Friday, May 3, 2019

Big Sur #3


This past weekend I ran the Big Sur Marathon. It was my third time running this race.  Last time I ran it in 2014 I told myself that I would never run it again due to it being very challenging. But never say never right? When I qualified for Boston I knew I wanted to run Big Sur again to complete the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. This would be my second B2B(I ran B2B in 2013).



I helped out at the
Expo the two days prior to the race, explored the city of Monterey, and found some great restaurants to eat at.  


The night before the race I went to the pasta dinner that was taking place with fellow runners and listened to the race director speak about what to expect at the race. They even had raffle prizes to giveaway, but unfortunately I didn't win any. Soon it was bedtime before a 3 am wake up call.

Race morning came and luckily the bus I had to get on to take me to the starting line was right outside my balcony. When I arrived on the bus there was coffee and bagels available. When we got dropped off at the start, we had plenty of time before the race began.  

While I was waiting in my corral the local news was there and I got interviewed, which I thought was pretty cool. ( unfortunately later that evening when I turned on the news I didn't see myself, maybe it was on in the morning segment).

The race started out with some downhills and my shins were really hurting. I thought to myself this is not a good way to start a race. Eventually they eased up and running uphill felt better than the downhills for me.  


I was just trying to enjoy this race and take in all the great scenery. 


I knew we were soon approaching the half way mark when I saw the Bixby Bridge up again. I heard the drummers that gave us the motivation to get to the top of the hill.


 That's where you heard the man playing beautiful music on the piano.



 It was here that I couldn't help but stop for a picture with this gorgeous view. 


I felt that I had to use the Porta potty soon after, but every time I would get to one I didn't feel like I needed to go anymore or there would be a line and I didn't feel like waiting. But as soon as I passed one, I'd feel like I needed to go again. This was a continuous thing for at least 5 miles. I eventually told myself Ok Lace you aren't doing this for time so if you need to wait, just do it! And that is what I did! 



The last 6 miles always seems to be a struggle for me but I reminded myself that there was only a 10k left now and I could do this. Then I don't know what happened but I got some pep in my step and I started to move right along. There was even a guy running beside me that said You Go Girl, I'm trying to keep up with you. I said Oh I don't feel good, I am just speeding up because I want to be done, while I continued to pass him. 

Then mile 22 came where the strawberries were being handed out. I normally would have taken one but they looked very messy and I didn't feel like taking the time out to grab one and have to clean myself up afterwards. Plus I was making decent time now. 

Just a 5k left now, I can do this! My legs were very sore by this time after practically sprinting those last few miles (or what felt like a sprint to me anyways).

Soon that guy that was cheering me on a few miles back ended up passing me and said Let's go girl, You got this! I gave it all I had to try to catch up with him but there was no chance. 

I did end up passing someone the last hundred yards before the finish line, that felt good. Afterwards the lady did come up to me and said congrats, I was trying to keep up with you





After I received my medal I proceeded to the B2B tent to receive my other medal and my B2B jacket. I was really looking forward to this jacket because in the past Aasics was the sponsor and they had really nice thick jackets that had the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge Logo embroidered.  This year Hoka was their Sponsor and we got a very thin, cheaply made windbreaker that had the logo screened on. I hope Hoka will step up their game in the future. Unfortunately it doesn't help me now or any other runners that may never run the B2B again.



In the tent there was a huge spread of pastas and yummy treats for us runners to enjoy.  After eating I rode the bus back to the hotel to get ready for my red eye flight back East!

People have asked me how the race went this year. In the past I had said this was a very challenging course, and I'm not saying it wasn't this year but what I am saying is I didn't think it was as bad as what I remember.  I'd like to say it doesn't get any easier, you just get stronger! I feel like I am a much stronger runner now 5 years later.

Have you ever ran the same race more than once and had a different outcome from what you expected from previous years?  -L



22 comments:

  1. I knew that you had run Big Sur before but I didn't realize you had done B2B before too! That's pretty amazing since both marathons are considered some of the most difficult! Nice job--you are amazing!

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  2. Congrats!!! That's an amazing accomplishment, and for the second time none the less!! Bummer on the jacket, the screened-on logos look nice but seldom last very long. I have done numerous races more than once, and it's rare to have similar experiences each time due to level of training and race day circumstances.

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    1. Yea I suppose that is true. When I ran it back to back in 13 and 14 I thought both were just as hard as the other one though.

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  3. I had no idea you'd done this before (or that you were doing it this year!) You did so well and I'm glad you got pics. I've definitely had way different results in the same race. I have some that I've done multiple times. It's not often that I do better the second time. I guess I have beginners luck! ;) Congrats!!

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    1. Thank you! Yes it was nice to stop and get a pic.

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  4. Congratulations on not only running Big Sur, but also completing the B2B challenge, that's so cool! That's a bummer about the race jacket - sorry to hear that :(

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    1. Thanks! Yea hopefully next yr they do better with the jackets.

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  5. Seriously I am just amazed that people can do that -- I had know idea it was a think B2BS. I'm sorry about the jacket; that's a shame.

    It is such a lovely area -- I can definitely imagine how challenging a race it must be.

    And seriously, I don't know how you do it but congrats!

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    1. Thanks Judy! My legs were pretty much recovered between the races so it want too bad.

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  6. Congrats on completing another B2B. That is quite an accomplishment! I would love to do the Big Sur marathon someday. I don't care what my time is, I would just like the experience. I do the same thing at the end of a marathon - I think OK, just a 10k left, just 5 miles, just a 5k. It makes the final miles go faster!

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    1. Yes it really does. Hope you get to run the race some yr. It is really the most scenic one I have run.

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  7. Wow congrats on another B2B challenge! I hope to do that one day, I've heard Big Sur is a beautiful marathon. I hope you are enjoying some well earned recovery time now!

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  8. Thanks Becca! Well I only had one day off after the marathon and then I had to work some red eyes. But I do have a few days off now. I am feeling pretty good actually and will probably run this weekend.

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  9. nice Lacey!! Congratulations! I have heard amazing things about Big Sur AND that it's quite challenging! I'm not sure I will ever manage it! Bummer that the jacket didn't live up to expectations. You kind of (for real!!!) earned something better.

    I ran Paris twice because it was my first marathon and I felt like after I ran a couple more I wanted to go back and see if it was as hard as I remembered it. But the thing is, it isn't a hard course at all really! There are some tricky bits with big cobblestones but mostly it's a great course. Anyway, I enjoyed it much more the second time, but I don't think my time was any better. I would like to run Berlin again for a better time. In Berlin I had issues with my foot :( When I re-run any race I do always secretly try to beat my last time. Doesn't always work though :)

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  10. Wow, three times is just amazing! Big Sur is on my bucket list, but I am in no way ready to run it. Hopefully in the next few years. A huge congratulations to you!

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  11. Oh wow that is a great challenge combo for sure! Huge congrats to you! Fabulous that it felt easier this time as well.

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  12. Congratulations!! Big Sur looks like such a gorgeous race, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Too bad about the cheaper jacket, but at least the medals look great! Kudos to you on being a stronger runner!

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  13. Wow 3 B2BS's is amazing. Congratulations! How great that it didn't seem that challenging this time around. Too bad about the jacket. I hope Hoka ups their game for next year at least.

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  14. Huge congrats! Good call on stopping for that photo - it is a great one! How did you get such a cool bib number?

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  15. Congrats on another marathon, Lacey! I love that you received a special jacket for running both races!

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  16. Way to go, Lacey! I can't imagine running two marathons so close together. Strong runner, indeed!

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