The Bull Runner Dream Marathon: Forty-Freakin’-Two (42k)

After a little over a year after I started running I was finally gearing up for my first full marathon. 42.195km or 26.2 miles. Geez. That’s about the distance from Berkeley to Millbrae plus a little more! I had a schedule planned out the day before so I could rest easy but life doesn’t always go as planned after I got my medical certificate results.

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Starting corral and no photos in between because it was way too dark for any for a while! (Source: miccadj)

So it turns out I was diagnosed Sinus bradycardia (sinus rhythm with a rate lower than normal, 60bpm for humans) and Sinus arrhythmia (irregular heart rate). The former is not a big problem since it’s usual for people who work out a lot. Wow, Micca works out now lol! The latter was the problem and I needed a second opinion from a cardiologist to clear me to run.

This all happened the day before the race! Talk about stress! But after over half a day of waiting at a clinic, I was cleared and ready to roll! By ready to roll I mean ready to drive to Nuvali and prep for the very very early assembly time.


I like these Nike compression socks. They make my calves look skinnier than normal LOL (Source: The Bull Runner Facebook)

I want to say that everything went well overall. I wish I brought a headlamp cause the route wasn’t always well lit and the road is uneven with a bunch of cracks. I continuously ran the first 15k only stopping for Gatorade at the aid stations when achey calves caught up with me. The remaining k’s were filled with run/walks and a couple of potty breaks but eventually, I made it through to the finish line in one piece!


Can’t forget “The Why” (Source: miccadj Garmin)

6.5 hours gives you a lot of time to think about life. I also kept reminding myself why I was running this cray distance. I’m glad I watched “The Why” by Billy Yang a few days before to psyche myself out! I will admit that I needed to listen to music by the time I hit the wall (~32k) but that was the push I needed. I really wanted to finish under 6 hours but alas, that didn’t happen. Oh well, next time it is!

Garmin data:


Garmin data (Source: miccadj Garmin)

Relive clip:

I wore my Hoka One One Hupanas and they were really comfy even though they are not as cushy as other Hoka shoes. Definitely worth the investment! Now I didn’t destroy any toenails for this race but my legs were definitely shot after! I fell asleep twice during the day and my parents kept making fun of my wobbling. Thank you parents for the support lol!

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So ready to get into flippy floppies (Source: miccadj)

I’m glad I signed up for TBR Dream Marathon way back in August. Now my training wasn’t as by the book as I would like but I’m glad I got through this race without injuries! I would definitely recommend this race for first time marathon runners (it’s exclusively for us noobs) since it really supports us. The generous cut offs aren’t bad either!

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Hardware (Source: miccadj)

That’s one 2018 resolution done for me and I have one more (hopefully two!) to check off my list! It’s not March yet so I think I still have quite a bit of time to get myself together before the year ends.

Next up, Spartan Super and Hurricane Heat!

“I’m no great runner, by any means. I’m at an ordinary – or perhaps more like mediocre -level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday. In long – distance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.”  – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running



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