Week of 8/25/08. Workouts, Labor Day Run in Novato, XC Series race on Saturday..
> Check on the Tamalparunners.org site the upcoming XC series
: everyone should experience running a number of XC races. They run on a natural surface - terra firma, usually 3-5 miles and each race is over a different course.
> OLYMPIC MARATHON
, men: That winning time of 2:06:30 by Sammy W. of Kenya was incredible considering the conditions! Can you imagine what he will run under "normal" cooler conditions - 2:04:00 range in my estimation. The 5'4" , 115lb Sammy does plan to go after the record. He already holds the half marathon WR of 58:33 minutes...
> KENENISA BEKELE, world record holder for the 5K (12:37) and 10K (i think 26:15) from Ethiopia had to do most all the work up front for the 5000 final in Beijing. I'm sure the other competitors thought they could sit on his tail and outkick him at the end. Well, guess what? When your leader "picks up the pace" to a 3:57 last mile that takes care of anyone's kick! he's simply an amazing runner who took the win in 12:57. (he also won the 10,000 in 27:01 that includeda 13:48/13:01 5K splits; both races he finished with about a 54" last 400)
> LABOR DAY 5K/1M for youth on 9-1-08:
When: Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1st
Where: Indian Valley College--at ball fields.
5k starts at 8:30am; Youth Mile at 10am
Race Day Registration: 7 am to 8:20am for 5k; to 9:45 am for Youth Mile
5k: $20 (over 18); $15 (18 and under)
Youth Mile: $5.00
More Info at: http://www.eteamz.com/mustang5k/
8/26/08. TUESDAY. TEMPO, 6:30am at YMCA for start.
8/26/08. TUESDAY. HILL REPEATS, 9am; Tenn. Valley gp, meet at Church parking lot.
After the out/back warmup:
6 x short hill
2 x left turn hill; then go down main road and then left to Big Hill
4 x to top of median and back to bottom;
2 x 1 1/2' (back to bottom)....then recovery run back to parking lot.
8/28/08. THURSDAY. TRACK. 7am & 9am. COM track.
After usual warm-up stride-outs a workout emphasizing volume, pacing and geared towards the half marathon. Just as in executing a race, carry out negative splits, and gain momentum towards the finish:
4 x 400 @ 10K pace (on 2', 2 1/2, 3') , then after 4th rep do,
1 x 10 Burpees
4 x 400 @5K pace,
1 x 10 "Mtn. Climbers",
4 x 400 @5K pace,
Plank: hold and do 5 straight leg raises with Left, then Right leg.
4 x 400 @ faster than 5K pace
8/30/08. SATURDAY. 8am. ED's TRACK session at NOVATO HIGH SCHOOL.
After usual warm-up and stride-outs:
4 x 400 (on 2 1/2',3') then after 4th rep,
1 x 10 Burpees,
4 x 200 (200)
1 x 10 "Mtn. Climbers"
2 x 600 (200)
6 x width of grass infield pickups (jog back easy to start each time)
8/30/08. SATURDAY. 7am. HILL REPEATS/TEMPO at McGinnis Park.
Folks meet at 6:30 to do extended warmup and meet at base of hill by 7am...
3 X Short Hill
2 X Sprint hill
out/back tempo to concrete bridge
2 x Sprint Hill
3 x Med. Hill
out/back to concrete bridge
2 x Sprint Hill
> MONDAY Workout: I had thought to do a Bear Valley
run on Monday, but seems there is so much going on with folks that I may pass on it. BUT, if the Arch Rival group wants to do their first workout there, call me. We can have everyone do their own walk/run or bike followed by picnic at the picnic grounds. With me working weekends, I rarely have the chance to get with all of you on a free day that works for us. Anyone who needs to get their long run in: this is the place! There is the 3.2m to Divid Meadow and back; 9M out/back to Arch Rock or up to 8.2M out/back to Coastal Camp; finally the 30K loop which is equivalent to a 20M training run.Results
> MARIN HEADLANDS 50K ON 8/23/08.
Not the Championships this year and as a result a smaller field, but enjoyed by all those who participated.
1. Mike Buchanac,33 took it in 4:21:10
2. Cliff Lentz, 43 4:27:13
3. Jean Pommier, 44 4:41:54
our own Hans Schmid
, 68 did a strong 5:53:58 for 2nd in 60-69.
