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Archive for January 23rd, 2009

Got my bib and stuff quickly. Having the Expo under a big tent is convenient, however it rained today–so their artificial turf covering was soggy wet. I like the location of the expo and start (west of a big mall), but it seems to require better accommodations and setup.

I stopped by the OC Marathon booth. They are changing the course to keep the race mostly west and in and around the environs of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. So, mostly northwest of the start last year instead of east.

Also stopped by the Long Beach Marathon booth. They say they will have wave starts now, making the half marathoners go first. This is great because the boardwalk is always a bit too crowded with runners and walkers. I don’t know who determined the sequence–it is more logical to make the marathoners go first because there will be fewer.

Dane R. is a featured speaker. I think I saw him walking around the expo. I was rushing out, so I wasn’t able to say Hi. Anyway, I’m thinking there will be a lot of runners this year. Start time for the half is at 7:30 and the full is 6:00 this Sunday. That’s really nice.

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Slacker be gone!

So my running friends have been looking for me lately.  Somehow, I am having a hard time deciding which races to go for (away or local).  Anyway, it seems like it will be decided for me one way or the other.

The Orange Curtain 50K/100K is happening on 2/21.    The San Deguito Half is happening on 2/8.  A whole host of marathons in the great state of California are on my list of possibles (see the schedules page).

The locals don’t take that much planning.  However, I do have to sign up or miss it entirely.  I have already found myself closed out of Surf City.   So I need to get rid of the slacker that I’m turning out to be.  Stay tuned–I may be finalizing the CA races I’ll hit this year.

Registration for Chicago will open Feb 1st.  New York will be mid-February.  Thinking about the Tahoe Triple also.  We’ll see.

I’m running Carlsbad this weekend; I plan to run it slow, only because I’m just coming back from some case of mild flu.  I’m running with my teammate Christiane, and our pace will be around 9-10.  Whatever works for her.  By the way–it is her first marathon!

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