Santa Rosa Marathon 2014 (PR & BQ)

After running a marathon PR in Napa Valley in March and half marathon PR in Santa Cruz in April, I have not been resting on my laurels and I have been training very hard in the last few months in the hope of breaking the 3:10 mark (a Boston Qualifier, a.k.a. BQ for me).


The Santa Rosa marathon is very well organized. Bib pickup was a breeze and the technical t-shirt is great. The course is nice and flat with a beautiful stretch alongside the Santa Rosa Creek.


My Sunday started a bit early at 3AM as I could not sleep anymore so I was awake when the 6.0 earthquake hit nearby South Napa and got to experience it all! Still, It had no to little impact on us or the race. Some runners mentioned they lost power in neighboring cities but I guess we got lucky and had no such issues.


The weather at 6AM when we started the race was perfect for running and stayed this way for my whole run. I had a good race as I completed the marathon finishing 62nd in a new PR of 3:07:28.

This is also a BQ by 2 minutes and 32 seconds and should allow me to run the mythical Boston Marathon in 2015. Fingers crossed!

Water to Wine Half Marathon 2014


Today, I ran the Water to Wine half marathon in Healdsburg, Sonoma County as a last test before running the Santa Rosa Marathon in 2 weeks.

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The course was changed since last year transitioning from a point to point race from Sonoma Lake to Healdsburg into a less thrilling race starting and ending in Healdsburg. I hope the course is reverted back next year.

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I did not push too much because of the upcoming marathon but felt very strong the whole race and even pushed a bit harder in the last mile. The result: 23rd in 1:30:46.