1. Julie Young, 43 4:57:09
2. Nicole Duke, 32 in 5:23:58
3. Florencia Gascon-Amyx, 44 5:38:57
Week of 8/18/08. Workouts, and I will be putting up articles on the Olympics on our TheSchedule.com site later. Olympic Triathlon for men and women should be completed by nowThe men's tri Ihave recorded; we messed up on the women's tri recording. The men's event was quite exciting with four leaders in contention for the medals to the very end.
> Once again, Paula Radcliffe,
the world record holder for the marathon, and one tough lady, should not have been in the Olympic Marathon - again. She had sustained a stress fracture in her femur, lost three months of training and could not be ready for the Olympics. I think she ran it because the British press is merciless and so critical of this incredible athlete, that if she didn't finish this race she'd been crucified!
In the Athens Games, she dropped out, but if you had seen her litany of injuries - she should never have started! But boy, did she come back and show her stuff when she won the NYCMarathon later that Fall!Amazing experience on Pike's Peak Marathon: storm and more, by ASHLEY MCCULLOUGH
Well, what an adventure in Colorado this past weekend! I know that I have talked to some of you, so I won't belabor the details of my crazy day up on Pikes Peak. It was quite a race, I must say, and all ended pretty well, although it was a very long and quite arduous day.As you know, the race is a half marathon, from the bottom of the peak to the top, 14,000 ft! The fastest women knock this off in about 2:35, which is pretty incredible. I was hoping for a sub 4 hour finish, which is in the top 13% of the women. Weather is always a factor in this event, along with, obviously, the effects of the altitude. So, I wasn't so surprised when a storm blew in, but this was no ordinary storm. By Friday night, they were expecting a foot of snow on the summit. I wasn't too concerned, as the storm was supposed to leave on saturday. Well, it never left!! So, we started out in rain and dense fog. All I kept thinking of was pacing. " There is no speed that is too slow for the first 9 miles", my friends who are veteran racers had told me, so I kept with the motto.The weather worsened but I continued to climb, and felt pretty good. My legs never got that tired, as I had to go slow. There is a different type of fatigue though, more systemic, when you have less and less air to breathe. And the headache is pretty crushing. Regardless, I pushed all thoughts of altitude out of my mind. Near mile 9, I saw racers from the first wave, dressed in singlets and shorts (??) descending past me. I couldn't figure it out. Had they already summited? Given up? At mile 10, I was at the "A Frame", 12,000 ft. It was the second to last aid stop and also where the trees stop growing...there is absolutely no protection from the elements. I came through the trees and a gust of wind nearly knocked me down. Hail pelted my face. I was thinking it was about time for another expresso gel, or something along those lines, when a race official grabbed me and another runner and announced that the summit had just been closed. It was 23 degrees on the top of the mountain and covered with a sheet of ice, not to mention the falling snow. I looked at my watch, 2:44. Only 3 miles to go, I was well under my goal pace! I had just missed the cutoff by minutes, but it no doubt would have been a challenging push to the finish.A huge bummer to have to turn back. And the worst part, aside from the disappointment of not reaching the summit, was having to go down the 10 miles I just climbed! :-)In any event, a great race, historic and full of very loyal and devoted runners not unlike the Dipsea. I will have to go back and FINISH the thing next year!!Hope you are well and having a great summer!-Ashps/ I did say no details, didn't I?All smiles at the start. Good thing I remembered the gortex!
Parking lot 4 miles from the summit where John waited to be shuttled to the summit to cheer me on. Road was closed shortly thereafter!
Good thing the beer tent had plenty for the survivors like myself! After 20 miles I needed one!
> Olympic Lifting
: Absolutely incredible what these guys are lifting; note particularly the "snatch" lift (that's the one I'm having you do-in part, but only as a "snatch squat" for flexibility and core strength):
77kg class(169lbs): Snatch: 370lbs Clean & Jerk: 446 lbs
105 kg (231 lbs): Snatch: 444lbs Clean and Jerk: 519 lbs a WR! this guy from Belarus doesn't even look that strong, but has speed, some strong legs, technique and the balance required. Amazing: I'd be happy to roll those kind of weights around! ( even my best squat was just 400 and the snatch 185 -takes a great deal of shoulder strength on those guys)...
