It’s a good thing there is a discount code in this post for San Francisco Giants fans because you know you want this medal!!! The medal itself is larger with each distance. Each race distance also has it’s own colored lanyard. The kids race medal is the same, but rubber. I am so excited! Come run the Giant Race September 11th and use code HALFCRAZYMAMA to save $10 off the 5k, 10k, or half marathon! Click here to register.
Catchy title? Maybe not. Anyways, I am hiking Half Dome in August still. If you follow along then you know I’ve been training…hills for days. This weekend I have a 12 mile, 35oo ft elevation gain hike planned with my partner in crime for this adventure. I have my boots and am working on breaking them in. I know all about running shoes, but this is my first go around with hiking boots. I think I settled on some that will be great. Big shout out to the awesome guy at REI who helped me decide and recommended I try the Vasque Breeze.
Now I need to decide on which 100oz Camelbak I should get? I had no idea there are so many choices! Anyone out there have any tips, tricks, or hacks I should know?
I thought I would write a post with a bunch of race discount codes for all of you to enjoy! There are so many discount codes for some many great races out there that I wanted them to be easier to find. Who doesn’t love saving a buck right?
Rock ‘n’ Roll Races– Good for $15 off half or full marathons with code: HALFCRAZYMAMA
Run Like A Diva Races– $5 off through July 5. Code: 4thOFJULY16
Craft Classic Races– $10 off any 2016 half or $5 off of Craft Classic 5K. Code: FUNNERRUNNER
ZOOMA Women’s Race Series– 10% off with Code: CYNTHIA16
Tunnel To Tower 5k Phoenix– 25% off 7/1/16-7/4/16. Code: JULY4
Giant Race– good for $10 off 5k, 10k, or half marathon with Code: HALFCRAZYMAMA
Across The Bay 12k & 415k– 10% off with Code: Represent2016EC
The East Bay’s 510k– 10% iff with Code: Represent2016EC
SLO Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K 2017 and SLO GranFondo 2016– SAVE $10, Offer ends July 4 @ 11:59pm! Code: RACESLOJULY4
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon– Save 10% with Code: RUNJLBMTP
Santa Clarita Marathon– 20% off registration Code: SCM2016CARINA
Fort Collins Human Race– 10 % off with Code: BibRaveRocks
Space Coast Full Marathon– save $10 using Code: FBJULY10
The Flavor Run Tampa– 25% off for the 4th of July. Code: USA25
Key West Half Marathon– 15% off and expires July 14th. Code: FIREWORKS
Mud Titan– $30 off registration Expires 7/5/16. Code: JULY4
Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Savannah– 25% off until July 4th at midnight! Code: JULY4
Critz Tybee Run Fest– 10% off, ends July 5! Code: INDEPENDENCE
Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon– $10 off with Code: PUBLIX10
Soldier Half and Full Marathon– $10 off. Code: TLS
Chicago Head For The Cure– $7 off. Code: run2016
Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon– 15% off reg. until July 5, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. Code: FLAG16
Mississippi Blues Marathon– $10 off with code: MBM17MH
Head For The Cure– $7 off. Code: run2016
Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate 2017– 15% Off registration with Code: NICKI2017AMAROCKS
Run and Ride CarowindsHalf– 15% off with Code: RUNBARBIE15
Air Force Marathon– $10 off Code: SUMMER2016
Portland Marathon– $10 off with Code: MEGAN16
Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon– $10 off. Code: DRAMBJONES
2016 9/11 Heroes Run – 10% off Expires at 11:59PM on 7/6/16. Code: JULY4HR2016
Susan. G. Komen Lowcountry Race For a Cure– $10 off with Code: RACE2016
If you have a code for me to add let me know. Happy racing!
I have always been a huge fan of the Giant Race and have watched them grow over the years. It is my favorite San Francisco race. I am super excited to share that I am one of the Giant Race “Starting 9” ambassadors. With that I bring all you guys a discount code! Use code HALFCRAZYMAMA for $10 off race registration for the San Francisco Giant Race 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon. Click here to register.
This was the 5th year for the Giant Race San Jose. I love this race series. I’m a huge San Francisco Giants fan, but this race series is also super well organized and a great local race. I ran the Sacramento Giant Race back in April. They also have one in Scottsdale during Spring Training. In September is the San Francisco Giant Race and this will be my 5th Giant Half Marathon there.
The San Jose Giant Race was on a pretty hot day. You have a choice of a 5k or a 5 miler. It starts right by the municipal stadium where the San Jose Giants play. You run around Kelly Park and if you are doing the 5 miler you get to run through Happy Hollow too.
One of my favorite parts about the Giant Races is that the World Series trophies are out to take a picture with. Remember no touching! 😉
I had a fun and made it home in the nick of time to head to a birthday party at 10am at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
Have you ran a Giant Race?
Little Monkey officially completed her first triathlon at the age of 6. She is a triathlete! I am very proud of her and I don’t think she will ever let me live it down that she competed a triathlon before me.
The Silicon Valley Kids Triathlon was very well organized. I was very impressed. I think it is one of the largest, if not THE largest kids tri in the country. It had over 1200 athletes from age 15 down to 3. The kids are organized into waves by age.
Little Monkey was in the 6 and under age group. It took place at De Anza College. For her age they swam one length of the pool, biked 1 mile, and ran 1/2 mile.
She loved it! It was very cool to watch and help her in the transition area. One thing I learned, the next time I think I will put lock laces on her shoes. She was yelling at me to tie her shoes faster after the swim so she could hop on her bike. haha!
When I looked at her pictures I could just see how much fun she was having. Her feet barely touched the ground!
