big sur 2012

An hour south of Big Sur, is Hearst Castle. While it’s a tourist attraction complete with tram rides, a tour guide and flashing cameras, it’s something to check out at least once in your life. William Randolph Hearst’s gigantic castle is a bit surreal. Giant pools with intricate carvings, roman statues, ornamental details; there are even wild zebras on the property. 

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!