8/19/08 TUESDAY. 6:30am . TEMPO. China Camp
8/19/08. TUESDAY. 9am. TEMPO. Meet at Church Parking lot for Tenn Valley group.
We'll have you do the 2M warmup to north end of MV bike path, then do 3.5M or 4.0M tempo. Those of you gearing up for Fall half or full marathon, tack on a run towards Tenn Valley for extra mileage: should be getting 7-8M total on these Tuesdays. I'll see ifI can get Sandy to bike with you; I'm not ready: hurting a bit today,so I must be patient.
8/21/08. THURSDAY. 7am & 9am. TRACK at COM
Count on a new half marathon speedwork routine; for the others a bit different speedwork.
warmup: 4 x 100 (100), 2 x 150 (50), 2 x 200(200);
400 (under 5K pace)
1200 @ 10K pace (400)
3200 (8 laps) @ half marathon pace: get your goal pace on target!
"C" gp: 2 x 200(200)
8/23/08. SATURDAY. 8am .Ed's TRACK GROUP at NOVATO HS.
warmup: 4 x 100(100), 2 x 150(50), 2 x 200(200)
400 (on 2:30, 3')
600 (200) @ 5K pace
800 (200) @ 10K pace
1.5M @ half marathon pace.
After the main workout do a series of 8 x the width of the soccer field: a pickup across the width, jog back to start easy, then a quick turnover emphasis across the field. continue for 8 reps.
8/23/08. SATURDAY. 7am. HILL REPEATS. McGinnis Park
Most of the folks do their warmup run starting at 6a;30am, then meet at base of hill by 7am. I hope to be there for part of it, but just in case:
2 x Long Hill
2 x Med. Hill (around corner)
4 x Short Hill (to "12" painted triangle, about 35")
4 x Sprint Hill
2 x Med Hill
> UPCOMING XC SEASON
-STARTS 8/23/08. Time to get our teams to show up. by JANET BOWMAN
Dear Tamalpa Senior and Super Senior Women:
It's that time of year again – XC Season! The first race of the 2008 PA-USATF XC Grand Prix, the Empire Open, is coming up this Saturday, Aug. 23, in Santa Rosa.We would love to have a good turnout. All Tamalpa women are welcome and appreciated, whether you are fast or slow. It's the team that counts in XC!Remember, to be scored for Tamalpa, you need:
Current membership in Tamalpa Runners.
A current USATF card designating your club affiliation as Tamalpa (Club #100).
A shirt of some kind that says "Tamalpa", preferably the current women's uniform top, available in bra, tank, tee, or long sleeve styles.
Highly recommended: Sign up for the XC races you plan to run. This helps all of us plan our schedules so that we can have a minimum of three women in 50-59 and 60-69 at as many races as possible, especially the ones closer to Marin. The signup page is athttp://www.realendurance.com/tamalpa.html
Click on "Cross Country Women"Enter Code "wilddog" and click LoginYou will now be able to add your name to any blank line, and type Yes, No, or Maybe for each event. Click on "Save" when you're done. This is not a hard-and-fast commitment, just an indication of your intentions. Do the best you can. If you enter "yes" for a race and then later something else comes up and you can't make it, we will forgive you. It happens to all of us. If you want to go back and change something later, just repeat the same procedure.I will be driving to the Empire Open and have a few seats available. Send me an email if you'd like to carpool.Sincerely,Janet BowmanCo-Captain415-924-5976NOTE: If you haven't experienced the XC races I think they're a special part of the year's racing. Give it a go! You'll love the variety in the courses and smaller fields.
