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Last Saturday, I ran the ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes Marathon in Fremont – my 3rd marathon. The run was put on by Zoom Running Events, which always does a fantastic job. The event actually had four dinstances: a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon, and the full marathon. Zoom events are typically smaller than the other events in the area (which is nice) and the four distances had 66, 63, 128, and 74 finishers respectively.

The weather was perfect: a brisk 37 degrees at the start with perfectly clear skies and no wind to speak of. It probably warmed up to the low to mid 50s by the time I finished.

courseThe marathon course was the same as the half marathon course only we ran it twice. I was familiar with the course already, since it was the same course that I ran when I did the Zoom Quarry Lakes half back in July. It consisted of a loop/pair of out-and-backs that took place in the Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation area and along the Alameda Creek Trail. The course was a mix of crushed rock and paved trails that was nice and flat.

As with all Zoom events, course management and marking was great! Volunteers at Zoom events and the aid stations are always excellent and ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes was no different. The volunteers are friendly and encouraging and the snacks are great quality, with a good variety, and they never run out! The finish area had great food and drinks as well and offered a great environment to recover and comiserate with other runners. The only downside being that the majority of the runners did the shorter disntaces, so by the time we marathoners finished, it was pretty dead in the finish area. (not that it mattered to us…we were just jazzed to finish!)

My Race

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  • Current plan: Big Sur Marathon Training Plan
  • Today’s session: 5-mile run
  • Comments: Day one of an 18-week program preparing for the Big Sur International Marathon in April… I did 6.5 miles @ 7:58 avg pace, avg cadence 99 & a run time of 51:46. [Strava]

A Sea Monster: I always see a sea monster after running this loop route up in Alum Rock Park…


A Smart Tree: I always smile when I run under this branch in Alum Rock. I guess a long time ago, this smart tree got tired of people smacking their foreheads and decided to remedy the issue itself…


A Cool Shirt: Today, I’m sporting the newest running-related shirt in my collection. Pretty cool one…


I’m still working on the recap for last week’s marathon. I hope to have it posted tomorrow or Tuesday.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Training Journal – 12/22/13:

  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: 10-mile run
  • Comments: I did 11.2 miles @ 9:21 avg pace, avg cadence 92 & a run time of 1:44:56 [Strava]
  • Weekly mileage: Running: 26.5 / Bicycling: 47.1 – Total: 73.6
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: Rest
  • Comments: nada – bah humbug
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: 8-mile run
  • Comments: I did 8.6 miles @ 8:27 avg pace, avg cadence 96 & a run time of 1:12:23. [Strava]
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: 5-mile run
  • Comments: I did 6.7 miles @ 8:25 avg pace, avg cadence 98 & a run time of 56:24. [Strava]. I hope to have my race report from last Saturday posted tomorrow.
  • Current plan: ZRQL Marathon Training Plan – Recovery Week
  • Today’s session: 20-mile ride
  • Comments: I rode for 1:23:59 for 23.5 miles @ 16.8 mph avg & avg cadence of 85 [Strava]. Planning an easy run tomorrow…