- To The Boring Runner, who organized the Sweat Your Thorns Off 5K virtual race! Honestly I was a little jealous that I couldn't participate because of my injury, when I get healthy I'm for sure participating next time.
- To EMZ (full) and Blonde Ponytail (half) who both did Seattle Rock N Roll! Most importantly, EMZ met Randy Couture of UFC fame! (his son was actually fighting on Saturday night in Kent, Washington)
- To The Running Laminator, who continued his year of PR destruction, setting a 10K PR in 38:01!
Post around blogger land:
- 50 After 40 had a great post about the benefits of easing into your race pace over time, which can lead to a negative split race and possibly not hitting the wall during the race. You can also save glycogen this way, which can give you more energy at the end of the race. I was curious about my own stats - my only marathon I ran 2:19 slower on the 2nd half (entirely due to the last 2 miles of the race). The 2 half marathons I ran 3:12 and 2:04 faster on the 2nd half.
2010 in pictures:
With Wimbledon going on right now, and that I announced that I'm going to the 2012 London Olympics, it seemed like a good time for this post.
Some of you might be thinking - wait, is there a typo in the title of this blog post? No, your eyes are not deceiving you, I am indeed talking about 2010 pictures here, haha
During 2010 I ended up going to more events and trips probably than I ever had before, and I didn't get a chance to share that here since I just started this blog in December.
2010 started off with Coachella, a 3 day music festival in the desert. This was my favorite one out of the 6 years I've gone to so far. Band highlights included JayZ, Coheed & Cambria, Temper Trap, Faith No More, Tiesto, Gorrilaz, Spoon and Phoenix. An amazing time! 2011 recap
The 2010 Coachella crew
We went to Vegas to watch the US-England World Cup match, we watched it in a booth at Legasse's Stadium in the Palazzo, great times! (game ended up being a 1-1 draw)
BFD - band highlights were Flyleaf (below), Dirty Heads, Temper Trap, Gaslight Anthem, Against Me!, Spoon, Silversun Pickups, Matt & Kim, and Sublime w/ Rome. Probably the best one day festival concert I've ever gone to!
Yosemite - we did the Cloud's Rest hike there, it starts at 4K feet, and goes up to 10K feet, over 22 miles roundtrip. This is the highest I've ever been up. That is half dome in the back!
Warped Tour - band highlights were Enter Shikari, Face to Face, The Swellers, and You Me at Six
Of course I did the SF marathon in July, which pretty much went perfect...Race recap
2 days after the race I was off to London (6 days) - stopped by Buckingham Palace
Went to the Tower of London to see all the armor - the armor on the right is for a guy 6' 8" and the left is for someone like 3' 6" or so!
I love tennis, so I stopped by Wimbledon (the tournament wasn't going on then), the grounds are gorgeous, and the weather was spectacular
Had to have strawberries and creme while I was over there, a Wimbledon tradition!
Visited Dover Castle (southeast England) - the castle was awesome to explore. Also went to the World War II tunnels carved into the white cliffs, they were really cool to explore.
Hiking on the White Cliffs was great, the cliffs are amazing
Visited Bath (western England) - main attraction is the Roman Baths that the Romans built back in the year 30 AD. Pretty amazing stuff. Too bad we can't use them now!
Next was Edinburgh, Scotland (3 days). I did a hike up to King Arthur's point, it was a great hike! Pretty tough hike with the rocks and some steep ascents.
I went to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - military bands from around the world come to play, an amazing sight to see (it is held right in front of Edinburgh Castle, which is awesome to explore as well)
I love the movie Braveheart - so I visited Stirling, and saw William Wallace's sword. William Wallace was 6' 6" tall, but his sword was 5' 6" - gigantic!
Next I was off to Dublin, Ireland. (3 days) The grass was amazingly green in Ireland - this is St. Stephens Green park! See this post for more pics of Ireland. The Guinness beer I had at the Guinness factory was amazing!
Visited Kailmanham Goal, visiting was very intense, it reminded me a lot of Alcatraz in SF Alcatraz visit
I went hiking at Howth (20 minutes east of Dublin), amazing hiking by the coast, just picture perfect weather
Next up was Amsterdam (3 days) - gotta get a picture of this sign!
I rented a bike and rode along the Amstel River (that's where the beer name comes from, haha) - amazing trails in Amsterdam, and the weather was perfect
House of Bols distillery - this is where you can smell 30 different scents, pretty cool stuff - you also get to have some liquor samples at the end of the tour. I also toured the Heineken factory, great stuff!
Right when I got back - I went to SF Outside Lands - band highlights included Social Distortion, Kings of Leon, Gogol Bordello, Wolfmother, The Strokes, Amos Lee, and Temper Trap
In December I visited San Diego, and we went to the 49ers-Chargers game, the 49ers got demolished single handedly by Vincent Jackson scoring 3 touchdowns!
I'm a huge Stanford fan, we went to Miami for the Stanford vs Virginia Tech Orange Bowl BCS game. The beach looked amazing! See this post for more detail on the experience too
The costumes that the Virginia Tech fans had were crazy, haha
Best seats I've ever had for a sporting event - and Stanford destroyed Virginia Tech 40-12!
2010 was an amazing year - from running the SF marathon, going to Europe for the 1st time, going to a ton of concerts, and seeing Stanford win in the Orange Bowl, it was awesome.
My main hope for 2011 is that I start to feel physically normal again - I haven't felt completely normal since early March.
Have you ever been to Europe? What is your favorite place to travel to?