RESULTS:WOMEN'S OLYMPIC TRIATHLON
: Aussies dominate:
BEIJING, China (August 18, 2008) -- If it weren't for a bit of cramping on the run, U.S. triathlete Laura Bennett (N. Palm Beach, Fla. / Boulder, Colo.) may have found her place on the Olympic Games medal stand on Monday.Instead, the 33-year-old will have to wait four more years for another shot at glory after finishing fourth at the Beijing Olympic Games at the Ming Tombs Reservoir."I'm pleased with fourth. I started cramping on the third lap and lost touch with third place, so that's a little disappointing, but I feel I tried to pull out what I could today and I'm really happy with fourth," Bennett said.Triathlon fans were able to witness the much anticipated head-to-head matchup between three- time world champion Australian Emma Snowsill and Portuguese sensation Vanessa Fernandes. But the race was over by the time the run started as Snowsill pulled away from all the other competitors to grab gold in 1:58:27. Fernandes won the silver in 1:59:34, with Australian Emma Moffat finishing third in 1:59:55.Bennett's result in 2:00:21 led the three-person American team, with Sarah Haskins (St. Louis, Mo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.) finishing 11th in 2:01:22 and Julie Ertel (Placentia, Calif. / Irvine, Calif.) finishing 19th in 2:02:39.The U.S. athletes were among the top five out of the water after the 1.5k swim and were part of a large lead group of close to 15 athletes on the bike. The team strategy of gaining an edge with a breakaway on the bike didn't come to fruition as this group stayed together throughout the 40k bike course that took the competitors in front of the grandstands filled with close to 10,000 supporters six times."There was a big group on the bike. I tried to attack on the bike, but the pack kept us in it," said Haskins. "So it came down to a strong run. I felt good on the run. But 11th place, you know, I can't complain."Ertel said the challenging bike course set the tone for the rest of her race. "It was a hard bike," she said. "I just got a lower back cramp on the first hill and it was hard for me to recover. It lasted the first three laps of the run. The last lap I felt great. I wish it was a 20k."I was still happy with my performance, but the bike was definitely the hardest part today. I knew going in that this wasn't a course that played to my strengths. I feel it did well. My goal was to stay with that lead pack [on the bike]. I can't say it was easy but I managed to do that. And then the run, I was kind of out of gas."Once the athletes started the 10k run, the lead group began to separate. Snowsill quickly put space between herself and her pursuers, gaining a 15- second advantage by the time the first of four laps was complete. Bennett, Fernandes, and Moffatt led the group in pursuit, with the American pulling into second for much of the second lap. Unfortunately, that's when the cramps set in and Bennett lost three places, as Fernandes began to find her legs, Moffat gave chase and Juri Ide pulled into fourth."I felt great after the swim, getting on the bike and staying with the girls. We all worked the hill quite well. I felt strong and was ready to get out on the run where I knew it was going to come down to," said Bennett, a first-time Olympian who was team alternate in 2004. "I knew it was going to be fast and was going to take some deep digging to keep with the girls. I did my best to dig and stay with them. A little bit of cramping set me back, but that's part of racing."Bennett was smiling as she entered the stadium for the last time, on the heels of Ide, but out of reach of a medal. She passed the Japanese athlete in the homestretch and maintained her smile across the finish line."The whole experience has been fantastic," said Bennett as she made her way through the post-race throngs of reporters. "We had a great time at the Opening Ceremonies. We're taking in the whole experience and taking in what the Olympics is all about."When she gets back to the States, Bennett and her teammates will turn their attention to London in 2012. But there is one athlete that they have their sights set on. "Emma is definitely the mark, and that's what we'll build toward over the next four years," said Bennett.Ten of the 55 athletes were unable to finish the race.This was the third year for triathlon on the Olympic Games program. The lone medal for the U.S. (men or women) came in 2004 when Susan Williams won bronze in Athens.The men race at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, August 19.Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - Women's TriathlonGold - Emma Snowsill (AUS) 1:58:27Silver - Vanessa Fernandes (POR) 1:59:34Bronze - Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:59:55 4th - Laura Bennett (N. Palm Beach, Fla. / Boulder, Colo.) 2:00:215th - Juri Ide (JPN) 2:00:236th - Nicola Spirig (SUI) 2:00:307th - Daniela Ryf (SUI) 2:00:408th - Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 2:00:459th - Kiyomi Niwata (JPN) 2:00:5110th - Debbie Tanner (NZL) 2:01:06Other U.S. Athletes11th - Sarah Haskins (St. Louis, Mo. / Colorado Springs, Colo.) 2:01:2219th - Julie Ertel (Placentia, Calif. / Irvine, Calif.) 2:02:39
Week of 8/11/08. Workouts; Sunday RRGrade Run.
> Weren't those Opening Ceremonies something at Beijing? Those drummers were my favorite. Absolutely amazing. Also the kung fu portion displayed such precise positioning as they did their routines.
8/12/08. TUESDAY. 6:30am TEMPO at YMCA.
