On the first of every month I look at my calendar just to get a feel of what that month will bring - whose birthdays are coming up, what days I will be working late and of course, what races I will be running! I don't do all this training for nothing! This month has three fun events to look forward to.
Sunday, April 11 - Race for the Roses 1/2 Marathon in Portland, OR
This will be my first race of 2010! When I originally signed up for this race I was hoping I could go into it ready to set a new PR, however, while I have been running consistently, there is no way I will beat my current PR. Therefore, I am just going to go have fun and hopefully just not get a PW! Of course I am looking forward to the race but I am also just looking forward to hanging out with Alisa for the weekend. We haven't seen each other since December - way to long.
Sunday, April 25 - Breakaway Ride - 50.9 mile ride in Santa Rosa, CA
The Amgen Tour of California is a professional cycling race that goes from Northern California to Southern California over the course of 8 days. We watched the race last year as it went through Sacramento and Davis and even saw Lance Armstrong. This year they are hosting a ride that actually rides part of the Amgen race course. The longest ride is the actual Davis to Santa Rose stage, while the intermediate and beginner distances only cross over part of the actual route. I am doing the intermediate route with my parents and Kevin. I feel like I am well trained for the distance, I am just worried about some of the climbing - look at the elevation chart!
Miles 24 - 30 are going to be rough although when you go uphill you must go downhill! I have heard there are quite a few rolling hills on Barb's course so this will be good training.
Saturday - Sunday, May 1-2 - The Relay - 199 mile run from Napa to Santa Cruz
Early February Aron posted on facebook that they needed some more members for their relay team. I was immediately interested and after looking at the date told her to count me in! As a team we will be running 199 miles over two days. There are 12 of us in all running between 12 and 20 miles total each over 3 legs. I am really really excited for this race and getting to hang out with everyone. I am the 3rd runner and will be running a total of 16.2 miles over the course of the race. My first leg is 4.1 "easy" miles, my second leg is 6.5 "hard" miles and my last leg is 5.6 "easy" miles. We start at 11:30 am on Saturday and will finish Sunday late afternoon so yes, we will be running all night. I am estimating I will start my second leg will be at around 2:30 am! I am so excited and am sure we will have lots of fun pictures and stories.
April is shaping up to be a good month! I promise lots of fun pictures and stories from all of these events!