big sur 2012

Sunrise over Salinas. We made it to California last night, and I should be sleeping in, but I’m all nervous energy. Today: Monterey Bay Aquarium and marathon expo. Tomorrow: my sweet boy’s 6th birthday, a visit to the strawberry fields, and pastapalooza. Sunday: run all the miles from Big Sur to Carmel.

My race plan is to start slow and stay slow through Hurricane Point (average of 11-min miles) and then if I’m feeling it open up a little more on the throttle (10:45-min miles) till mile 20, with hopes that I can run the last 10k strong in a sub 10:30 pace. The weather is awesome, so in hoping I’ll get a big boost from not having to run through the lukewarm soup that is the spring air in SC.

Good luck to everyone running this weekend in Big Sur, in Nashville, and everywhere else!

Big Sur

A hidden gem along the California coastline, Big Sur’s rugged cliff sides, pristine beaches, and towering redwood trees have a very rich history. The region provided much needed respite for such artists and poets as Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Big Sur is one of our favorite places– far away from city lights and tall buildings. Where else can you see a waterfall that falls right onto the beach below? The sparkling blue-green water of McWay falls is a sight that you can’t miss.