I somehow managed to complete the Napa Valley Half-Marathon a little over a week ago. It is a BRUTAL half-marathon. The uphill part doesn't feel like it will ever end, and there are a lot of rocky parts that can be dangerous. The good news, though, is that (1) the dirt part of the trail is soft, so it's easier on the body, (2) it is utterly beautiful, and (3) it is almost entirely totally shaded, so you're not running in the hot, hot sun.
I walked up nearly the entire uphill part, and I jogged nearly all of the flat and down-hill parts. The only problem was that I got lost for nearly an hour. That was frightening. When I re-traced my steps and found the route, I saw that it was clearly marked, so I must have been paying too much attention to my feet instead of to the trail.
Thus, yet again, I was dead last for my race (not including DNFs, of course). To be honest, even if I hadn't gotten lost, I'm certain that I still would have been last.
I'm highly considering letting you all know in advance what runs I'm going to do so that you can sign up and have the confidence that you won't be dead last (because surely I will).
Thus, on that note, I am signed up for my first full marathon on 2/7/15---the Surf City Marathon. This is the same marathon that I had signed up for many years ago. However, since I had failed the Bar, I didn't have time to train, so I never showed up. It turns out that not much has changed in terms of having enough time. In fact, it's clear that I'm far busier now than I was then, but, you know, hindsight.
Anyhow, even though I suck at running, and even though I pretty much hate it, I was glad to get this half-marathon under my belt. If it was only slightly hilly, it would be an ideal run... but it's not. Buyer beware.