8/12/08. TUESDAY. 9am HILL REPEAT, Tenn Valley group. Meet at inner parking lot for Tenn Valley hiking area. You'll be doing the uphill grind to top of Monticello hill.
8/14/08. THURSDAY. 7am & 9am. TRACK at COM
4 x 100 (100)
2 x 150 (50)
2 x 200 (200)
3 x 400 ( on 2', 2 1/2', 3')
1 x 10 "Mtn Climbers"
3 x 400
1 x 8 "Burpees"
3 x 400
1 x 6 "Prisoner Squats"
1 x 1000
Then, those who are prepping for half or full marathon in Fall:
2 X 1000 (200): do them at 10K race pace (this is not a hardass interval, but controlled tempo cruising interval for building extra strength)
8/16/08 SATURDAY. 8am ED'S TRACK GROUP at Novato HS.
4 x 100 (100)
2 x 150 (50)
2 x 200 (200)
1 x 600 (200)
4 x 400 (on 2', 2 1/2', 3')
8 x 200 (200)
1 x 800 - you'll feel how much easier the leg turnover is after doing the 200's)
8/15/08. FRIDAY. Kees back to work at Arch Rival.
8/16/. SATURDAY. 7am TEMPO/HILL REPEATS at McGinnish Park
Let me know if my group will be there by emailing me at email@example.com
; I know a number of you are still on vacation).. I am not able to risk riding thebike with you, buthere is the workout:
4 x 35" ( to the "12" painted in white between the two trees)
2 x LR (to the top)
1 lap around the pond at tempo pace.
4 X SH i.e. short hill 15"
1 med hill (around the corner, about 1')
8/17/08. SUNDAY. 7:30am. RRGRADE run. Meet as usual by MV Police/Fire house crosswalk, just down from MV Market on Corte Madera Ave in downtown MV. Again, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
so I have a head count for those who need ride back down ($5).
Week of 8/4/08. Workouts, SF Half Marathon; an explanation on why with adding "those silly exercises" between intervals on track day. Sunday is TCRS race in Samuel Taylor Park area (west end). Chi Running Clinics offered locally by our own Hazel Wood... NBalance test program; looking ahead to Healdsburg Half Marathon..
Why add exercises during track intervals?:
> quickens your footwork,
> increases leg strength,
> lighter touch on the track, i.e. reducing contact time of your feet on the track/road means quicker feet as with "butt kicks," "burpees", "box jumps" "high knees",
> improved flexibility and range of motion, e.g. "mountain climbers";
> Also, by working your arms and legs simultaneously it makes the heart work faster-even at a modest pace,e.g. just getting through the burpees: it's work! You have to work much harder to get the heart rate up if only using the legs by hill repeats or hard intervals. With burpees, "crab walks" and other four limb exercises blood has to be pumped to all four limbs= greater workload, but doesn't tear you up.
> Adding these exercises makes you a better athlete, addresses some weaknesses and adds variety that we all need!
more to come....
> SF HALF...8/3/08. (remember to email me your results: I don't always know who ends up running some of these large events) . Write up on SFMarathon is on http://www.theschedule.com/
I think there is a marked difference in the firs half marathon course and the 2nd half marathon course: secon Half Marathon is faster.
Jeannie is excused from running it b/c she did the Marin Century on Saturday: a tough, windy hilly course! Congrats Jeannie and husband Dave! A tough 100 miler!
First half marathon:
34th O'all/2F/2nd in age div...ROSY CASTANEDA, 1:27:59
1264/164/59 "Nurse" MARGARET BILLINGS 1:50:57
1290/374/58 JUDI SHAFFER, 1:57:19
1581/516/81 CYNTHIA WATSON, 2:00:02
46/9/1-40+ TANYA FREDERICS 1:27:04
80/18/3 KELSEY RIPP, 1:30:03
626/232/5 KATHY BARTON, 1:56:58
MARATHON: 57 under 3:00:00; 348 under 3:30:00
485/138/2nd 65+ HANS SCHMID, 3:37:01
I had forgotten to mention that at the delightful TIBURON TRIATHLON a week or so ago our own KAREN BEHNKE placed 2nd in 50+ women's division. This is her second podium spot: way to go Karen!
