I ran the Big Sur 9 Miler for the second year in a row. The course is basically a loop. It starts in Carmel and you run along the coast through Point Lobos Park. It is beautiful out there, but definitely not flat. The Big Sur Marathon, 21 Miler, 10.6 Miler, 9 Miler and 5k are all ran on the same morning.
I live about 1.5 hours from the race so I got up at 4am to allow plenty of time to drive down. It was an early morning, but luckily not raining like it was originally predicted.
I came down with a cold 4 days before the race which wasn’t super awesome, but I did better then I anticipated. I ran 10 minute miles with the cold and the hills and I felt good.
It was only about 52 degrees so I wore my INKnBURN Tech Tube to help keep my ears warm and sweat off my forehead. I wore my INKnBURN sleeves with the tech shirt for some added warmth without being to hot.
I love coastal runs. You can’t ask for prettier views. The water stations and volunteers were awesome. I loved the various bands along the course, especially the group of bag pipe players.
The Big Sur Medals are always ceramic with a leather strap. I think they are fun and different.
I had a fun race and it was great to see the Big Sur Marathon winner finish not long after I did. 🙂