She is excited to do another triathlon and have our eye on one in August. Awesome job Little Monkey! She completed the course in 16 minutes and change. So awesome! Now it might be time for me to entertain the idea of doing a triathlon?
It has been awhile since I’ve revisited my bucket list. I figured with some things crossed off and some new things to add, it would be a great time to take a look at it again. It helps keep me motivated. The best part of a bucket list is adding more as you go along in life and crossing things off that you complete. Here is my updated bucket list:
Have a Daughter Finish a half marathon (I think I’m close to 70 now) Get walked off a ride at Disneyland or Disney World (Not super exciting, but for some reason I always wanted to do this. It was the People Mover at Disney World that we were walked off) Run NYC Marathon Dine at Club 33 and be able to take my sister (Such a treat and I am so thankful for an amazing friend that made this happen) Complete the Dopey Challenge (x3 now and I’m registered for number 4) Visit the Lincoln Memorial (x2 now) Run the Chicago Marathon (x2 now)
Master some yoga inversion poses. I would love to master Scorpion Pose, but we shall see.
Run the Boston Marathon. I don’t know if I will ever be fast enough, but maybe one day or raise money for a deserving charity.
Hike to the top of Half Dome. I’m attempting (and hopefully accomplishing) this one in August. My friend and I secured are permits and have started training.
Get to the top of the Empire State Building AND the Eiffel Tower by stairs
Try a Triathlon
Run a half marathon with my daughter. (This one is at least 10 years away and hopefully she will want to do it too!)
SUP in Hawaii
Swim with sharks
Go cross country skiing
Go tubing at the old Lihue Plantation in Kauai
Visit Yellowstone. This one is getting crossed off in June.
See tulip fields in
Visit the grand canyon
Travel around Italy
Attend a Broadway show
See the Northern Lights
Visit Mount Rushmore
Write a book
Finish my degree from Harvard University
Eat lobster in Maine
Try a cheesesteak in Philly
Get beignets in New Orleans
Have a Maryland crab cake
Enjoy New England clam chowder in New England
Master making homemade pasta
Dine at French Laundry
What are some of your big bucket list items?
I decided to discuss the topic of “What do you wear under your running, workout, and yoga pants?” because I hear this a lot. Here is my answer, I go commando. Yep, truth. Chafing is no fun. When I was a newish runner I ran a half marathon in a pair of underwear that gave me such bad chafing where the elastic was. It hurt so bad on my upper thighs, the part where my legs meet my body. I said, “Never again!”. I did some research and sure enough going commando is a common thing!
I have never had a problem once I started going commando. My workouts, yoga classes, and my running have all been a lot more comfortable. No more painful chafing from undies on that bottom part of your bum that rubs the elastic. Let’s face it, underwear is the last thing you need standing in the way of you and nailing that inversion or setting a new personal record. No to mention VPL, visible panty lines. We have all seen those and don’t want to be that person.
Do I ever have chafing from going commando? NEVER ONCE! Once I started running and working out commando I never looked back. I don’t need to worry about glide for chafing protection or anything down there.
I know, this can seem like TMI to some people, but when I was first in this situation I wish there was a blog post of a person saying this! It would have been very helpful to me. I feel like at races, the gym, and the yoga studio people talk about so much openly, so why not this? Do you see every picture in this post? All commando! Sorry, not sorry because I know this will help answer the question for a lot of people. It is pretty amazing how just eliminating undies can be so comfortable.
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It rained! It hasn’t rained in years for the Santa Cruz Half Marathon, but I’m pretty sure it is because I decided to run it that week that made the rain clouds roll in. It was still beautiful though.
There is something very calming about running along the ocean. The Santa Cruz Half Marathon starts in front of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
You make your way along the ocean over to Wilder Park where you have approximately 3 miles of a trail, most of which is dirt. It was a little muddy because of the rain, but on the flip side it was nice that is was overcast and not hot. This picture is a little blurry because I was running, but you get an idea for the terrain.
The course in an out and back except those miles through the park is a loop.
The views are breathtaking.
You make your way back towards the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. When you pass the lighthouse you know you have about a mile left.You can see the Wharf and the Boardwalk in the distance.
The finish line is on the sand right next to the wharf. I love the medal this year!
I was pretty wet and my legs were really dirty at the end. It is a really fun local race for me, but also beautiful for a destination race for others. It ins’t huge, but also not super tiny. It is that perfect in between size! (Like the Goldilocks of races).
Have you ran the Santa Cruz Half Marathon before?
Little Monkey’s love of life and trying new things has sparked her interest in a triathlon. I think this is awesome. I have never done one, but pondered it many times. (I own a cruiser, not a “real bike”, so I feel I would need a better bike, hint hint nudge nudge husband 😉 )There is a local kids triathlon that we looked at and she is planning on doing. The distance for 6 and under (her age group) is 1 lap in the pool, 1 mile bike ride, and a 1/4 mile run. Totally doable for her and I think she will love it! She is crazy excited. The race is a little over a month away. I’m hoping it warms up a little though because she hasn’t been swimming in months. This way she can get a little more practice before hand.
I can’t believe she will be completing a triathlon before I ever have! My daughter amazes me at times with her want and her will to try new things. She doesn’t have the fear I have of “will I be able to do that?” and I find that so inspiring. I’ll keep you posted on how this goes. In the meanwhile though any advice you can give would be great. Like I said I have never done a trip, but I’m thinking there might be tips for the transition area and things? Because the distance isn’t long she says she will just bike and run in her bathing suit and I think that is probably fine right? Again, any tips, tricks or hacks are greatly appreciated so I can help her.