Contributed by Kara Ruecker
Kara Ruecker is a 2016 San Francisco Marathon Ambassador and endurance athlete who has set out to complete more races in California this year, including completion of the SF/Berkeley Challenge. Her personal blog is Run Bird Legs Run.
This year especially, I am very motivated to get back to racing. Having a 6 month break will do that for you. When I originally thought about what I’d like my 2016 racing calendar to look like, I had three goals:
Get myself back to marathon shape by the end of 2016 (10 months post baby)
Run multiple half marathons, maybe some 10K’s and only 1 marathon (so not to burn out a la 2014)
To run more races in California. Although my co-workers kindly (I think) refer to me as a true Califoregonian, it’s time to embrace the CA side of the equation. I’ve lived in the bay area for almost four years now and I love it. Northern CA has so much to offer, especially in terms of amazing races so I don’t need to spend every extra $ I have flying up to OR to get my endurance fix on.
With those three goals in mind, The San Francisco Marathon was my first stop. I’ve been wanting to run this race for all three years I’ve been in the city but it’s always conflicted with previous trips. This year was going to be different. I made the commitment in November and blocked it on my calendar.Tritreats and I have been talking about doing the Half It All Challenge for years so 2016 is gonna be the year I kicked it off. Because I am type-A, naturally I’ll run the first half in 2016 and the […]