8/5/08. TUESDAY. 6:30am. TEMPO.China Camp site.
8/5/08. TUESDAY. 9am. TEMPO . Meet at Tenn Valley Church parking lot.
Warmup run to n. end of bike path; then 3.5M-4M Tempo.
8/7/08. THURSDAY. 7am & 9am. TRACK at COM.
8/9/08. SATURDAY. Ed's Saturday TRACK group at NOVATO HS.
4 x 100(100)
2 x 150 (50)
2 x 200 (200)
2 sets of: 600 (200)
2 sets of: 400 (on 2', 2:30, 3')
6 x 100 (100) run the straight-aways fast; curves easy recovery.
8/9/08. SATURDAY. MARINWOOD FAMILY FUN RUN 5K/10K at 9am.
775 Miller Creek Rd, San Rafael, CA. 5K loop beginning at the Marinwood Community Center through the rolling streets of Marinwood. 10K runs a double loop. 2 mile walk out and back to the community center. Kids' 100 yard dash will be held in the community center parking lot after the longer events. Pre-reg.: $10 individuals, $30 family (up to 4), $5 additional family members. ($15 ind./$40 fam. race day). http://www.allsportcentral.com/EventInfo.cfm?EventID=19798
8/10/08. SUNDAY. TAMALPA TCRS." Samuel Taylor Park TCRS 5M" at 9am
Tocaloma/Jewell course at the west end of Samuel Taylor Park ~5 Mi. This year's Sam Taylor event will begin at Platform Bridge Road (end of the Cross Marin Trail). Go under Sir Francis Drake Blvd towards Sam P. Taylor Park (1.4 miles on the flat), turn right up the Jewel Trail for approximately ¾ miles to the intersection with the Ridge Trail. Stay left going uphill, continue ¼ mile until reaching a gate (the turnaround) and retrace your steps to the start. The course is approximately 5 to 6 miles with about 600 feet of additional gravitational pull. Directions: Take Sir Francis Drake Blvd west through Fairfax and the San Geronimo Valley, past Lagunitas and Sam P. Taylor Park until the base of the final big uphill at Platform Bridge Road. There is ample parking there and the race will start and finish in this area. Allow ½ hour of driving time from Fairfax to the start. (Approx. 13 miles from Fairfax to the start.)
CHI RUNNING WORKSHOPS: 8/11, 18; 8/17, 8/23; 9/6.
Hazel Wood, Certified ChiRunning Instructor, is conducting some ChiRunning workshops before the Fall running season. The ChiRunning Essentials workshops are four hours of instruction and include: introduction to the ChiRunning method, injury prevention techniques, upper body and lower body usage, how to conserve energy at any speed, pre-run body looseners and much more. The workshops are designed for runners of all abilities. Monday evenings August 11, 18 from 5:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.Sunday, August 17 half day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Saturday, August 23 half day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Saturday, September 6 half day workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Note: Hazel can also do workshops in the mornings if there is a minimum of 4 participants. Cost: $125 per workshop. All workshops Central Marin location – contact Hazel Wood for details. To keep the group small for personal attention pre-registration is required. Visit http://www.stridebystride.com/
or contact Hazel Wood at email@example.com
or phone 415-459-1840 with any questions or for alternative scheduling.
UPCOMING HALF MARATHON - need to pre-reg.
The HEALDSBURG WINE COUNTRY MARATHON on 10/25/08 will be held in the Dry Creek Valley area for the first time this year. This half marathon is one of three put on by Destination Races and will prove to be popular on the first round: it is already 50% full, so if you are contemplating doing this run, don't wait too long!
I spoke with race director, Matt Dockstader, and he suggested that folks pre-reg: all his half marathons fill ahead of race day! (http://www.destinationraces.com/
As you know I encourage folks to run half marathons over the full marathon, if they have a busy lifestyle so this may be one we can have a group attend. Already son, Andre, and girlfriend Rosy are entered and making a weekend of it.
Starts at Rosso Bianco Winery, 8 aid stations provided and finishes at Warm Springs Rec area near Lake Sonoma. So a point to point course and doesn't look too hilly.
So between HUMBOLDT REDWOODS HALF MARATHON, NIKE HALF MARATHON, NATURAL BRIDGES HALF MARATHON, there is much to choose from. My favorite fastest PR course is Humboldt!