By Jenny Kadavy

Running the SLO Half Marathon was challenging, but of course it's always fun to win! I have never run a road half that was even slightly hilly, so the first hill hit me pretty hard. The last major hill at mile 9 just about wiped me out! I was so grateful for the downhill/flat final three miles. I felt like I was jogging parts of that race! I will say it was nice to not have any competition for the whole race, but I still had that course record goal in my head, so I knew I had to keep up the pace. 

My training has been inconsistent since I became a mom 22 months ago. I work full time as a teacher, so I squeeze in training and recovery when I am not working or taking care of my daughter, Anna. I was encouraged to see my husband (Andy), Anna, friends, and teammates out on the course cheering me on, and the crowd was so supportive.

I must admit, I was very concerned about using a new racing shoe that I hadn't even worn before. However, the HOKA ONE ONE Tracer turned out to be a great fit for me. I'm amazed that my calves aren't sore at all after racing. The Hoka gear was nice and light, so that certainly helped my performance. I've won the only two races that I've run so far in the Hoka One One attire, so I'm excited to continue that streak! 

I really enjoyed seeing my teammates at the race - our men's team is an outstanding group of guys and always impressive in their running endeavors. Jordan Hasay's presence made the event all the more special because she is obviously such an inspiration to both men and women. 

In the next month I'm looking forward to running the Bay To Breakers (B2B) in the Aggies centipede, then the Marin 10k, and then I'll start marathon training again mid-summer.

WINNING SHOE: HOKA ONE ONE Tracer