WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Big Sur, CA
Sunday, Apr. 29
Big Sur International Marathon
NO REALLY, WHY?
This is the back half of the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. Every so often the quirks of the calendar have put this race on the Sunday immediately following Marathon Monday. That is closer to a real challenge -- this is no big whoop.
WHO ELSE IS GOING?
The marathon field of 4500 will include almost 400 B2B challengers, including noted stat freak Greg, who will start the race in 8th place among male entrants (the 5 men and women with the lowest cumulative time will get prizes; I'm merely 47th among men according to Greg). For reasons known to BSIM but not myself, there are 21-, 10.6- and 9-mile races as well.
WHAT'S THE FORECAST?
Looks to be mostly sunny and about 50 degrees at the start, warming to 60 by the time we get to Carmel. The ever-present headwind should be totally manageable at just 7 or 8 mph. In other words, it looks great.
HOW DO WE WIN?
In the bigger picture, this is still primarily a training race for Old Dominion, so I won't be out there to break any records. But with great weather on tap, and maybe a little more in the tank from not running all-out in Boston, I do want to turn in a strong effort. I'll shoot for 3:30 as an A goal and set 3:40 as the floor.