I signed up for the April 4th American River 50-mile race. The last time I ran it was 10 years ago (http://rajeevtherunner.blogspot.com/2010/05/ar-pr.html) and I am excited to be able to start the race once more. The course, in the first few miles, is different so it will be fun to see what it looks like.
Whatever distance I get to in that race will be good training for the May 23rd Grand Union Canal race (http://rajeevtherunner.blogspot.com/2013/05/re-deja-vu-all-over-again.html). That is certainly my favorite race in the world and to say that I am excited to start the race (Covid-19 permitting, of course!) is to make an understatement (something the English excel at 😊).
Crohn's is still around in my life so the journey has been made that much more exciting.
On another unrelated note (Anu and) I have stepped down from coaching Team Vibha's Half & Full marathon training program. I started that program in 2011 with 20 runners as trainees. It has blossomed to 80+ now and is one of the best such programs in the SF Bay area.
A blast from the past below! A photo with Anil Rao, taken on Saturday, February 15, in Sierra Azul Park.
Kim Whelan (with Anil and me in the photo below) is a runner I coached with Vibha in 2018 and 2019 and one who I am running AR50 with. It will be her first attempt at that distance and I am sure she will do well - she is a strong runner.
Owing to the Corona virus pandemic, the AR50 race has been canceled. I also suspect that I may not be able to go to the UK for the GUCR in May.
That said my running does not grind to a halt - just the really long distances for the moment.