you have to run a half marathon. The next is a 20-miler. Finally you have to log a marathon in the third month. They’re back at it with a Fall marathon training series. You have until the end of August to complete a half marathon and I was able to check it off during the first weekend. It was far from a good run but it helped to motivate me to get the miles in.

Strava Half Marathon Finisher Badge

It was nice to knock off two challenges in one weekend. It’s kind of amazing how a little virtual badge is enough to inspire you to go out and run. Now I have to figure out how I’m going to finish the Fall Marathon Training Series without having a marathon on my schedule!


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Race Report: 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon

2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Start
Start of the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon. My mom and wife are in the front!

For the second year in a row I competed on a coed team at the Tinker Bell Half Marathon with my mom. Even though this is a women’s themed event a handful of guys run it too. This year there were 1,384 men that finished the race including Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings, The Goonies, and Rudy fame. Since this is a women’s race, the men let the women go first and have to start in corral C. Well, at least most of us do. Unfortunately there are a few men who feel the need to cheat by sneaking into earlier corrals. 

Sean Astin at the start of the 2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon.
Sean Astin joins the rest of the men in corral C. I’m on the far left.

The first mile is run outside the parks going down Disneyland Dr., Ball Rd., and Harbor Blvd. before entering Disney California Adventure. Inside DCA we ran though Paradise Pier, Cars Land,  Hollywood Land and Grizzly Peak before exiting the side gate in Condor Flats.

From there we ran over to Disneyland! We cruised down Main Street where Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Tinker Bell cheered us on. From there we visited Tomorrowland, Toon Town, and Fantasyland. We exited Fantasyland through Sleeping Beauty’s castle and proceeded to Frontierland, past the pirates outside Pirates of the Caribbean in New Orleans Square and then went backstage in Critter Country.  

2013 Tinker Bell Half Marathon course map.

Shortly after the 5 mile mark we exited Disneyland and headed into Downtown Disney. At the end of Downtown Disney is the Disneyland Hotel and also the stronghold of the ladies of the Red Hat Society. For the second year in a row these awesome ladies were out in force to cheer on the runners. Many people consider this one of the highlights of the race.

After leaving Disney’s property it was time to cruise the streets of Anaheim. I’m afraid that my race fell apart here. After the California International Marathon in early December I took most of that month off from running and it showed. I was able to maintain my pace for the most part but I got passed by a couple men. I really like the route that this race takes through Anaheim much better than the Disneyland Half Marathon. Running through downtown and the residential areas is a lot more pleasant than some of the industrial areas we run through in the Disneyland Half.

A little after 11 and a half miles we returned to Disney property and ran along the backside of DCA. Unfortunately I was passed by a couple more men in the last mile and a half of the race. This should have put me in 11th place of men. Unfortunately one of the guys that I mentioned earlier that crashed an earlier corral came in before me placing me in 12th place of men. Not only did this guy cheat by sneaking into corral B, he also was the first man to cross the finish line because of it! Luckily he wasn’t the fastest overall and fell to 6th place.

Ultimately it doesn’t matter because there aren’t any awards for men, but it still bothers me that this guy beat me. By sneaking into an earlier corral he had a huge advantage over the rest of the men because he had a lot less runners to maneuver around.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Medals
Tinker Bell Half Marathon Medals

At the end I’m happy with my results. I finished in 1:28:07 which is my second fastest half marathon. Considering the handicap of starting in corral C I think I could set a new half PR later this year. Team Christopher Robin finished in 15th place out of 302 coed teams! I finished in 15th place overall and was the 12th man to come in. I would have finished second in my age group if they were any for this race.


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Expo Review: Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon

Welcome to the Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon expo!


It isn’t very often that I write about expos. I usually try to get in. Get my bib, shirt, etc. Do a quick scan of the expo vendors. And get out as quickly as possible! However, like all things Disney they like to sprinkle in a little magic here and there and the Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon expo was no exception.

Upon entering the expo the first thing you see is the runDisney booth as expected. I also noticed a short line on the side and then quickly realized what it was for. At last year’s Tinker Bell 1/2 I started next to Sean Astin! This year Sean was at the expo meeting fans! As a child of the 80’s I LOVE The Goonies and I’m a huge Tolkein fan as well so this was a major deal for me. I tried to refrain from geeking out on him but I’m afraid my inner geek couldn’t hold itself back. Hopefully I didn’t embarrass myself too badly.

Me with Sean Astin of Goonies, Rudy, and Lord of the Rings Fame. He also loves running!

One of the coolest vendors there was Sanuk. I already have a pair of their sandals and they are incredibly comfortable. They were at the expo displaying their footwear, giving out cool stickers, mustaches, and smiles.

My daughter modeling a mustache courtesy of Sanuk.

Since everyone in my family is a Disney fan we have a few Vinylmations lying around the house. Okay… we have a lot. During the WDW Marathon Weekend a new runDisney Vinylmation was released. Better yet he had medals you could buy for the different events they were holding that weekend! It was a pretty safe assumption that he was going to be available at the Tinker Bell expo and that there would be a Tinker Bell medal. I can’t wait to see what the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon medal is going to look like!

runDisney Vinylmation with 2013 Tinker Bell medal.

Even though I didn’t meet my my goal of getting out of the expo as quickly as possible I had a blast. This was easily the most fun I’ve had at any running expo. I’ll get up my review of the race in the next couple days.


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Race Report: 2012 Morgan Hill Half Marathon

This past weekend was the third running of the Morgan Hill Marathon + Half. During the inaugural edition of the event I got injured while training for the marathon and had to back off and do the half. I ended up pacing my mom that year to a PR. Last year I was able to run the marathon and wilted in the heat on the later sections of the course. I set my current marathon PR of 3:20 but fell short of my goal of a Boston Marathon qualifier. This year I’m focused on the California International Marathon so I ran the half marathon as a training run and had a great time.

I had a 20-mile training run scheduled for the day so I woke up early to get an easy seven miles in before the race. After getting my miles in I stopped by home to change my shoes and shirt and grab mom who had traveled from Washington to run the race. One of the things I love most about this race is that I can walk to start line from house.

We got to the start line a few minutes before the race started, settled in to places and started with the gun. My goal for the race was to run at marathon pace (around 7:05 min/mi). I quickly found myself running alongside a couple other runners locked into the same pace I was. After a couple miles there was two of us. It turns out that the other guy, Ken was shooting for a 1:33 or better half which was inline with what I was shooting for.

Together we held a consistent pace for the first seven miles which is a pretty difficult feat on this course. The seven miles are a gradual climb until you get to the top of Willow Springs Road and then you get back all that climbing in one massive downhill.

Morgan Hill Half Marathon Elevation Profile
Morgan Hill Half Marathon elevation profile.

After a couple quick miles we settled back into our previous pace for a couple miles. Eventually you hit another uphill on Main Street which slowed us down a bit. Next you turn down Spring Ave which is a nice downhill before entering the park and finish line.

Morgan Hill Marathon + Half medals from 2010 – 2012

I finished in 1:33:39 which is my third fastest half. Not bad considering I had already put in 50 miles that week before the race started. After a short wait my mom cruised in finishing a few minutes faster than last year.

Mom and I after the half.

After the last two weeks of 60+ miles each and a solid half at marathon pace I’m feeling pretty good about the upcoming California International Marathon in a month. This week is a pullback week and then two more big weeks before it is time to taper.

Race Stats
Official Time: 1:33:39
Age Group (35-39): 5/88
Overall: 30/1039